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By the Numbers: Trump’s First Full Fiscal Year Budget Cuts Deep and Wide
Only Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs departments would be spared

President Donald Trump's first full budget, released Tuesday, proposes big cuts to nearly every department and agency in fiscal 2018, even though they've been tightly constrained by budget caps for the past six years. Here's how the budget compares to estimates of what's currently enacted and to President Barack Obama's final full budget request:

How to Investigate an Administration: Breaking Down the 3 Independent Options
DOJ appoints Robert Mueller as special counsel for Russia inquiry

Between congressional committees and the FBI, there are at least five ongoing investigations into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Calls from Congress for at least one form of independent review appear to have been answered Wednesday evening when the Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel for the probe. 

The three independent options each have advantages and drawbacks. And they are frequently not exclusive paths — from Watergate to Whitewater, major executive scandals have been investigated simultaneously by congressional select committees and a special, independent counsel working within the DOJ. 

A List of Notable Presidential Firings Since 1951
Most were terminated outright; others left before the White House officially acted

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump put Washington in a tailspin when he fired FBI Director James B. Comey. Twitter was abuzz with reminiscences of presidential firings-past, so Roll Call set out to catalogue the last 66 years or so of presidents telling top officials to "take a hike."

Here's President Harry S. Truman through Trump:

Members Who Vote With Freedom Caucus Did Better Than Trump in Elections
Trump threatened the group in tweets on Thursday

By RYAN KELLY and SEAN MCMINN 
CQ Roll Call

Though President Donald Trump turned hostile on Twitter toward the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, his sway with those members’ constituents may not be enough to affect outcomes in the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump’s Cabinet Racks Up ‘No’ Votes in Senate
Congress has delivered more votes against Trump's Cabinet than the last four presidents' Cabinets combined

Last updated at 3:25 p.m. on March 2

With the president historically unpopular, Senate Democrats seem to feel free to go on record against his picks to run executive departments.

Flynn's Tenure as National Security Adviser Historically Brief
Michael Flynn's White House role lasted just 24 days

By RYAN KELLY and SEAN MCMINN CQ Roll Call

Michael Flynn’s resignation Monday after 24 days on the job set a new low for the tenure of a national security adviser. William H. Jackson, who served in the Eisenhower administration, previously had the shortest tenure at about three months.

A Nap Got in the Way of the Last Tied Cabinet Vote in the Senate
If only Vice President Charles G. Dawes had woken up a little sooner …

When Vice President Mike Pence cast his first Senate tiebreaking vote, he accomplished something no other vice president had done before — used his deciding vote as president of the Senate to confirm a Cabinet pick.

While Pence was the first to do so, he wasn’t the first to have had the opportunity. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge named Charles Warren as his pick for attorney general. Although the Senate was run by his fellow Republicans, Warren’s nomination ran into opposition as senators criticized his connections to lobbyists. Coolidge’s vice president, Charles G. Dawes, was on tap to step in to break a tie if the vote got stalled at 40-40, according to the Senate historical database.

Chart: Presidential Candidates' Tax Returns
Republican candidate Donald Trump breaks from a 40-year tradition

President Richard Nixon released four years of tax returns in 1973 to quell accusations that he was evading taxes. Since then, every candidate for president, except Donald Trump, has released some tax information, ranging from Gerald Ford's summary document to 30 years of Bob Dole's returns.

See how many years of tax information candidates have released before each presidential election:

McMullin Presidential Run an Uphill Battle, per State Filing Deadlines
Reports have surfaced that GOP political operative is launching an anti-Trump campaign

Could a #NeverTrump Republican really launch an independent campaign for president right now? Not a successful one, according to a Roll Call analysis of state filing deadlines for independents to get on the ballot across the U.S.

Evan McMullin, a longtime GOP Hill operative and former CIA officer, is planning a presidential campaign for those Republican loyalists distancing themselves from the party's nominee, Donald Trump. He's launched a website saying just that.

Chart: How the Senate Race Ratings Have Changed Since Early 2015
34 seats are up for election this 2016 cycle

As Roll Call's Alex Roarty reported on Wednesday , new candidates and disappointing nominees have changed expectations for 2016 Senate races since the start of the election season.  

No races have seen bigger shifts than the ones in Indiana and Florida, where the return of political stars Evan Bayh and Marco Rubio have turned each election on its head.    

Fact-Checking the Clintons' Claim on the Economy
Does the economy really do better under Democrats?

Hillary Clinton often says the economy does better under Democrats.  

CQ Roll Call dove into an April 2016 report  which finds that actually, they might be right.   

How She Got Here: Clinton's Key Life Moments
As the Democratic convention approaches, a look at Hillary's life

The woman poised to officially become the first female nominated for president by a major political party has a well-known past thanks to her long tenure in public office.   

Will Trump Bounce? Historically, Nominees Get a Convention Bump
All eyes are on the polls after Trump's week

After a rocky Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, pollsters will soon be getting a feel for what registered voters think of the newly minted nominee, Donald Trump.  

3 Charts: The Growing Latino Electorate
The Latino population is projected to skyrocket, but will they vote?

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How He Got Here: Trump's Key Life Moments
The Donald's education, business and personal history in a nutshell

The man poised this week to officially become the 2016 Republican nominee for president has a colorful past, including a college switch, several marriages and business ups and downs.  

Here's a brief history of Donald Trump's life.  

Chart: How the GOP Fared in the Past 6 Presidential Elections
Republican stronghold states are more loyal than Democratic ones

With the Republican National Convention days away, Election Day isn't far behind.  

A Roll Call analysis of the GOP presidential vote percentage in general elections dating back to 1992 shows Republicans with many loyal states. However, Utah — the most Republican state in 2012 with 73 percent of the vote — is possibly in jeopardy this year because Mormon voters aren't embracing presumptive nominee Donald Trump .  

Poll: Convention Audience Set to Skew Older Amid Tight Race
About half of young voters "probably" won't watch convention coverage

While most American voters in a recent YouGov/Economist poll said they plan to catch at least some of the convention coverage, younger voters are less likely to tune in.  

Around half of voters under 30 said they “probably” won’t watch the action in Cleveland from July 18-21 or Philadelphia, where the Democrats meet July 25-28. Among older voters, more of them plan to watch the GOP convention than the Democratic one; the reverse was true among the under-30 crowd.  

How Trump's Last Super Tuesday Stacks Up to History
The presumptive nominee won all the contests, but Kasich and Cruz still posted numbers

Donald Trump received about three-quarters of Republican votes in California's primary this week, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz combining for more than 20 percent. And in three of the five states voting on the final "Super Tuesday," the billionaire-turned presumptive GOP nominee did even worse.  

Is this a sign that Republican rank-and-file aren't so sold on him just yet?  

As Hillary Makes History, Here's Where Women Stand in Congress
Three states have never elected a woman to Congress

Hillary Clinton has clinched the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination for president, the Associated Press says, making history as the first female to top a major party ticket for president. But women, who have historically been underrepresented in Washington, still have a long way to go in politics.   

A woman was first elected to the House in 1916, and to the Senate in 1932. Since then, some states have sent women to Congress far more frequently than others. Women have held the greatest share of House seats in Hawaii and Senate seats in Maine.  

How Sanders Would Fare Under Different Nominating Rules
Would Hillary Clinton still be the Democratic front-runner?

Some of Bernie Sanders' supporters say the Democratic Party's nominating process is rigged against the Vermont senator . They point to the party’s proportional distribution of delegates for making it mathematically impossible for Sanders to catch Hillary Clinton in the race for pledged delegates. We took a look at a few alternatives to the current process to see if they might have been friendlier to the Sanders campaign.