Did Trump Commit Treason?
#treasonous Trump takes off on Twitter after Republican candidate encourages Russian spies to steal Clinton email

DORAL, FL - JULY 27: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a press conference at Trump National Doral on July 27, 2016 in Doral, Florida. Trump spoke about the Democratic Convention and called on Russia to find Hillary Clinton's deleted e-mails. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was roundly criticized Wednesday for his news conference comments inviting Russian spies to probe Hillary Clinton's email, an utterance that Democratic critics and commentators at several major new outlets described as treasonous. Some top Republicans, meanwhile, scrambled to downplay the remarks, as #treasonousTrump trended on Twitter.  

"Trump's comments essentially sanction a foreign power's cyberspying," The New York Times tweeted.  

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. Bernie Sanders exits the stage Tuesday after addressing the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont delegations breakfast at the Democratic National Convention. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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."  

Judge Orders Would-be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Freed
Hinckley wounded Reagan and three others 35 years ago

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 ordered on Wednesday that John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan and two others 35 years ago, be given a formal release from a mental hospital, according to news reports.  

Hinckley has been a psychiatric patient at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., for decades. The doctors at St. Elizabeth's told the judge that Hinckley can resume an independent life and they are legally obligated to push for his release, according to CBS News .  

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 he delivered an impassioned plea for voters to put them 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 has failed to do over the decades.  

Clinton Tells Delegates: 'This is Your Victory'
Democratic nominee thanks convention for putting her over the top

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the convention via video. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday thanked convention delegates for her victory, saying that "we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."

   

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Howard Dean and the 'Dean Scream'
Another Vermont politician energized liberals a decade before Sanders

Dean's original Iowa speech sank his prospects for the presidency. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean teased his infamous "Dean Scream" at the Democratic National Convention, this time laughing all the way to thunderous cheers.  

His guttural outburst after losing the Iowa caucus in 2004 is now the stuff of campaign lore.  

Democrats' Law and Order Tightrope
The party attempts to strike a balance between protecting police and holding them accountable

The 'Mothers of the Movement' speaking at the Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats had a tightrope to walk Tuesday night: how to honor police officers who have fallen to gun violence while recognizing the mothers who have lost their children, sometimes at the hands of authorities.  

The evening program at the Democratic National Convention featured the "Mothers of the Movement," an extraordinary array of African-American women from across the country, bound in a sorority of grief for their lost children.  

Fact-Checking the Clintons' Claim on the Economy
Does the economy really do better under Democrats?

The Clinton family earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton often says the economy does better under Democrats.  

CQ Roll Call dove into an April 2016 report  which finds that actually, they might be right.   

Progress — and Setbacks — In Democratic Push for Unity
Convention hall atmosphere shifts but Sanders supporters continue protests

Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters stage a walk out and protest at the media tents outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When thunderous applause filled the convention floor Tuesday evening as Hillary Clinton became the first woman to claim a major party nomination, it appeared that Democrats had achieved party unity.  

Within minutes, though, at least 100 Bernie Sanders delegates walked out of the Wells Fargo Center and held sit-ins in the middle of three media tents. "This is what Democracy looks like," they chanted.