Richard M Burr

Senate Panel to Probe Links Between Russia, Political Campaigns
Burr and Warner statement says committee will ‘follow the intelligence wherever it leads’

Vice chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, and chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., confer before Tuesday’s hearing on Russian intelligence activities. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into Russian intelligence operations against the United States will investigate any possible links between Russia and American political campaigns, the panel said Friday.

The bipartisan investigation will also include a review of the American intelligence agencies’ assessment of what they say was Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including cyberattacks and other so-called active measures.

Incumbent McCrory Concedes in North Carolina Governor’s Race
Comes nearly four weeks after Election Day

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the state's governor's race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded to challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, ending a weeks-long battle over recounts.

McCrory had previously expressed concerns about voter fraud and discrepancies, but on Monday he released a video saying it was time to move on.

Still No N.C. Governor-Elect as Voting Charges Echo Trump’s Claims
McCrory may have to concede it’s less about the system than about him

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks at the Wake County Republican Party 2016 County Convention at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh, N.C., in March 2016. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nov. 8 was weeks ago, and yet the election’s aftermath continues. On the national stage and in the headlines, the winners, losers and those who barely made a dent are unhappy and are doing something about it, from recounts to tweets to repeating debunked conspiracy theories of hordes of illegal voters.

In North Carolina, folks are saying, “Welcome to the club!”

Word on the Hill: Staffing Up
Cortez Masto taps Reid and Mikulski staffers

Nevada Sen.-elect Catherine Cortez Masto announced seven senior staff hires. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newly elected senators are slowly but surely staffing their Capitol Hill offices.

Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who is replacing retiring Sen. Harry Reid, announced seven senior staff hires this week.

Democrats Ask McCrory to Concede N.C. Governor’s Race
Republican incumbent refuses, alleges mass voter fraud

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is not ready to concede the gubernatorial race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two weeks after election night, North Carolina Democrats are urging incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to concede.

Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, leads McCrory by around 6,600 votes, according to the state elections board, The Charlotte Observer reported. The Associated Press vote count puts Cooper ahead by just over 4,700 votes.  

Merkley Says GOP ‘Stole‘ Supreme Court Seat
By refusing to grant Judge Merrick Garland a hearing

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, left, said President-elect Donald Trump should appoint Judge Merrick Garland, right, to the Supreme Court. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Thursday accused Republicans of “theft” of the Supreme Court for blocking President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.

Speaking on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” the Oregon Democrat said the Supreme Court seat formerly occupied by the late Antonin Scalia “is being stolen.”

How Republicans Held the Senate
GOP prepared diligently for Trump, but he turned out to be a much different candidate than expected

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, was re-elected to a second Senate term, defeating Democrat Katie McGinty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic strategists alike felt the shock set in when they saw the Dane County returns in Wisconsin, the early vote tallies in rural Florida, and the struggles of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Indiana who was supposed to run well ahead of the party’s candidate for Senate, Evan Bayh.

The unthinkable was happening: Donald Trump was going to win the presidential race. And with it, he was smashing a year’s worth of strategy in a dozen competitive Senate races.  

Trump Gave Vulnerable GOP Senators an Unexpected Boost
Republicans keep majority in winning some races they had written off

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Democrats spent months plotting how they could take back the Senate: Win Pennsylvania, steal an unexpected victory in Missouri, and up the score in blue states like New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

All of their paths to a majority — every one of them — was built on the idea that Hillary Clinton would comfortably win the presidential race. As it turns out, that was a fatal flaw.

Republican Richard Burr Prevails in North Carolina Senate Race
Contest against Democrat Deborah Ross was a focus for both parties

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr has won a third Senate term, which he has said will be his last. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr will be back for another term in the Senate, after winning his re-election race in North Carolina, The Associated Press projects.

Burr led Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, 51 percent to 46 percent, with 70 percent of precincts reporting.