Politics

Sanders: Wasserman Schultz Should Resign
Sanders' call for her resignation follows the leak of DNC emails critical of his campaign

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's term as DNC chair ends in 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down.  

“I think she should resign. Period," Sanders told ABC's "This Week." "And I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction.”  

Sanders to Back Clinton, Despite DNC Email Leak
Emails showed some DNC staffers plotted against and disregarded Sanders

Sanders will address the Democratic convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump's Revenge: A Super PAC to Take on GOP Rivals
Cruz, Kasich and unnamed 3rd Republican could be targets

Donald Trump talked to NBC in a post-convention interview. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is confirming that he's plotting to use a Super PAC to go after former GOP rivals Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who have declined to endorse him.  

"Well, it's not the number one thing on my mind. Look, what's on my mind is beating Hillary Clinton. What's on my mind is winning for the Republican Party," Trump said in an interview aired on NBC's "Meet the Press." on Sunday. "With that being said, yeah, I'll probably do a super PAC, you know, when they run against Kasich, for $10 million to $20 million, against Ted Cruz. And maybe one other person that I'm thinking about."  

Philadelphia: A Rough-And-Tumble Town Puts on Its Best Face for the Democratic National Convention
Few cities embody nation's history so much

Philadelphia City Hall as seen from Broad Street. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Few American cities embody the nation’s history as much as Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution, home to the Liberty Bell, site of the first Republican presidential nominating convention and, this year, another groundbreaking event: the nomination of a woman at the top of a major party’s presidential ticket.  

It’s also a tough town that lionizes its contribution to cuisine, the cheesesteak; adores fictional boxer Rocky Balboa so much it placed a statue of him at the Philadelphia Art Museum; suffers the scars of brutal racial tension; and is home to such raucous sports fans that the old Veterans Stadium, once home to football’s Eagles and baseball’s Phillies, had its own jail. And they once even booed Santa Claus.  

Kaine the Attack Dog Goes After Trump
Clinton introduces running mate in Florida appearance aimed at Hispanic voters

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine assumed the traditional running mate role of lead attack dog at a Miami rally with Hillary Clinton on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tim Kaine pulled out a trump card against the Republican presidential nominee at his first appearance as presumptive Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton's running mate.  

At a Miami rally Saturday, the Virginia senator said one of his sons, who is a U.S. Marine, will soon be deployed to Europe in support of NATO allies, an obvious opening for the generally affable Virginia senator to whack Donald Trump.  

Kaine Said Obama Needed Congressional Approval to Fight ISIS
Clinton campaign says she is pushing for a new force authorization

Sen. Tim Kaine was named Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Clinton's choice to be her running mate  said President Barack Obama "must seek congressional approval" to execute the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.  

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took the position that put him closer to people like Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has a more limited view of the commander-in-chief's power, than to the Obama White House.  

Virginia's Democratic Governor Would Appoint Kaine Replacement
Number of Senate Democrats would not be impacted immediately if Kaine became VP

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, would appoint a senator to fill the vacancy created if Sen. Tim Kaine becomes vice president. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly could be a candidate for that appointment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications.  

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator were to become vice president, but the resignation would prompt an unusual off-year Senate campaign in the commonwealth. The special election would align with the 2017 governor's race.  

Clinton Picks Virginia's Tim Kaine for VP
Former swing-state governor supports tougher gun laws, trade deals

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at an event in Northern Virginia last week. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her running mate, tapping a swing-state Democrat who brings to the ticket expertise in foreign affairs, support for tougher gun laws and a reputation as an even-tempered politician.  

I'm thrilled to share this news: I've chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate," Clinton announced in an email to supporters sent at 8:20 p.m.. "Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation's history."  

Democrats to Go on Air Monday With Ads Supporting Bayh
Ad buy shows optimism about Indiana Senate seat

Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is seeking his old job this year. (Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images file photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will begin running ads Monday in Indiana on behalf of newly minted candidate Evan Bayh, a move that reflects the Democrats' optimism that they can capture what they once considered a solidly red seat .  

A committee spokeswoman confirmed the ad buy Friday, but did not discuss how much money would be spent.  

Obama Criticizes GOP Convention Themes on Crime, Immigration
Mexican president takes high road after delegates chanted 'build that wall'

Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto (left), and U.S. President Barack Obama meet during a North American leaders' summit last month in Canada. The duo met Friday at the White House. (Photo via Flickr)

President Barack Obama on Friday took umbrage with themes voiced during the Republican National Convention, arguing the country is not plagued by widespread violence and warning against trade wars.  

The comments came after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump used his acceptance speech to promise Americans he would stop what he called “violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.”  

Senate Democrats Fret About GOP Spending
Outside groups aligned with Republicans have spent heavily on key races

Can Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty and other Senate challengers keep up with GOP spending? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats are worried that the heavy spending of Republican-aligned outside groups in a handful of key races has added an unexpectedly steep barrier to their path back to the Senate.  

More concerning still for party strategists is the belief that the GOP's cash edge shows no signs of shrinking, especially when Republican incumbents start spending heavily from their own cash reserves. In many races, the GOP candidates hold a gargantuan cash-on-hand advantage.  

Donald Trump Denies Ever Linking Cruz's Father To JFK Assassination
GOP nominee also says he didn't attack Heidi Cruz

Republican nominee Donald Trump, right, seems unwilling to take the high road in his feud with former presidential rival Ted Cruz. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The day after accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump denied he once disparaged Ted Cruz's father and then repeated the insult, continuing his feud with the Texas senator two days after Cruz refused to endorse him .  

At a post-convention press conference in Cleveland, the real estate mogul said he never promoted the idea that Rafael Cruz was with Lee Harvey Oswald right before he shot John F. Kennedy.   

Trump Says He'll Never Accept Endorsement From Cruz
But will consider setting up a super PAC to oppose Cruz should he run again

There's still bad blood between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took his disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz to a new level on Friday.  

Trump said in an event thanking volunteers at the Republican National Convention that not only does he not want Cruz's endorsement, he might even try to derail any future Cruz has in Republican presidential politics.   

With Pence in Spotlight, Indiana Delegates Campaign to Replace Him
Political drama follows Hoosiers to Cleveland and back

Who will replace Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the Republican ballot this fall? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — It’s been a momentous week for Indiana Republicans.  

The state where Donald Trump clinched the nomination in May got another big moment in the limelight with the official nomination of Gov. Mike Pence as Trump’s running mate Wednesday night.  

David Duke Running for Senate, Ties Himself to Trump
Former Klan leader announces he will run for open Louisiana seat

(David Duke announcement video screenshot)

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for the open Senate seat in Louisiana.  

He made the announcement in a video Friday in which he claimed credit for much of the platform of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.