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314 Action Hopes to be the ‘EMILY’s List for Scientists’
Endorsements come with PAC check and potential IE investments

314 Action is rolling out four more endorsements of Democratic challengers Monday. The organization has already backed Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen’s Senate bid.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An organization dedicated to electing scientists and STEM professionals is endorsing four more Democratic House challengers Monday.

Monday’s congressional endorsements — part of a broader rollout of state and local candidates – comes in traditionally GOP seats, two of which may look more competitive for Democrats in 2018, while two others still look more challenging to flip.

Report: Former Challenger to Admit He Took Payment From Brady Campaign
Former challenger will plead guilty to hiding $90,000 payment

An attorney for Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., disputed that Brady’s campaign paid off an opponent to drop out of their 2012 race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rohrabacher’s Democratic Opponents Slam Comments About Charlottesville
Rohrabacher called violence during white supremacist rally a ‘total hoax’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is under fire for calling racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., “a total hoax.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Democratic opponents lambasted him for calling racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month a “total hoax.”

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Rohrabacher said it was possible that a “former Hillary (Clinton) or Bernie (Sanders) supporter” organized “Civil War re-enactors” to rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Diane Black Unsure about Finishing Her Term
House Budget Committee chairwoman said she wants to get budget passed before making a decision

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., is weighing whether to continue her term in the House or to run for governor full-time. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tennessee Rep. Diane Black is unsure if she will finish her current term in Congress as she runs for governor.

Black told reporters at the Tennessee State Fair on Monday that she had not yet made that decision, the Tennesseean in Nashville reported.

Moulton Raises $600,000 for Veteran Candidates He Endorsed
Massachusetts Democrat says Congress needs the ‘fresh perspective’ that his fellow veterans bring

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is backing 11 fellow military veterans in their bids to unseat Republican members in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton raised $600,000 for the Democratic candidates he endorsed in his attempt to recruit more veterans to run for Congress.

The announcement came after a forum at Harvard University, Moulton’s alma mater, with four of the candidates he has endorsed: Dan Feehan in Minnesota’s 1st District, Roger Dean Huffstelter in Virginia’s 5th District, Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 6th District, and Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey’s 11th District.

Rating Change: Dent Retirement Puts Seat in Play
Pennsylvania Republican says seventh term will be his last

Just days ago, it looked like Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent was preparing to fight it out for an eighth term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent capped a tumultuous week for Republicans on the Hill by announcing he would not seek re-election in 2018, leaving his 15th District open and vulnerable to a Democratic takeover.

Dent’s decision is the biggest news to come out of Allentown since earlier this summer when Philadelphia Phillies rookie slugger Rhys Hoskins was called up to the major leagues and hit home runs at a faster initial pace than any player in history, after batting 29 home runs with 91 RBIs for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Meadows Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race
Freedom Caucus chairman chooses former state Supreme Court justice over appointed Sen. Strange

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, announced his support for former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Strange Reverses Filibuster Position as Primary Runoff Nears
Alabama Republican will face Roy Moore on Sept. 26

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange changed his position on the Senate’s filibuster rule. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6 p.m. | Sen. Luther Strange has changed his position on the 60-vote threshold to advance legislation in the Senate, amid a competitive primary contest for the Alabama Republican’s seat. 

Citing conversations with President Donald Trump, Strange announced Tuesday that he wants to eliminate the threshold for ending debate on legislation in the Senate, and that he would send a letter to chamber leaders asking them to lower the threshold to a majority vote. The change puts Strange in agreement with Trump, who has frequently called on GOP Senate leaders to eliminate the high threshold so they could more easily pass legislation.

Warren Challengers Divide Massachusetts Republicans
Conservatives vs. moderates reflect divisions among national GOP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has built a formidable war chest to take on any Republican challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The fight among Massachusetts Republicans to unseat Democratic favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reflecting the fissures within the national GOP.

Among moderate Republicans looking to challenge the liberal Democrat are businessman John Kingston, who has yet to formally announce, and adviser to former Gov. Mitt Romney Beth Lindstrom, according to the Associated Press.

Democratic Soul-Searching in One Pennsylvania House Race
Crowded primary candidates battle over who can win GOP district

State Sen. Daylin Leach, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional district, greets guests at after speaking in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Democrats across the country are doing some soul-searching as Congress returns to the nation’s capital. The crowded Democratic primaries taking shape raise questions about whether more liberal candidates can win in Republican districts.

For a sense of how that battle for the party is playing out on the ground, look no further than Pennsylvania’s 7th District.