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Flake Gets 2018 Primary Challenge
Kelli Ward recently ran an unsuccessful campaign against John McCain

The 2016 elections aren’t over, but Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is already facing a primary challenge in 2018 from former state Sen. Kelli Ward. 

Ward announced Wednesday on her radio show “The Kelli Ward Connection” that she will take on the Republican senator, who has been a consistent critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. 

Democrats Draw Line Over LGBT Provision in Defense Authorization Bill
Senate Democrats strongly oppose amendment they say would allow for discrimination

Senate Democrats and the White House are drawing a line in negotiations over the defense authorization bill, signaling strong opposition to a provision they say would allow for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The issue has emerged as one of the hurdles in the negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act. An amendment added to the House version of the bill would expand protections and exemptions to “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution, or religious society” that receives a federal contract.

McCain Blasts Trump for Refusing to Say He'll Accept Election Results
Arizona Republican was the GOP presidential nominee in 2008

Arizona Sen. John McCain blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that he might not accept the election results, implying that not doing so is disrespectful to the American people.

McCain invoked his own experience as the GOP presidential candidate in 2008, when he lost to Sen. Barack Obama.

Merrick Garland Trudges On, Awaiting Supreme Court Action
Judge tends to his day job while quietly preparing for a hearing

For now, Judge Merrick Garland is in limbo. That is, if heaven is serving on the Supreme Court and waiting in limbo involves a bunch of paperwork.

Each morning, Garland does what he’s always done: he goes to work. That’s not so unusual. But these days, when he leaves his quiet Bethesda, Maryland, neighborhood, he’s riding in an SUV with federal agents.

Schumer Says Immigration, Tax Overhaul on Potential Agenda
No. 3 Democrat is poised to become the next leader if his party retakes the Senate

Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York is beginning to lay out a possible agenda should he become the Senate majority leader next year.

The third highest-ranking Democrat is poised to succeed Harry Reid, who is retiring. Schumer said in an interview on CNBC that he wants to "get things done" and pointed to immigration and tax proposals as potential areas of bipartisan agreement.

McCain: GOP United Against 'Any' Clinton Supreme Court Nominee
McCain spokeswoman later clarified he would vet any nominee individually

Sen. John McCain promised Monday that Senate Republicans would be united against “any” potential Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee, though a spokeswoman later clarified that he would judge any nominee individually.

“I promise you we will, we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” the Arizona Republican said in a radio interview on The Dom Giordano Program in Philadelphia. “I promise you. This is why we need the majority.”

Female Democrats Work to Boost Senate Ranks
Quartet swung through 3 battleground states over the weekend

PHILADELPHIA — On Friday night, Katie McGinty stood on the stairs at Pennsylvania 6, a dimly lit downtown bar, and exclaimed, "We have some girl power in the house tonight!”

To the left of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate hopeful stood four incumbent female senators: Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii. The Keystone State marked the group's second stop on a campaign swing to boost the ranks of the chamber's female Democrats.

Thune Still Voting for Trump Despite Calling for Him to Step Aside
South Dakota senator says party nominee still has 'a lot of work to do'

South Dakota Sen. John Thunes said he will likely still support Donald Trump for president despite calling on him to step aside as the Republican nominee.

"I intend to support the nominee of our party and if anything should change, then I'll let you know, but he's got a lot of work to do, I think, if he's going to have any hope of winning this election," Thune told the Sioux Falls CBS affiliate KELOLand Television on Tuesday.

Fischer Backs Trump After Calling on Him to Step Aside
Nebraska senator says she never said she wouldn't vote for GOP ticket

Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer said in a radio interview Tuesday that she would still support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after calling on him to step aside as the party's nominee on Saturday.

“Like most Nebraskans, I am fully committed to defeating Hillary Clinton," Fischer told radio station KLIN. "I support the Republican ticket and I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on Nov. 8.”

Trump Campaign Manager Accuses Lawmakers of Sexual Harassment
Conway describes members of Congress making unwanted advances

Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway accused some unnamed members of Congress of sexual harassment Sunday night, after a slew of Republican lawmakers withdrew their support for their party's presidential nominee after video footage from 2005 revealed him making lewd comments regarding his advances towards women.

