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Graham Calls for Special Prosecutor for Clinton Emails
South Carolina senator echoes Trump's call for an independent review

Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

The South Carolina Republican, a vocal critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, agreed with Trump's call earlier this week for an independent investigation.

Democrats: EpiPen Cost Curbing Is PR Move, Not a Fix
Blumenthal calls pharmaceutical company's announcement a "baby step"

Some Congressional Democrats are criticizing a pharmaceutical company's effort to curb the rising cost of a drug used to combat severe allergic reactions as a public relations move rather than a solution.

Mylan announced Thursday that it would take steps to reduce the price of its EpiPen drug injector for some customers. The company said it would cover up to $300 of the cost through the use of a savings card, and would increase eligibility for a patient program that reduces costs for uninsured or underinsured patients.

Bucks for Books: Senators Earn Thousands for Memoirs
Penning a memoir can be lucrative for high-profile senators

Senators already earn a sizable salary, but writing about their work turns out to be an effective way to earn some extra cash. 

Members of the Senate can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars — in addition to their annual Senate salary of $174,000 — by penning memoirs and other books.

Reid Not Sold on Recreational Marijuana Use
Democratic leader says he needs to know more about the subject

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he would not vote in favor of recreational marijuana use today and needed to know more about the argument for legalizing its use.

"I support medical marijuana 100 percent and I'm going to wait and see how the debate progresses on recreational use of marijuana," the Nevada Democrat said, according to a transcript that Las Vegas Sun reporter Megan Messerly posted on Twitter.

N.Y. GOP Senate Candidate Links Mosque to Crime
Wendy Long is waging a longshot bid against Sen. Charles E. Schumer

New York Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long suggested the conversion of a church to a mosque in Western New York was linked to crime in the area.

"Neighborhood where the mosque displaced the church," Long tweeted last Thursday with a picture of a boarded up home in Syracuse, New York. "Crime, prostitution, money laundering. Nice Dem control of cities."

Reid: Trump Would Fail Citizenship Test
Minority leader has not held back in his criticism of GOP nominee

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called on Donald Trump to take a U.S. citizenship test, ahead of the Republican presidential nominee's speech Monday where he is expected to lay out new immigration policies.

"Since Donald Trump wants to impose new tests on immigrants, he should take the one test every immigrant has to pass to become a United States citizen," the Nevada Democrat said in a statement. "He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles, and functioning of our government."

GOP Congressman to Trump: Release Your Tax Returns
South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford pens op-ed in The New York Times

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford is calling on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to "keep his word" and release his tax returns, echoing a Democratic critique on the campaign trail.

The South Carolina congressman wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that while he intends to support Trump, his "ability to continue to do so will in part be driven by whether Mr. Trump keeps his word that he will release his tax records."

Blunt: GOP Senate Could Be a Check on Trump or Clinton
Missouri Republican is facing a competitive re-election challenge

Roy Blunt is one of several Republican senators looking to distance themselves from Donald Trump, while arguing that a GOP Senate could counteract either a Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency.

"I think I could be the 51st Republican in the Senate," the Missouri senator said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And every voter that cares about the courts, that cares about what would happen if either Secretary Clinton or Donald Trump is president — there are lots of reasons to think about why you would want a Republican Senate in all of those circumstances."

Report: Bayh Often Listed Residence in D.C., Not Indiana
GOP opponent Young has portrayed Bayh as out of touch with home state

Former Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh frequently listed his primary residence in the nation's capital and not at his home state, according to a CNN report.

A review of public documents regarding Bayh's residence after he left the Senate in 2011 and worked for a Washington law firm that has engaged in lobbying showed that Bayh often listed his two homes in D.C. as his primary residence, though he also owns a condominium in Indiana.

Gun Control Group Faces Challenge of Educating Voters
New poll shows voters don't know two senators' positions on expanding background checks

A group trying to make gun violence a factor in pivotal Senate races faces the challenge of educating voters on the candidates' positions.

Americans for Responsible Solutions released polling data Thursday that showed a majority voters in Florida and New Hampshire either  mischaracterized or were unaware of the Republican incumbents' positions on expanding background checks on firearms purchases.

