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House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC
New York native begins fourth cycle at committee, but first as executive director

John Rogers was part of the National Republican Congressional Committee team that limited the party’s losses in the House to a net of just six seats in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

Amid Blowback, Republicans Strip Ethics Office Change From House Rules
Progressive groups join with some conservatives to oppose overhaul of OCE

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, September 21, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By Rema Rahman and Simone Pathé

House Republicans on Tuesday quickly reversed their position on a provision in a House Rules package that would have significantly changed how the independent Office of Congressional Ethics investigates members of Congress. 

House GOP Moves to Curb Independent Ethics Office
Republicans also shoot down attempt to scrap Appropriations Committee

A proposal by House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., was adopted as part of a sweeping package of rules to be put before the full House on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:40 p.m.


The Obama Legacy: 2008 Supporters Say They’re Better Off Today
A more optimistic portrait than the one painted by Trump

Sen. Barack Obama appeared in a 30-minute campaign ad on the eve of the 2008 election, which he called a "defining moment" for the country. (Screenshot)

With the country in crisis and the electorate rallying behind a message of hope and change, an insurgent presidential campaign unleashed a 30-minute prime-time ad one week before the election. A dark-haired senator in a faux Oval Office told stories of Americans struggling in George W. Bush’s America. 

There was a white mother of five in Kansas who joined the military to help pay her bills, a partially retired elderly African-African couple in Ohio and a Hispanic special education teacher who was a single mother in Arizona. Each talked about their financial struggles and concerns about the future.

F-4 Phantoms: 'Final Flight' for US Military

The Associated Press reports that "the last of thousands of F-4 Phantom jets that have been a workhorse for the U.S. military over five decades are being put to pasture to serve as ground targets for strikes by newer aircraft."

"But first some well-earned honors."

New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham to Run For Governor in 2018
Her bid for statewide office creates an opening New Mexico's 1st District

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., has decided to run for governor instead of seek re-election to the House in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday she would not seek re-election to the House in 2018 and instead run for governor in her home state on the promise of “a new beginning.”

In a message posted on YouTube, the New Mexico Democrat emphasized a campaign focused on the state’s unemployment rates, schools, poverty and addiction.

Udall Won’t Run for New Mexico Governor
State's senior senator puts 2018 rumors to bed

Sen. Tom Udall said he thinks he can do more for his state in Washington than he can as governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday he will not seek New Mexico’s governorship, citing the importance of keeping veteran Democratic legislators in Congress. 

After much consideration, Udall released a statement explaining why he believes he can do more good in Washington than in Sante Fe. 

Even as They Embrace Luján, Democrats Take Aim at DCCC Staff
Frustrated members look for answers for last four cycles

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, center, and Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, right, have been critical of DCCC staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For a party that gained seats, the aftermath of November’s election has resulted in unusually loud griping from Democratic members about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, specifically its staff. 

Rep. Tim Ryan said last week that if he were in charge, he’d ask the DCCC staff to reapply for their jobs.

House Democrats Round Out Leadership Posts
Minority party picks heads of campaign, messaging arms

House Democrats didn’t seem to put the blame for a disappointing Election Day on Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Ben Ray Luján, electing him unanimously to a post that had been appointed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats on Monday chose who will fill out the additional leadership posts created by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an effort to overhaul how the caucus conducts its business.

The Democrats re-elected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lujan's position had been appointed and, despite disappointing results on Election Day which saw the party pick up far fewer seats than projected, he ran uncontested and was elected by unanimous consent, according to a source in the room.

DCCC Challenge Not Expected As Members Line Up For Leadership Posts
Maloney to lead review of campaign arm instead of challenge Lujan for chair

Instead of mounting a challenge for chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is going to lead a review of the campaign arm and present findings to House Democrats in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats will square off Monday in a series of elections for lower-rung leadership positions. But one critical post likely to be uncontested is the chairmanship of the caucus’ campaign arm. 

Lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen who will serve in the 115th Congress, will chose co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, as well as a member who has served five terms or less for an as-yet-unnamed leadership post.