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Turkey’s Version of Khashoggi Death ‘Flies in the Face’ of Saudi Claims, Pence Says
Vice president promises an ‘American response’ once White House has all facts

People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on Oct. 8 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s description of a Saudi plot to kill Washington journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey, “flies in the face” of the royal family’s previous descriptions of what happened, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.

“We will look for ways to hold accountable” those Saudis proved to be involved, Pence said.

Your Ride to the Polls Is Two Minutes Away: Lyft Helps Get Out the Vote
Critics say the company’s gesture is no match for disenfranchisement across the country

Kris Kobach is the Republican nominee for governor in Kansas. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Latino advocacy group announced Monday it will partner with Lyft to drive Kansas voters to the polls, Fortune reported.

The Latino community in Dodge City — a factory town located 160 miles from Wichita — worried about depressed turnout when local officials announced weeks before Election Day that its only polling place would move outside city limits to a remote location more than a mile away from the nearest bus stop.

Tester, Rosendale Neck and Neck in Latest Montana Poll
Incumbent holds 3 point lead within error margin

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., walks to the Senate Democrats' policy lunch in the Capitol via the Senate subway tunnel Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just two weeks before the midterm elections on Nov. 6, Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester held a 3-point advantage over his Republican challenger in a new poll released by the Montana Television Network and Montana State University.

Tester, seeking a third term, led state auditor Matt Rosendale, 46 percent to 43 percent in the survey of registered voters. That’s within the margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points for the poll conducted by mail of more than 2,000 registered voters from late September through early October.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
The other Schumer’s list of candidates, Hatch makes another age joke and Kennedy celebrates new historical place

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

‘Unprecedented’ Gender Gap Found Ahead of Midterms in Wisconsin Poll
Study suggests Democrats should look to turn out women in November

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaks with reporters in the Capitol after the Senate vote to reopen the government in January 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump’s approval rating among men has climbed to an all-time high in Wisconsin at 59 percent, while his approval among women in the state stands at a paltry 39 percent, according to a new poll.

The gap is reportedly the largest in the history of Marquette Law Schools’ polling and suggests Democrats should look to turn out women in November.

Rob Portman’s Report on Trump Trade Policy to Feature Mixed Results
Policy speech on automobile industry offers mix of praise and scorn for administration trade actions

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will be speaking about the effect of the Trump trade agenda on the auto industry during a Tuesday speech. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A key Republican senator sees positive signs in the Trump administration’s trade discussions with Canada and Mexico, but he still has plenty of criticism for the White House, too.

In a major trade policy speech at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday morning, Sen. Rob Portman is planning to focus on the effects of the Trump trade agenda on the auto industry, a key business in his manufacturing-heavy home state of Ohio.

House Midterm Outlook: Look for a Democratic Flip
Two weeks out, all signs still point to Democrats taking the House

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears with Nevada Democratic congressional and state candidates in Las Vegas on Saturday for an early vote rally at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS — Are we still headed for a Democratic wave in the House next month? That all depends on how you define a wave. But one thing is clear: Democrats are still likely to flip the chamber even after all the buzz about a post-Kavanaugh Republican bounce.

A wave occurs when a large number of one party’s seats flip to the other party, invariably because of a national political figure (the president, usually) or a national issue. Many competitive seats change hands, and at least a few entrenched incumbents suddenly find themselves in trouble.

Can New Jersey’s Leonard Lance Survive a Democratic Wave?
GOP lawmaker faces tough re-election against Democrat Tom Malinowski

Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., voted against the GOP health care plan on the floor last year, but Democrats are still attacking him for voting for it in committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

LEDGEWOOD, N.J. — Nobody dislikes New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance

The moderate Republican voted against what were supposed to be his party’s major legislative achievements this Congress: the tax overhaul and the repeal of the 2010 health care law. And unlike many of his GOP peers, he’s actually held town hall meetings. His civility and the carefulness with which he chooses his words hark back to a different political era.

Are Democrats Giving Up on Ohio’s 1st District?
Pureval’s campaign has struggled after reports of spending irregularity

Republicans say a lapse in Democratic spending in Ohio’s 1st District bodes well for GOP incumbent Steve Chabot.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Aftab Pureval captured national attention this summer as a rising star with a shot at unseating longtime Republican Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st District. But questions about irregularities in his campaign spending set off a flurry of GOP attacks that may have dented expectations.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s last ad in the Cincinnati-area district expired Monday and other major groups are not active there, said Bob Kish, a consultant for Republican candidates who has access to reports of spending totals that are not publicly available. 

Kevin McCarthy on Social Media Hunt for Rock-Throwing Suspects
Window in House majority leader’s Bakersfield office shattered

A large rock was thrown though the window of House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield, California, on Monday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A large slab of rock was thrown through the window of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s district office in Bakersfield Monday — and he’s hitting social media to find the culprits.

The California Republican posted security camera photos of two men on social media along with a photo of a rock about the size of a backpack surrounded by shattered glass on the floor of the offices.