VA Blocks Holiday Display of Confederate Flags on Cemetery Flagpoles
Policy further reduces use of Confederate imagery on federal lands

Confederate flags like this won't be flying on flagpoles in national cemeteries on Memorial Day or Confederate Memorial Day because of a new VA policy. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer allow Confederate flag imagery to be flown on flagpoles at national cemeteries on Memorial Day or Confederate Memorial Day.

The policy change follows debate in the House earlier this year over continued display of Confederate imagery on federal lands. It also further reduces the number of flag images that can be displayed on federal land after the National Park Service made similar policy changes last year.

Koch Brothers-Backed Ad Hits Strickland With Clinton
Clinton's stance on coal mining an issue in Ohio Senate race

Screen Shot (Freedom Partners Action Fund)

A new ad from the Freedom Partners Action Fund, backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, hits Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland with remarks his party's presidential nominee made about coal mining.

The ad opens with a coal miner, identified as Josh W. from Cadiz, Ohio, at work with other miners.

Poll: Murphy Pulls Ahead of Grayson, Rubio Trounces Both
Florida survey also shows Hillary Clinton with large lead in presidential race

Rep. Patrick Murphy has a sizable lead over Rep. Alan Grayson, but trails Sen. Marco Rubio by 8 points. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy beating his Senate primary opponent Rep. Alan Grayson, but incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio would beat both of them in the general election.

The Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey showed that among 532 Florida Democrats polled, Murphy led Grayson by a commanding 48 percent to 17 percent margin. 

Bennie Thompson Chief of Staff Charged
Isaac Lanier Avant accused of not filing tax returns for five years

Rep. Bennie Thompson said he would not fire chief of staff until he has had his day in court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Bennie Thompson's chief of staff has been charged with failing to file federal tax returns for five years.

The Mississippi Democrat's staffer Isaac Lanier Avant was named in five misdemeanor counts for not filing his returns for 2009 through 2013 when he earned $170,000 per year. 

Immigration Issues That Trump and Clinton Don't Talk About (Much)
Agenda for Congress broader than border security and path to citizenship

Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in April as oral arguments are heard on President Obama's executive actions on immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have talked a lot about immigration. They're miles apart. And, somewhere in between, is Congress.

The presidential candidates have primarily butted heads over high-profile topics like border security, Syrian refugee resettlements, deportation policies, and a pathway to legal status for millions of undocumented U.S. residents.

Minority Democrats Dismiss Trump's Appeal to Blacks, Hispanics
Trump won't help their communities, lawmakers say

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge predicted that Donald Trump would only get 1 percent of the black vote in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic minority members of Congress had an answer for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday not long after he pitched his candidacy to black and Hispanic voters, asking, "What the hell do you have to lose?"

The short answer: A lot. And the longer answer?

Obama Saw Different Face of Battered Louisiana Than Bush
President may ask Congress for more funding for flood-damaged areas

Mike Sittig, left, and Nelson Morgan Jr. bring supplies to Nelson's father's home to begin the process of cleaning up after flood waters inundated it on Aug. 19 in St Amant, La. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least 13 deaths. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Beyond the damage and receding flood waters, President Barack Obama saw a very different picture of Louisiana on Tuesday than when the previous chief executive visited the state following a disastrous storm.

Obama was criticized last week by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republicans when he wouldn't cut short his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to visit areas hit hard by recent flooding in the Bayou State. White House aides say Obama has been focused mostly on ensuring the federal government’s response is helping people on the ground.

Chaffetz Has More Questions for FBI on Clinton Emails
Utah Republican requests further review of agency's closed investigation

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is asking the FBI for further review of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans, unwilling to accept the FBI’s decision to not recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server, continue to pepper the agency with requests for more details of its investigation.

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, leading the charge as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday to provide information about unauthorized individuals gaining access to classified information on Clinton’s private email server.

Biden to Baltic States: Don't Take Trump Seriously
Vice president reassures allies that U.S. will uphold commitments

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. criticized Donald Trump's comments about foreign policy while campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. reassured the Baltic states Tuesday that the United States still supported them despite what a certain presidential candidate might have said, Reuters reported.

Biden's comments, made during a trip to Latvia, came in light of recent remarks from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who said the U.S. might not uphold its commitments to defend NATO allies if the countries did not pay up.

Poll: Debbie Wasserman Shultz Has Double-Digit Lead in Florida
A bright spot for embattled former DNC chairwoman

Despite a summer of bad headlines, 58 percent of Democratic voters in Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's district have a favorable view of her, a new poll shows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At last, some good news for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In spite of the most challenging summer of the Florida congresswoman's career, she still commands a 10-point lead over opponent Tim Canova in next week's Democratic primary, according to a poll released by the South Florida Sun Sentinel/Florida Atlantic University.

Poll: Clinton and Trump Supporters Disagree on Race Relations
Poll also shows Trump still shunned by most blacks, Latinos

A new poll shows how much ground Donald Trump must make up with racial and ethnic groups before November. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree that race relations in the U.S. have gotten worse, but they disagree on how much, a new poll shows.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll found that 65 percent of all voters think race relations have gotten worse, with majorities of white, black, Hispanic and Asian-Americans agreeing.

Civil Rights Group Asks for International Election Monitors in November
Group cites weakening of Voting Rights Act, Trump rhetoric

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is already committed to sending 500 monitors to observe U.S. elections — a tenfold increase from the 2012 election. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

A coalition of civil rights groups, concerned about the "weakening of the Voting Rights Act" and Donald Trump's call to supporters to challenge voters at the polls, has requested international election monitors to increase efforts to observe the U.S. elections in November. 

In a letter released Tuesday, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights asked the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to consider beefing up its efforts to monitor the U.S. elections in November, and to target states that have recently imposed restrictive voting rights laws.

Clinton Swats Down Health Accusations
Tells Jimmy Kimmel rumors are part of a 'wacky strategy' by critics

(Screen Shot Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Hillary Clinton addressed rumors circulated by opponents that she was in poor health for the first time, saying it was part of their "wacky strategy."

"On the one hand, it's part of the wacky strategy — just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you," the Democratic presidential nominee told late night host Jimmy Kimmel. "On the other hand, it just doesn't make any sense."

Self-Funders Fight for Florida's 18th District
Democrats and Republicans spend their own money ahead of Aug. 30 primary

Randy Perkins, a Democratic candidate in Florida's 18th District, has put more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As self-funding Florida candidates go, there are those who loan their campaigns $100,000.

And some who loan their campaigns $1.6 million.

New Ad: Toomey Protects Police From Terrorists and Shooters
Pennsylvania Republican's campaign has focused on law and order

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA) has sought to highlight his support of police officers in his re-election campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican-aligned outside group is spending $1 million on a new TV ad that touts Sen. Patrick J. Toomey's efforts to give police officers access to military-style equipment.

The ad from One Nation, a nonprofit organization linked to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoes the emphatically pro-police message Toomey has used during his battleground Pennsylvania Senate race. The first-term lawmaker is locked in a tight contest against Democrat Katie McGinty.