Politics

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump 'Will Never Be President'
Massachusetts Democrat calls presumptive GOP nominee a 'small, insecure moneygrubber'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is firing at Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is throwing down the gauntlet, calling Donald Trump "a small, insecure moneygrubber," and telling progressives they must work to ensure he is never elected president.  

And in doing so, she might be paving the way to become her party's uniter-in-chief.  

House GOP Mulls Changing Amendment Process for Spending Bills
Maneuver could head off surprises, give leadership time to lobby members

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's amendment to protect LGBT workers from discrimination took some Republican leaders by surprise. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans may soon require members who wish to amend spending bills to file their proposals in the Congressional Record before a floor vote — a maneuver designed to prevent surprises like the amendment on LGBT discrimination that led to chaos on the floor last week.  

Speaker Paul D. Ryan presented the idea of a pre-printing requirement during a House Republican Conference meeting Tuesday. It comes after members said they were confused about exactly what they were voting for Thursday when New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney offered an amendment designed to prevent discrimination against LGBT workers.  

How Sanders Would Fare Under Different Nominating Rules
Would Hillary Clinton still be the Democratic front-runner?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders currently trails Hillary Clinton in the delegate race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Some of Bernie Sanders' supporters say the Democratic Party's nominating process is rigged against the Vermont senator . They point to the party’s proportional distribution of delegates for making it mathematically impossible for Sanders to catch Hillary Clinton in the race for pledged delegates. We took a look at a few alternatives to the current process to see if they might have been friendlier to the Sanders campaign.  

'No Vote, No Voice,' Says Newly Formed Voting Rights Caucus
Lawmakers draw attention to voting restrictions since 2013 SCOTUS ruling

From left, Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Terri A. Sewell, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Xavier Becerra at a news conference at the House Triangle on Tuesday to launch the Voting Rights Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of what's likely to be the first presidential election since 1965 without the Voting Rights Act in full effect, 50 members of Congress have joined to form the Voting Rights Caucus.  

The caucus will work to educate the public about voting restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.  

Reid: 'Lay Off Bernie Sanders'
Senate minority leader said Democrats should give Sanders a break.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is calling for caution on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it might be time to give Sen. Bernie Sanders a break.  

At a time when the underdog presidential candidate and his supporters have taken on the Democratic party establishment with endorsements, lawsuits and the promise of a messy convention , Reid cautioned restraint Tuesday.  

Report: Obamas Pick a Post-Presidency D.C. Neighborhood
President, family will remain in capital while younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school

President Barack Obama and his family will reportedly rent a house in the Kalorama neighborhood in D.C. while daughter Sasha (back center) finishes high school. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and his family are planning to rent a house in the upscale Washington neighborhood of Kalorama, the National Journal reported.  

The first family is staying in D.C. for two years after Obama's presidency wraps up in January so the family's youngest, Sasha, can finish high school.  

Sanders Wants Recanvass of Kentucky Vote
Sanders' campaign formally requests recanvass after apparent narrow Clinton win

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign wants a recount. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Callfile photo)

Sen. Bernie Sanders is requesting a recanvass of the vote in the wake of the tight finish in last week's Kentucky Democratic presidential primary.  

Sanders' campaign sent a signed letter on Tuesday to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, requesting "a full check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots."   

VA Secretary Won't Apologize
Ryan: GOP caucus 'dumbfounded' by theme park analogy

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald refused Tuesday to apologize for his comments comparing wait times for military veterans at government-run medical facilities to those at Disney theme parks.  

McDonald told MSNBC he is focused on the entire experience of former military personnel at VA-run facilities rather than just wait times for health care.  

RNC Platform Chairman Predicts Unity at Convention
Sen. John Barrasso was named platform chairman

Wyoming Republican John Barrasso was named the RNC Platform Committee Chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The senator in charge of defining the Republican Party's platform summed it up Tuesday with a new spin on the message of the presumptive nominee: "Make America grow again."  

Sen. John Barrasso is predicting his party will unite, despite the divisive  presumed nominee, business mogul Donald Trump.  

More LGBT Amendments to Come, Hoyer Says
Minority whip questions GOP opposition to LGBT nondiscrimination provisions

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland is promising more amendments on the issue of LGBT nondiscrimination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats will keep trying to force floor votes on the issue of LGBT nondiscrimination after an amendment they offered to a spending bill last week failed when Republicans switched their votes, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday.   

[ Moral Victory on Confederate Flag, Painful Defeat on LGBT Protection ]  

Ryan: VA Chief's Comments Are 'Disgusting' but Not Sure if He Should Resign
Speaker says McDonald should 'clarify his comments' on VA wait times

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. ( Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday called Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald's comments comparing  veterans’ medical wait times to lines at a Disney theme park "disgusting" but wouldn't go as far as to ask the secretary to resign.  

"I don’t know if he should resign," Ryan said. "He should clarify his comments. He should show some empathy for the veterans he is supposed to serve."  

Critics Present Their Case Against IRS Chief Koskinen
Committee refuses to accept Koskinen's statement after he declined its invitation

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz testifies on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the actions of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A House hearing on the alleged misdeeds and potential impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was held without its key witness on Tuesday, after Koskinen spurned an invitation to testify and was denied a request to enter a statement on the record.  

Instead, two of Koskinen's most vocal accusers — Republican House Oversight Committee members Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida — presented their case before the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee .  

McConnell's Memoir Bashes Outside Conservative Groups
His antidote to Harry Reid: margaritas

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reflects on past campaigns in his upcoming memoir. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There's no love lost for outside conservative groups in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's new memoir, which hits bookshelves next week.  

The Kentucky Republican, always a political strategist, makes the case in "The Long Game" that he could have ascended to the majority leader position earlier if not for forces like the Senate Conservatives Fund .  

Bill Clinton to Dems: Chill Out About Hillary
Former president says wife's ideas, experience will prevail

Former President Bill Clinton told California Democrats that once the primaries are finished, Hillary Clinton will be able to "scrape the windshield clean." (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Bill Clinton, on a campaign swing through California as the heat rises on his wife's campaign , had this message to Democratic primary voters Monday: "Just relax."  

For the first time, national polls show Hillary Clinton has lost her edge and might even be falling behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. At the same time, Clinton has been forced to divide her attention with the never-ending primary battle against progressive socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. But never mind all that , Bill Clinton said, according to local media reports.  

Toomey's Tough Talk on Cops: Good or Bad Idea?
Pennsylvania senator plots a path to re-election with a tough law-and-order approach

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has made support for police officers central to his re-election campaign. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

When Google honored a civil rights activist who supported a man convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey fired off a letter .   

He asked Larry Page, CEO of the tech giant's parent company, Alphabet Inc., "why anyone would choose to defend a cold-blooded murderer ..." The sacrifices by law enforcement officers, "deserve to be honored and respected," he wrote.