Politics

Tim Ryan Encouraged to Run for Ohio Governor
Pelosi challenger navigates his political future

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan speaks with the media at the Capitol after losing the Democratic leadership race to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 30. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tim Ryan’s phone is ringing — and on the other end are people urging the Ohio Democrat who defied House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her team to come home and run for governor.

John Glenn’s Life in Photos: From Astronaut to National Hero to Long-Time Senator
The Ohio Democrat died Dec. 8, according to the Columbus Dispatch, at 95

On Nov. 16, 2011, Glenn (center with red tie) is among a group of the first astronauts to win the Congressional Gold Medal. Astronaut Neil Armstrong receives a medal from then-Speaker of the House John A. Boehner of Ohio, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada presents Glenn’s and then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky presents one to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and national hero as a member of the Mercury 7, has died at 95, according to reports. While John Glenn’s life in the public eye began well before he headed to Washington in 1975 as a four-term senator from Ohio, that’s certainly when CQ Roll Call’s camera lens turned on the distinguished senator. 

Former Senator and Astronaut John Glenn Dies at 95
First American to orbit Earth, national hero and later four-term Democratic senator from Ohio

Astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn of Ohio, seen here on Nov. 16, 2011, when he and other astronauts received the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, has died at the age of 95. 

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman
Minnesota congressman picks up high-profile backing from AFL-CIO

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO shown here on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in July, said Rep. Keith Ellison “meets the high standard working people expect.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The executive council of one of the country’s largest labor union collectives officially endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Thursday for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 

Former Senator, Astronaut John Glenn Hospitalized
The 95-year-old was one of the original ‘Mercury Seven’

Ohio Sen. John Glenn, during a press conference at NASA headquarters in downtown Washington in January 1998, to announce his return to the space program. Glenn, who served four terms in the Senate, has been hospitalized since last week. (Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly file photo)

Former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, best known for his exploits as an astronaut in the 1960s, has been hospitalized.

Glenn’s health has declined in recent years, and the last surviving member of NASA’s Project Mercury was losing his eyesight, and had undergone open heart surgery in 2014, Cleveland.com reported.

Biden: Democrats Must Show More ‘Respect’ to Working-Class Whites
VP rejects notion that racism helped elect Donald Trump

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive for a campaign rally in Scranton, Pa., on Aug. 15. On Thursday, he said his party has not shown enough “respect” for or listened to white working-class voters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the Democratic Party is not “showing enough respect” to white working-class men while rejecting the notion that racism prompted that bloc of voters to help elect Donald Trump.

Harry Reid Might Yet Get McCarran’s Name Off Las Vegas Airport
Democrats in Nevada want to rename it after Reid

Retiring Sen. Harry Reid would still like to see former Sen. Patrick McCarran’s name taken off Las Vegas’ airport. (iStock)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid mentioned one piece of unfinished business in his farewell floor speech that could eventually be accomplished thanks to his work electing Democrats in Nevada.

Speaking about his efforts to improve transportation in his home state, Reid spoke of his crusade to take former Sen. Patrick McCarran’s name off McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Rohrabacher Accuses Journalist of Bias Against Russia
Says he’s had discussions with people ‘high up in the transition team’ about being Trump’s secretary of State

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has previously made remarks sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., accused a journalist who is a refugee from the former Soviet Union of bias in an interview Wednesday.

Senators Want Presidential Innovation Fellows Made Permanent
Says it would make entering public service more attractive to technologists

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is one of four senators sponsoring legislation to make the Presidential Innovation Fellows program permanent (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Boehner: ‘Thank God I’m Not in the Middle of This’
Former speaker compares president-elect to Teddy Roosevelt

Asked if he missed being involved more closely in this year’s election cycle, former House Speaker John A. Boehner replied, “Oh my God, no.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner weighed in on the incoming Trump administration Wednesday, calling the president-elect a “good guy” who wants to do “big things,” and advocating for bipartisanship in the new Congress.

Boehner told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO that he and Trump have known each other for a long time. 

Udall Won’t Run for New Mexico Governor
State's senior senator puts 2018 rumors to bed

Sen. Tom Udall said he thinks he can do more for his state in Washington than he can as governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday he will not seek New Mexico’s governorship, citing the importance of keeping veteran Democratic legislators in Congress. 

After much consideration, Udall released a statement explaining why he believes he can do more good in Washington than in Sante Fe. 

What Happened to Scott Garrett?
Rep.-elect Gottheimer says outgoing N.J. congressman won’t talk transition

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett hasn't been seen much around the Capitol since his loss. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Jersey Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer says Rep. Scott Garrett, whom he defeated last month, is refusing to speak about the transition.

Gottheimer told The Record of Bergen County that he’s reached out to Garrett, but he hasn’t heard a word. Garrett’s staff also moved out of his office space.

Democratic PAC Transitions to Advocacy Role in 2017
End Citizens United taps into 2016’s frustration with establishment

End Citizens United helped elect New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to the Senate last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

2016 wasn’t the year Democrats wanted it to be.

But for one PAC created this cycle to elect Democrats at the federal level, this year’s election results may actually validate support for their mission: getting big money out of politics. 

Even as They Embrace Luján, Democrats Take Aim at DCCC Staff
Frustrated members look for answers for last four cycles

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, center, and Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, right, have been critical of DCCC staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For a party that gained seats, the aftermath of November’s election has resulted in unusually loud griping from Democratic members about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, specifically its staff. 

Rep. Tim Ryan said last week that if he were in charge, he’d ask the DCCC staff to reapply for their jobs.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Mark 75 Years Since Attack

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that "on hallowed ground here, Pearl Harbor survivors and other World War II veterans gathered today to mark 75 years since the surprise Japanese attack on the island of Oahu that thrust the United States into war."

"On that fateful Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, the men ran to their battle stations and to the sound of the guns as they moved boldly to begin the defense of our country, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Harry Harris, said."