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Pro-Trump PAC Leader Guilty in 2012 Endorsement Scandal
Former Ron Paul aide linked to campaign finance fraud

UNITED STATES - MAY 16: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Smith-Amash Amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would "prevent the indefinite detention of and use of military custody for individuals detained on U.S. soil - including U.S. citizens - and ensure access to due process and the federal court system, as the Constitution provides." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Three former 2012 presidential campaign aides to former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul were found guilty on Thursday of public corruption.

One of the aides convicted by a federal jury in Iowa, Jesse Benton, was tapped this year to be a chief strategist of a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Reid: 'The Republican Party is Trump's Party'
Minority leader says Senate GOP is letting Trump shape High Court's direction

Even with Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, many Senate Republicans have not changed their minds on the president's Supreme Court nominee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are raising the prospect of a President Donald Trump in the fight over filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Republicans have vowed not to consider President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, arguing that the next chief executive should fill the high court slot.

Internal Poll: Virginia District Switcher Facing Competitive Primary
But GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes still holds a fundraising edge

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, who currently represents Virginia's 4th District, is running for the GOP nod in the 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Del. Scott Taylor hasn't taken well to Rep. J. Randy Forbes' decision to switch districts.

But new polling from the Taylor campaign suggests he may be competitive with the congressman in the Virginia Beach-based 2nd District.

Apple, Google and Facebook Want More From Next POTUS
Open letter calls for trans-Pacific trade deal and tech initiatives

Trade groups representing thousands of tech companies like Google are calling on the presidential candidates to support more tech-friendly policies. (Shawn Collins/Flickr)

In an open letter to presidential candidates, 13 tech trade groups representing thousands of companies, including Silicon Valley giants Apple, Facebook and Google, outlined for the first time a technology policy agenda they’d like to see parties adopt, including backing the trans-Pacific trade deal.

Among other things, the letter calls on candidates to “advance ambitious initiatives to reduce barriers to trade in digital and other goods and services, including obtaining the congressional authorization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.”

Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering or Exploitative?
Maggie Hassan's first Senate ad features her disabled son

Gov. Maggie Hassan's first Senate ad features her son who has cerebral palsy. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Disability activists are split over New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s first statewide ad, which features her disabled son.

Hassan, who is locked in a contentious Senate race with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, describes how her son’s diagnosis with cerebral palsy was one of the main reasons she entered public service.

Strickland Hits Portman Over Trump VP Consideration
Trump campaign says Ohio senator is a potential running mate

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being considered as a potential running mate for Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is making the most of the Trump campaign's interest in Sen. Rob Portman as Donald Trump's running mate.

Strickland hit his Republican opponent in the Ohio Senate race after CNN reported that Portman was among those the presumptive GOP nominee is thinking about for vice president.

5 Former Members of Congress You Didn't Know Were Running Again
Odds are long for all to make a return to the Hill

Former Rep. Pete Gallego is seeking a rematch with incumbent Republican Rep. Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd Congressional District. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats Brad Schneider of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, and Pete Gallego of Texas lost re-election bids in 2014 in a tough environment. All are running again this year, likely to be a friendlier one for Democrats. The three races are rated "Tossup" by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

But a handful of other former members who you might not even know are running face longer odds.

What's a Vulnerable Republican To Do?
GOP senators continue to say they'll 'support the nominee'

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte's campaign said she plans to support the Republican presidential nominee but did not mention Donald Trump by name. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hug him, hate him, pretend he isn't there.

Those are the choices that down-ballot Republican candidates now face with Donald Trump as the last man standing in the Republican primary for president.

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett Dies
Three-term Republican was a conservative and a pragmatist

Utah Sen. Robert Bennett was denied nomination to a fourth Senate term at the state GOP convention in 2010. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bob Bennett, a conservative Republican who served three terms in the Senate from Utah, died on Wednesday.

He was 82 and had battled cancer and suffered a stroke. The news was announced on his personal Facebook page.

House General Counsel Stepping Down
Kerry Kircher was named the House's top attorney in 2011

 

The House's top attorney is leaving his post.

GOP 'Going to the Mattresses'
With Trump on top, both parties scramble to determine fallout

Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will affect Senate and House races down ballot. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP ticket is resetting the Senate and House race landscape, emboldening Democrats and putting Republicans on the defensive as they brace for running alongside the most unpopular presidential nominee in recent history.

Both parties had spent months preparing for a potential Trump nomination, but the suddenness of Ted Cruz’s exit from the presidential primary sent shock waves through each. In an era where down-ballot races are increasingly shaped by the national political climate, Trump’s presence could change what races are competitive and how both parties run their campaigns.

Kasich Ends Presidential Campaign
Donald Trump is the last man standing for the GOP nomination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, ensuring that billionaire Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee.

"I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone and as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life," Kasich said in evening speech in Columbus, Ohio.

Judge Allows Group to Dig Into Clinton Email Server
Leaves open possibility that Clinton herself could be deposed

Hillary Clinton's private email server is the object of a court case brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A federal district court judge detailed Wednesday how a legal watchdog group can dig into the creation and operation of Hillary Clinton’s private email system — and didn’t rule out a deposition of the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential front-runner.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order Wednesday detailing discovery in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking records about Clinton and her top advisers, including the private email system she used during her four-year tenure as secretary of state.

Middle Finger Moments in Politics
Clinton was flipped off in West Virginia, but she certainly wasn't the first

Protesters gesture and yell as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pulls away after touring a health and wellness center in Williamson, W. Va., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Several dozen protesters stood in the rain to voice their opposition to Hillary Clinton's visit to coal country. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While campaigning in West Virginia, Hillary Clinton didn't receive the warmest welcome. Among the protesters angry about her position on cutting coal use were at least two who gave the so-called "scooby van" the middle finger.

This isn't the first time "the bird" has figured prominently in American politics. Even more surprising is the gesture's history as an obscene insult reaches back to ancient Greece, where the philosopher Diogenes is said to have flipped off the politician and statesman Demosthenes (though not to his face).