White House Sees Opportunity in Trump's Pitch to African-Americans
Obama spokesman: GOP nominee's tax plan hurts "everyone" but the rich

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke to a mostly white audience at the  2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to reach out to African-American voters.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House appears to sense an opportunity in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent outreach to African-Americans.

Speaking in Michigan on Friday, Trump made a pitch for black voters to support him in November. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said.

Poll: Voters Don't Trust Clinton, but She Holds 10-Point Lead
Many say they're voting against other candidate rather than for their own

While a new poll shows a majority of voters neither like nor trust Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she leads Donald Trump by 10 points. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows the depth of how much of a lesser-of-two-evils election this year's presidential race is.

Nearly two-thirds of those who said they were voting for Republican candidate Donald Trump said their motivation had more to do with making sure that Democrat Hillary Clinton doesn't get into the White House. Only 25 percent said their vote was pro-Trump rather than anti-Clinton.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has previously expressed support for private prisons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

Graham Calls for Special Prosecutor for Clinton Emails
South Carolina senator echoes Trump's call for an independent review

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham found himself in rare agreement with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

The South Carolina Republican, a vocal critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, agreed with Trump's call earlier this week for an independent investigation.

Study: Outside Groups Now Behind a Third of All Campaign Spending
Ad-buy data shows secret money skyrocketing since court decisions

Some competitive House and Senate races are seeing more spending by outside groups than by those running for office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Secret money from outside groups is flooding election campaign coffers at the highest level in 16 years to nearly a third of all political advertising, a study found.

Super PACs make up the bulk of the ad buys in the 2016 election cycle, accounting for nearly 73 percent of all outside group spending, according to the study by the Wesleyan Media Project and the Center for Responsive Politics.

Biden's 'Expectation' Is Obama Will Close Gitmo Prison
GOP lawmakers have blocked previous attempts to shutter detention center

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15. In Sweden on Thursday, Biden issued a renewed vow to close Guantanamo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Thursday he still expects that the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will close before the Obama administration leaves office in January.

"That is my hope and expectation," Biden said during a press conference in Sweden.

Isakson Agrees to One Debate
Georgia senator's Democratic opponent wanted a series of them

The one debate Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to begins six days after early voting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to only one debate against his two opponents in the Georgia Senate race.

The two-term Republican will debate Democratic nominee Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckey on Oct. 23, six days after early voting begins in Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Nonprofit Asks Candidates Not to Campaign on 9/11
Both Obama and Romney honored pledge in 2012

The nonprofit organization 9/11 Day wants a moratorium on campaigning on Sept. 11 to help revive national unity and empathy. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A nonprofit group promoting Sept. 11 as a day of remembrance is asking presidential and congressional candidates to hold off on campaigning on the attack's 15th anniversary.

David Paine, the president and co-founder of the New York-based organization 9/11 Day, said the one-day moratorium on campaigning would help revive national unity and empathy, according to The Associated Press.

Bill Clinton Defends Family Foundation
Repeats pledge not to take foreign donations if Hillary Clinton is elected

Former President Bill Clinton, center, seen here with his wife's running mate Sen. Tim Kaine in July, says he is "really proud" of the work of his family foundation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President Bill Clinton has come to the defense of his family foundation now that it has become an issue in his wife's presidential campaign.

"If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is," Clinton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except that I'm really proud. I'm proud of what they've done."

Poll: Burr Holds Slight Lead Over Ross in North Carolina
Transgender bathroom bill a drag on GOP governor, poll shows

A poll of North Carolina voters shows incumbent Sen. Richard M. Burr holding only a 2-point lead over Democratic challenger Deborah Ross. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Monmouth University poll showed Wednesday that Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr holds only a slight lead over former North Carolina state Rep. Deborah Ross in a race that could be tilting toward the Democrats.

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VA Blocks Holiday Display of Confederate Flags on Cemetery Flagpoles
Policy further reduces use of Confederate imagery on federal lands

Confederate flags like this won't be flying on flagpoles in national cemeteries on Memorial Day or Confederate Memorial Day because of a new VA policy. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer allow Confederate flag imagery to be flown on flagpoles at national cemeteries on Memorial Day or Confederate Memorial Day.

The policy change follows debate in the House earlier this year over continued display of Confederate imagery on federal lands. It also further reduces the number of flag images that can be displayed on federal land after the National Park Service made similar policy changes last year.

Koch Brothers-Backed Ad Hits Strickland With Clinton
Clinton's stance on coal mining an issue in Ohio Senate race

Screen Shot (Freedom Partners Action Fund)

A new ad from the Freedom Partners Action Fund, backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, hits Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland with remarks his party's presidential nominee made about coal mining.

The ad opens with a coal miner, identified as Josh W. from Cadiz, Ohio, at work with other miners.

Poll: Murphy Pulls Ahead of Grayson, Rubio Trounces Both
Florida survey also shows Hillary Clinton with large lead in presidential race

Rep. Patrick Murphy has a sizable lead over Rep. Alan Grayson, but trails Sen. Marco Rubio by 8 points. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy beating his Senate primary opponent Rep. Alan Grayson, but incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio would beat both of them in the general election.

The Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey showed that among 532 Florida Democrats polled, Murphy led Grayson by a commanding 48 percent to 17 percent margin. 

Bennie Thompson Chief of Staff Charged
Isaac Lanier Avant accused of not filing tax returns for five years

Rep. Bennie Thompson said he would not fire chief of staff until he has had his day in court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Bennie Thompson's chief of staff has been charged with failing to file federal tax returns for five years.

The Mississippi Democrat's staffer Isaac Lanier Avant was named in five misdemeanor counts for not filing his returns for 2009 through 2013 when he earned $170,000 per year. 

Immigration Issues That Trump and Clinton Don't Talk About (Much)
Agenda for Congress broader than border security and path to citizenship

Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in April as oral arguments are heard on President Obama's executive actions on immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have talked a lot about immigration. They're miles apart. And, somewhere in between, is Congress.

The presidential candidates have primarily butted heads over high-profile topics like border security, Syrian refugee resettlements, deportation policies, and a pathway to legal status for millions of undocumented U.S. residents.