Election

Senate Starting Campaign Recess Two Weeks Early, Gone Through Midterm Election
Upper chamber reaches agreement on nominations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, will allow the Senate to depart early for the remainder of the midterm campaign cycle after reaching an agreement with Democrats to speed up consideration on several judicial and executive nominations. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate leaders on Thursday reached an agreement to accelerate consideration of several judicial nominations — a deal that will allow the chamber to depart two weeks early for its midterm campaign recess. 

The Senate will recess through the Nov. 6 election and is scheduled to return the following Tuesday.

Report: Competitive U.S. House Races Spell Good Fortune for Broadcast Stations
Campaign spending on TV ads highest of any election cycle

Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., appears in an “Estruth for Congress” ad on television in October 1995. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Amid a fierce battle for control of the House, candidates are spending around 50 percent more than they did at this point in the 2014 election cycle, according to a Bloomberg report.

Due to an unusually large number of retirements in the House this year, candidates have come out in large numbers in districts where they will not face the typical uphill primary battle against an incumbent. Sixty-four Representatives are retiring, have resigned, or are running in another election this year, according to Roll Call’s Departing Members

Rep. Steve Pearce to Run for New Mexico Governor
First Republican to join race, opens up congressional seat

Rep. Steve Pearce is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Pearce on Monday became the first Republican to join the race for governor of New Mexico, opening up the state’s 2nd District seat, which Democrats were already planning to target in 2018.

Pearce is the second New Mexico congressional representative to announce plans seek the state’s highest job. Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her campaign in December and has already outraised her potential competitors.

Sanders on Shooter: ‘I Condemn This Action’
 

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning that he was “sickened” to learn that the shooter who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball game practice was a volunteer during his 2016 presidential bid.

[ Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Shooter Was Campaign Volunteer ]

BET Founder Says African-Americans Should Give Trump a Shot
Bob Johnson met with the president-elect over the weekend

President-elect Donald Trump greets Robert Johnson, right, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and his wife Lauren Wooden as they arrive Sunday for a meeting at Trump International Golf Club. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Bob Johnson, founder of BET, asked African-Americans on Monday to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance, citing the real estate developer’s business experience.

In an interview with CNBC, Johnson, an avowed Democrat, professed to knowing Trump for years. The former Hillary Clinton supporter seemed confident that African-Americans could find common ground with the incoming Trump administration, especially where the economy is concerned.

Poll: Millennials Aren’t Buying Trump’s Campaign Promises
Are younger adults still mourning Sanders’ loss?

Supporters of Donald Trump attend a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump may be the president-elect, but millennials remain skeptical that the real estate mogul will follow through on his big-ticket campaign promises.

According to an Economist/YouGov poll released this week, adults under 30 are least likely to believe that Trump will deliver on his “big, beautiful” border wall, release his sought after tax returns or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Hundreds of D.C. Students Protest Trump Election
Social media helps spread word of school walkouts

Hundreds of Washington, D.C.-area high school students swarm the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court as they march through the nation’s capital on Tuesday to protest the election of Donald Trump as President. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of high school students walked out of their D.C.-area schools Tuesday afternoon to protest the election of President-elect Donald Trump. 

Their protest began at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue, before heading to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court steps.

Opinion: Does the Country Even Want to Come Together?
President-elect Trump tasked with unifying people who don't want to be together

President-elect Donald Trump takes a few questions from the press as he leaves Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in the U.S. Capitol Thursday with his wife, Melania Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the wake of elections, there’s a common refrain and an implicit mandate: “come together.” But unity might not just only be impossible under the circumstances, I’m not convinced most Americans even want it.

“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” President-elect Donald Trump said in his election night victory speech.

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