Cain and Poliquin Remain Tied in Democratic Poll of Maine's 2nd District
Both congressional candidates are outperforming the top of the ticket

Democrat Emily Cain faces Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in a rematch in Maine's 2nd Congressional District. (Tom Williams/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Democrats Instisting on Flint Aid in CR Indicates Last Opportunity
Democratic groups sent letters to McConnell, Ryan pushing Flint funding in stopgap

Drinking water is stacked at the Sylvester Broome Center in Flint, Mich., February 22, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are heading toward a hard-line position on Flint water crisis aid.

“I'm not going to support the [continuing resolution] and there's a growing number of Democrats that are taking that same position,” Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said of a government funding package Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released Thursday that did not include money for Flint.

Dueling Polls Give Different Read on New Hampshire House Race
Democratic poll puts Shea-Porter up 10, GOP poll has Guinta up 4

Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, right, talks with guests at a Pride Day event in Rochester, N.H., on Sept. 10. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two polls released this week from New Hampshire's swingy 1st District paint different pictures of the race for a seat that's traded hands every two years since 2010.

On Friday, House Majority PAC released a poll conducted by Normington Petts that gave former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter a 10-point lead over Republican incumbent Rep. Frank C. Guinta in a five-way matchup.

Obama Vetoes Terrorism Bill as Override Votes Loom
Democrats are sympathetic to his concerns, but likely to vote with GOP

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House on Aug. 2. Obama has vetoed a bill that would allow families of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to sue foreign governments believed to be involved. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow families of the victims of terrorist attacks in the United States to sue foreign governments believed to be linked to the strikes, setting up a difficult election-year decision for congressional Democrats.

Obama expressed "deep sympathy" for those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, writing in a statement accompanying the veto that he has "deep appreciation of these families' desire to pursue justice and [is] strongly committed to assisting them in their efforts."

Cruz Backs Trump for President
Cruz had previously refused to endorse Trump, urging voters to "vote your conscience"

Cruz, left, and Trump, right, clashed on the presidential campaign trail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a departure from prior statements, Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday that he would vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans," the Texas Republican wrote in a Facebook post. "And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way."

FBI Granted Clinton Aides Immunity, Chaffetz Says
Utah congressman says deal was struck in exchange for cooperation

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said the FBI "were handing out immunity deals like candy" during their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of State. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff and two other aides were granted immunity by the FBI during an investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's use of a private email server when she was secretary of State, Rep. Jason Chaffetz told The Associated Press.

The Utah Republican said Friday that Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop under the agreement that its contents not to be used against her.

McCain Attends Re-election Rally — in Pennsylvania
The senator from Arizona took the unusual step of helping a colleague even with his own race to worry about

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and John McCain, R-Ariz., attend a campaign event for Toomey at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa., September 23, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

FOLSOM, Pa. — John McCain acted a candidate seeking re-election. He posed for pictures, told jokes during his speech, and urged everyone to vote. 

Except the senator from Arizona wasn't campaigning in his home state — he was 2,000 miles away, in a working-class town near Philadelphia.  The small rally at this local Veterans of Foreign Wars post wasn't about him — it was for Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. 

Pittenger Apologizes for Suggesting Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'
North Carolina GOP congressman says comments don't "reflect who I am"

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for his comments on the protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized for saying that protesters who turned out after the fatal shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, "hate white people."

The Republican lawmaker, whose current House district includes a part of Charlotte, said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday that there was "nothing racial about what happened" when Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot Tuesday by an black police officer.

Photos of the Week: Inauguration Plans Underway, Edison Statue Unveiled and More
The week of Sept. 19 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid attends a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 22. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This week in Washington saw the release of a Republican version of a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open after Oct. 1. But Democrats quickly rejected the bill, objecting to some of the text.

Meanwhile, the first nails in the Inauguration Day platform were ceremoniously struck into wood by congressional leaders, a reminder that Jan. 20 is now less than four months away. And a new statue arrived in Statuary Hall in the Capitol — Thomas Edison's mug joined the room for the state of Ohio. 

Trump Wins Ted Cruz's Vote With Supreme Court List
Includes Mike Lee, who isn't interested

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, refuses to endorse Donald Trump for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 5:15 p.m. | Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Donald Trump came only hours after the Republican presidential nominee had put his friend and colleague Utah Sen. Mike Lee on a list of potential Supreme Court picks.

And even though Lee had expressed disinterest in being included on Trump’s list Friday, the potential court pick was a central part of Cruz’s reasoning for changing gears and backing Trump.

Ep. 23: Clinton, Trump Battle on Long Island
The Week Ahead

Jonathan Allen, Roll Call columnist and co-author of the New York Times best-seller HRC:State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, sets up Monday night's first presidential debate, discussing what Hillary Clinton needs to do to keep Donald Trump off balance, and what Trump must do to appear presidential.

White House to Congress: It's on You to Avoid Another Shutdown
GOP lawmakers see administration as tuned out of CR talks

President Barack Obama calls on a student reporter in the White House briefing room in April. The administration is leaving a stopgap spending bill to lawmakers. (White House photo via Flickr)

Republicans negotiating a stopgap spending measure to avoid another government shutdown say the White House has been AWOL from the talks, igniting another round of debate about President Barack Obama’s role in high-stakes Capitol Hill dealmaking.

Government funding is slated to run out at midnight on Oct. 1. In 2013, another spending fight shuttered the government for 16 days. Then, Obama said he wouldn't give in to what he termed ideological Republican demands or allow the GOP to use the threat of a shutdown to force changes that included scuttling his signature health care overhaul.

Where to Watch Monday's Debate
Watch on air, stream online, or catch it with a few drinks and friends

Tortilla Coast said it will likely show the presidential debate Monday between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The first presidential debate is upon us. On Monday, many locations on Capitol Hill will be showing the political equivalent of the NBA finals.

You can catch the debate on most of the major cable news networks. It airs at 9 p.m EST and will be hosted by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt. 

CBC Members Urge Justice Department to Take Action
'Every black life matters,' says Rep. Cedric L. Richmond

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison speaks with reporters after the press conference outside the Justice Department on Thursday. (Christina Flom/CQ Roll Call)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday called for federal intervention to address police violence across the country.

Speaking outside the Justice Department, members called on the department, in particular Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to take action.

No, Democrats Aren't Abandoning Illinois' 10th District
Shift of $800,000 allows closer coordination between Schneider and DCCC

The DCCC is moving money from its IE side to its coordinated side in Illinois' 10th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently cancelled about $800,000 in television reservations for Illinois' competitive 10th District race, where former Rep. Brad Schneider is looking to reclaim his seat from Republican Rep. Robert J. Dold.

That's not because Democrats suddenly think they've got the race locked up. The contest remains a tossup. The DCCC is simply moving the money from its independent expenditure side (which cannot coordinate with campaigns) to the coordinated side.