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Democratic Senate Incumbents Could Withstand Rust Belt Shift
An early look at the re-election prospects of 4 senators from Trump states

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown will be up for re-election in 2018 in Ohio, where Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Rob Portman won handily last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Paul Maslin could sense that former Sen. Russ Feingold was in trouble, as the Wisconsin Democrat tried to win back his Senate seat from Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson.

“I could feel Johnson found a message groove and Russ was doing sort of a victory lap,” said Maslin, a Democratic consultant in the Badger State, who was doing work for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Graham Blasts Trump on Assange
Says Tillerson will need to understand Russian threat to earn his vote

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said his vote on Cabinet appointees could be contingent on their views about the alleged Russian hacking. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized President-elect Donald Trump for praising Julian Assange while expressing skepticism of alleged Russian hacking.

Trump tweeted early Wednesday, citing an interview the WikiLeaks founder did with Fox News on Tuesday in which he said a “14-year-old” could have hacked into the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

Here’s Whose 2016 Sucked the Most in Washington
From Hillary Clinton to Paul Ryan to Senate Democratic candidates

2016 in a word? Meh. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Report: Rick Perry Top Pick for Energy Secretary
That’s the department he famously forgot in debate as one he would eliminate

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a critic of President-elect Donald Trump before he pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s top pick to lead the Department of Energy, according to reports.

Perry is among four people being considered for the post, including former Texas Republican Party Chairman Ray Washburne and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bloomberg reported.

Economic Consultant to Help With Transition at 3 Regulatory Agencies
Trump pick has a hands-off approach to regulation

President-elect Donald Trump has named an economic consultant who has shown a hands-off approach to regulation to help his administration with the transition at three financial regulatory agencies.

Trump Picks Controversial Fired General Flynn for National Security Adviser
Rep. Adam Schiff says Flynn’s statements ‘feed jihadi propaganda’

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, while he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, prepares to testify at a 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped him as his national security adviser. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

National security advisers typically work in the shadows, but President-elect Donald Trump’s reported pick for the key job is more of a flame-thrower who has labeled the Muslim religion “sick” and called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison.

Multiple news organizations reported Thursday evening that the incoming president has formally offered the job to Michael Flynn, the retired three-star Army general. Dismissed from the Pentagon’s top intelligence post in late 2014 for what his superiors called a too-contentious style, Flynn is also highly regarded in military and intelligence circles.

Trump Pulls Off Stunning Upset
Billionaire tapped voters' anxieties, frustrations

Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his son Barron Trump and his wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After a bruising and scandal-riddled campaign, Americans traded in “hope and change” for “drain the swamp,” choosing Donald Trump as their next president.

The real estate tycoon and former reality television star pulled off arguably the most stunning upset in U.S. political history, riding a wave of popular angst and anger by running a campaign built on vague-but-bold promises and a dearth of policy prescriptions.

White House to Trump: We Dare You to Take on FLOTUS
GOP nominee's lewd comments have "shaken me to my core," first lady says

First lady Michelle Obama, seen here in July at the Democratic National Convention, delivered a passionate speech on Thursday, slamming Donald Trump for lewd comments about his pursuit of women. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House on Thursday essentially dared Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to take on first lady Michelle Obama.

“I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has than by engaging the first lady of the United States,” Eric Schultz, principal deputy White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One.

Cruz Fundraising for Senate Republicans
Comes despite antagonizing many of his colleagues

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising cash for some fellow Republicans who have criticized him in the past. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file)

Many Senate Republicans don't have nice things to say about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz but he is about to help some of them raise money for their campaigns.

Cruz antagonized many of his Senate colleagues by helping to force a government shutdown in 2013. He angered others in July when he refused to endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after earlier pledging to do so during the Republican primaries.

Darryl Glenn Looks for 'Labor Day Magic'
Colorado Republican has much ground to make up before Election Day

Colorado Republican Darryl Glenn's campaign has failed to gain traction against incumbent Michael Bennet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Republican Senate candidate in Colorado has been trailing Sen. Michael Bennet in recent polls but he is hoping for some "Labor Day magic."

Darryl Glenn has consistently lagged behind Bennet by double digits in one of the few competitive Senate seats that Democrats are defending this cycle. Glenn won his five-way primary race in June after the campaign of former state Rep. Jon Keyser imploded.