Can Kaine Win Over Progressives?
Vice presidential candidate has opportunity to make his case Wednesday night

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Tim Kaine was not progressive Democrats' first pick for vice president, but he has a chance to win them over if uses his convention speech Wednesday to tout his more liberal credentials.   

"Look at his voting record on labor, on choice, on a variety of progressive issues, they're all like 96 percent, 100 percent. He's got a really strong voting record," Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan said. "If they get to know Tim Kaine I think they're going to like him."  

Reid Lacerates McConnell as ‘Craven’ for Countenancing Trump

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid used his valedictory moments before the Democratic convention to unspool some of the most withering rhetoric so far this week — reserving his most vituperative putdowns Wednesday night not for Donald Trump but for congressional Republicans.  

His sharpest words by far were directed directly at his longstanding rival for Senate supremacy, the GOP floor leader.  

DCCC Uses Gun Violence Sit-In to Promote Party at Convention
"We're going to push, pull stand up, sit down," members said in video

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads members of the caucus down the House steps of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended on the floor on June 23, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A presentation at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday included footage promoting the House Democrats' sit-in on gun violence.    

That drew criticism from Republicans, who said that the protest was simply a political stunt.   

'Newtown' Film Screening Dovetails With Dems' Gun Message
Examines families who lost children in Connecticut school shooting

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, seen addressing a school group on the U.S. Capitol steps, has emerged as a leading advocate of enhanced background checks. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — When organizers of the Impact Film Festival decided on their lineup of topical documentaries they would show at this year’s Democratic National Convention, they could hardly have expected that their screening of “Newtown” would come on the day Democrats chose to address the issue of gun violence head-on in prime time.  

But that’s what happened, and the movie about the aftermath of the December 2012 mass murder of schoolchildren and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut was screened just a few hours before Erica Smegielski and Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, along with others touched by gun violence, were scheduled to address the party gathering.  

Obama Will Skip Legacy Talk, Focus on Clinton at DNC
President: 'She knows what's at stake'

President Barack Obama speaks during his nomination acceptance speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., in September 2012 at the Democratic National Convention. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama will use his Democratic National Convention  address to explain why his former rival-turned-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is qualified to replace him in the Oval Office. He also will break with his usual practice and call out Donald Trump by name.  

“You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war," Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House.  

Larry Pressler’s Long, Strange Trip to the DNC
Former Republican can’t see Donald Trump as president

Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler poses for a picture in his home office in Washington, D.C. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Retired Sen. Larry Pressler is so worried about the future of his former party under Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he’s making the rounds in Philadelphia to help the other side retain the White House.  

“I’m just afraid Trump’s gonna win unless Hillary’s campaign wakes up,” the Republican-turned-independent said of his inaugural trip to the Democratic National Convention .  

Did Trump Commit Treason?
GOP nominee encourages Russian spies to locate missing Clinton emails

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a press conference at Trump National Doral on Wednesday in Doral, Florida. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Donald Trump was roundly criticized Wednesday for his comments  inviting Russian spies to probe Hillary Clinton's email.  

Democratic critics and commentators at several news outlets described his remarks at a Florida news conference as treasonous. Some top Republicans scrambled to downplay them as #treasonousTrump trended on Twitter.  

The Latest From the Democratic Convention — Day 3
Obama, Biden, others to tell convention and the nation why Clinton is prepared for the White House

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado GOP Senate Candidate Faces Questions About 1983 Assault Complaint
Documents contradict Darryl Glenn's assertions that it wasn't him

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke on the first night of the Republican National Convention last week in what was a high point in his career. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Republican Colorado Senate candidate who spoke on the opening night of the GOP convention last week faced a precipitous career fall Tuesday, when a local newspaper raised questions about his previous denials of a 1983 assault complaint.  

Darryl Glenn, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who has campaigned on his integrity, has repeatedly asserted that he has no knowledge of the alleged incident, but this week The Denver Post obtained court documents and a police report with his name on it, the newspaper reported. When confronted with the documents, Glenn's campaign spokeswoman doubled down.  

Biden on DNC Hack: 'Totally Consistent With Who Putin Is'
Russian officials say story was planted to exploit fear in American electorate

Vice President Joe Biden said the DNC hack fit the "modus agendi" of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian officials dismiss the suggestion that the Kremlin hacked Democratic Party emails as a "maniacal" ploy to exploit fear of Russia and gain traction in the presidential election, although they do not specify who they think had planted the story.  

"This is not breaking new ground," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters  Tuesday when asked about the leaked emails, according to a Reuters report. "This is an old trick which is being played again."  

Would-be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley to Go Free
Judge says Hinckley no danger to himself or others following 35 years in a mental hospital

John Hinckley Jr. is escorted by police in Washington in March 1981 after his arrest for seriously wounding President Ronald Reagan. (AFP/Getty Images file photo)

A federal judge has ordered that would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded Ronald Reagan and three others to impress actress Jodi Foster, be released from the mental hospital where he's been held for the past 35 years.  

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What to Watch on Day 3 of the Democratic Convention
Obama, Biden set to speak to Clinton's bona fides to lead

President Barack Obama campaigned with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The heavy-hitters of the Democratic party will talk about how Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be our next commander-in-chief and how a Donald Trump presidency is a danger to our national security.  

National security will be a big theme during the third night of the Democratic National Convention with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg speaking to outline how Clinton is best prepared to handle America's national security. There will be military personnel who will speak to help back up the defense of Clinton.  

Grayson Goes Off on Reporter
Florida Democrat threatens reporter over questions on wife-beating claims

Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, has tried to overcome a reputation as a hothead in his Senate campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, whose Senate campaign is shuddering under allegations that he beat his ex-wife, on Tuesday threatened a reporter who asked him for his side of the story, according to two videos.  

"I'm hoping somebody comes and arrests you,” Grayson told Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere at an event — hosted by Politico — at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  

This Nevada Primary Candidate Spent $62 Per Vote
Catherine Cortez Masto's campaign says this will pay off in November

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto spent about $62 per vote in winning her Democratic Senate primary in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If money can buy votes, there’s certainly some difference in market value.  

Senate primary candidates from the two major parties have spent as much as $62 and as low as 3 cents per vote received, according to a Roll Call analysis of Federal Election Commission disbursement filings for the primaries that have taken place to date. The three candidates who spent the most per votes all competed in the Nevada Senate race to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, which is rated a Tossup by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call.  

Clintons Take Back Party as Bill Fetes Hillary
Emotional speech wows delegates

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Clintons are officially back. Though their return to power took eight years longer than planned, Bill and Hillary are again in control of the Democratic Party. And the former president delivered an impassioned plea for voters to put the couple back in the White House in just over three months.  

With his wife, the former first lady and secretary of state, officially crowned the party’s presidential nominee earlier Tuesday night, Bill clearly relished the stage — and his prime-time role — at the Democratic convention. His mission was clear: Describe Hillary the person, something she and many a surrogate have failed to do over the decades.