Politics

Kaine Said Obama Needed Congressional Approval to Fight ISIS
Clinton campaign says she is pushing for a new force authorization

Sen. Tim Kaine was named Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Clinton's choice to be her running mate  said President Barack Obama "must seek congressional approval" to execute the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.  

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took the position that put him closer to people like Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has a more limited view of the commander-in-chief's power, than to the Obama White House.  

Virginia's Democratic Governor Would Appoint Kaine Replacement
Number of Senate Democrats would not be impacted immediately if Kaine became VP

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, would appoint a senator to fill the vacancy created if Sen. Tim Kaine becomes vice president. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly could be a candidate for that appointment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications.  

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator were to become vice president, but the resignation would prompt an unusual off-year Senate campaign in the commonwealth. The special election would align with the 2017 governor's race.  

Clinton Picks Virginia's Tim Kaine for VP
Former swing-state governor supports tougher gun laws, trade deals

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at an event in Northern Virginia last week. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her running mate, tapping a swing-state Democrat who brings to the ticket expertise in foreign affairs, support for tougher gun laws and a reputation as an even-tempered politician.  

I'm thrilled to share this news: I've chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate," Clinton announced in an email to supporters sent at 8:20 p.m.. "Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation's history."  

Democrats to Go on Air Monday With Ads Supporting Bayh
Ad buy shows optimism about Indiana Senate seat

Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is seeking his old job this year. (Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images file photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will begin running ads Monday in Indiana on behalf of newly minted candidate Evan Bayh, a move that reflects the Democrats' optimism that they can capture what they once considered a solidly red seat .  

A committee spokeswoman confirmed the ad buy Friday, but did not discuss how much money would be spent.  

Obama Criticizes GOP Convention Themes on Crime, Immigration
Mexican president takes high road after delegates chanted 'build that wall'

Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto (left), and U.S. President Barack Obama meet during a North American leaders' summit last month in Canada. The duo met Friday at the White House. (Photo via Flickr)

President Barack Obama on Friday took umbrage with themes voiced during the Republican National Convention, arguing the country is not plagued by widespread violence and warning against trade wars.  

The comments came after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump used his acceptance speech to promise Americans he would stop what he called “violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.”  

Senate Democrats Fret About GOP Spending
Outside groups aligned with Republicans have spent heavily on key races

Can Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty and other Senate challengers keep up with GOP spending? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats are worried that the heavy spending of Republican-aligned outside groups in a handful of key races has added an unexpectedly steep barrier to their path back to the Senate.  

More concerning still for party strategists is the belief that the GOP's cash edge shows no signs of shrinking, especially when Republican incumbents start spending heavily from their own cash reserves. In many races, the GOP candidates hold a gargantuan cash-on-hand advantage.  

Donald Trump Denies Ever Linking Cruz's Father To JFK Assassination
GOP nominee also says he didn't attack Heidi Cruz

Republican nominee Donald Trump, right, seems unwilling to take the high road in his feud with former presidential rival Ted Cruz. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The day after accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump denied he once disparaged Ted Cruz's father and then repeated the insult, continuing his feud with the Texas senator two days after Cruz refused to endorse him .  

At a post-convention press conference in Cleveland, the real estate mogul said he never promoted the idea that Rafael Cruz was with Lee Harvey Oswald right before he shot John F. Kennedy.   

Trump Says He'll Never Accept Endorsement From Cruz
But will consider setting up a super PAC to oppose Cruz should he run again

There's still bad blood between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took his disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz to a new level on Friday.  

Trump said in an event thanking volunteers at the Republican National Convention that not only does he not want Cruz's endorsement, he might even try to derail any future Cruz has in Republican presidential politics.   

With Pence in Spotlight, Indiana Delegates Campaign to Replace Him
Political drama follows Hoosiers to Cleveland and back

Who will replace Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the Republican ballot this fall? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — It’s been a momentous week for Indiana Republicans.  

The state where Donald Trump clinched the nomination in May got another big moment in the limelight with the official nomination of Gov. Mike Pence as Trump’s running mate Wednesday night.  

David Duke Running for Senate, Ties Himself to Trump
Former Klan leader announces he will run for open Louisiana seat

(David Duke announcement video screenshot)

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for the open Senate seat in Louisiana.  

He made the announcement in a video Friday in which he claimed credit for much of the platform of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

Who Are the Likely VP Picks for Clinton?
All signs point to Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is seen as Hillary Clinton's most likely vice presidential pick. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton is expected to name her running mate Friday in advance of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia which starts Monday.  

While there are many names being floated around from cabinet secretaries to former governors, here is a comprehensive countdown of who is the most likely vice presidential selection and why.  

Here Comes Another Musician Mad With Trump
GOP convention playing 'Here Comes the Sun' offends George Harrison estate

Add George Harrison to the list of artists who didn't want to be on the Republican convention playlist. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Donald Trump campaign upset one last artist on the last night of the Republican National Convention.   

Ivanka Trump walked on to the convention stage  Thursday to introduce her father to "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles. The estate of former Beatle George Harrison, who wrote the song, expressed its displeasure: 

John McCain's Grand Canyon Adventure
2008 GOP presidential nominee was a world away from Cleveland's chaos

Far from the Republican National Convention, Sen. John McCain takes a look at the Grand Canyon from the south rim following a Grand Canyon Watershed Monument Meeting. (Daniel A. Anderson for CQ Roll Call)

THE GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As the drama and controversy that defined the Republican Party's coronation week for Donald Trump unfolded, Sen. John McCain could not have been farther away.  

"You're not in Cleveland? I'm surprised," Jose Campos, a tourist visiting from New Mexico, asked McCain, the 2008 GOP standard-bearer, inside a visitor's center overlooking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  

House Republicans Learn to Accept Trump by Focusing on Pence
They are reassured by their former House colleague

GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND – The few dozen rank-and-file House members who were visible and talkative at the Republican convention this week are departing as members of two camps:  

Those who declare wholehearted enthusiasm for Donald Trump remain the clear minority. The rest are at least professing their acceptance in the name of party unity — with many of them declaring that the addition of their former colleague Mike Pence to the ticket has given them sufficient hope that the general election and a Trump presidency might work out in the end.  

'Law and Order': Transcript of Trump's Acceptance Speech

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers his speech. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Thank you. Thank you very much. Friends, delegates and fellow Americans, I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.  

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.