Michigan Delegation Joined Leadership at Negotiating Table
Flint Rep. Dan Kildee helped secure language on water bill that led to CR deal

From left, Rep. Dan Kildee, Sen. Gary Peters and Rep. Sander Levin, all Michigan Democrats, leave a news conference in the Capitol. Funding for the Flint water crisis was not included in the 10-week stopgap spending bill passed by Congress on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Eleventh-hour government funding deals are usually negotiated between the leaders of both parties in the House and Senate and the White House. This year, there were some extra players at the table.

Members of the Michigan delegation were heavily involved in securing aid for the city of Flint, which has been stricken by a water contamination crisis for more than a year.

Democratic Poll: Hassan Leads Ayotte Narrowly in New Hampshire
Hassan opens up a slight lead while Clinton's edge has tightened since July

Gov. Maggie Hassan greets guests during an event with Tessa Gobbo, right, Olympic gold Mddal winner in rowing, at the New Hampshire State House earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan narrowly leads incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the New Hampshire Senate race, according to a poll commissioned by End Citizens United, a Democratic PAC. 

Hassan had a 47 percent to 44 percent edge over Ayotte, a slight improvement for the Democrat since GBA Strategies last polled the race in July and found it tied 47-47. Libertarian Brian Chabot took 7 percent — up from 4 percent in July.

Sources: White House Not Heavily Involved in CR Endgame
Obama, aides worked closely with key lawmakers in August

President Barack Obama, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan had a few conversations during the last stretch of the recent stopgap spending bill talks, sources say. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sources describe President Barack Obama and his top aides as laying down their cards and then walking away from the table before congressional leaders really began seriously negotiating a stopgap spending measure

Talks on Capitol Hill took a key turn Tuesday afternoon after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-crafted measure that included Louisiana flood relief but not funding for the troubled Flint, Michigan, water system.

Independent Candidate Sues to Get in Florida Senate Debates
Steven Machat says it's his right to debate as a "proper" candidate

Independent Florida Senate candidate Steven Machat wants to be allowed to participate in the two debates in October along with Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Courtesy Steven Machat Facebook page)

An independent Senate candidate in Florida has sued the Federal Communications Commission and news organizations to allow him to participate in debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Steven Machat said organizers have unfairly blocked him and other candidates with no party affiliations from the two scheduled debates, the Tampa Bay Times reported. 

Post-Debate Polls Show Millennials Turn Toward Clinton
Surveys in battleground states show younger voters say Clinton won debate

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has struggled to win over young voters who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton received a boost among voters under 30 in key battleground states, according to a poll conducted after Monday's first presidential debate.

A poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling shows the Democratic presidential nominee with a large lead among voters under 30, a group she has struggled with, in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Obama, Netanyahu Take Icy Relationship to Peres Funeral
3 times the 'frenemies' publicly – and privately – clashed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber on March 3, 2015, as House Speaker John A. Boehner, left, and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin G. Hatch, look on. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Barack Obama lands in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, that country’s former leader, he will be face-to-face one last — and unexpected — time as president with a leader some have called his best “frenemy.”

That would be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom Obama has had perhaps the iciest relationship. Even as Obama and Netanyahu pay tribute to Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers, many will be keeping a close eye on their interactions — or lack thereof.

Early Voting Tilts Toward Democrats So Far
More people are acting to vote before Election Day this year

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr is facing a competitive re-election race against former state Rep. Deborah Ross. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An Associated Press survey of early voting in certain battleground states shows promising trends for Democrats in Florida and North Carolina, where two Senate seats are being contested.

In Florida, where Republican Sen. Marco Rubio faces a challenge from Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, Republicans are ahead 43 percent to 38 percent in advance voting requests. But that's a much smaller gap than in 2008, when the GOP led 51 percent to 32 percent in requests. Democrats welcomed the narrowing deficit, saying it freed them up to focus on undecided voters in the remaining weeks before Election Day, The AP reported. 

