As Election Nears, Obama to Dive Into Congressional Races
Popularity of campaigner in chief seen as a plus for Dem candidates

President Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 11 in Greensboro, N.C. White House aides say he will get more involved in down-ballot races as Election Day nears. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

With the Senate in play and Democrats sensing gains in the House, White House aides say President Barack Obama will get more and more involved in down-ballot races as Election Day nears.

Until Thursday, Obama’s public campaign rallies have focused almost exclusively on making the case for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and against her GOP opponent, Donald Trump. That changed, however, when the president flew to Florida and dove headlong into GOP incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election fight.

Judge Upholds Chaka Fattah Conviction
Dismisses other charges of mail and bank fraud, falsifying records

Lawyers for former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah wanted the court to consider the ruling that overturned former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A judge has upheld a bulk of federal corruption charges against former Rep. Chaka Fattah but dropped other convictions related to mail and bank fraud.

In a 101-page opinion, Philadelphia federal Judge Harvey Bartle did not agree with Fattah’s attorneys when they asked him to consider the pivotal Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in his own case.

Chart: Presidential Candidates' Tax Returns
Republican candidate Donald Trump breaks from a 40-year tradition

Republican candidate Donald Trump at Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Richard Nixon released four years of tax returns in 1973 to quell accusations that he was evading taxes. Since then, every candidate for president, except Donald Trump, has released some tax information, ranging from Gerald Ford's summary document to 30 years of Bob Dole's returns.

See how many years of tax information candidates have released before each presidential election:

Poll: No Sign of a Democratic Wave in New York House Race
Republican John Katko overperforms Trump by 20 points

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., led Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon in a Democratic district in a new Siena College poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats’ road to a House majority could have run through New York, but with freshman GOP Rep. John Katko expanding his lead in the 24th District, picking up a handful of seats in the Empire State looks harder.

Katko led Democrat Colleen Deacon by 23 points, 54 percent to 31 percent, in a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released Thursday. That’s a jump from the 19-point lead the GOP congressman held three weeks ago. 

Babin: ‘Sometimes a Lady Needs to be Told When She’s Nasty’
Says Trump was in the right to comment on Clinton

Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin said Donald Trump correct in his assessment of Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Poll: Clinton Leads by Double Digits in Virginia
Trump gets slight bounce back from post-‘Access Hollywood’ low point

While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, leads in the south part of Virginia, Hillary Clinton leads in the more populous north. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in Virginia as independents turn toward the Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton leads in Virginia with 45 percent of likely voters compared to 33 percent backing Trump, the poll from the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University showed.

Ep. 27: The Next U.S. President’s Challenges in Iraq and Syria
The Big Story

Show Notes:

The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a host of problems the next U.S. administration will have to tackle, says Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute. In a conversation with CQ Roll Call’s National Security reporter Ryan Lucas and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim, Salem explains the complications hindering stability in Iraq, including the conflict in Syria, where U.S. diplomatic efforts face challenges from an assortment of players, including Russia and Iran.

Russia Asks to Monitor U.S. Elections
State Department calls move a ‘PR stunt’

A Russian government request to monitor the upcoming U.S. election was rebuffed by federal and state officials as a publicity stunt.

Ross Launches First Ad Tying Burr to Trump in North Carolina
Democrats see the attack as undercutting GOP hits on Ross

In a TV ad that began airing Thursday night, Democrat Deborah Ross, center, tries to tie Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump for the first time in the North Carolina Senate race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the first day of early voting in North Carolina, the Senate race got a little more crowded. For the first time, Democrat Deborah Ross launched a TV ad that tied incumbent Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump.

Facing a barrage of attacks over her past criticism of a sex offender registry, Ross is trying to use the Republican presidential nominee to undercut the GOP’s main attack against her. 

Obama Calls Trump Threat ‘Dangerous,’ Hits Rubio Hard
President weighs in on close Florida Senate race

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton joins President Barack Obama on stage after his speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama on Thursday criticized Donald Trump for making a “dangerous” threat to reject the outcome of the presidential election, but saved some of his sharpest criticism for Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

Obama delivered much of his now-familiar stump speech at a college in Miami, touting what he sees as his administration’s major economic and other achievements. As he has for several weeks, the outgoing president talked up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and threw sharp elbows at Trump, her GOP opponent.

Weeks Before Election, Trump Still Not Viewed as GOP Leader
Paul Ryan scores higher, but it's still not unanimous

The poll surveyed 1300 U.S. adults including 343 Trump supporters.

If primary elections are generally considered a way to find the two major parties’ standard-bearers, consider that another departure from the norm in 2016.

Only 23 percent of U.S. adults see presidential nominee Donald Trump as the leader of the Republican party, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll. Forty percent see House Speaker Paul D. Ryan as the party’s leader — roughly the same amount as those who said they are not sure.

McCain Blasts Trump for Refusing to Say He'll Accept Election Results
Arizona Republican was the GOP presidential nominee in 2008

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said a smooth transfer of power after an election is “not just the Republican way or the Democratic way. It’s the American way.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Sen. John McCain blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that he might not accept the election results, implying that not doing so is disrespectful to the American people.

McCain invoked his own experience as the GOP presidential candidate in 2008, when he lost to Sen. Barack Obama.

Sessions: Trump Will Use 'Legal Rights Like Al Gore'
Trump backers weigh in on his hedge on accepting election results

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, seen here at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, said Donald Trump will use "his legal rights" to contest the results of the election if he feels it's rigged against him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Some of Donald Trump’s supporters in Congress were quick to downplay the unorthodoxy of the Republican presidential nominee’s refusal during Wednesday night’s debate to say whether he would accept the results of the election.

They suggested that what Trump had in mind wouldn’t be any different from the 2000 election, when the courts intervened in a recount of ballots in the contest between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

League of Conservation Voters Launch Ad Campaign Against Burr
Group is one of several opposing Burr's environmental stances

Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr is in a tough re-election race against Democratic challenger Deborah Ross in North Carolina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The League of Conservation Voters is launching a $3 million ad buy in North Carolina that attacks Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr's environmental record. 

The ad says Burr took hundreds of thousands of dollars from oil and energy companies but gave them “billions in tax breaks” and voted “against clean energy jobs.” 

Nasty Women Embrace #NastyWoman
Trump starts a movement with insult of Clinton during debate

Donald Trump might have done Hillary Clinton a favor when he called her a “nasty woman" at the third and final debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked outrage Wednesday night after calling Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during their third and final debate in Las Vegas.

As they were nearing the end of their 90-minute slugfest, Clinton landed a blow about Trump possibly evading social security taxes. As she continued talking, Trump moved closer to his microphone and said, “Such a nasty woman.”