Politics

Shkreli’s Long Strange Trip Into Trump World
Drug exec gets trolled by fake candidate

Donald Trump once called Martin Shkreli, shown here leaving a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in February, a "spoiled brat." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The fact that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump publicly dumped on him in the media hasn’t deterred embattled entrepreneur Martin Shkreli from endorsing him.

“I support him vs. Hillary,” Shkreli announced on social media Thursday evening.  

41 Secret Service Employees to Be Disciplined Over Chaffetz File Leak
Agents accessed GOP member's personal records in apparent retribution

Potentially embarrassing information about Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz was leaked by Secret Service employees last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Forty-one Secret Service employees will be disciplined over leaking private information about Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz  in apparent retribution for a House investigation of the agency last year.  

The employees face a range of sanctions, from a reprimand to suspension without pay, according to a statement Thursday from Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson. One individual found to have disclosed the Utah Republican's information to The Washington Post has resigned.  

Senate Democrats: Rubio Will Lose If He Runs Again
Fla. primary loss to Trump, Senate attendance record cited as weaknesses

Senate Republicans are desperately trying to persuade Sen. Marco Rubio to run for re-election , convinced he's likely the only candidate capable of holding a battleground seat.  

To which Senate Democrats are now responding: Don't be so sure.  

Re-Evaluating the Lessons of Hiroshima
Obama's visit inspires hope for a more holistic teaching of World War II

Shotaro Kodama, a survivor of Hiroshima bombing, speaks at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee Discussion in Washington in 1997. (Roll Call file photo)

HIROSHIMA, Japan — President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday where he invoked the memory of “a flash of light and wall of fire” that destroyed the city during World War II.  

At a moving ceremony at the city’s Peace Memorial Park, Obama told an audience that included survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing that the tragic events of that fateful day should never be forgotten.  

From the State That Brought Us Bernie Sanders, 'Spaceman' for Governor
Baseball eccentric Bill Lee launches bid in Vermont

Former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee is launching a campaign for governor of Vermont and is drawing inspiration from Sen. Bernie Sanders' success in the Democratic presidential primary. (Winslow Townson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Vermont fringe party that launched the political career of Sen. Bernie Sanders is now backing a 1970s baseball star-turned-gubernatorial candidate known affectionately to generations of fans as "Spaceman."  

What campaign slogan Bill Lee, 69, will pick is anyone's guess. The former Red Sox and Expos pitcher, a self-described "Zen Buddhist Rastafarian ," earned as much of a reputation for his often strange and hilarious one-liners as he did for his preternatural talents.  

Trump Asks Big Favor from 'Little Marco'
Trump pleads with Rubio to stay in Senate, help maintain GOP majority

Donald Trump often derided Marco Rubio's record in the Senate when they were running against each other for the Republican presidential nomination. (Getty Images file photo)

Donald Trump made a big request Thursday to the man he once so gleefully derided as "Little Marco."  

In a tweet , Trump pleaded with his former Republican presidential primary rival to seek re-election to the Senate — in spite of Rubio's insistence that he doesn't want to — referencing poll numbers that suggested the GOP could otherwise lose the Florida seat.  

Sanders and Trump Continue to Explore Debate
Sanders campaign manager prods Trump to not 'chicken out'

The idea of a Trump/Sanders debate that began in a joking exchange on late-night television has become a serious prospect, with Donald Trump telling supporters Thursday night that he would "love to" meet Sanders in California in the coming weeks.  

Such an exchange would bypass party tradition and sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton before the decisive California primary on June 7. It would also present a potential ratings bonanza for the hosting television station and few — if any — potential downsides for either Sanders or Trump.  

Homosexuals 'Worthy of Death' Bible Verse Read Before Key Vote
Gay rights advocates call on GOP leaders to condemn the reading

Rick Allen listens during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans at a conference meeting heard a Bible verse that calls for death for homosexuals shortly before the chamber voted Thursday morning to reject a spending bill that included an amendment barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Whether the freshman member who gave the prayer intended to condemn members of the LGBT community has left Republicans and Democrats deeply divided. What's certain is that the Energy-Water appropriations bill that came to the floor later in the morning was defeated on a resounding 112-305 vote, with a majority of the GOP caucus in opposition.

Regular Disorder: Another House Free-for-All
Failure of energy, water spending measure puts Paul Ryan strategy in focus, changes possible

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is blaming Democrats for the failure of energy and water spending legislation on the House floor. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Who is to blame when a free-for-all amendment process causes a $37.4 billion spending bill to collapse on the House floor?   

[ House Rejects Spending Bill After Gay Rights Measure Added ]  

Republicans Urge Rubio to Reconsider Senate Run
GOP colleagues say he may be the only one who could hold Florida seat

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is being urged by his fellow Republican colleagues to reconsider his decision to not run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is telling reporters he stands by his decision not to seek another term in the Senate , even as some of his fellow Republican senators are going public with their calls for him to stick around.  

The former presidential candidate said Thursday it was "unlikely" anything could sway him to be a late entrant ahead of the Florida Senate primary's June 24 filing deadline.  

As Zika Risk Escalates, Congress Heads Out
Report says 2 million pregnant women in the U.S. could contract the virus

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, seen through a microscope, which transmits the Zika virus. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As lawmakers leave for their Memorial Day break, a left-leaning think tank says more than 2 million pregnant women — and the children they are carrying — in the United States could be at risk of contracting the Zika virus.  

The Center for American Progress released a new analysis Thursday that estimates “the number of pregnant women potentially at risk in states that are projected to have a moderate or high abundance of the Aedes species mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.”  

Obama's Dress Down of Trump Rare for a President
Obama uses bully pulpit to denounce his potential successor in an unusual step

President Barack Obama's harsh words for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump were rare on the world stage. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Challenging the foreign policy experience of political opponents is nothing new to the presidential race.  

Publicly dressing down a rival candidate in front of the world — as President Barack Obama did Thursday during remarks at the G7 summit in which he characterized presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump as being "ignorant of world affairs" — could very well be another first in the wildly unpredictable 2016 election.  

The One Thing Trump Got Right in New Mexico
GOP presidential presumptive nominee says Susana Martinez is not doing her job

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – These days, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is a study in contrasts.  

The nation’s first Hispanic woman governor, she’s also the first Hispanic chair of the Republican Governors Association.  

Down But Not Out: Grayson Plots Long Shot Comeback
The Florida Democrat has run an underwhelming Senate campaign so far — but he might soon receive help from an unexpected source

Rep. Alan Grayson looks for his ride on the House steps following final votes in January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alan Grayson is underfunded, beset by questions about an offshore hedge fund, and only now hiring key members of his campaign.  

Of all of this election season’s Senate candidates, none have had a more difficult start to their race.  

Poll: Clinton Leads Among Middle Income Rust Belt Voters
More think Clinton would fight harder for middle class than Trump

Hillary Clinton leads among middle income voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, according to Bloomberg's polling. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Part of the rise of Donald Trump has been attributed to his tapping into the anxieties of working class voters, but a new poll shows Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton leading among middle class voters in Rust Belt states.  

Forty-six percent of those surveyed in the Bloomberg poll  said they would vote for Clinton while only 39 percent would vote for Trump, the presumptive GOP Republican nominee .