Poll: Republican Tenney Leads Race in New York's 22nd District
Trump holds an 11-point edge over Clinton among likely voters

New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney leads in a new poll in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Claudia Tenney is leading in the race to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Richard Hanna in New York's 22nd Congressional District, according to a new poll.

Tenney, a state assemblywoman, had the support of 35 percent of likely voters in the Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll, ahead of Democrat Kim Myers, the daughter of the founder of Dick's Sporting Goods, who drew 30 percent. Upstate Jobs Party candidate Martin Babinec trailed with 24 percent.

Democratic Group Slams Blunt for 9/11 Bill Tobacco Provision
Ad charges he acted at the behest of the tobacco industry

A new ad in the Missouri Senate race alleges that Sen. Roy Blunt inserted a tobacco-backed provision into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group and a prominent labor union have launched a $1.3 million ad buy accusing Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of using a bill after 9/11 to help donors and lobbyists.

The ad, released Thursday by Majority Forward and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says that at the behest of tobacco companies, Blunt tried to add a provision to prevent the smuggling of contraband cigarettes into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.

Portman Not Letting Up on Ads Despite Strickland Decline
Latest commercial features Gold Star family

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, second from right, has opened up a large lead against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite the downturn in support for his Democratic opponent, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman is not letting up on his ad blitz in his race for re-election.

In his latest ad, which will run statewide, Portman features the father of Staff Sgt. Matthew Maupin, who was captured and killed in Iraq.

One Murphy's Gun Safety Group Backs Another Murphy
Rep. Patrick Murphy among Democrats winning support of Sen. Chris Murphy

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy says that 2016 has marked a "sea change in the fight to reduce gun violence," as he announces three new congressional endorsements from his gun safety initiative. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy will roll out a new set of political endorsements on Thursday that are built around his effort to promote gun safety.

The Connecticut Democrat has made measures such as expanded background checks for gun buyers a personal cause since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he has increasingly taken his campaign from the Senate floor to the ballot box.

As Funding Government Stalled, Fundraising for Congress Soared
Perpetual brinksmanship, perpetual campaigning the new normal

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte arrives at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant for a fundraising event, one of dozens held by members of Congress in recent weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As members of Congress postured and blamed each other for a budget impasse that threatened to shut down the government, the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant was a happening place for backroom fundraising.

In separate dining rooms that were just steps from each other, three members of Congress — two House Democrats from safe districts and a Republican senator in a competitive race — entertained contributors who’d paid as much as $2,500 for lunch.

The Speedy End to the Flint, Government Funding Stalemate
Tuesday's impasse quickly turned to a deal and Wednesday votes

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr leaves the Capitol on Wednesday after the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After weeks of partisan bickering and snail-paced negotiations on a spending package to keep the government funded, it took a failed Senate procedural vote on Tuesday and the prospect of yet more gridlock for the winds to abruptly shift.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's unsuccessful bid to advance a Republican continuing resolution helped winnow down a list of unresolved issues to Democrats' insistence that Congress direct aid to Flint, Michigan, which is still grappling with the aftereffects of a water-contamination crisis.

House Easily Passes 10-Week Stopgap Spending Bill
Measure extends government funding through Dec. 9

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached a deal on aid for Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday, which helped facilitate the passage of the continuing resolution in the House on Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House on a 342-85 vote easily passed a 10-week stopgap spending bill late Wednesday, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama’s signature with two days to spare before a government shutdown.

The Obama administration voiced support for passage of the continuing resolution in a statement of administration policy. The House was expected to adjourn later Wednesday and not return until after the November elections.

McCain: 'The President Bears Responsibility' for ISIS
With more troops deploying to Iraq, McCain says Obama should have taken earlier advice

Arizona Sen. John McCain said President Barack Obama's rejection of advice from White House officials on the Middle East led to the rise of ISIS. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama bears responsibility for everything that happened during his presidency, including the rise if ISIS, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday.

Responding to news of Obama's authorization to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, the Arizona Republican said, "This is the same country we had to remove our troops, by the way, in the words of Barack Obama: 'the most democratic, free, prosperous Iraq in history.'"