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Trump Heads West to Campaign — And a Lot of Senators Do, Too
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Health Care Ahead of the 2018 Midterms
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the core issues in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Pre-Existing Conditions
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of pre-existing conditions in the health care debate between Republicans and Democrats in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: The 'Age Tax'
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of the so-called age tax — where older people on a health plan can only be charged three times more than what the youngest people on a health plan can — in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Single Payer vs. Medicare for All
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of single payer insurance plans and "Medicare for all" in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Judiciary Holds Quick Kavanaugh Vote and Comes to 'Gentlemen and Women's Agreement' for FBI Probe
 

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday along party lines to report to the Senate floor the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court associate justice. But in a last-minute deal, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay of that full Senate confirmation vote to allow the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the panel Thursday.

There was no binding motion voted on by the committee to secure the deal, however, leading to some confusion at the end of the meeting. Watch and listen to the full vote.

Watch: Arrested Protesters Chant 'We Believe Christine' Outside Kavanaugh Hearing Room
 

A group of protesters were arrested Friday after attempting a sit-in outside the room where the Senate Judiciary Committee will soon vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As the protesters were led away they chanted "We believe Christine" — in reference to Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her in the 1980s....
Watch: Senators Walk Out of Kavanaugh Hearing After Vote Set, Talk to Media Outside Chamber
 

Several Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of a hearing in progress on Friday, after the Republican majority voted (with two Democrats refusing to vote in protest) to set a final vote on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono and Sheldon Whitehouse walked out of the hearing room in Dirksen. Booker and Harris were the two who declined to vote on the motion to set a vote time.

Watch: Brett Kavanaugh's Full Opening Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee
 

In a sometimes emotional reply to earlier testimony by Christine Blasey Ford recounting an alleged sexual assault when they were both teenagers, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh flatly denied the charges. He called the proceedings a "national disgrace." Kavanaugh also called the allegations a "political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election."...
Watch: Christine Blasey Ford's Full Opening Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee
 

"I am here today, not because I want to be — I am terrified," said Christine Blasey Ford before a panel of senators and the eyes of the world. Watch Blasey Ford's full, unedited opening statement given to senators as part of a hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a 1980s gathering in a Washington-D.C. suburb when the two were high school-age teenagers....
Democrats See Opportunity in NY District Trump Won by 16 Points
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman recently traveled to New York's 22nd District, where first-term GOP incumbent Claudia Tenney is in a close race with Democrat Anthony Brindisi....
Flake Pleads With Senate: Don't Make Up Minds Before Thursday's Kavanaugh, Ford Hearing
 

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake warned his colleagues in a speech Wednesday on the chamber floor that "we have lit a match" by pre-judging Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court ahead of Thursday's testimony by Christine Blasey Ford. He discussed Ford and Kavanaugh both as "human beings," and said he will assess their testimony as it happens on Thursday — not before....
How and Why Many Key Officials Have Exited the Trump Administration
 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is slated to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday amid rumors he may lose his job — a move that could cause major repercussions for the future of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Watch a recap of other senior Trump administration officials who have left for other jobs or have resigned under pressure....
Double Drama: Kavanaugh, Rosenstein Await Trump's Return from UN Conference
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12 House Ratings Changes: Democrats Are More Likely Than Not to Win Majority
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales — an authoritative look at where things stand for 2018

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales has a dozen updates to his House ratings, all in favor of Democrats. Watch the video for more on Republicans' efforts this September to discredit Democrats in key races as the midterm election is now just seven weeks away.

Can Trump Resist Lighting the Fuse Ahead of Kavanaugh's Senate Showdown?
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

The Republican strategy to defend Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is becoming more clear: Focus on Kavanaugh's conservative credentials and his family, instead of the allegation of sexual assault brought by Professor Christine Blasey Ford. But with two rallies coming up for President Trump later this week, White House correspondent John T. Bennett says it's possible the president could go off script....
Capitol Hill Might Dodge Florence Direct Hit, But Watch for Flooding
 

After days of uncertainty, it appears Hurricane Florence is steering clear of the Washington, D.C. metro area. But Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus warns lawmakers, staffers and the public to brace for rain, and perhaps flooding in the usual spots (we're looking at you, Cannon Tunnel) on Capitol Hill....
Gottheimer Wishes DC Had More Diners Like New Jersey’s
 

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer brought Roll Call politics reporter Simone Pathé to Jimmy T’s diner a few blocks from the Capitol, heralding the hole-in-the-wall eatery as reminiscent of the many diners in his home state.

“There’s nothing obnoxious and fancy, or stuffy, about a diner,” Gottheimer said, comparing the unpretentious air of a diner to what he calls "New Jersey values."

Trump's 3 Legislative Priorities Before the Midterm Vote
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

The short list of White House legislative goals doesn't include any big-ticket items like immigration reform or tax cuts. But the real wild card is President Donald Trump's wavering stance on whether or not he will shut down the government — by not signing a spending package — if he doesn't get more money for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. ...