McConnell Comment on TPP Ends Obama's Chance to Close Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate will not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year because of “serious flaws” in the agreement, Majority LeaderMitch McConnell told a farm group, effectively ending President Barack Obama’s drive for congressional approval before he leaves office in January.

Obama has touted the 12-nation agreement as an ambitious undertaking that he hoped would be the centerpiece of his trade legacy.

How Trump's Latest Hire Could Cause Problems
New national field director was fired by Chris Christie over Bridgegate

Donald Trump has hired a new national field director who comes with a trail of controversy behind him. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Donald Trump on Friday continued his string of controversial campaign hires, reportedly snatching up a New Jersey political operative who was a central figure in the Bridgegate scandal that later derailed Chris Christie's presidential campaign.

Bill Stepien will serve as the Trump campaign's national field director,  NBC News reported. He was hired by the campaign's new CEO, Steve Bannon, according to The Daily Beast.

Is Rubio's Challenger Throwing in the Towel?
Carlos Beruff has reduced TV spending as Rubio dominates in the polls

A new poll gives Florida Sen. Marco Rubio a commanding lead ahead of next week's Republican primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reality appears to be setting in for the GOP candidates running for Senate in Florida.

Sen. Marco Rubio has hardly mentioned the election in recent campaign speeches and his main opponent, Carlos Beruff, has reduced spending on television ads and has made just one public appearance in the last six days, the Miami Herald reported.

Kaine Compares Himself, Clinton on Race to Trump
Clinton running mate jams with the band in first 'Late Show' appearance

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, left, on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." (Screen shot The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine responded to Republican Donald Trump's shifting positions on immigration partially in Spanish by calling him an "idiota."

Kaine made the remark Thursday night in an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS. Colbert had asked Kaine to respond to Trump calling Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a bigot.

Poll: Voters Prefer Both Border Security and Path to Citizenship
GOP voters back U.S.-Mexico border wall, most Democrats are opposed

A Pew poll shows Democrats and Republicans aren't far apart on immigration reform if given choices, but differ if they're given only one approach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Supporters of both presidential candidates say border security and a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants should be given equal priority, a new poll shows.

The Pew Research Center survey shows more Republicans favor securing the borders first and more Democrats prefer a path to citizenship, and a nearly equal percentage — 47 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans — felt both should be done first.

Koch Group Redirects 'Ohio Families First' Website Away From Strickland
Slogan has been part of Strickland's campaign but PAC bought domain first

A super PAC tied to Charles and David Koch is hitting Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland on his record as governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A super PAC linked to the Koch brothers is using one of Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland's slogans to redirect people to a website criticizing him.

In February, the former Ohio governor launched his "Ohio Families First" plan, which he has made a mainstay of his campaign.

Gowdy: FBI Didn't Ask Clinton About Intent
Republicans continue to hammer at agency's inquiry into Clinton's email server

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy says notes from the classified FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices should be made public. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans unsatisfied with the FBI's recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State are questioning how the agency conducted its investigation.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, who said he reviewed classified documents relating to the inquiry, told Fox News Thursday the FBI did not ask the Democratic presidential nominee or others about their intent behind the mishandling of classified information.

Senate Democrats May Be Ready to Talk Trump on TV
Still, party strategists caution against forgoing other useful lines of attack

Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland links Republican rival Sen. Rob Portman, right, to Donald Trump in a new TV ad. (Screen shot Strickland for Senate)

For as much as Senate Democratic candidates talk about Donald Trump, they have steered clear — relatively speaking — from using him in a critical part of their campaigns: TV ads.

Is that about to change? 

White House Sees Opportunity in Trump's Pitch to African-Americans
Obama spokesman: GOP nominee's tax plan hurts "everyone" but the rich

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke to a mostly white audience at the  2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to reach out to African-American voters.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House appears to sense an opportunity in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent outreach to African-Americans.

Speaking in Michigan on Friday, Trump made a pitch for black voters to support him in November. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said.

Poll: Voters Don't Trust Clinton, but She Holds 10-Point Lead
Many say they're voting against other candidate rather than for their own

While a new poll shows a majority of voters neither like nor trust Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she leads Donald Trump by 10 points. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows the depth of how much of a lesser-of-two-evils election this year's presidential race is.

Nearly two-thirds of those who said they were voting for Republican candidate Donald Trump said their motivation had more to do with making sure that Democrat Hillary Clinton doesn't get into the White House. Only 25 percent said their vote was pro-Trump rather than anti-Clinton.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has previously expressed support for private prisons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

Graham Calls for Special Prosecutor for Clinton Emails
South Carolina senator echoes Trump's call for an independent review

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham found himself in rare agreement with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

The South Carolina Republican, a vocal critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, agreed with Trump's call earlier this week for an independent investigation.

Study: Outside Groups Now Behind a Third of All Campaign Spending
Ad-buy data shows secret money skyrocketing since court decisions

Some competitive House and Senate races are seeing more spending by outside groups than by those running for office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Secret money from outside groups is flooding election campaign coffers at the highest level in 16 years to nearly a third of all political advertising, a study found.

Super PACs make up the bulk of the ad buys in the 2016 election cycle, accounting for nearly 73 percent of all outside group spending, according to the study by the Wesleyan Media Project and the Center for Responsive Politics.

Biden's 'Expectation' Is Obama Will Close Gitmo Prison
GOP lawmakers have blocked previous attempts to shutter detention center

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15. In Sweden on Thursday, Biden issued a renewed vow to close Guantanamo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Thursday he still expects that the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will close before the Obama administration leaves office in January.

"That is my hope and expectation," Biden said during a press conference in Sweden.

Isakson Agrees to One Debate
Georgia senator's Democratic opponent wanted a series of them

The one debate Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to begins six days after early voting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has agreed to only one debate against his two opponents in the Georgia Senate race.

The two-term Republican will debate Democratic nominee Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckey on Oct. 23, six days after early voting begins in Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.