Tim Kaine Predicts Possible ‘Nuclear Option’ Over Supreme Court Nomination
But Merrick Garland could get vote after election, Democratic VP candidate says

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is joining those predicting his fellow Senate Democrats would force through changes to the chamber’s rules to ensure confirmation of a potential Supreme Court pick next year.

The Virginia Democrat could make pivotal procedural decisions in such a “nuclear option” standoff after Jan. 20, since the vice president also serves as president of the Senate and has the option to preside.

Update to Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Raises Concerns

Advocacy groups claim a recent draft of recommendations to update federal guidelines on women’s preventive health care failed to consider the diverse U.S. population and instead relied too heavily on data specifically on Caucasian women.

A key component of the new guidelines will affect the age at which insurance companies must cover the cost of women's preventive breast cancer screenings, a controversial argument that dates back to before the 2010 health care overhaul.

Biden Rallies Party Faithful in Competitive Minnesota District
Rep. Rick Nolan's 8th District seat is a must-hold for the Democrats

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., left, appears with Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan during a campaign event in Duluth on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

DULUTH, Minn. — With less than two weeks until Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden hit the campaign trail Friday for a House candidate in a must-hold seat for the Democrats.

Incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is running for re-election in one of the most expensive House districts in the country — a district whose Iron Range, about an hour north of here, has fallen on tough times.

Poll: GOP All but Certain to Hold Georgia, Iowa Senate Seats
Race in North Carolina between Burr and Ross remains tight

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, right, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson appear to be coasting in their respective Senate re-election races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Senate races in Georgia and Iowa all but decided, while the North Carolina contest remains tight.

A survey of early voting in Georgia showed challenger Jim Barksdale ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson by 1 point among voters who cast early ballots. But Isakson held a commanding 54 percent to 40 percent lead among all likely voters. 

FBI Reviewing More Emails Related to Clinton Case
Agency had earlier decided not to pursue the inquiry

FBI Director James B. Comey recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton in July over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The FBI is reviewing newly discovered emails that might be pertinent in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server after additional information came to light in connection with an unrelated case.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who serves as chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, said Friday that FBI Director James B. Comey informed him of the development.

Maybe Gary Johnson Can Get Married Now
Libertarian presidential candidate has been engaged since 2009

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, shown campaigning in Utah in August, is too busy traveling to get married, his fiancee has said. (George Frey/Getty Images file photo)

As his presidential campaign flounders, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson will have more time to not marry his fiancee of seven years. 

After entering the race as a popular third-party alternative to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Johnson’s campaign has been plagued by missteps. His most recent came in an interview with The Guardian when he got into a shouting match with a reporter.

Sources: White House Angling for ‘Clean‘ Renewal of Iran Sanctions
Administration has stopped short of veto threat as House vote looms

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, takes a seat across from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in January in Vienna, before a meeting about the implementation of a deal focused on Iran’s nuclear program. (Courtesy State Department via Flickr)

The House plans to vote to renew expiring sanctions on Iran without adding provisions the White House would likely find objectionable, and sources say President Barack Obama is likely to let such a “clean” bill become law.

At issue is the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which targets the nation’s energy sector and is due to expire Dec. 31. The White House says the president and Treasury Department already possess the sanctions-issuing authorities that the law grants. But Obama likely would not veto a “clean” renewal because administration officials have concluded it would not violate the terms of the nuclear deal the U.S. and other world powers brokered with Tehran last year, according to a source with knowledge of the White House’s deliberations.

Murphy Gets a Cash Boost in Florida Senate Race
New contributions from Republican billionaire and Democratic super PAC

National Democrats a few weeks ago appeared to be throwing in the towel on Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy's Senate race against Sen. Marco Rubio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy is getting a cash boost from donors and a Democratic super PAC as his campaign shows signs of life in his Senate race against Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio.

Mike Fernandez, a Republican donor based in Miami, announced he would give $100,000 to a super PAC supporting Murphy, citing Murphy's support for ending the U.S. embargo against Cuba. 

Senate Democratic Super PAC Spends Big on Feingold in Wisconsin
Move emblematic of struggle to close out races party long thought it would win

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold has long been the favorite to reclaim his Senate seat from Ron Johnson. (Courtesy Russ Feingold Facebook page)

A Democratic super PAC is making a surprise major investment in the Wisconsin Senate race in the election’s final days, a sign that a race many Democrats had long considered a sure victory has become unexpectedly tight. 

Senate Majority PAC plans to spend $2 million on behalf of Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold, who faces incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. The ads will run on broadcast and cable TV. 

Sanchez Appeals to Republicans in California Senate Race
Trailing Kamala Harris by double digits in polls, Sanchez launches new ad

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, left, is trying to hit fellow Democrat Kamala Harris from both the left and the right in their race for Barbara Boxer‘s Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez is appealing to Republicans as she tries to overcome opponent Kamala Harris’ huge lead in their race for the Senate.

Sanchez has released a new ad that highlights her record on small business and national security, and talks about living and working her whole life in Southern California. However, the ad also says that she voted against the Iraq War and the Wall Street bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

Poll: Warren Would Crush Schilling if He Ran for Senate
Ex-Red Sox pitcher has been criticized for anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT comments

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ex-ESPN analyst Curt Schilling started an online talk show on Breitbart News this week. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images file photo)

A new poll shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren would comfortably beat former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling if he ran against her in 2018.

Schilling has indicated previously that he wants to challenge the freshman Democrat, but said last week that he needed to talk to his wife about it first. There have been no updates about that conversation since.

Kirk’s Latest Controversy Follows Other Questionable Comments
GOP senator made sarcastic remark about Duckworth’s ethnic heritage during Illinois debate

Critics pounced quickly on remarks Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., made Thursday about Democratic challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In just this election cycle alone, Mark S. Kirk has called Sen. Lindsey Graham a “bro with no ho,” suggested people drive faster through African-American neighborhoods, and said that Americans killed in a terrorist attack “should be laid at the feet of the Democratic caucus.”

And yet, on Thursday night, the Republican senator from Illinois made his most notorious comment yet.

Republicans Split on Supreme Court Strategy in Lame Duck
Sen. Flake vows hearings, vote for Merrick Garland if Hillary Clinton wins

Republicans have been blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination for 225 days. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Thursday that he would work to advance the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland this year if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

Flake’s comments come less than two weeks ahead of an election that is expected to shape the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, possibly for decades. And they foreshadow a growing divide among Senate Republicans about what to do with Garland’s long-languishing nomination when Congress returns Nov. 14 for the lame-duck session.

White House Blasts GOP Over Calls to Block Clinton Supreme Court Picks
Sen. Ted Cruz contends court has operated with fewer justices in past

Arizona Sen. John McCain (left) and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have spoken of the possibility of blocking Hillary Clinton's potential Supreme Court nominees if she becomes president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House on Thursday slammed three Senate Republicans for saying their party should refuse to take up any Supreme Court nominees submitted by Hillary Clinton if she becomes president.

At various points during the 2016 campaign, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and John McCain of Arizona have made such declarations.

Voting Rights Groups Brace for Election Day ‘Chaos‘
Reports of disenfranchisement already cropping up during early voting

Voting rights advocates are preparing for the first presidential election since 1964 without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Voting rights advocates are preparing for a “perfect storm of chaos” on Election Day — and not just because a hurricane has already affected registrations in some key battleground states.

Reports of voter disenfranchisement have already cropped up during early voting, the advocates say. Some Texas election officials are implementing a voter ID law that a federal appeals court struck down as discriminatory. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he fears the election will be rigged and urged voters to “go out and watch the polls,” prompting fears of voter intimidation among minorities, particularly.