2020

Sanders Joins Booker’s Marijuana Legislation
Vermont independent supported marijuana legalization in 2016 presidential campaign

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, announced Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, would co-sponsor his bill legalizing marijuana. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday became the latest senator to co-sponsor Sen. Cory Booker’s bill that would legalize marijuana.

The other co-sponsors are Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Gillibrand is considered a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination alongside Booker and Sanders.

Opinion: How Much Longer Can the Trump Coalition Hold?
New study confirms demographic trends remain tough for Republicans

While demographic trends favor Democrats, white voters without college degrees — a key part of President Donald Trump’s base — will remain crucial to both parties’ electoral chances, Fortier writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, establishment Republicans, citing unfavorable demographic trends, called for the GOP to improve its performance with growing ethnic minorities. Donald Trump, seemingly poking his finger in the eye of this establishment, pursued the opposite course, attracting more support from white voters without college degrees whose ranks were shrinking but becoming more Republican.

Demographic trends remain tough for Republicans, and a new study released Monday by a coalition of think tanks confirms this. The GOP would benefit from boosting support among new immigrant groups and doubling down on the white working class. But going forward, the Trump strategy of increasing support among non college whites over expanding its vote share among immigrant groups has advantages in both the popular vote and the electoral college, and will likely be at least a part of future GOP election game plans.

Congress Returns, With Eyes Off the Floors
Committee activity will be headlined by Zuckerberg and Trump Cabinet picks

Senate GOP leadership likely did not anticipate reserving chunks of time ahead of the midterms this year for Cabinet-level posts that were already filled. Pictured above, from left: Sens. Cory Gardner, John Barrasso and Roy Blunt, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congress returns Monday after two weeks away, but much of the focus will be on the action outside the House and Senate chambers.

The highlight of the week will be hearings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg amid the ongoing fallout from the social media giant’s admission that user data was improperly shared with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

‘Heart Breaks’ in Stephon Shooting, Kamala Harris Says
Clark was shot by Sacramento police while holding a cellphone

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrives in the Capitol for the Senate Democrats’ policy lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Kamala Harris commented on one of the most recent shootings of an unarmed black man by police that has sparked national outrage.

Speaking at a Sacramento town hall, the California Democrat said Stephon Clark’s life “is a life that should not have been lost. That is a loss that should not have been taken.”

Ross: 2020 Census Will Ask About Citizenship Status
Commerce Department made announcement late Monday, despite outcry from Democrats

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has determined the 2020 Census should include a citizenship question. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Commerce Department has agreed to a request from the Justice Department to include a citizenship status question on the 2020 Census.

Commerce made the announcement late Monday, saying that the question would line up with the language used the American Community Survey.

Sen. Jeff Merkley Tests 2020 Waters With New Hampshire Visit
Oregon Democrat rails against Trump, Koch brothers, Senate Republicans

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley visited New Hampshire over the weekend, testing the waters for a potential presidential run in 2020. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Jeff Merkley made his first stops in New Hampshire over the weekend, fanning speculation that he is considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

The Oregon Democrat is in his second term and has built a résumé as one of the most progressive members of his caucus.

Warren Outlines Goals for Diplomacy Ahead of Trip to Asia
Will meet with South Korean, Chinese, and Japanese officials

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, right, and Tina Smith talk before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled “The Opioid Crisis: Leadership and Innovation” earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ahead of a trip to Asia this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined her goals for diplomacy in an op-ed for the Boston Globe.

Warren, who is running for re-election this year, will meet with officials from China, South Korea and Japan.

Gowdy to Headline Ernst’s Roast and Ride
GOP presidential candidates have attended event in the past, but few think Gowdy aspires to that

Sen. Joni Ernst, left, announced Rep. Trey Gowdy’s appearance at her annual event in a video posted Thursday. (Sen. Joni Ernst via YouTube)

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst announced outgoing South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will be the headlining guest at her annual Roast and Ride in Iowa.

Ernst made the announcement in a video posted on Thursday.

Trump v. Biden? President and Former VP Lobby for a Fistfight
Burr and Hamilton used guns in 1804

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted he would put former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., “down” in a fist fight they both appear to want. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Forget a debate. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. want to throw down with their fists.

Back in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr and political rival Alexander Hamilton chose to settle their deep differences in perhaps the most American way, with guns. But Biden and Trump want to face off in an even more old-school way, by throwing hands.

Young Democrats on a Mission to Pop the D.C. Bubble
District Dems launched to be a resource for campaigns around the country

District Dems will create a pool of operatives to knock on doors and canvass for Democratic candidates around the country. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of young Democrats thinks the key to winning back control of government is outside the so-called D.C. bubble.

District Dems, launched last month by people who recently moved to D.C., whether for a job or to find one, wants to mobilize out-of-town Democrats between the ages of 21 and 45 for the campaign season.