2016 Republican National Convention

House Republican Leader Invites Democratic Freshmen to Meet With Him
McCarthy sends letter to newly elected Democrats, responding to their message about prioritizing legislation

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is seen on the chamber floor via a television monitor as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi conducts her weekly news conference Thursday. Later that afternoon, McCarthy sent a letter to incoming Democratic freshmen offering to meet with them to foster bipartisan relationships. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has a message for the newly elected Democrats who swept dozens of his colleagues out of office and his party into the minority: I’ll work with you. 

“When the new Congress is sworn in, we will all bear the ‘solemn responsibility’ of acting on behalf of our fellow citizens, as you wrote in a letter to your party’s leadership earlier this month,” McCarthy wrote in a letter to the incoming Democratic freshmen, obtained by Roll Call. 

Capitol Ink | The Exact Same Joke

“If I write a good joke in July that puts words in Donald Trump's mouth and then draw it up in a cartoon, everybody loves it. It's fantastic. They think it's absolutely great. Donald Trump tells the exact same joke in October and people get on his case, and I don't get it! I don't know why. It wasn't his fault those words came out of his mouth.”

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

The general election has kicked off following the party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

3 Things Clinton Must Do Tonight
Democratic nominee prepares for the speech of her life

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the Wells Fargo Center stage in Philadelphia Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hillary Clinton has said it herself multiple times: She's a lackluster public speaker.  

Yet Thursday night she must find a way to make a soaring case for her presidential nomination, matching — if not outshining — a series of Democratic National Convention speeches that has been hailed as among the best in their genre.

Trump Tries To Woo Sanders Supporters By Trolling Sanders
Vermont senator is too "weak" and "exhausted" to fight, Trump says

Donald Trump called Sen. Bernie Sanders a "weak and somewhat pathetic figure" ahead of the Vermont senator's Monday night address to the Democratic National Convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders is supporting Hillary Clinton after the Democratic National Committee email scandal , Donald Trump is using it as a way to try to pry supporters way from the Vermont independent.    

Trump is fanning the flames of the leaked internal committee emails by saying that Clinton rigged the system from the beginning and that Sanders did not have a chance to win — a common refrain among Sanders supporters who say DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz gamed the primary system in Clinton's favor. 

Donald Trump Denies Ever Linking Cruz's Father To JFK Assassination
GOP nominee also says he didn't attack Heidi Cruz

Republican nominee Donald Trump, right, seems unwilling to take the high road in his feud with former presidential rival Ted Cruz. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The day after accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump denied he once disparaged Ted Cruz's father and then repeated the insult, continuing his feud with the Texas senator two days after Cruz refused to endorse him .  

At a post-convention press conference in Cleveland, the real estate mogul said he never promoted the idea that Rafael Cruz was with Lee Harvey Oswald right before he shot John F. Kennedy.   

Trump Says He'll Never Accept Endorsement From Cruz
But will consider setting up a super PAC to oppose Cruz should he run again

There's still bad blood between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took his disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz to a new level on Friday.  

Trump said in an event thanking volunteers at the Republican National Convention that not only does he not want Cruz's endorsement, he might even try to derail any future Cruz has in Republican presidential politics.   

Here Comes Another Musician Mad With Trump
GOP convention playing 'Here Comes the Sun' offends George Harrison estate

Add George Harrison to the list of artists who didn't want to be on the Republican convention playlist. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Donald Trump campaign upset one last artist on the last night of the Republican National Convention.   

Ivanka Trump walked on to the convention stage  Thursday to introduce her father to "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles. The estate of former Beatle George Harrison, who wrote the song, expressed its displeasure: 

Ivanka's Spotlight Masks Dearth of Female Leaders at the Podium
Some of the GOP's most prominent elected women passed on Cleveland

Ivanka Trump, daughter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, nominates him on behalf of New York State. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — Introducing her father Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump stood out as one of the most high-profile women to grace the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena this week. 

She was also the most emphatic in calling for wage equality for women and affordable child care. "I know how hard it is to work while raising a family, and I also know I am far more fortunate than most," said Trump, 34, who is both an executive in her father's company and the mother of three small children. "American families with children need relief."

Will Trump Bounce? Historically, Nominees Get a Convention Bump
All eyes are on the polls after Trump's week

Only John Kerry, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, a Republican, saw a negative dip in the polls after their conventions.

After a rocky Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, pollsters will soon be getting a feel for what registered voters think of the newly minted nominee, Donald Trump.