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Army Veteran Wins Kansas GOP Nod for Jenkins Seat
Republican Steve Watkins will face off against Democrat Paul Davis in November

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., is retiring after five terms in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Aug. 8, 11:25 a.m. | An Afghanistan War veteran won the Republican nomination in Kansas’ 2nd District, which GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins is vacating.

Democrats are targeting the eastern Kansas district, as well as the Kansas City-area 3rd District, where a mixed martial arts fighter beat out a Bernie Sanders-backed candidate in a crowded Democratic primary.

Pelosi, Deb Haaland Stump for Violence Against Women Act
Albuquerque event showcases Democratic plans for reauthorization

Deb Haaland and Nancy Pelosi touted Democrats' efforts on the Violence Against Women Act in Albuquerque. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined House candidate Deb Haaland in Albuquerque Tuesday to advocate for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, touting the bill’s provisions aimed at protecting Native American communities.

“For indigenous women, change has been slow and we are in the fight for our lives,” said Haaland, who, if elected to the Albuquerque-based 1st District seat, would make history as the first Native American woman elected to the House. She is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

Top 10 Trump Nicknames and Why They Stick to His Foes
Derisive monikers often ‘are code words for something else,’ Dem strategist says

President Donald Trump at a business session with governors at the White House earlier this year. He has a way of weakening opponents with nicknames his critics call offensive. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump had the friendly crowd at a simmer during a campaign rally Tuesday evening in Tampa, Florida. Then the showman in chief dropped two words that sent them into a raucous boil: “Crooked Hillary.”

Trump had long pivoted away from the man he was ostensibly there to boost in his no-longer-long-shot bid for the Republican nomination for governor, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis. Trump was touting Trump. Just before employing the derisive moniker that helped him vanquish his 2016 general election foe, Trump was boasting about moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Obamas Announce First Round of Endorsements
Includes alumni of his administration

Former President Barack Obama, made his first round of endorsements in the 2018 election cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President Barack Obama  waded into the 2018 elections and endorsed a slew of candidates across the country, including some who served in his administration.

Obama and former first lady Michelle made their announcement on Wednesday and said the former president would also focus on redistricting.

Time Running Out for Violence Against Women Act
Lack of bipartisan sponsorship could slow process

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, lauded protections for Native American women in the reauthorization measure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Violence Against Women Act will expire at the end of September if lawmakers don’t act on a bill to extend the protections introduced by Democrats just before the House leaves town for the August recess.

Congress first passed the landmark domestic violence law in 1993 and most recently reauthorized it in 2013. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer urged chamber Republicans not to hold up the new proposal by “playing politics.”

How Left Is Too Left? Kansas Democrats Duke It Out in Must-Win District
Kevin Yoder’s seat is a Democratic target this year

Lawyer Brent Welder, center, rallies with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Kansas City on Friday. (Courtesy Brent Welder for Congress)

Kansas’ 3rd District was recently thrust into the national spotlight as the latest battleground for the soul of the Democratic Party. While local Democrats are divided over the best strategy for the general election, they agree on one thing: It’s a district they have to win to take back the House.

“This is a good example of very ripe territory for Democrats,” said one Democratic operative involved in the race. “And if Democrats are not winning here in November, that’s a very bad sign.”

Democratic Staff of Most Powerful Senate Committees Have the Least Racial Diversity
But Senate Republicans have not published their own statistics

Senate Appropriations ranking member Patrick Leahy appears in the Capitol last year. Three of the four Senate committees with the least diverse Democratic staffs this year are also the most powerful. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate committees with the whitest Democratic staffs are also some of the chamber’s most powerful.

Appropriations, Finance and Armed Services are three of the four least diverse panels, according to a Roll Call analysis of data released by the Senate Democrats. Just 5 percent, 6 percent and 13 percent of their respective staffs are non-Caucasian.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Have Another Thing to Worry About: Diversity on Their Staffs
Conference voluntarily released data on its diversity statistics for the second year

Vulnerable Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III, left, and Jon Tester have offices that are 93 percent and 92 percent white, an analysis of data released by Senate Democrats found. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic senators gearing up for competitive re-elections tend to have whiter staffs, according to a Roll Call analysis of data released by Senate Democrats.

Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who finds himself in a race rated Tilts Democratic by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, has a staff that is 93 percent white. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III, also in a Tilts Democratic contest, was just behind him, at 92 percent.

Warren Smacks Trump Back Over DNA Test
Says president is ‘too incompetent’ to reunite migrant families in time to meet court order

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized President Donald Trump for his family separation policy in response to his questioning her heritage. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren ripped President Donald Trump on Twitter after he insulted her at a campaign rally in Montana.

On Thursday, Trump repeated his use of “Pocahontas,” a slur that he has used to demean Warren’s claiming Native American heritage.