Politics

Clinton Campaign Touts 'Ambitious, Progressive Agenda' in Party Platform
Follows criticism from Sanders' supporters about some planks

Supporters of Hillary Clinton are highlighting progressive aspects of the Democratic party platform. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign is highlighting the shift of the party platform  in a progressive direction,  while some backers of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders believe the draft coming out of meetings in St. Louis has not gone far enough.  

Clinton senior adviser Maya Harris on Saturday touted what she called "the most ambitious and progressive platform our party has ever seen."  

Report: Lawsuit Against Duckworth Settled
Case had been key part of Mark Kirk's re-election strategy

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth had been accused of workplace retaliation in a previous job. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A potentially politically damaging civil case against Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Tammy Duckworth was settled Friday, according to The Chicago Tribune. The settlement was worth $26,000, the paper reported.   

Duckworth's opponent, Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, had made the lawsuit a central part of his re-election campaign, alleging that it exposed the congresswoman's corruption and incompetence while she served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.  

House Ethics Committee Clears Vern Buchanan
Panel cites insufficient evidence against Florida congressman

The House Ethics Committee cleared Florida Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan over allegations that he improperly tampered with witness testimony and misused campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four years after it launched an investigation into allegations of improper dealings by Rep. Vern Buchanan, the House Ethics Committee announced Friday it is dropping the case.   

[ Read: Ethics Report on Vernon Buchanan ]  

Ryan Appoints Two Top House Attorneys
Thomas Hungar tapped for general counsel, Ernest Ballou Jr. named legislative counsel

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced on Friday his selections for general counsel and legislative counsel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Friday announced the appointments of two top attorneys for the House.   

Thomas Hungar will serve as the House's general counsel, replacing Kerry Kircher who resigned in May.   

Special Episode: Brexit's Impact on the U.S.
A conversation with David Rennie, Washington bureau chief of The Economist

"The last thing the American government needs right now is global turmoil in any significant economy,'' says Rennie.  

Bipartisan Group Introduces House Version of Compromise Gun Proposal
Republicans Curbelo, Dold, Rigell and Democrat Moulton leading House effort

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo is part of a bipartisan coalition in the House pushing compromise gun control legislation (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three House Republicans and one Democrat announced Friday the introduction of legislation to prevent individuals on certain terrorist watch lists from purchasing a gun but with an appeals process for denials.   

The bill, identical to a proposal Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins offered in the upper chamber , is part of a bipartisan, bicameral attempt to find a legislative compromise on restricting terrorists' access to guns following the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, this month that left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.  

President Turns LGBT Icon Stonewall Inn Into a National Monument
1969 NYC riots helped ignite gay rights movement

The site of a 1969 revolt by members of the gay community in New York City was declared a national monument Friday by President Barack Obama , the White House announced.  

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system,” Obama said in a YouTube video posted as the announcement was made. “Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights."  

5 Things the Brexit Vote Means for the Rest of the World
Plunging markets, political instability among immediate forecasts

The upcoming resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, seen during a visit to the Capitol in 2013, is just one consequence of the Brexit vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The shock waves of the decision by British voters to leave the European Union began almost immediately after the polling booths closed Thursday night. The British pound plummeted against the dollar, the Dow tanked , and experts predicted years of uncertainty in the United Kingdom and Europe. Here are five immediate takeaways.  

1. Economic instability :  Economic forecasts predicted a prolonged recession in Europe and the United Kingdom after a Brexit vote. Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explained why in an op-ed published last week in The Washington Post: British regulations, derived from EU rules, will have to be rewritten wholesale. Nobody will know for some time what will happen with Britain's commercial relationships with its trading partners or its membership in the EU single market. Global businesses based in London will begin considering whether they should move, triggering a potential real estate bust — and anyone who lived through the 2008 recession knows what that would mean for consumer spending.  

Another Florida Republican Bows Out of Senate Race, Endorses Rubio
Todd Wilcox says Rubio is best positioned to keep the seat in GOP hands

Todd Wilcox ended his Florida Senate campaign Friday and endorsed incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio. (Courtesy Todd Wilcox for U.S. Senate Facebook page)

Former CIA officer Todd Wilcox ended his Republican campaign for the Florida Senate seat Friday morning and endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio two days after the incumbent decided to run for re-election .   

"Sen. Rubio and I don't agree on everything. We've traveled different paths, but I respect his grasp of the challenges we face and I appreciate the reality that he, as the incumbent, is best positioned to defeat either Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson," Wilcox said in a statement on his Facebook page Friday morning.   

Sanders will vote for Clinton
Vermont senator tells MSNBC he will do anything to defeat Trump

Sanders told his supporters Thursday evening that defeating Trump is the "major political task" his movement faces. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton, he said in an interview Friday morning. But he stopped short of saying that he would embrace her.  

“Yes,” he said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." “I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”  

Brexit Decision Deals Another Blow to Obama
President says "enduring" special relationship between U.S. and U.K. will continue

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)

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union is the second major blow to President Barack Obama — and his legacy — in as many days.

The country's historic referendum decision, which brought the resignation — effective in October — of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was made official one day after the Supreme Court left Obama's immigration executive order frozen in perpetuity.

Trump Praises Brexit in Scotland, Clinton Calls for 'Calm' Leadership
Trump makes the statements as he promotes his new golf course

Trump praised Britain's vote to leave the European Union. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump praised United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union and attempted to tie it to his own presidential campaign — yet another example, critics from the Hillary Clinton camp said, of his penchant for “pathological self-congratulations.”  

The U.K. voted Thursday to leave the European Union, despite opposition from most party leaders in the nation as well as President Barack Obama . Upon news of the referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation.  

Minority Party Makes a Major Shift in House
Democrats have elevated their messaging, raised their voices on key issues

From left, Reps. Paul Tonko, James E. Clyburn, John Lewis, Joseph Crowley and Nancy Pelosi sing "We Shall Overcome" with demonstrators on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

"Emboldened."   

That was how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi described the mood as her Democratic colleagues staged a sit-in  Wednesday on the House floor to call for a vote on gun control. Democrats left the chamber Thursday, nearly 26 hours later, still showing signs of that boldness.   

Democratic Poll: Cain and Poliquin Tied in Maine's 2nd District
Cain is hoping for better odds in rematch against freshman Republican

Internal polling from the Cain campaign shows her tied with incumbent Bruce Poliquin. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call)

An internal poll from Democrat Emily Cain's campaign shows her tied with Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's 2nd District.   

Cain and Poliquin, who are facing off for the second time , each garnered 45 percent in the poll conducted by Normington Petts. The live-caller poll surveyed 400 likely voters on landlines and cell phones from June 6 to 9. The margin of error was 4.9 points.   

Pelosi: 'We Cannot Stop' Until We Get a Gun Bill
Minority leader says activisim on gun control will continue during July 4 recess

From left, Reps. James E. Clyburn, John Lewis, Joseph Crowley, Nancy Pelosi, Terri Sewell and Charles B. Rangel sing "We Shall Overcome" with demonstrators on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After House Democrats on Thursday ended their sit-in on the House floor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to continue their fight for gun control until they get a vote. 

“Let me be really clear about this: We cannot stop until we get a bill,” the California Democrat said.