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Mixed Messages: Trump Offers Platitudes, Warnings on Iran at UN
President says Rouhani is a ‘lovely man’ and ‘sows death and destruction’

President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. He spent much of Tuesday sending mixed signals to Iranian leaders. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s second day at a United Nations conference in New York began with mixed signals from the U.S. diplomat-in-chief on Iran — including platitudes and warnings.

Trump’s second address to the UN General Assembly featured plenty of vintage moments, with tough rhetoric for friends and foes alike. His message for North Korea was one of partnership a year after he declared its leader, Kim Jong Un, was on a “suicide mission.” He threatened to slash U.S. aid to many UN members and declared China’s trade practices will not be tolerated much longer.

Pete Aguilar Announces Bid for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Against Katherine Clark
Democrats have their second contested leadership race for the 116th Congress

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., is running for Democratic Caucus vice chair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats officially have their second contested leadership race, with California Rep. Pete Aguilar announcing Tuesday that he plans to run for Democratic Caucus vice chair. 

Aguilar will face Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who announced her plans to run for the position in July.  

Trump: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Was ‘Too Messed Up’ to be Credible
President makes strongest statement yet against Supreme Court nominee’s accuser

President Donald Trump waves after addressing the media after arriving at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Mia Love Says Democrats Attacking Her Because She’s a Black, Republican Woman
Rhetoric in race for Utah’s 4th District heating up as campaigns attack each other in ads

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams are stepping up the personal attacks ahead of their tightly contested election for Utah's 4th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Mia Love has a theory for why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee are targeting her seat — and it’s not because her Democratic opponent, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, has pulled within single digits in numerous polls this summer.

It’s because, she said in an interview on Fox News radio Monday, she is black, Republican, and successful.

World Leaders Laugh as Trump Boasts of Accomplishments
‘Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,’ president responds

President Donald Trump attends a meeting on the global drug problem at the United Nations with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Other world leaders laughed Tuesday when President Donald Trump began his UN General Assembly address by saying his administration has accomplished more than perhaps any in U.S. history.

Trump smiled wide and looked around the hall as the laughter continued.

Ted Cruz Heckled Out of D.C. Restaurant by Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters
'We believe the survivors!' activists shout

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was shouted out of an Italian restaurant near the Capitol Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, were heckled out of a high-end Italian restaurant near the Capitol on Monday night by a group of protesters chanting, “We believe survivors!”

A video of the episode shows roughly a dozen protesters crowding Cruz’s table at Fiola on Pennsylvania Avenue as he and his wife appeared to be getting up to leave.

Rep. Paul Gosar Blames Obama for Siblings’ Attack Ads
Says brothers and sisters’ appearance in opponent’s ads ‘does sting’

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., defended himself Monday against four political attack ads in which six of his siblings criticize him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Paul Gosar blamed former president Barack Obama for the feud with six of his siblings rooted in Gosar’s controversial political style.

After appearing defiant over the weekend and touting his mother’s support for his “philosophy and policies,” the Arizona Republican admitted in an interview with KFYI-AM radio in Phoenix that it “does sting” to be rejected by three of his brothers and three of his sisters in a series of four attack ads released by his Democratic opponent’s campaign.

Second Kavanaugh Accuser Should Testify Thursday, Sanders Says
Trump spokeswoman: Democrats have ‘exploited’ women ‘for political gain’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says both of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accusers should testify on Thursday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A second woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misdeeds should be allowed to testify alongside Christine Blasey Ford, the first to come forward, during a high-stakes Senate hearing on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s top spokeswoman says.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, who was at Yale University at the same time as Kavanaugh in the 1980s, told the New Yorker in an article published Sunday evening that he exposed himself at a party while extremely intoxicated. Ford, 51, says the federal appellate judge pinned her to a bed in high school and covered her mouth so forcefully she worried he might kill her while groping her against her will. Kavanaugh denies all the allegations.

Democrats Keep Up Ranching Attacks on Rosendale in Montana
New Majority Forward ad features actor struggling to carry hay

Democrats are attacking Montana Republican Senate nominee Matt Rosendale for being from out of state. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group is going up with its first attack ad against Matt Rosendale, the Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in Montana, for being from Maryland and not being a real rancher. 

The Majority Forward spot, shared first with Roll Call, features an actor playing Rosendale as he struggles to work what the narrator calls a “multimillion-dollar trophy ranch.” 

Vulnerable House Republicans Head Into Midterm Recess With Parting Gifts
Half of GOP incumbents in danger of losing seats got floor votes this month on bills they sponsored

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., who’s facing a tough re-election, has two of his bills on the House floor this week. Other vulnerable Republicans are also getting votes on their bills before they depart for the midterm campaign recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the House prepares to wrap up its fall legislative business this week before going on recess for the duration of the midterm campaign season, half of the vulnerable Republican incumbents will be leaving with parting gifts. 

Those gifts come in the form of floor votes on bills they have authored. By the end of the week, 28 of the 57 House Republicans whose seats are considered in play this cycle, according to Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, are set to go home with the chamber having voted this month on at least one of their bills.