Trump Hush Money, Russia Probes Nixed by GOP Election Officials

Probes into Donald Trump’s campaign finance activities, including alleged payments to a porn star and accusations of indirect Russian contributions, have been blocked by Republican election regulators reluctant to pursue old cases against the former president.

What to Know in Washington: Roy Versus Stefanik for Cheney Post

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is planning to challenge Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) for the job of No. 3 House GOP leader, bucking both Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and former President Donald Trump, according to two Republican officials with knowledge of his plans.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: CDC Eases Mask Stance in Step to Normalcy

President Joe Biden took his biggest step yet toward declaring victory over Covid-19, as public health officials said fully vaccinated Americans may ditch their masks in most places, even indoors or in large groups.

District With Tightest Trump-Biden Margin Is Prime Redraw Target

Republican mapmakers in Missouri intent on maximizing the party’s hold on congressional seats for the next decade undoubtedly have their sights set on the 2nd District.

F-35 Boon at Risk as Democrats Protest Extra Jets for Lockheed

Rep. Adam Smith is challenging national security orthodoxy: He says Congress should no longer lavish funds on Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Biden Approach to Covid Border Restrictions Irks Both Parties

The Department of Homeland Security is relying on public health restrictions as it develops a new plan to address the immigration surge at the southern border, to the frustration of Democrats and Republicans alike.

GSA to Launch Governmentwide Cloud Computing BPA

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) plans to launch a massive, new contract offering access to cloud infrastructure, platforms, software, and other services to all federal agencies.

Top 20: State Dept. Plans $5B Small-Business IT Sourcing Deal

The U.S. State Department is preparing to launch a new $5 billion strategic sourcing deal for global information technology hardware and software upgrades and plans to set aside the contract for small businesses.

Pipeline Hack Spurs Focus on Other Infrastructure Cybersecurity

The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. demonstrated why cybersecurity defenses need to be “a core priority” for critical infrastructure, Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg told lawmakers.

What to Know in Washington: Trump’s Plan Threatens GOP in 2022

Donald Trump could hurt Republicans’ chances of regaining control of Congress in the 2022 midterms, just by endorsing the candidates working so hard to win his backing.