Clinton and Surrogates Pivot Away From Trump, Toward Her Agenda
Stump speeches increasingly have fewer attacks on GOP nominee

Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) debates with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the final debate in Las Vegas last week. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Democratic presidential nominee and some surrogates are pivoting from attacks on Donald Trump toward how she might enact her agenda and work with Congress.

At campaign stops Sunday in North Carolina and Monday in New Hampshire — both battleground states in the race for the White House and Senate — Clinton mentioned Trump here and there. She mocked him. She urged Democrats to vote in large numbers.

Why is CrossFit CEO All In on California House Race?
A rift with candidate prompts Greg Glassman to rally against him

Greg Glassman tells a group of CrossFit devotees in the 44th District why he has problems with House candidate Isadore Hall. (CrossFit via YouTube)

Why would CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman max out his individual contribution in the race to replace outgoing California Rep. Janice Hahn?


Will Trump Drag Down Mica With Him?
Outside Democratic groups are betting on it

Florida Republican Rep. John Mica has raised twice as much as Democratic challenger Stephanie Murphy, but Democratic outside groups are pouring money into the race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. John L. Mica of Florida is known in his district for bringing home transportation money, but his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could hurt his chances of being re-elected. 

Mica described Trump’s comments about groping women, revealed earlier this month in a leaked 2005 video recording, as “vulgar and unacceptable” but he has not withdrawn his support for Trump's candidacy, The Associated Press reported

Obama Blasts Issa, Heck Campaigning for Down-Ballot Democrats
Democrats shifting from presidential race to control of Congress

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in a key Senate race this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama continued a Democratic full-court press on down-ballot Republicans, campaigning and cutting ads in key Senate and House races.

Holding a solid lead over Republican Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has also turned her attention to those races, too. She will likely give some aid to North Carolina Senate challenger Deborah Ross when she campaigns in Winston-Salem with Michelle Obama on Thursday.

Republicans Tout Work with Obama in Campaigns
Obama calls it ‘definition of chutpah’

Sen. Rob Portman's new radio ads feature African-American pastors and highlight him working with President Barack Obama on the heroin epidemic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With presidential nominee Donald Trump becoming a weight on down-ballot Republicans, they're tying themselves to an unlikely leader: President Barack Obama.

On Monday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released three radio ads with African-American pastors from across the state talking about his  bill to help former prisoners with education and job training.

Former Sen. Jim Bunning Recovering From Stroke
Hall of Fame pitcher suffered stroke at his home in Kentucky

Former Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky suffered a stroke at home Tuesday, the family said. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky is recovering from a stroke suffered Tuesday in his home in Southgate, Kentucky, his family said.

“Thanks to the attention of the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth, he has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery,” the family said in a statement posted on Twitter by grandson Patrick Towles.

As Election Nears, Obama to Dive Into Congressional Races
Popularity of campaigner in chief seen as a plus for Dem candidates

President Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 11 in Greensboro, N.C. White House aides say he will get more involved in down-ballot races as Election Day nears. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

With the Senate in play and Democrats sensing gains in the House, White House aides say President Barack Obama will get more and more involved in down-ballot races as Election Day nears.

Until Thursday, Obama’s public campaign rallies have focused almost exclusively on making the case for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and against her GOP opponent, Donald Trump. That changed, however, when the president flew to Florida and dove headlong into GOP incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election fight.

Judge Upholds Chaka Fattah Conviction
Dismisses other charges of mail and bank fraud, falsifying records

Lawyers for former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah wanted the court to consider the ruling that overturned former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A judge has upheld a bulk of federal corruption charges against former Rep. Chaka Fattah but dropped other convictions related to mail and bank fraud.

In a 101-page opinion, Philadelphia federal Judge Harvey Bartle did not agree with Fattah’s attorneys when they asked him to consider the pivotal Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in his own case.

Chart: Presidential Candidates' Tax Returns
Republican candidate Donald Trump breaks from a 40-year tradition

Republican candidate Donald Trump at Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Richard Nixon released four years of tax returns in 1973 to quell accusations that he was evading taxes. Since then, every candidate for president, except Donald Trump, has released some tax information, ranging from Gerald Ford's summary document to 30 years of Bob Dole's returns.

See how many years of tax information candidates have released before each presidential election:

Poll: No Sign of a Democratic Wave in New York House Race
Republican John Katko overperforms Trump by 20 points

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., led Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon in a Democratic district in a new Siena College poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats’ road to a House majority could have run through New York, but with freshman GOP Rep. John Katko expanding his lead in the 24th District, picking up a handful of seats in the Empire State looks harder.

Katko led Democrat Colleen Deacon by 23 points, 54 percent to 31 percent, in a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released Thursday. That’s a jump from the 19-point lead the GOP congressman held three weeks ago. 

Babin: ‘Sometimes a Lady Needs to be Told When She’s Nasty’
Says Trump was in the right to comment on Clinton

Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin said Donald Trump correct in his assessment of Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Poll: Clinton Leads by Double Digits in Virginia
Trump gets slight bounce back from post-‘Access Hollywood’ low point

While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, leads in the south part of Virginia, Hillary Clinton leads in the more populous north. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in Virginia as independents turn toward the Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton leads in Virginia with 45 percent of likely voters compared to 33 percent backing Trump, the poll from the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University showed.

Ep. 27: The Next U.S. President’s Challenges in Iraq and Syria
The Big Story

Show Notes:

The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a host of problems the next U.S. administration will have to tackle, says Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute. In a conversation with CQ Roll Call’s National Security reporter Ryan Lucas and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim, Salem explains the complications hindering stability in Iraq, including the conflict in Syria, where U.S. diplomatic efforts face challenges from an assortment of players, including Russia and Iran.

Russia Asks to Monitor U.S. Elections
State Department calls move a ‘PR stunt’

A Russian government request to monitor the upcoming U.S. election was rebuffed by federal and state officials as a publicity stunt.

Ross Launches First Ad Tying Burr to Trump in North Carolina
Democrats see the attack as undercutting GOP hits on Ross

In a TV ad that began airing Thursday night, Democrat Deborah Ross, center, tries to tie Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump for the first time in the North Carolina Senate race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the first day of early voting in North Carolina, the Senate race got a little more crowded. For the first time, Democrat Deborah Ross launched a TV ad that tied incumbent Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump.

Facing a barrage of attacks over her past criticism of a sex offender registry, Ross is trying to use the Republican presidential nominee to undercut the GOP’s main attack against her.