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With No Vote in Congress, D.C. Residents Find Power in Cash
District voters are supporting Jason Chaffetz’s challenger in Utah

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is fast becoming a target of Washington, D.C., residents, upset about his efforts to overturn local laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It was only the second political contribution Sarah Carr had made in her life. A $100 gift to an obscure politician from a distant state whose values hardly align with her own.

But Carr, a 41-year-old marine scientist who lives on Capitol Hill, had a clear goal: she wanted to support anyone who might oust Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Word on the Hill: Liberty and Justice for Hurt
Speaker of the House has a birthday

Former Virginia Rep. Robert Hurt, center, is shown with Shawn Akers, left, dean of Liberty University’s Helms School of Government, and B. Keith Faulkner, dean of the Liberty University School of Law. (Courtesy Liberty University)

Former Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va., will head Liberty University’s new Center for Law & Government, which the school says aims to influence public policy and spread conservative ideals.

“I could not be more thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Hunt, who represented Virginia’s 5th District from 2011 to 2017. “I think this is an excellent opportunity for Liberty University to be a part of the policy-making process in a way that other places cannot.”

K Street Eyes Outgoing Lawmakers for Jobs
Premium on figuring out Trump and who knows who

Nebraska Rep. Brad Ashford says he hadn’t determined whether K Street would be the right fit for him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The more than 50 lawmakers who will be jobless in a few weeks may encounter an unpredictable market on K Street, should they consider taking a spin through the revolving door.

Business interests feel bullish on next year’s potentially frenzied legislative agenda, stocked with tax and health care overhauls and debate over new infrastructure projects. But most lobbying groups have a tenuous rapport with the incoming Trump administration and are evaluating their hiring through that lens.

Immigration, Obamacare Repeal Seen Headlining Trump’s First 100 Days
Former White House aide: Base will ‘demand’ quick action on border wall

President-elect Donald Trump, with his wife Melania and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after a Nov. 10 meeting in the Capitol. Trump’s first 100 days likely will be the most unconventional in the modern era, experts say. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner is relieved to be retired. Rep. John L. Mica, the recently ousted Florida Republican, is excitedly going on a cruise. And during a recent reception at the White House, a senior Obama administration official responded with a nervous shrug when asked about winter in Washington under a fledgling Trump administration.

At no other point in the modern American political era has an incoming president and administration been met with such angst and shrouded in as much mystery. But one thing appears certain as Donald John Trump prepares to take the oath of Office in 39 days: His first 100 days in the White House will likely be the most unconventional anyone has ever seen.

John Glenn’s Life in Photos: From Astronaut to National Hero to Long-Time Senator
The Ohio Democrat died Dec. 8, according to the Columbus Dispatch, at 95

On Nov. 16, 2011, Glenn (center with red tie) is among a group of the first astronauts to win the Congressional Gold Medal. Astronaut Neil Armstrong receives a medal from then-Speaker of the House John A. Boehner of Ohio, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada presents Glenn’s and then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky presents one to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and national hero as a member of the Mercury 7, has died at 95, according to reports. While John Glenn’s life in the public eye began well before he headed to Washington in 1975 as a four-term senator from Ohio, that’s certainly when CQ Roll Call’s camera lens turned on the distinguished senator. 

House Democrats Begin Long Soul-Searching Process
Party is optimistic about making gains in 2018

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., center, talks with Mark Froemke, right, and Wayne Fleischhacker, of the AFL-CIO, during a fish fry and fundraiser at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter, Minn., last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising victory, congressional Democrats are now beginning what’s likely to be a long process of soul-searching about what didn’t work this year — and what they need to do better to pick up seats in 2018. 

The diagnosis was apparent even before Hillary Clinton had conceded last week: She didn’t do well enough in competitive districts to lift Democratic recruits. And members have begun to internalize the fact that anti-Trump messaging didn’t work in as many places as they thought it might. 

NRCC Chair Candidates Seek to Increase Member Input
Reps. Steve Stivers and Roger Williams face off for campaign chief

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, are running to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)

Regardless whether House Republicans elect Rep. Steve Stivers or Rep. Roger Williams as their next campaign chief, they’ll be doing so with the understanding that the future chairman wants members to be more involved in the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Stivers of Ohio and Williams of Texas have been quietly campaigning for NRCC chairman for weeks, making pitches to their colleagues about their plans for the 2018 midterm elections before the 2016 cycle had even concluded. 

Did Down-Ballot Democrats Rely Too Heavily on Trump?
Party only cut historic House deficit by 6 seats

Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempts to tie Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to Donald Trump. The congressman ended up coasting to re-election by 14 points. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats never thought they were in for a great night on Tuesday, but their scant gains are inspiring new questions about how the party wins congressional elections after several cycles of disappointment.

Front and center, of course, is Donald Trump. How they missed the signs of Trump’s surprise victory will be a bigger question for the entire Democratic Party (and Republicans and the media alike) for months to come. 

Vulnerable House Republicans Hold On
Democrats have gained a net of at least six seats

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., won re-election, signaling that down-ballot Republicans in competitive districts may be able to overcome Democratic efforts to tie them to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:00 a.m.

With Donald Trump winning the White House, Republicans continue to hold a comfortable House majority.