"I would talk to some of the members of Congress there when I was younger and prettier, them rubbing against girls, sticking their tongues down women's throats who were uninvited, didn't like it," Conway said in an interview on MSNBC after Sunday night's presidential debate

Which Republican Lawmakers Have Dumped Trump So Far?
GOP nominee faces backlash for lewd comments about women

Republican lawmakers are quickly distancing themselves from their GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, after leaked footage released Friday showed Trump using vulgar and graphic language in 2005 to discuss his sexual advances towards women.

While many Republicans have condemned the remarks, others went a step further. Some called on Trump to step down as their nominee and allow his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to take the helm. Others have said they can no longer vote for Trump. Here is a list of those members of Congress.

Democratic Women Slam Trump Comments as 'Sick,' 'Sexist'
4 Democratic female senators criticized Trump on campaign trail in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — Female Democrats came out swinging against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling his leaked remarks about women “sick” and accusing him of being sexist.

“I can’t even stand to hardly say his name anymore. It’s so disgusting the way he thinks of women,” Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow told a group of campaign volunteers Friday night. “Somebody who’s ignorant and arrogant and sexist and racist and unprepared does not deserve to be our president.”

Trump Remarks: Ryan ‘Sickened,’ McConnell Calls Them ‘Repugnant’
Leaked footage showed Trump using vulgar language to describe women

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday that he was “sickened” by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about women captured on video, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also described as “repugnant.”

Trump bragged about his exploits with women and used graphic language to describe his sexual advances in a video from 2005 obtained by The Washington Post. The conversation occurred on an “Access Hollywood” bus when Trump was making an appearance on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” according to the Post.“I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified,” Ryan said in a statement. “I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”

Schumer Heads to End Zone With New Ad
New York Democrat is expected to easily win re-election

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is targeting football fans in his latest re-election pitch — but he doesn’t need to throw a Hail Mary.

The New York Democrat is expected to cruise to victory against Republican opponent Wendy Long this November. But he is still campaigning and has a new ad highlighting his push to keep the Buffalo Bills football team in Western New York.

Government Funding and Medical Research to Dominate Lame-Duck Session
Lawmakers will return for four weeks after the November election

Last week, lawmakers raced to find a funding deal to avert a government shutdown, and they’ll be back in a few weeks to do it all over again.

Congress returns from the campaign trail on Nov. 14 for the so-called lame-duck session, which describes the period after the November election and before a new Congress takes effect in January. One of the few items likely to get done is funding the government through the 2017 fiscal year.

Republican Senators Blocked From Political Victories
Incumbents on the ballot blame Harry Reid

Republican senators on the 2016 ballot left the Capitol last week without quite as many accomplishments to tout as they would have hoped.

They blamed obstructionism led by Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada for their bills not getting through in the final days of the pre-election session. And they engaged in election year objection theater to make their point.

Changes to 9/11 Bill Up for Discussion, Leaders Say
JASTA became law Wednesday when Congress overrode Obama's veto

Congress in November could weigh changes to a law allowing families of victims of terrorism on U.S. soil to sue foreign governments.

On Wednesday, lawmakers overwhelmingly overrode President Barack Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over alleged ties to the attacks. But lawmakers, wary of unintended legal consequences, are pondering changes to the statute.

Override of 9/11 Bill Veto Put Some Republicans in a Quandary
Supermajorities endorse giving families of terrorism victims the ability to sue

Nearly two dozen House Republicans broke rank on Wednesday and voted to sustain President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing families of victims of terrorism on U.S. soil to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to the attacks.

The vote posed a dilemma for lawmakers with reservations about the bill, because they could be cast as unsympathetic to families of those who died in the 9/11 attacks. And Senate leaders easily mustered the requisite two-thirds supermajority needed to overturn Obama's veto — the first time Congress has done so during his presidency.

Orlando Shooting Victim Pushes Lawmakers to Act
Angel Colon is asking Congress to address gun violence

Angel Colon rose from his chair, grabbing his crutch, and walked slowly towards the podium in a small room in the Capitol.

Colon is struggling to walk again after he was shot multiple times in both of his legs when a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June.

White House Walks Tightrope on Flint Aid
Obama is not using signature as leverage to get more help for Michigan city

"He has the nerve to suggest Democrats are the ones causing problems," Earnest said, urging Ryan to provide “a little clarity about Republicans' commitment to addressing this issue.” ...