Thomas McKinless

Watch: New Elizabeth Warren Video Reveals Genetic Test Results and Talks Heritage With Her Family

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released on Monday the results of a DNA test showing that she has Native American ancestry. President Donald Trump has mocked Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, often referring to the senator as “Pocahontas.” Warren is up for reelection this year in a race that...
‘Winter is Coming,’ Tardy Speeches and Ye in the Oval: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 8, 2018

“I had important meetings today with senators and everything, nobody cared,” President Donald Trump said near the conclusion of his freewheeling sit down with rapper and music producer Kanye West in the Oval Office on Thursday. The buzz-worthy event capped off the Senate’s last week in Washington before heading home to campaign, a busy week filled with music legends, Game of Thrones references and errant cell phones.

Watch: Trump Announces Nikki Haley’s Departure as UN Ambassador — Successor to Come in 2-3 Weeks

President Donald Trump and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced from the Oval Office on Tuesday that Haley would be stepping down from her UN post at the end of the year.

“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose — hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point,” Trump said, praising the outgoing ambassador. 

‘Boo Yourself,’ 4 Pinocchios and Phones on the Floor: Congressional Hits and Misses
 Week of Oct. 1, 2018

It’s been a pretty contentious — and long — week in the Senate. During the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fracas, some senators were defending their nominee while trying to figure out how to silence their cell phones. ...
Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Stir Up Ruckus Outside McConnell's Office 

Protesters continued their morning protests against Brett Kavanaugh, moving from outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s home to outside of his office on Capitol Hill. There have been many protests in the wake of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee and they are likely to continue Friday with the final Senate vote happening sometime over the weekend. ...
Massive, Loud and Passionate Anti-Kavanaugh Protest Takes Over Hart Building

U.S. Capitol Police arrested scores of protesters in the Hart Senate office building Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was organized by the Women’s March to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate has a vote planned for Friday to advance the nomination following the results of an FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against the judge in the 1980s.

Watch: Activists Blast ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape on Loop at Capitol to Protest Kavanaugh

The women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet played the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape on a loop in front of the Capitol on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump’s Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The group plans to play the footage from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the eve of the Senate’s planned cloture vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday....
24 House Ratings Change in Favor of Democrats, One Month Out

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales has two dozen House race ratings shifts — and they’re all positive for Democrats. Nearly one month from Election Day, Gonzales discusses how it’s more a question of Democratic prospects being good or great in the House than anything else. See below for a full list of all the ratings shifts and watch the video for more analysis. ...
Security Increases for Senate Judiciary Members as Tensions Heighten on the Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham was escorted by a security detail to the Senate subway on Tuesday while being followed by protesters shouting at him. Graham is an outspoken GOP member of the committee overseeing the confirmation process of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which was marred by protests last week. 

The anti-Kavanaugh protesters waiting in the Russell entrance to the Senate subway also accosted Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, but cheered at the arrivals of Sens. Mazie Hirono and Bernie Sanders. 

This New York District is the Race to Watch for Democrats in the Trump Era
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

New York’s 19th District is larger than the state of Connecticut and home to one of the closest House races in the country in 2018. Senior politics reporter Bridget Bowman breaks down the election between Republican incumbent Rep. John J. Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado....
Hallelujah, Two Copies of National Geographic and the Chinese People’s Libertarian Army: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Sept. 24, 2018

It’s been a long week. But as the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a trying, emotional Supreme Court hearing, the rest of the Capitol was up to its usual foibles. Take a break from the drama with this week’s Hits and Misses, featuring George Gershwin, the Chinese Libertarian Army and a bipartisan love of National Geographic. 

Graham on Flake Maneuver: Jeff’s Trying His Best to Bring the Country Together

Sen. Jeff Flake, one of a handful of senators who could determine the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, voted Friday to advance the nomination, under the condition that the floor vote will be pushed back one week to allow time for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

Senators from both sides of the aisle praised the delay. “We are in a better place than we were at 8 a.m. this morning,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said. 

Huge Crowds, Long Lines, Tight Security: What Capitol Hill Was Like on Ford, Kavanaugh Hearing Day

Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus was on the ground during this long, tumultuous Thursday on Capitol Hill. Marked with massive protests and several arrests, here's what it was like outside the hearing room while the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on sexual assault allegations from accuser Christine Blasey Ford and the nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Buildings Crowded With Protests For and Against Kavanaugh as Blasey Ford Testifies

Protesters for and against the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh swarmed Senate office buildings on Capitol Hill Thursday morning. The Senate Judiciary panel gaveled in its hearing on sexual assault allegations to hear from accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Watch for perspectives from various protesters on the Hill....
Trump on Believing Kavanaugh Allegations: ‘I Have to Watch Tomorrow’

President Donald Trump called Senate Democrats efforts to derail Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process a “con job.” 

“I’d love to be in the room with the Democrats … [Minority Leader Charles E.] Schumer and his buddies are all in there laughing how they fooled you all,” Trump said at a news briefing Wednesday night. 

Monarchs of the Hill: Members and Staff Release Butterflies Toward Mexico

Hill staffer Kelley Kurtz held an event to release dozens of monarch butterflies outside the Capitol Tuesday evening. Kurtz raised the butterflies herself, and plans to start a staff group for other monarch butterfly enthusiasts. The release was hosted alongside the Pollinator Protection Caucus, a bipartisan group of House members that seeks to protect pollinating insects like bees and butterflies....
Cruz, McCarthy Shoot Congressional Hoops, But Lawmakers Lose to Lobbyists

The lobbyists bested the lawmakers once again at the 20th annual congressional basketball game on Tuesday night. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Ted Cruz were among the members on the team this year, joining Reps. Ryan A. Costello, Brad Wenstrup, Carlos Curbelo, and the sole Democrat and the team — freshman Conor Lamb. 

The score was 57-53.