Reid: 'Donald Trump is a Racist'
Senate minority leader has frequently railed against the GOP nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Monday went further than he has before in criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Donald Trump is a racist, and lambasted the media for not labeling the Republican presidential nominee as such.

"There's always one word that many in the press conspicuously avoid: racist. … But he is a racist. Donald Trump is a racist," Reid said on the Senate floor. "'Racist' is a term I don't throw around lightly."

Sanders' Brother Making a Run for Parliament
Larry Sanders has lived in the U.K. since the 1960s

Larry Sanders, shown here at an anti-austerity protest in February, moved to Great Britain in 1968. (Creative Commons)

The next chapter of Sen. Bernie Sanders' political revolution might take place on the other side of the pond as his brother plans to stand as a candidate for the British Parliament.

Larry Sanders moved to the United Kingdom in 1968 after attending Harvard Law School. He briefly moved back to the U.S. after Bernie Sanders was elected to Congress.

Terrorism Bill Creates Odd Allies in Obama, Corporate Execs
DOW, GE bosses urge Republican leaders to cancel override votes

President Obama with GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, who is joining him in fighting an override of a terrorism-related bill. (GE photo via Flickr)

The White House is finding some unlikely allies in its efforts to discourage Congress from overriding President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing lawsuits against countries with possible ties to terrorist attacks.

Several CEOs of corporations with ties to governments in regions that are breeding grounds for violent extremists are urging House and Senate leaders to scrap plans for override votes as soon as this week.

Barney Frank: Tea Party Had Greater Impact Than Occupy Wall Street
Longtime liberal member of the House critical of Occupy's methods

Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, right, supports Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy and hopes Republicans can regroup after the election. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The tea party and the populist right have outmaneuvered the left, according to Barney Frank, the former congressman from Massachusetts. 

To his "regret," the tea party movement had a greater impact on American politics than the Occupy Wall Street protests, Frank told David Axelrod on the Democratic strategist's podcast "The Axe Files," produced by CNN and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics

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

Democrat Katie McGinty, seen here campaigning in Pine Grove Mills, Pa., in August, leads incumbent Sen. Patrick J. Toomey by 3 points, a new poll shows. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

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

Issa Shows He Knows He's in for a Fight
8-term California Republican is spending more time in his district

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

Rep. Darrell Issa is showing signs that he knows he is in for 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," the California Republican said in an interview with The San Diego Union Tribune.

Linda McMahon Still a Republican Fundraising Heavyweight
Two failed Senate runs haven't slowed down ex-WWE executive

Connecticut's Linda McMahon came up short in 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 the Senate from Connecticut but she hasn't tapped out when it comes to fundraising for Republicans.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks McMahon and her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, 78th on its list of so-called "mega-donors," the AP reported. Linda McMahon said that she has made most of the couple's contributions and that her husband wants "no part of it."

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 Bloomberg's latest poll, released Monday, shows her tied with Trump at 46 percent among likely voters.

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.