What to Watch for on Final Day of Democratic Convention
Women's and social issues, national security messages before Clinton's acceptance speech

Chelsea Clinton listens as her father,  former President Bill Clinton, speaks at a campaign event in Iowa in January. On Thursday, she'll introduce Hillary Clinton to accept the Democratic nomination for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Social issues and national security will be highlighted during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday leading up to Hillary Clinton accepting her party's presidential nomination on Thursday. And expect lots of "Stronger Together" signs to be distributed on the floor.  

In a nod to the liberal base, advocates from the League of Conservation Voters and Human Rights Campaign will address the convention. But Democrats will work to sway moderates, too, with a message of a strong national security and Republicans who support Clinton.  

Thinking Ahead: Who Could be the Next Woman to Lead a Ticket?
Hillary Clinton cracked the glass ceiling, and that changes the dynamic for 2020 and beyond

The last 50 years.

Whether or not Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, her place in history as the first female nominated to lead a major party was cemented this week.  

Although the race is far from over, her success has added a new dynamic to presidential politics in the United States for both parties. What may not have been possible before, now is, and for many women on the rise, it's time to think bigger.  

CQ Roll Call Survey: No Convention Bounce for Trump Among GOP Staffers
Majority say they're not voting for party's presidential nominee

Donald Trump's performance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week has not changed many minds among GOP staffers on Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The latest round of public opinion polls shows that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a small lead on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, possibly the result of a bounce after last week's GOP convention. But among Republican aides on Capitol Hill, there was no such post-convention uptick.  

Only 42 percent of GOP respondents to CQ Roll Call’s latest Capitol Insiders Survey said they planned to vote for the real estate mogul in November. A plurality, 46 percent, said they’d stay home or vote for a third-party candidate. Twelve percent said they’d vote for Clinton.  

As Clinton Takes the Stage, Her Legislative Agenda Starts Coming in View
Immigration, minimum wage, public works could dominate early months

Hillary Clinton after a meeting with Democratic senators earlier this month, flanked from left by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA –Thursday night’s acceptance speech by Hillary Clinton will be mostly a symbolically resonant and broad-brush appeal to millions of undecided voters who still perceive her as the most famous but least understood and mistrusted presidential nominee of modern times.  

But, just off stage this week, her closest campaign and policy advisers along with some senior congressional Democrats are already looking beyond the fall campaign. They are starting to plot the course for a presidency that would very likely begin in a divided government.  

Amid Tight Race, Obama Passes Baton to Clinton
President: 'Our greatness does not depend on Donald Trump'

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton joins President Barack Obama on stage after his speech to the Democratic National Convention. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The baton has been passed.  

President Barack Obama largely ignored his own legacy and delivered a ringing endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, capping an evening that focused on the high stakes in November's election.  

Two Ghosts of the Clintons' Past Embrace the Presidential Candidate
Jerry Brown and Jesse Jackson line up behind Hillary

Rev. Jesse Jackson led a refrain of "It's healing time. It's hope time. It's Hillary time." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

California Gov. Jerry Brown once called Bill Clinton "the prince of sleaze."  

Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton got crosswise after the former president denounced rapper Sister Souljah for anti-white rhetoric.  

Biden Pulls No Punches, Calls Trump Claims 'Malarkey'
GOP presidential nominee 'doesn't have a clue,' the VP says at convention

Democrats said they hoped Biden would have a role in the future. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joe Biden pulled no punches when he told delegates at the Democratic National Convention what he thought of Donald Trump's claims that he understands the middle class.  

"That's a bunch of malarkey," Biden said to the boisterous cheers from the audience.  

Duckworth Suit Settlement Rejected, Case to Move Forward
Suit stemming from days in state government could be revived as issue in Senate race

The plaintiffs in Duckworth's case will proceed. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A settlement in a workplace retaliation suit against Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth stemming from her time in state government was rejected this week , potentially reviving it as a line of attack for her Republican opponent in their race for Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.  

Duckworth's campaign dismissed the civil action as a "frivolous workplace case" when the settlement was reached in June.  That statement angered one of the plaintiffs, Christine Butler, and prompted the legal challenge rather than accept the settlement worth $26,000, according to the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper.  

Victims, Families, Lawmakers Bring Firepower to Gun Control Fight
Democratic convention features a series of speakers affected by gun violence

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, and her husband Mark Kelly, speak on gun violence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans focused their convention on painting a picture of a lawless American society, promising to restore “order” after the shooting deaths of several police officers in recent weeks that stunned the nation.  

But Democrats spent a second night Wednesday doubling down on victims of gun violence  — putting on center stage relatives of those killed in mass shootings while balancing the delicate act of expressing support for law enforcement.  

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Kaine Chooses To Play Attack Dog in Convention Speech
Vice presidential candidate makes little direct appeal to progressives

Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine takes the stage. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 11:45 p.m. |  Sen. Tim Kaine was not progressive Democrats' first pick for vice president, and he's unlikely to have changed many minds after his convention speech Wednesday.  

In his big introduction speech to the world, Kaine spent more time talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump than himself.  

Reid Lacerates McConnell as ‘Craven’ for Countenancing Trump
His sharpest words by far were directed directly at his longstanding rival

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.