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Republicans Missed Opportunities to Retain House Majority, Jim Jordan Says
‘If we’d handled the past two years differently, we would still be the majority party in the House’

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, waits to do a television news interview in Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the day after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, who is running for minority leader, has a tough message for his colleagues: If House Republicans had done more to change Washington and deliver on their campaign promises, they would still be in the majority.

“This might be a tough pill to swallow, but I believe that if we’d handled the past two years differently, we would still be the majority party in the House of Representatives,” the Ohio Republican wrote in a dear colleague letter first obtained by Roll Call.

Bill Nelson, Down Less than 35,000 Votes in Florida, Waiting for Recount
GOP opponent Rick Scott characterizes effort as ‘a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career’

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is waiting for a state law-mandated recount in his race against Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who reportedly conceded defeat just after midnight in his re-election bid against GOP Gov. Rick Scott, is now awaiting a recount.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson, the Democrat who is seeking a fourth term, said in a statement Wednesday.

Democratic House Means More Time for Senate Nominations — And Another Trump SCOTUS Pick?
The Senate will still have plenty to do, even as legislation languishes with divided government

Unlike the House Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,of Kentucky will have reason to smile after Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fond of saying that unlike the House, the Senate is in the “personnel business.”

That is only going to be more true in the 116th Congress, with Democrats taking control of the House and chances for legislating likely becoming fewer and further between.

DOJ Civil Rights Division to Monitor Polls in 35 Counties on Election Day
Arizona, Nevada, Florida, North Dakota, and Texas among 19 states where DOJ personnel will monitor polling places

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has deployed Civil Rights Division personnel to monitor polling locations in 35 counties in 19 different states on Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections, voters in 35 counties — from Las Vegas to Dallas to Tampa — will head to precincts that are being closely monitored by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for “compliance with the federal voting rights laws,” the DOJ announced Monday.

“Voting rights are constitutional rights, and they’re part of what it means to be an American,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Trump Signals Cabinet, Staff Changes After Midterms
President says he plans to ‘take a look’ at allegations of wrongdoing against Zinke

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he likes his cabinet “for the most part,” but changes might be coming after the midterms. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump signaled Monday he expects Cabinet and staff changes after Tuesday’s midterms, but stopped short of saying embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might be ousted amid corruption charges.

He also said he intends to name a nominee to replace Nikki Haley as UN ambassador by the end of the week. (He leaves Friday for a Armistice Day visit to Paris.)

Kavanaugh Defense Makes Lindsey Graham a GOP Star on Florida Campaign Trail
South Carolina senator finishing up his cross country tour backing GOP candidates

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gets a "kiss for Kavanaugh" from Cyndi Frump during a rally with Florida governor candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., at the Hillsborough County Republican Party office in Tampa. Frump was appreciative of Graham's support for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

ORLANDO, Fla. — There was a time when Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t attracting a crowd for his own 2016 presidential bid. Now he’s a bit of a rock star to the Republican faithful.

The South Carolina Republican is nearing the end of a cross-country tour that will bring him to a dozen states on behalf of Republican House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates — and yes, under the auspices of the Republican National Committee, President Donald Trump.

Trump Wavers on Ending Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order
Now says he’s prepared to send 15,000 troops to border

Dreamers and supporters march to the U.S. Capitol on Monday, March 5, 2018, to call on Congress to act to pass the Dream Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump said he “very well may” sign an executive order attempting to end birthright citizenship, citing former President Barack Obama’s order setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as adequate legal precedent.

As two caravans of Central American migrants head toward the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump said he is prepared to order up to 10,000 to 15,000 American military troops to assist law enforcement entities to prevent illegal crossings. And he said he plans to erect tent cities along the southern border to house undocumented migrants who enter the country illegally, again criticizing the so-called catch-and-release program that he contends let tens of millions of “illegal” immigrants into the United States.

New York Democrat, Republican Call for Hearings on Holocaust Education Bill
Letter to Education Committee leaders comes less than week after most deadly killing of Jews in U.S. history

Mourners leave roses next to one of the many plaques detailing transports of Berlin Jews to concentration camps in Berlin, Germany. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images file photo)

A bipartisan duo of New York lawmakers asked Wednesday for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to hold hearings on their bill that would provide resources to public and private schools to more adequately teach students about the Holocaust in World War II in Nazi Germany.

The request from Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney and GOP Rep. Dan Donovan comes less than a week after a gunman entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 Jews celebrating Shabbat.

Trump Tax Cuts Will Wait Until 2019, Brady Says in Plot Twist
Still no timeline for White House to release outline of the president’s 10 percent plan

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said the new tax cuts would be on the 2019 agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is appearing to punt President Donald Trump’s new middle class tax cut plan to 2019.

Rep. Kevin Brady made clear Friday that the additional 10 percent middle class tax cut, which raised eyebrows when the president first mentioned it last week, would be a priority if the GOP maintains control of both chambers of Congress in 2019.

Bernie Sanders Blasts Donald Trump for Weakness in ‘Taking on the Dictator of Saudi Arabia’
Vermont senator campaigning for Democrats in Nevada on Thursday

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at a Nevada Democrats' rally on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernie Sanders has added a direct assault on President Donald Trump over his handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the top of his campaign stump speech.

“He’s a tough guy when it comes to presenting a budget that cuts nutrition programs for low-income pregnant women — really tough guy. But, ain’t so tough taking on the dictator of Saudi Arabia who has his dissidents murdered in cold blood,” Sanders said Thursday evening.