Democratic National Convention 2016

Generation Gap: Can Clinton and Trump Reach Millennials?
Attitudes, timing and social media all play a factor

How do you get young people interested in your campaign? With both major-party candidates drawing lukewarm responses from millennial voters, the campaigns have their work cut out for them. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call)

Millennials played a big part in getting President Barack Obama into the White House. But they aren't nearly as enthusiastic about their choices to succeed him.

Not only do candidates have to engage this demographic, they have to find them first. The groundbreaking methods of media engagement that the Obama campaign used in 2008 are no longer applicable to millennials. That's because of innovations in social media in the eight years since.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has previously expressed support for private prisons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

TMI, Chris Murphy
Connecticut senator is a fan of 'Fight Song' and Nick Lachey

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy' has drawn mixed reviews on Twitter for his musical tastes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy opened himself up to criticism by admitting he might not be the best judge of music.

On Tuesday morning, the Connecticut Democrat defended Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," which has been widely used by the Hillary Clinton campaign over the past year, saying that he liked it "a lot."

Poll: Debbie Wasserman Shultz Has Double-Digit Lead in Florida
A bright spot for embattled former DNC chairwoman

Despite a summer of bad headlines, 58 percent of Democratic voters in Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's district have a favorable view of her, a new poll shows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At last, some good news for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In spite of the most challenging summer of the Florida congresswoman's career, she still commands a 10-point lead over opponent Tim Canova in next week's Democratic primary, according to a poll released by the South Florida Sun Sentinel/Florida Atlantic University.

The Clintons' Philosophy: We Walk the Ethics Line
Clinton Foundation management has handed an issue to Trump

Bill Clinton's ego has driven actions that had political disaster written all over them and are casting a cloud over Hillary Clinton's campaign, writes Walter Shapiro. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On those rare like-a-stopped-watch occasions when Donald Trump is right about something, he ruins the moment with bombastic overstatement.

Monday morning, the supposedly newly disciplined GOP nominee issued a press release calling for the Clinton Foundation to be "shut down immediately." But Trump accompanied that defensible position (similar to a Boston Globe editorial) with the over-the-top claim that "the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history."

Obama Administration Transgender Bathroom Policy Blocked
Federal judge in Texas issues nationwide injunction

Sharron Cooks, a transgender woman delegate from Pennsylvania, looks on as Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's rule directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Texas was joined by 12 other states and two school districts in filing a lawsuit against the directive. The other states are Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona, Utah Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Georgia, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Hawaii GOP Chairman Disavows Party's House Candidate
Denounces Gabbard opponent's 'vulgar, racially-bigoted' comments

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard nominates Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party has disavowed the GOP House candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in the state's 2nd District and is urging others to do the same.

Angela Kaaihue, the GOP candidate, attacked Gabbard’s religion and ridiculed her “moon-crater cheeks,” according to the Honolulu Civil Beat. She also called Japanese people “conspirators, stealers and liars,” Hawaii News Now reported.  

Bill Clinton Turns 70
Former president and possible future first spouse celebrates

Bill Clinton celebrates at the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former president and possible future first first man Bill Clinton celebrates his 70th birthday on Friday and we hope it's full of balloons. 

He’s about one year older than his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 in October.

Clinton's Agenda Will Rely on Help From the Middle
If elected, Democratic nominee could form moderate coalition in House

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Clinton could build a sustainable House coalition with members of both parties, experts say. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A point Hillary Clinton regularly hammers home on the campaign trail is that after congressional Republicans nixed the health care overhaul she promoted as first lady, she worked with them to craft a children's health insurance plan that became law.

The Democratic presidential candidate argues that finding common ground was preferable to partisan gamesmanship — an approach she vows to bring to the Oval Office if she can defeat GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Common Denominator in Spending Bills: Attacking Reproductive Health
Language would erode Americans' family health coverage

Congressional Republicans have a longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services, writes New York Rep. Nita Lowey, seen speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When you hear the Republican majority talk about “liberty,” watch out. Because they just may be referring to the liberty of employers, health insurers, or the federal government to intrude into Americans’ most personal health choices.

Throughout the fiscal 2017 appropriations process, the Republican majority has deepened considerably its longstanding fixation with restricting access to reproductive health services. Empowering these unprecedented intrusions imperils enactment of responsible spending bills and invades Americans’ personal liberty to make their own health choices as never before.