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Party Diversity Gap to Remain in 115th
A look at the demographics of the next Congress

Though the next Congress will see slight increases in women and racial minorities, it will still consist mostly of white males, especially among Republicans. On the Republican side, 11 House members and three senators come from racial minority groups, compared to the Democrats’ 81 House members and six senators.

Note: 2016 counts do not include four undecided House races and one undecided Senate race as of press time, and do not include delegates. 

A Museum Opens Following a Century of Effort
The winding road to the building of an African-American history museum

After numerous challenges and outright opposition, the quest for a national museum documenting the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans has been realized.

Follow the decades of history, full of starts and stops, below:

Congress Weighs Weed: The March Toward Legalization
Four states and D.C. allow recreational use

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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.    

What Are Undecided Voters Thinking About the Election?
How those mulling a presidential pick stand on key issues

In an Aug. 1 poll, undecided Americans said they are more likely to end up voting for GOP nominee Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. But ideologically, they appeared to have more in common with Democratic Clinton backers.  ...
Thinking Ahead: Who Could be the Next Woman to Lead a Ticket?
Hillary Clinton cracked the glass ceiling, and that changes the dynamic for 2020 and beyond

Whether or not Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, her place in history as the first female nominated to lead a major party was cemented this week.  

Although the race is far from over, her success has added a new dynamic to presidential politics in the United States for both parties. What may not have been possible before, now is, and for many women on the rise, it's time to think bigger.  

A Quick Look: Immigration Reform in Washington
A timeline dating back to 2001 will get you up to speed on the issue

Immigration policy has been a dominant topic on both convention stages these past two weeks. But what are the specific policy initiatives that are being debated?  

CQ Roll Call has a brief recap of what's happened to immigration policy on the House and Senate chamber floors in recent years.  

The State of the Economy Is...
 

By many indications, the country's condition continues to improve. Gas prices are down. So is the unemployment rate. But other aspects are lagging. Wage growth, in particular, remains stubbornly low....
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 .  

Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis in One Chart
The territory faces another default on a debt payment on July 1

Facing a $72 billion public debt, Puerto Rico defaulted on a $422 million payment last month, stoking fears that the commonwealth's fiscal situation needs drastic intervention. As the territory is facing a $2 billion payment due July 1, Congress is considering a measure to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt under the purview of a mediation board or in federal court.  

Many Americans are unaware the territory is part of the U.S. — this is how Puerto Rico compares to the states.  

Trump and Cruz Scramble for Remaining Delegates
Ohio, Florida, Illinois join others at the polls

One quarter of the remaining delegates are at stake tonight in the race to the Republican nomination. As Ohio, Florida, Illinois and more head to the polls, here's where the candidates stand, and what's next in the few months left.  

Super Tuesday Vote Closer Than it Appeared

The most important result from Super Tuesday was not whether a candidate won a state, but by how much he or she won.  

Political watchers are hailing Donald Trump's seven first-place finishes on the biggest day of the primary season so far as a clear victory for the Republican front-runner. But the winner of a state carries less significance in the race for delegates at this point in the campaign, with the GOP's winner-take-all system not kicking in until March 15.  

Parsing Obama’s Words Over 8 Addresses to Congress

Delivering his final State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama relied on key phrases and terms that dominate his previous addresses to Congress.  

Obama’s dependence on certain words, however, has changed over the years. When he first addressed Congress as president in 2009, he mentioned terms such as “government,” “tax” and “budget” 59 times. On Tuesday, such terms were used just nine times.  

Speaker Ryan’s Staff: Where Have They Been?

Updated 6:02 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s initial staff is a mix of longtime confidants of the Wisconsin Republican, experienced Washington lobbyists and a contingent of former Speaker John A. Boehner’s aides.  

A CQ Roll Call analysis of the work experience of the 22 staffers confirmed as part of the new speaker’s team shows many have spent considerable time in other congressional offices. There’s a cumulative 48 years with former Speaker John A. Boehner during his 24-year tenure on Capitol Hill. The staffers have accumulated 38 years working with Ryan.  

Hill Staff Predict Rubio Will Be GOP Nominee

While nationwide polls have consistently shown Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading the pack of Republicans seeking the party's nomination for the White House in 2016, a  CQ Roll Call survey  shows congressional staff members say the eventual nominee will be a current lawmaker — Sen.  Marco Rubio , R-Fla.

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Maker of Costly Drug Spent Heavily on Hospitality for Doctors

Gilead Sciences Inc., the maker of the costly Sovaldi hepatitis C pill that has attracted congressional scrutiny, bought doctors about $3.6 million worth of food and drink last year, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of a federal database that tracks how much drug and medical device companies spend on physicians and hospitals.

Marco Rubio: The CQ Biography

Young, telegenic and Hispanic, Marco Rubio was talked about as a future presidential candidate within days of his election to the Senate in 2010. That buzz has died down over the past four years, as have Rubio’s ties to the tea party movement, but his entry into the 2016 race for the White House puts him into the top tier of Republican contenders.  

The son of Cuban immigrants and a popular figure in the crucial swing state of Florida, Rubio presents himself as a hard-working fiscal conservative with plenty of government experience — he spent most of his 30s in the state House, departing after two years as speaker. He was vetted as a possible running mate to Mitt Romney in 2012, and shortly after the election, polls of Republicans showed Rubio as the favorite possible GOP presidential nominee for 2016.  

Oil Producers Plan for Open Crude Exports by 2020

Industry representatives and key lawmakers plan market studies, polls of Americans’ views and incremental moves on exports to sway public opinion in favor of allowing crude oil exports.

Energy Department Slow to Take On New Tech

While industry seeks to move forward with nuclear technology, the Energy Department has been reluctant to embrace what it sees as another potential boondoggle.