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Pence to Meet With House Republicans Next Week
Republican vice presidential nominee's visit to the Hill follows Trump's in July

Donald Trump, left, and his running mate Mike Pence at the Republican convention in July. Pence will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss the campaign's plans as it enters the election's homestretch, (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will meet with House Republicans on Sept. 13, Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Tuesday. 

"Mike has added tremendous value to Donald Trump's campaign and House Republicans are excited to learn more about their plans to succeed in November and get our nation back on track," the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement. 

What Are Undecided Voters Thinking About the Election?
How those mulling a presidential pick stand on key issues

The general election has kicked off following the party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With Trump Leading GOP, Democratic Aides Like Their Party's Chances
Democratic staffers’ exhibit a sense of common purpose, Capitol Insiders surveys show

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a source of confidence for Democratic Hill aides.(Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic congressional aides have never felt more confident about their party’s chances in this year’s election.  

That assessment is based on answers they’ve provided every month since October, when CQ Roll Call began its Capitol Insiders Survey, which polls staffers by email.  

Chart: How the GOP Fared in the Past 6 Presidential Elections
Republican stronghold states are more loyal than Democratic ones

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, shown here visiting the Hill on July 7, might not fare the same as previous GOP nominees come November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the Republican National Convention days away, Election Day isn't far behind.  

A Roll Call analysis of the GOP presidential vote percentage in general elections dating back to 1992 shows Republicans with many loyal states. However, Utah — the most Republican state in 2012 with 73 percent of the vote — is possibly in jeopardy this year because Mormon voters aren't embracing presumptive nominee Donald Trump .  

Gary Johnson Fine With Playing Spoiler, Envisions More
“Give us a chance and we will make a difference,” says Libertarian nominee

Libertarian vice presidential nominee Gov. Bill Weld, left, and returning presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson, center, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico turned Libertarian Party nominee for president, has no qualms about possibly costing either of the major parties the White House this fall.  

“I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me,” Johnson assured those gathered at the National Press Club on Thursday when asked about potentially inheriting the “spoiler” mantle from previous third-party challengers Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.  

Obama and Clinton Made History, No Matter How You Feel About Either One
It's worth pausing to acknowledge the symbolism

Barack Obama's presidency didn't shift the racial power balance in the U.S. and Hillary Clinton's candidacy won't result in women ruling the world. But symbols are important. (Jason Reed/Pool via CNP file photo)


Yes, I hear it. Barack Obama, with roots in Kansas and Kenya, Hawaii and Indonesia, was not really like most African Americans, so he didn't count. (This year, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, backed by Rupert Murdoch, claimed the authentic black “experience” for himself, dismissing Obama altogether.) And Hillary Clinton , as the wife of a former president, with a lengthy political resume and a reputation for bare-knuckled dealings, is not your average female candidate, whatever that means, so she doesn't count. (Young women who felt disconnected from her because “she’s a woman, big deal” were the go-to subject of endless think pieces this primary season.)  

Hillary Clinton and the Dream No Longer Deferred
Presumptive Democratic nominee finally crashes through the glass ceiling

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an organizing event, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Burlington, Iowa. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Even Hillary Clinton may not know when the dream — her personal dream — was born.  

It may have been at Wellesley, nearly half a century ago. As the first student commencement speaker in the history of the women's college, Hillary Rodham began in an earnest, slightly nervous voice, "I find myself in a familiar position — that of reacting, something our generation has been doing for quite a while. We are not in the position yet of leadership and power."  

Obama Congratulates Clinton, Will Meet with Sanders
Clinton has secured enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee

Hillary Clinton received a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama congratulated Hillary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to claim the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” Obama said in a statement late on Tuesday after speaking with Clinton by phone.

McMorris Rodgers Voted for Trump, But 'Not Exactly' With Enthusiasm
'It’s essential we respect the will of the people,' she writes on Facebook

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers took to Facebook to explain her vote for Donald Trump in Washington's Republican primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers explained in a Facebook post late Wednesday why she voted for Donald Trump in Washington's primary, despite "not exactly" casting her ballot with enthusiasm.  

"It’s essential we respect the will of the people; they should never be neglected or dismissed. In fact, their will should be revered," she wrote in the post.