2016 election

McConnell bristles at ‘hyperventilating hacks’ criticizing his blocking of election security legislation
Senate majority leader calls critiques ‘modern-day McCarthyism’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fought back Monday against criticism of his handling of election security legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did something Monday he rarely does — he got riled up and responded directly to criticism as he defended his decision to block election security bills last week that Democrats attempted to bring to the floor by unanimous consent.

He took particular aim at a recent Washington Post opinion item by Dana Milbank titled “Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset,” calling it a “smear.”

Bolton Suggests Russian Hacking Could be ‘False Flag’
Deputy secretary of State possibility blames Obama administration for politicizing the issue

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Russian hacking is too sophisticated to leave fingerprints. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images file photo)

John Bolton, who is rumored to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for deputy secretary of state, made waves Sunday when he questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hacking had influenced the presidential election.

“It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News. 

Nevada Judge Dismisses Trump Claim Over Early Voting
Few problems have been reported at the polls, despite weeks of competing forecasts of voter intimidation, fraud

Cardenas grocery store, in a predominantly Latino area of Las Vegas, was the site of heavy early voting on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Nevada judge on Tuesday denied a request from the Donald Trump campaign to set aside ballots it contested, concluding the first of what could be a raft of legal challenges concerning problems at the polls.

With conservative and liberal groups launching extensive efforts to monitor the election, there were scattered reports and complaints about voter irregularities throughout the day Tuesday, though none appeared to support Trump's claim that the election was "rigged."

Capitol Ink | The Exact Same Joke

“If I write a good joke in July that puts words in Donald Trump's mouth and then draw it up in a cartoon, everybody loves it. It's fantastic. They think it's absolutely great. Donald Trump tells the exact same joke in October and people get on his case, and I don't get it! I don't know why. It wasn't his fault those words came out of his mouth.”

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Ep. 23: Clinton, Trump Battle on Long Island
The Week Ahead

Jonathan Allen, Roll Call columnist and co-author of the New York Times best-seller HRC:State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, sets up Monday night's first presidential debate, discussing what Hillary Clinton needs to do to keep Donald Trump off balance, and what Trump must do to appear presidential.

Senate Democrats Want Obama on the Campaign Trail
President more popular in 2016 than two years ago

With his poll numbers back up, President Barack Obama could be an asset to Senate Democratic candidates on the campaign trail this year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Senate Democrats have a message for President Barack Obama: We want to see you on the campaign trail this year.  

The party's leading strategists say that unlike in 2014, when Obama avoided campaigning with vulnerable incumbents in his own party, the president can be an asset in the coming three months before Election Day.  

Whose Convention? Clintons Mentioned Nearly Twice as Much as Trump
Elected officials in three days are invoking the other candidate more often

Blame it on Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity. Or maybe Donald Trump’s? Whatever the reason, Republican officeholders seem much happier waging war against their Democratic opponent at the Republican National Convention than propping up their own nominee.  

Current state and federal elected officials have mentioned Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton 135 times during podium speeches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while they’ve only invoked their own candidate’s name 77 times.  

Jeers and Boos: Transcript of Ted Cruz's Speech
No Trump endorsement draws jeers and boos from delegates in Cleveland

Ted Cruz addresses the Republican convention. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Thank you, and god bless each and every one of you.  

Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland where LeBron James just lead an incredible comeback victory, and I am convinced America is going to come back too.