Clinton Would Move Forward With Garland, Reid Says
Reid has encouraged Clinton to re-nominate Judge Garland to the Supreme Court

Hillary Clinton would revive judge Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court if she is elected president, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

The Nevada Democrat told reporters on a conference call that he was confident Clinton would move on Garland, the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, who President Barack Obama appointed to the Supreme Court in March.

Reid: Democrats Considering Forcing Votes on Supreme Court Nominee
Judge Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court in March

Congressional Democrats Say Trump Suggested 'Assassination Threat'
Trump said 'Second Amendment people' could thwart Clinton's Supreme Court nominees

Congressional Democrats and gun control advocates say Donald Trump's comment that "Second Amendment people" could thwart Hillary Clinton's judicial nominees, amounts to, in the words of one, an "assassination threat."

The GOP presidential nominee was discussing Clinton appointing Supreme Court justices if she is elected president at a rally in North Carolina Tuesday.

5 Issues to Watch When Congress Returns in September
Zika funding, appropriations bills, criminal justice overhaul on the to-do list

Lawmakers will have plenty to do when they return in September after seven weeks away from Capitol Hill. Here are five issues to watch this fall before members of Congress leave the nation’s capital again in October to hit the campaign trail:

Increasing concerns about the Zika virus amid news of mosquito transmissions on U.S. soil prompted a few lawmakers to call on Congress to return to the Capitol early to address funding to combat the virus. But that looks unlikely as the standoff over funding continues. Senators will once again face off on the package when they return after Labor Day. In June, the House adopted a conference report on Zika which allocates $1.1 billion in funds but includes language Democrats find objectionable.

What's Next for Sanders Backers? Replace the Entire Congress!
Former campaign staffers have launched "Brand New Congress"

PHILADELPHIA -- The thousands gathered at the Democratic convention this week are focused on the upcoming presidential election. But a small cadre of Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters are setting their sights on the 2018 midterm elections.  

Roughly 20 volunteers with the new group "Brand New Congress" are on the ground in Philadelphia for the convention. Their mission is to spread the word about their goal to replace most members of Congress in two years. That means Democrats, as well as Republicans.  

Dem Senate Women — From 1 to 14, Plus a Presidential Nominee
Mikulski seeks to "pass the torch" to a new generation

PHILADELPHIA — When Barbara A. Mikulski was elected 30 years ago, she was the only woman Democrat in the Senate.  

On Thursday night, she joined 11 of the other 13 female Senate Democrats on the stage to help introduce the first woman presidential nominee.  

Yellow Shirts and Sign Fights, Sanders Supporters Still Determined
Showing their colors, Sanders delegates push their agenda on Clinton's big night

PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders supporters made sure they were seen on Hillary Clinton's big night even though their candidate was counted out three days ago at the Democratic convention.  

Many delegates for Clinton's vanquished primary rival donned bright yellow, glow-in-the-dark t-shirts they hoped would stand out when the Democratic presidential nominee took the stage in Philadelphia on Thursday night.  

Clinton to Stress 'Moment of Reckoning' in Convention Speech
Democratic nominee expected to draw a sharp contrast with Trump

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton will highlight the stakes of this presidential election, as well as offer specific policy proposals, in her address to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.  

Campaign manager Robby Mook said Clinton's speech would tie together each of the previous nights of the convention in Philadelphia.  

Biden Pulls No Punches, Calls Trump Claims 'Malarkey'
GOP presidential nominee 'doesn't have a clue,' the VP says at convention

Vice President Joe Biden pulled no punches when he told delegates at the Democratic National Convention what he thought of Donald Trump's claims that he understands the middle class.  

"That's a bunch of malarkey," Biden said to the boisterous cheers from the audience.  

Kaine Chooses To Play Attack Dog in Convention Speech
Vice presidential candidate makes little direct appeal to progressives

Updated as of 11:45 p.m. |  Sen. Tim Kaine was not progressive Democrats' first pick for vice president, and he's unlikely to have changed many minds after his convention speech Wednesday.  

In his big introduction speech to the world, Kaine spent more time talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump than himself.