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Ron Johnson at Odds with Wisconsin Voters on Supreme Court
New poll shows a majority want Supreme Court vacancy filled now

A majority of Wisconsin voters want to see the Senate fill the Supreme Court vacancy this year, a new poll shows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A majority of likely Wisconsin voters want President Barack Obama and the Senate to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court seat, according to a poll released exclusively to Roll Call on Friday, and opponents of Republican Sen. Ron Johnson hope that sentiment will hurt his re-election bid this fall.

The poll, conducted for End Citizens United PAC by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research shows 60 percent of likely Wisconsin voters want to see the president and Senate take action to fill the vacancy now. Only 35 percent think it's too late in the president's term for him to nominate a replacement justice.

Toomey First Target of Supreme Court Ads
Pennsylvania senator criticized for not considering the Supreme Court nominee.

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has become the first target of a television ad campaign pushing Republican senators to consider President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

How Zika Could Bite the GOP
Graham says one preventable case of Zika could turn electorate against Republicans

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says there is political risk of inaction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It could take just one pesky mosquito bite to put the public against Senate Republicans.

Or so says one of the GOP senators involved in drafting supplemental legislation to address a public health response to the Zika virus, an illness that's been shown to cause serious birth defects.

Quiz: Match the Member of Congress With the Landmark, Part II
Which members get to represent these iconic American attractions ?

Faneuil Hall (Credit: istockphoto)

There's a member of Congress for every monument and historic place in the United States. But can you figure out which goes with which? Match your wits against CQ Roll Call's experts, and see how you do!

Did Will Ferrell Cross a Line?
Comedy about Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's draws backlash

At the White House, President Ronald Reagan walking and talking with republican senator John McCain of Arizona. Washington, D.C., July / 1987.

News that Will Ferrell is set to portray Ronald Reagan in a comedy about the former president in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease has raised outrage for being insensitive about the disease.

The film reportedly portrays Reagan in his second term and in the early stages of Alzheimer's, which leads to memory loss. An intern is assigned to convince him that he is an actor portraying the president in a movie.

Political Friendly Fire
Some of the worst things politicians said about a candidate in their own party

UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera media availability in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former House Speaker John Boehner made headlines when he called Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh" and said that he had "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner also said he would not vote for Cruz if he were the GOP presidential nominee. Republican problems with Cruz is nothing new. And it's not the first time there has been intra-party shade throwing.

Inside Rubio's Dealmaking on the Ambassador to Mexico
Senate confirmation came only after a dizzying spell of deal cutting

Rubio had objected to the confirmation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate finally confirmed an ambassador to Mexico after dealmaking that involved sanctions against Venezuela, the renaming of a D.C. street and cooperation between two erstwhile GOP presidential rivals.

The Senate received paperwork from the White House for Roberta Jacobson to fill the post last June, but whether at the Capitol or on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio used his prerogatives as a senator to hold up her confirmation.

More Support for Senate Sentencing Bill, but Hurdles Remain
Senators unsure if legislation will get a floor vote this year

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois said the bill can pass with bipartisan support. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The senators who back a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws said Thursday they've gained enough support to pass it — but they still can’t say whether the legislation will make it to the Senate floor this year.

The authors of the bill announced changes that had been negotiated behind closed doors for months, or “fine tuning,” as Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, described it. The Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 to approve the bill in October, but it stalled amid opposition from a number of Republican senators.

The Human Face of the Criminal Justice Overhaul
Senate event highlights the 'human cost' of mass incarceration

Durbin, left, speaks with actress Melissa Fitzgerald of "The West Wing" before the event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One man described how he got a life sentence for a low-level drug offense. A woman told how she received a 20-year sentence for drug crimes while the people who murdered her son spent less than eight years behind bars. An actor recalled how the boys he grew up with are now in prison or dead.

Lawmakers, celebrities and former inmates Thursday gathered to highlight the personal side of a criminal justice overhaul, shortly before senators unveiled new changes to sentencing legislation.

Politicos Grasp at Champions’ Coattails
Campaign to co-opt #NationalSuperheroDay takes flight

Would-be heroes invaded Capitol Hill in 2014 in a failed attempt to set a Guinness World Record. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A “holiday” dreamed up by comic book creators to celebrate their favorite fantasy characters does not appear to be immune from political interference.

It’s been 20-plus years since Marvel employees unleashed National Superhero Day upon the world.

NRCC Reserves Ad Time for Vulnerable Members
Rising ad rates in key media markets prompted early action

The NRCC bought ad time in the Denver media market, where Rep. Mike Coffman faces a tough re-election race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Election Day is more than six months away, but the fight for the House is well underway as national Republicans start to reserve ad time to defend some of their most vulnerable districts.

According to two sources following House races, the National Republican Congressional Committee recently reserved time for television ads from Sept. 30 through Election Day (Nov. 8) in four media markets: Denver, Miami, Des Moines and Las Vegas. The size of the reservation is still unclear.

Presidential Race Not as Rigged as Congress
Calls for reform focus on the wrong branch of government

Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced legislation to provide tax credits for Americans who make small political donations. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“For shame! The system is crooked!” cries Donald Trump. “The presidential primary process is rigged!”

“Foul! A pox on superdelegates!” cry Bernie Sanders supporters. “Let the people decide!”

Boehner Won't Vote for 'Miserable Son of a Bitch' Cruz
Cruz responds that the former speaker 'allowed his inner Trump' to come out

Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, did not mince words on Sen. Ted Cruz. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner told a crowd at Stanford University on Wednesday that he would vote for Donald Trump for president if he were the GOP nominee, but not for Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner said of the Texan, according to the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

What 8 Years of Senate Votes Reveal About Clinton
Roll calls suggest she's what she says she is: a liberal with a centrist tinge

During her 8 years in the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton voted with today's Democratic Party mainstream far more often than not. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Now that her dominance of the Acela primaries has moved Hillary Clinton’s nomination to the cusp of mathematical certainty, millions of voters will soon start looking for evidence to shape their judgment about her this fall.

The eight years Clinton spent in Congress produced an ocean of information that might help predict how her presidency would look. For the undecided in the electorate, there may be nothing more useful than parsing her voting record as the junior Democratic senator from New York.

No Bandwidth for Outrage
Why scandals and gaffes are no longer a political death knell

Media gathered at a 2013 House Ways and Means hearing on the IRS scandal surrounding the alleged targeting of conservative groups. (CQ Roll Call)

Have you noticed that scandals and gaffes just aren't what they used to be?

Donald Trump has nine political lives and a busload of personal peccadilloes. None of that seems to matter. Flimsy allegations suggesting that Ted Cruz had multiple affairs were obsessed over for days on end, and then quickly discarded in favor of some other story (it's hard to even remember exactly when we decided they were a big nothing burger).