Poll: Democrats lead in Battleground Senate Races
Presidential race is nearly tied in Colorado and Pennsylvania

Katie McGinty is in a tight race against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats Katie McGinty of Pennsylvania and incumbent Michael Bennet of Colorado lead in new polls in Senate races in their respective states. 

McGinty has a 3 point lead over incumbent Pat Toomey, 49 percent to 46 percent among likely voters in a CNN/ORC Poll. Bennet maintains a much larger advantage in the Colorado race, with a 53 percent to 43 percent lead over Republican challenger Darryl Glenn. 

Issa Shows He Knows He's in for a Fight
Comes as DCCC invests in his opponent

Rep. Darrell Issa told a newspaper that he hasn't had a yard sign in 16 years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is showing signs that he knows he is in a tough re-election fight.  

"I haven’t had a yard sign in 16 years. And you know, there are people that are calling and getting yard signs," he said in an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune.

Linda McMahon Still a Republican Fundraising Heavyweight
Comes despite two failed Senate runs

Linda McMahon lost her races for the Senate in 2010 and 2012. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former WWE executive Linda McMahon may have been pinned for the three count twice in failed runs for Senate in Connecticut but she hasn't tapped out when it comes to fundraising for Republicans.

McMahon lost races for Senate in 2010 and 2012 to Connecticut's Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

Poll: Clinton, Trump Tied as First Debate Arrives
Clinton loses much of her edge among women and young voters since August

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's support dipped after calling Trump supporters "deplorables" and failing to reveal she had pneumonia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has lost support among women and young voters against Republican nominee Donald Trump, a new poll released on the day of the first presidential debate shows. 

Clinton's 6-point lead in a Bloomberg Politics national poll from August has eroded and a poll released Monday shows her tied with Trump at 46 percent.

Can Toomey's Presidential Non-Answer Hold?
Pennsylvania Republican faces tough choice in his election's home stretch

Sens. Patrick J. Toomey, left, and John McCain, attend a campaign event for Toomey at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa., September 23, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

FOLSOM, Pa. — Patrick J. Toomey doesn't have a problem with all Republicans who have been nominated for president. 

Just the one nominated this year. 

Cain and Poliquin Remain Tied in Democratic Poll of Maine's 2nd District
Both congressional candidates are outperforming the top of the ticket

Democrat Emily Cain faces Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in a rematch in Maine's 2nd Congressional District. (Tom Williams/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Democrats Insisting on Flint Aid in CR Indicates Last Opportunity
Democratic groups sent letters to McConnell, Ryan pushing Flint funding in stopgap bill

Drinking water is stacked at the Sylvester Broome Center in Flint, Mich., February 22, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are heading toward a hard-line position on Flint water crisis aid.

“I'm not going to support the [continuing resolution] and there's a growing number of Democrats that are taking that same position,” Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said of a government funding package Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released Thursday that did not include money for Flint.

Dueling Polls Give Different Read on New Hampshire House Race
Democratic poll puts Shea-Porter up 10, GOP poll has Guinta up 4

Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, right, talks with guests at a Pride Day event in Rochester, N.H., on Sept. 10. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two polls released this week from New Hampshire's swingy 1st District paint different pictures of the race for a seat that's traded hands every two years since 2010.

On Friday, House Majority PAC released a poll conducted by Normington Petts that gave former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter a 10-point lead over Republican incumbent Rep. Frank C. Guinta in a five-way matchup.

Obama Vetoes Terrorism Bill as Override Votes Loom
Democrats are sympathetic to his concerns, but likely to vote with GOP

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 2. Obama has vetoed a bill that would allow families of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to sue foreign governments believed to be involved. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow families of the victims of terrorist attacks in the United States to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to the strikes, setting up a difficult election-year decision for congressional Democrats.

Obama expressed "deep sympathy" for those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, writing in a statement accompanying the veto that he has "deep appreciation of these families' desire to pursue justice and [is] strongly committed to assisting them in their efforts."

Cruz Backs Trump for President
Cruz had previously refused to endorse Trump, urging voters to "vote your conscience"

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, clashed on the presidential campaign trail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a departure from prior statements, Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday that he would vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans," the Texas Republican wrote in a Facebook post. "And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way."

FBI Granted Clinton Aides Immunity, Chaffetz Says
Utah congressman says deal was struck in exchange for cooperation

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said the FBI "were handing out immunity deals like candy" during their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of State. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff and two other aides were granted immunity by the FBI during an investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's use of a private email server when she was secretary of State, Rep. Jason Chaffetz told The Associated Press.

The Utah Republican said Friday that Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop under the agreement that its contents not to be used against her.

McCain Attends Re-election Rally — in Pennsylvania
The senator from Arizona took the unusual step of helping a colleague even with his own race to worry about

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and John McCain, R-Ariz., attend a campaign event for Toomey at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa., September 23, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

FOLSOM, Pa. — John McCain acted a candidate seeking re-election. He posed for pictures, told jokes during his speech, and urged everyone to vote. 

Except the senator from Arizona wasn't campaigning in his home state — he was 2,000 miles away, in a working-class town near Philadelphia.  The small rally at this local Veterans of Foreign Wars post wasn't about him — it was for Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. 

Pittenger Apologizes for Suggesting Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'
North Carolina GOP congressman says comments don't "reflect who I am"

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for his comments on the protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for saying that protesters who turned out after the fatal shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, "hate white people."

The Republican lawmaker, whose current House district includes a part of Charlotte, said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday that there was "nothing racial about what happened" when Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot Tuesday by an black police officer.

Photos of the Week: Inauguration Plans Underway, Edison Statue Unveiled and More
The week of Sept. 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid attends a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This week in Washington saw the release of a Republican version of a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open after Oct. 1. But Democrats quickly rejected the bill, objecting to some of the text.

Meanwhile, the first nails in the Inauguration Day platform were ceremoniously struck into wood by congressional leaders, a reminder that Jan. 20 is now less than four months away. And a new statue arrived in Statuary Hall in the Capitol — Thomas Edison's mug joined the room for the state of Ohio. 

Trump Wins Ted Cruz's Vote With Supreme Court List
Includes Mike Lee, who isn't interested

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, refuses to endorse Donald Trump for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 5:15 p.m. | Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Donald Trump came only hours after the Republican presidential nominee had put his friend and colleague Utah Sen. Mike Lee on a list of potential Supreme Court picks.

And even though Lee had expressed disinterest in being included on Trump’s list Friday, the potential court pick was a central part of Cruz’s reasoning for changing gears and backing Trump.