2016 campaign

To Prevent Election Meddling, Invest in Black Voters, Groups Say
Russian disinformation campaign seized on long history of suppressing black votes

A voter enters the polling station at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., to vote in the 2017 special election to fill Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. In the foreground is a historical marker noting a 1963 civil rights march to the courthouse to register African-American women as voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Political leaders seeking to prevent future meddling in American elections could take a lesson from the Russians: Invest in black voters.

That’s one takeaway from reports this week that Russian operatives disproportionately targeted African-Americans during the 2016 election, according to groups that seek to increase black participation and representation in American politics. 

Election 2016 Video Blog: House and Senate Analysis from Roll Call's Newsroom
Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts senior political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé

Updated as of 2 a.m. ET

Election Day 2016 has come and got. Get insight into how this year's congressional races progressed throughout the night, straight from the Roll Call newsroom. Senior Editor David Hawkings hosted political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour. Follow along, the most recent updates appear first.

Capitol Ink | The Exact Same Joke

“If I write a good joke in July that puts words in Donald Trump's mouth and then draw it up in a cartoon, everybody loves it. It's fantastic. They think it's absolutely great. Donald Trump tells the exact same joke in October and people get on his case, and I don't get it! I don't know why. It wasn't his fault those words came out of his mouth.”

Capitol Ink | First Hurdles

In Rare Q & A, Clinton Calls Trump "Xenophobic, Racist, and Misogynistic"
Clinton still hasn't held a press conference in months. Or does this count?

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention 2016 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In a question-and-answer session with reporters at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Friday afternoon, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took a conciliatory tone on Trump supporters, while harshly condemning the GOP candidate himself.  

"We need to stand up as a country and say Donald Trump doesn't stand for who we are and what we believe," Clinton said in her prepared statement. "America is better than Donald Trump."  

GOP National Security Expert Freaks Out Over Trump and Nukes
Jeb Bush, Romney adviser floods Twitter with counterarguments

Donald Trump speaks to the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

John Noonan, a former national security adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and 2016 GOP contender Jeb Bush, Wednesday, broke down the many reasons current party standard-bearer Donald Trump should not be allowed anywhere near the nuclear arsenal.  

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough revealed that Trump had thrice asked during a high-level policy briefing several months ago why the U.S. couldn’t use nuclear weapons.  

Anti-Trump Republicans Begin Lining Up Behind Clinton
"This is about saving the Republican Party"

With Donald Trump as the party standard-bearer this November, many Republicans are pondering the unthinkable - supporting Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans unable to countenance Donald Trump as the next commander in chief are increasingly lining up behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying they are putting patriotism above party.  

The roster of sudden converts ranges from retiring pols opposed to enabling a first-time candidate “deeply flawed in endless ways” to public officials who have championed conservative values since the early 1980s.  

Twitter Sees Red After Trump Flaunts Purple Heart
"Damn heel spurs," scoff online critics

Armchair pundits Tuesday went to war with Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee proudly displayed a newly acquired military decoration typically awarded to soldiers wounded or killed while engaging enemy forces.  

“I’ve always wanted to get the real Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump, who avoided serving in Vietnam via a combination of medical and educational deferments, told a crowd of supporters gathered in Ashburn, Virginia.

Lewandowski Claims Trump Would Have Kept Capt. Khan Alive
GOP nominee's anti-Iraq war stance remains unsubstantiated

Corey Lewandowski defended his former boss Donald Trump on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday added a new wrinkle to the Republican presidential nominee’s ongoing battle with the parents of the late Capt. Humayun Khan, asserting that the slain soldier wouldn't have been killed if Trump had been in charge a decade ago.  

“If Donald Trump were the president, Capt. Khan would still be alive today because we never would have entered the Iraq war in the first place,” Lewandowski said during a CNN segment focused on the burgeoning feud between his former boss and Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan.  

Anti-Clintonites Invade #ImWithHerNow
Haters have fun with updated rallying cry