Trump's Debate Sniffles Spark Speculation
Howard Dean asks if Republican presidential candidate was using cocaine

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drinks water during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Donald Trump's repetitive sniffling and water sipping during the first presidential debate Monday night caused the Twitterverse to speculate if he was on something.


NRA Hits Cortez Masto as Another Harry Reid
Group spends $1 million on ads in Nevada Senate race

The NRA is saying Cortez Masto would vote like Harry Reid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Rifle Association dropped $1 million on a new advertisement hitting Nevada Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto as being a repeat of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The ad highlights Reid's leadership in the Senate when he was majority leader and his votes for gun control and for judges who the ad called "anti-gun" and then says Reid is trying to force Nevada to elect Cortez Masto, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Giuliani Says Trump Should Skip Next Debate
Despite Trump saying he was satisfied with debate moderator Lester Holt

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani implied debate moderator Lester Holt did not act "like a journalist." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he wouldn't debate a second time if he were Donald Trump unless there were asignificant changes made.

"If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't participate in another debate unless I was promised that a journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact-checker," the former Republican presidential candidate told reporters after the debate.

Absences Pile Up for Some House Members Seeking Other Offices
But others manage perfect voting records in September

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has missed the most votes so far in September among House members seeking another office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Labor Day comes and goes, it can be hard for candidates to peel away from the campaign trail to get back to their day jobs — even if that involves voting as a member of Congress.

House members running for a different office, most of whom are seeking promotions to the Senate, have missed about 10 percent more roll call votes this month through Sept. 22 than their colleagues seeking re-election, according to a Roll Call analysis. The lawmakers include a few contenders in high-profile races who have missed a substantial number of votes this month.

Clinton Has an Inherent Advantage, But It's Not as a Woman
The political party of the candidate has much more pull than gender stereotypes

Gloria Steinem applauds the first lady in 1995.  (Joe Tabacca/AP)

(First published in CQ Magazine on July 25, 2016.)

There are those who believe that women will propel Hillary Clinton to the presidency in November, seizing the opportunity to put the first of their kind in the White House. After all, that’s what black voters helped to do for Barack Obama in 2008.

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Clinton And Trump Have Plenty to Disagree About: Here Are Some Of The Issues
Monday's debate touched on some, plenty of ground to cover in the future

Cardboard cutouts of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a gift shop near the White House in Washington in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have found little common ground during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Here are some of the issues:

As a senator, Clinton got along with her GOP colleagues, mostly working on noncontroversial issues. Could she work with Republicans as president?

Not Your Father's GOP: The Deficit Debate Has Disappeared
Neither party is pushing to end the era of Big Government anymore

Donald Trump says eliminating burdensome regulations is the key to spurring economic growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(First appeared in CQ Magazine on Sept. 19, 2016.)

Of all Donald Trump's heresies as a GOP presidential candidate, perhaps his biggest split with Republican orthodoxy has come on the issue of the debt.

Trump Castigates Global Trade Pacts, Lawmakers Caught In a Vice
Political Rhetoric Against Trade Deals Drowns Out Supporters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not a big fan of global trade pacts.  (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(First appeared in CQ Magazine on July 11, 2016.)

Sens. Charles E. Grassley, a cantankerous Midwestern conservative, and Tim Kaine, a paint-by-the-numbers East Coast Democrat, don’t agree on very much. But when it comes to free trade, both are very worried.

Fear and Loathing Among Latinos in the 2016 Campaign
Losing swing states with growing Hispanic populations makes electoral math tough for GOP

Groups of protesters, including Code Pink, demonstrate outside of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during a May meeting between Donald Trump and GOP leaders. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo0

(First published in CQ Magazine on April 11, 2016.)

It’s hard to believe now that there was a time in the not-so-distant past when Republicans made a serious and successful play for the Hispanic vote.

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton Got Along With the GOP. Could She Do So as President?
Democratic presidential nominee worked across the aisle on noncontroversial issues

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., at a 2005 press conference where they launched a bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus. (CQ Roll Call/File Photo)

(First appeared in CQ Magazine on May 16, 2016.)

It looks increasingly likely that voters this November will have a clear choice. In Donald Trump, they’d have a true Washington outsider seeking to upend the way of doing business in the capital. In Hillary Clinton, a creature of Washington, they’d have a politician with a lengthy government resume and an argument that her experience would enable her to grease the wheels of government after years of gridlock.

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 UK since the late-1960s

Larry Sanders, shown here at an anti-austerity protest in February, moved to Great Britain in the late-1960s. (Creative Commons)

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

Larry Sanders is running in the October special election for the seat vacated by the former prime minister, David Cameron.

Terrorism Bill Creates Odd Allies in Obama, Corporate Execs
Dow Chemical, 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 early 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