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Podcast: Trump Looms Large as Congress Returns to Debate Zika Funds and More

Lawmakers return from recess but Donald Trump will loom large in the halls of Congress. CQ Roll Call reporters Ryan McCrimmon and Andrew Siddons spell out the issues that will dominate the agenda, including spending bills, regulating e-cigarettes, funding to combat the Zika virus and displaying the Confederate battle flag. Political reporter Alex Roarty talks about why he’s getting thousands of press releases from Democrats about Trump.

Ready to Meet The Donald, Not Ready to Endorse
Ryan and House GOP leaders will meet Trump on Thursday

A day after saying he was "not ready" to endorse Donald Trump for president, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is set to meet with Trump next week to discuss efforts to unify the party. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is planning to meet with Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, just a week after he refused to endorse him.

The Wisconsin Republican invited Trump to meet with him and House GOP leaders to discuss how to unify the party following a contentious primary season so far. Ryan said on Thursday that he was “not ready” to support Trump because the real estate mogul needed to do more to bring the various factions of the GOP together.

Obama on Trump's Bid: 'This Is Not a Reality Show'
President calls for more scrutiny of presumptive GOP nominee's proposals

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the U.S economy and presidential race from the briefing room of the White House on Friday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Friday urged voters to judge Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy not as “entertainment” but by asking themselves whether his proposals and pronouncements are plausible and detailed.

With Trump’s opponents having bowed out of the race for the GOP nomination, Obama seemed to open what could be a six-month conversation with voters by reminding them that “this is not entertainment, this is not a reality show.”

Lindsey Graham Won't Vote for Trump or Clinton
South Carolina senator will focus efforts on House and Senate races

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says he will focus his efforts on helping Republicans keep their House and Senate majorities this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham won't be voting for either of the major party presidential nominees.

“I think Donald Trump is going places that very few people have gone, and I’m not going there with him,” Graham said Friday in an interview on CNN. "I'm just glad we're having the convention in Cleveland, not Area 51."

Twitter Roasts Priebus, Ryan over Trump Candidacy
Critics take aim at Taco Bowl-Gate, establishment mentality

With Donald Trump the presumptive presidential nominee, the pot continues to stir in the GOP ranks. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Armchair strategists Friday morning stormed the social mediasphere to critique the civil war brewing within the Grand Old Party.

Coming to grips with the brash real estate mogul now standing to be the party’s standard-bearer in Cleveland has provoked a very visceral reaction.

Trump's Shotgun Marriage to the RNC
Party chairman Reince Priebus says it's smooth sailing so far

The crowd listens as Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After months of running as the ultimate outsider, Donald Trump is about to get hitched to the icon of the GOP establishment, the Republican National Committee. How that marriage works could well depend on how much the business mogul tries to control the process.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, for his part, doesn't anticipate that Trump's staff will come into the building and run roughshod over his organization.

Meet the Republican Senate Candidate Who Won't Vote for Trump
Republicans have fretted about the down-ballot fallout from a Trump nomination


A Republican Senate candidate in Washington state said Thursday that he will not support Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the most visible break yet with the party's presumptive presidential nominee from a Senate GOP candidate.

Ryan 'Not Ready' to Support Trump
Speaker says presumptive GOP nominee has more to do to unify the party

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Donald Trump had to work to unify the Republican Party before he could support him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said on Thursday that he cannot support or endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at this time.

“I’m just not ready to do that at this point,” Ryan said on CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper." “I think he needs to do more to unify this party."

Pro-Trump PAC Leader Guilty in 2012 Endorsement Scandal
Former Ron Paul aide linked to campaign finance fraud

UNITED STATES - MAY 16: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Smith-Amash Amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would "prevent the indefinite detention of and use of military custody for individuals detained on U.S. soil - including U.S. citizens - and ensure access to due process and the federal court system, as the Constitution provides." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Three former 2012 presidential campaign aides to former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul were found guilty on Thursday of public corruption.

One of the aides convicted by a federal jury in Iowa, Jesse Benton, was tapped this year to be a chief strategist of a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Reid: 'The Republican Party is Trump's Party'
Minority leader says Senate GOP is letting Trump shape High Court's direction

Even with Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, many Senate Republicans have not changed their minds on the president's Supreme Court nominee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are raising the prospect of a President Donald Trump in the fight over filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Republicans have vowed not to consider President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, arguing that the next chief executive should fill the high court slot.

Internal Poll: Virginia District Switcher Facing Competitive Primary
But GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes still holds a fundraising edge

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, who currently represents Virginia's 4th District, is running for the GOP nod in the 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Del. Scott Taylor hasn't taken well to Rep. J. Randy Forbes' decision to switch districts.

But new polling from the Taylor campaign suggests he may be competitive with the congressman in the Virginia Beach-based 2nd District.

Apple, Google and Facebook Want More From Next POTUS
Open letter calls for trans-Pacific trade deal and tech initiatives

Trade groups representing thousands of tech companies like Google are calling on the presidential candidates to support more tech-friendly policies. (Shawn Collins/Flickr)

In an open letter to presidential candidates, 13 tech trade groups representing thousands of companies, including Silicon Valley giants Apple, Facebook and Google, outlined for the first time a technology policy agenda they’d like to see parties adopt, including backing the trans-Pacific trade deal.

Among other things, the letter calls on candidates to “advance ambitious initiatives to reduce barriers to trade in digital and other goods and services, including obtaining the congressional authorization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.”

Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering or Exploitative?
Maggie Hassan's first Senate ad features her disabled son

Gov. Maggie Hassan's first Senate ad features her son who has cerebral palsy. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Disability activists are split over New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s first statewide ad, which features her disabled son.

Hassan, who is locked in a contentious Senate race with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, describes how her son’s diagnosis with cerebral palsy was one of the main reasons she entered public service.

Strickland Hits Portman Over Trump VP Consideration
Trump campaign says Ohio senator is a potential running mate

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being considered as a potential running mate for Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is making the most of the Trump campaign's interest in Sen. Rob Portman as Donald Trump's running mate.

Strickland hit his Republican opponent in the Ohio Senate race after CNN reported that Portman was among those the presumptive GOP nominee is thinking about for vice president.

5 Former Members of Congress You Didn't Know Were Running Again
Odds are long for all to make a return to the Hill

Former Rep. Pete Gallego is seeking a rematch with incumbent Republican Rep. Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd Congressional District. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats Brad Schneider of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, and Pete Gallego of Texas lost re-election bids in 2014 in a tough environment. All are running again this year, likely to be a friendlier one for Democrats. The three races are rated "Tossup" by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

But a handful of other former members who you might not even know are running face longer odds.