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From Russia With Love, an October Surprise
Hacking threat could scramble the political calculus

The hacking of Democratic National Committee emails have already forced the resignation of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump is like a brash club fighter who, in his first heavyweight bout, is staggering to his corner after a series of self-inflicted uppercuts. Trying to rouse Trump for the next round are sketchy handlers like Rudy Giuliani (who bizarrely forgot that 9/11 ever occurred) and the candidate's rumored new debate coach, accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes.

With Hillary Clinton threatening to rack up the biggest electoral victory since George H.W. Bush obliterated Michael Dukakis in 1988, the scenarios for a comeback by the bilious billionaire are becoming increasingly far-fetched. In fact, the electoral prognosis for the Republican ticket is so dismal (Georgia and maybe even South Carolina are in play for the Democrats) that anyone working on the Trump transition team probably feels as superfluous as the Maytag repairman.

Larry Hogan, Chip Off the Ol' Block
Refusal to back Donald Trump recalls his father's stand on Richard Nixon

Larry Hogan Sr., left, and Larry Hogan Jr. at a June 20 fundraiser for Gov. Hogan in Greenbelt, Md. (Annie Groer for Roll Call)

Much has been made of the refusal of Maryland's Republican governor, Larry Hogan, to endorse or vote for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The popular first-term governor of the heavily Democratic state will also skip the GOP convention in Cleveland next month.  

Although he has taken flak from some Republicans who believe he should embrace Trump for the sake of party unity, the governor is following something of a family tradition.  

50 Years on the Job — and Counting
GPO plant director John Crawford on his half-century of service

John Crawford, the plant operations director at the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has been through nine different job titles over his 50 years at the agency. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

John Crawford stands on the third-floor bindery of the U.S. Government Publishing Office off Capitol Hill where he once manned an 85-inch cutter, sizing up documents for Congress and presidents alike.  

“That’s where I worked — right there,” Crawford said, glancing behind him. “Fifty years ago.”  

The Story Behind That Picture: 'Elvis & Nixon'
New movie fictionalizes real-life events at iconic White House meeting

President Nixon shakes hands with Elvis Presley in one of the more iconic photos of his administration. (Photo by Ollie Atkins/National Archives)

It's one of the more bizarre incidents in U.S. history, an early intersection of pop and political culture that produced the most requested photograph in the National Archives and now, a motion picture starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.  

It's "Elvis & Nixon," and it's a fictional account of the real-life, Dec. 21, 1970 meeting of Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, when the King of Rock ‘n Roll offered his services as an undercover federal agent to crack down on subversives in the counter-culture.