What's Next for Sanders Backers? Replace the Entire Congress!
Former campaign staffers have launched "Brand New Congress"

Some Sanders supporters are looking at congressional races. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA -- The thousands gathered at the Democratic convention this week are focused on the upcoming presidential election. But a small cadre of Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters are setting their sights on the 2018 midterm elections.  

Roughly 20 volunteers with the new group "Brand New Congress" are on the ground in Philadelphia for the convention. Their mission is to spread the word about their goal to replace most members of Congress in two years. That means Democrats, as well as Republicans.  

Ohio Senate Race: Who Has the Union Label?
Both Strickland and Portman claim union support

Strickland said he is still beating Portman in Union backing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said he still has strong union support even after two major unions in his state backed his Senate race opponent.  

The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police and the Ohio Conference of Teamsters this week both backed Strickland's opponent Republican Sen. Rob Portman.  

With 'Humility,' Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination
She makes history as first woman to lead major party in U.S. presidential campaign

Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine acknowledge cheers from supporters in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hillary Clinton’s historic address Thursday night shows she knows her general election battle with Donald Trump could be a photo finish.  

Just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Clinton became the first woman in American history to accept a major political party’s presidential nomination.  

Chelsea Clinton Talks About Her Mom, Her Role Model
Personal stories about Clinton as a mother help humanize her

Chelsea Clinton introduces her mother. (Bll Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton often talks on the campaign trail about being a grandmother.  

Her daughter, Chelsea, described just how that works: The former secretary of state loves interacting on Face Time with granddaughter Charlotte, nearly 2.  

Wasserman Schultz In the Hall, But Inconspicuous
Florida congresswoman forced from her DNC chairmanship by email scandal

Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept a low profile at the Democratic convention, including her appearance at Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech. (Photo By Bill Clark CQ Roll Call)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was persona non grata on the stage of the Democratic convention, but there she was in the hall on Thursday night as Hillary Clinton accepted the party’s presidential nomination.  

Wasserman Schultz was due to hang up her title as Democratic National Committee chair once Clinton was done speaking, forced from her perch by scandal over leaked DNC emails purporting to undercut the campaign of Clinton rival Bernie Sanders.  

Democrats Highlight Gun Violence Against Police
Moment of silence for fallen officers include "Black Lives Matter" chant

Alabama delegates listen as Mothers of the Movement, those who have lost children to police violence, speak on the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Fallen Muslim Soldier's Dad to Trump: Have You Read the Constitution?
Says his son, other Americans of all faiths and races, have died in battle

Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier Humayun S. M. Khan, delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The father of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq slammed Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims and offered to share his copy of the Constitution with the Republican nominee.  

"Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America," Khizr Khan said in one of the convention's more emotional moments Thursday night. "If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America."  

Fired, Drowning in Debt, Low Wages and Two Jobs...
Democrats Use Personal Stories to Highlight Policy Changes

California delegates hold Hillary signs along with a few TPP and band tracking signs at the Democratic National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A young woman who was fired for asking her boss why she made less than her male colleague.  

A North Carolina teacher drowning in student debt.  

The Senate's Top Matchmaker
Schumer counts 13 weddings from people who met working for him

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)  brings his staff together, close together. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — There's a reason people who work in Sen. Charles E. Schumer's office keep marrying their co-workers.  

"They work so hard they don't have a chance to meet anybody," the third-term New York senator said at an event Thursday during the Democratic National Convention.  

Retired Marine General on Clinton: 'We Trust Her Judgment'
Allen endorses Hillary, warns Russia poised to 'exploit' Trump

U.S. Marine General (Ret.) John Allen speaks during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

A retired Marine Corps general who led NATO forces in Afghanistan endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday night, saying his decision was based on her judgment and record as America's top diplomat.  

John Allen worked closely with Clinton during President Barack Obama's first term when the general was commanding U.S. and NATO military forces in Afghanistan and she was secretary of state. In Philadelphia, he took the stage flanked by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and warned against "the forces of chaos and darkness."  

How Democrats Came Around on Gay Rights
The party — and its candidates — have evolved in just 4 years

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney claps as LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride, the first transgender person to address a national convention, addresses the crowd in Philadelphia on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — No issue has elicited greater cheers from inside the convention hall this week than gay rights.  

But it hasn't always been that way.  

Dem Senate Women — From 1 to 14, Plus a Presidential Nominee
Mikulski seeks to "pass the torch" to a new generation

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Sen. Patty Murray speak on stage for the U.S. Senate Women presentation at the Democratic National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — When Barbara A. Mikulski was elected 30 years ago, she was the only woman Democrat in the Senate.  

On Thursday night, she joined 11 of the other 13 female Senate Democrats on the stage to help introduce the first woman presidential nominee.  

2016: When Even Plagiarism Became Partisan
Poll shows Democrats bothered much more by it than Republicans

Melania Trump, wife of presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears on stage of the Quicken Loans Arena before speaking on first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There’s not much debate on whether it’s OK to plagiarize. (Hint: it’s not.) Students across the country learn that in school, and politicians have plenty of examples to look at that should scare them off.  

But in a political year where anything seems possible, even this basic principle is up for debate.  

Where Are They Now? Power Players in 1992 and 2016
Today’s leaders were still works in progress during Bill Clinton's inaugural run

Presumptive Democratic nominee Bill Clinton waves to supporters with his wife Hillary at a rally in St. Louis in July 1992. (TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Much has been made about the fact that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has remained in the public eye for a quarter century.  

Many of her closest allies — and a few of her fiercest antagonists — have followed similarly storied paths through modern political history.  

Yellow Shirts and Sign Fights, Sanders Supporters Still Determined
Showing their colors, Sanders delegates push their agenda on Clinton's big night

California delegates wage a sign battle on the floor of the Democratic convention. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders supporters made sure they were seen on Hillary Clinton's big night even though their candidate was counted out three days ago at the Democratic convention.  

Many delegates for Clinton's vanquished primary rival donned bright yellow, glow-in-the-dark t-shirts they hoped would stand out when the Democratic presidential nominee took the stage in Philadelphia on Thursday night.