Podcast: There’s (Political) Royalty in Congress, Too
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 10

Vice President Mike Pence and his brother Greg Pence, who is the GOP candidate for Indiana's 6th Congressional District. (Left photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, right photo courtesy Greg Pence for Congress)

Trump Notches Slight Lead in Three Tiny Towns that Voted First
Clinton wins two New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, but Trump pulls ahead in third

Voters wait in line to cast ballots outside a polling place on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Election Day was over almost as soon as it started in three tiny New Hampshire towns that voted around midnight Tuesday, with Republican nominee Donald Trump claiming a very early lead.

The towns, each with populations fewer than 100, were the first in the country to finish tallying their votes, thanks to a state law that allows small towns to open polls at the strike of midnight and close them as soon as everyone has voted. Clinton won in two of them, but Trump pulled ahead in the third, giving him a total of 32 votes to Clinton's 25. according to news reports.

Clinton Tells Delegates: 'This is Your Victory'
Democratic nominee thanks convention for putting her over the top

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the convention via video. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday thanked convention delegates for her victory, saying that "we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."


Trump Speech Excerpts
'America is less safe,' Republican nominee expected to say in prime-time address

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak to delegates at the convention on Thursday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Excerpts from Donald Trump's speech Republican National Convention:  

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. …  

Christie Tries Clinton from Podium, 'Lock Her Up,' Screams the Crowd
Political attack dog goes after Democrat on foreign policy, email scandal, character

Delegates shout "guilty" as Chris Christie makes the case against HIllary Clinton.. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Chris Christie conducted a mock trial of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at the podium of the Republican convention, winding up delegates into furious chants of “Lock Her Up, Lock Her Up.”  

Wielding a rhetorical pitchfork, the New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential primary rival of nominee Donald Trump thundered that Clinton was guilty of monumental policy and character failures that he said disqualify her from the presidency.  

Biden to Campaign with Clinton for First Time
Vice president and nominee to stump together in battleground of Pennsylvania

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will hit the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will campaign with Hillary Clinton for the first time next Friday in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the economically hard-hit Rust Belt, her campaign announced Thursday.

Biden and the presumptive Democratic nominee will appear together in Scranton to "discuss their shared commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," her campaign said in a statement.

Benghazi Report Describes Inertia, Failure to Recognize Risks
Republican-led committee set to release findings Tuesday

The attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi in 2012 has been the subject of a number of investigations and contentious hearings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi in 2012 had traveled there to lay the groundwork for a visit from Hillary Clinton a month later and the eventual opening of a permanent U.S. consulate, a report released Tuesday by a Republican-led House panel concluded.  

The finding is among the few new pieces of information in  sections of the 800-page report that were released to several media outlets overnight, after a two-year and $7 million investigation into the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  

5 Things Philly and Cleveland Are Doing to Brace for Convention Mania
Opening a prison, for one

Holmesburg Prison seen from the air in Philadelphia. (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

A fortress-like prison that has been the backdrop for horror movies will be opened in case of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention. The move is one of several extraordinary steps city officials in Philadelphia and Cleveland have taken to brace for the events.  

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to swarm into both cities during the party conventions next month, prompting concerns about potential violence or even terrorist attacks. Republicans meet in Cleveland July 18-21 while the Democrats gather in Philadelphia July 25-28.  

Lewandowski No Longer a Good Fit for Trump
Campaign manager was let go as Trump looks ahead to Clinton and national campaign

Corey Lewandowski is out as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is an outspoken and bare knuckles political operative whose personal style seemed to mesh with the brash presumptive Republican presidential nominee before he became a lightning rod for criticism.

Lewandowski’s reputation for confrontation, including one landmark incident with a reporter at a Trump rally in Florida, served the business mogul well enough during the political knife fights of the primaries.

Reid Believes Sanders Accepts Clinton as Nominee
Sanders, minority leader meet on Capitol Hill; Reid expects Sanders to campaign for Democrats

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he believes Bernie Sanders has accepted Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.