Politics

New Generation of Vets in Congress
More open about experiences like PTSD, still touting service in ads

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard cites her military experience in Iraq for her "mission-first" mentality to service in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There are still fewer veterans in Congress than in past decades, but the drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given rise to a new generation on Capitol Hill.  

Last year, Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry launched a bipartisan caucus to help post-9/11 veterans transition to civilian life and to draw attention to issues like post-traumatic stress. Both Gabbard and Perry served in the Iraq war.   

Trump Pledges to Support Veterans at Rolling Thunder
Presumptive Republican nominee lags in backing from key group

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets bikers and supporters on the National Mall during the Rolling Thunder Inc. XXIX "Freedom Ride." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump reached out to the nation's veterans Sunday, promising better health care, a stronger military and new donations to veterans causes as he spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder demonstration in Washington.   

"We're not winning now. ... We certainly don't win for our veterans," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said, repeating one of his signature lines to thousands of bikers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. "We are going to start winning so much. We are going to win, win, win."  

Would Rubio Be Pushing Zika Aid If He Were Still Running?
'We know a lot more about Zika today than we did three or four months ago'

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio supports the Obama administration's request for $1.9 billion in emergency money to address the Zika crisis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Much of the attention in recent days has focused on whether Sen. Marco Rubio will reverse course and run for re-election to his Senate seat, but he would much rather be discussing the mosquito-borne Zika virus.  

The Florida Republican was inviting questions, to no avail, about Zika in the midst of a gaggle of reporters who were asking about his political future Thursday.  

How LGBT Job Protection Became the New Confederate Flag
Fight did not start with the Maloney amendment

An amendment preventing federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity has traveled a tumultuous road in the House over the past year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A year ago, debate over the Confederate flag shut down the congressional appropriations process . This year, minutes after the House seemed to put that issue to rest with a vote to lower the flag at federal cemeteries, a new firestorm began.  

An amendment to prevent federal contractors from making hiring decisions based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity roiled debate on the House floor last week and took down an entire spending bill on Thursday.  

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.”