Charles E Schumer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Out, Constitutional Crisis Murmurs Begin
Ongoing feud between Trump and Sessions comes to an end

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out just one day after the 2018 midterms in which Democrats regained control of the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions one day after Democrats regained control of the House and voiced intent to ratchet up pressure on the White House.

Trump used a tweet Wednesday afternoon to make the announcement and install Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, as the acting attorney general.

Marsha Blackburn Prevails in Tennessee Senate Race
She becomes the Volunteer State’s first female senator (and the first GOP woman elected statewide)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Marsha Blackburn has won the open-seat Senate race in Tennessee, defeating a popular former governor.

With 74percent of precincts reporting, the eight-term congresswoman led Democrat Phil Bredesen 55 percent to 43 percent in the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker when The Associated Press called the race.

Trump: Democrats Will ‘Blame Russia’ if They Lose Midterms
President in Big Sky Country: Dems would ‘invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens’

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was in Belgrade, Montana Saturday for the first of two rallies as he barnstorms the country in a final midterms push. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump ramped up his pre-midterm rhetoric at a rally Saturday in Big Sky Country, claiming that if Democrats do poorly in Tuesday’s elections, they will simply “blame Russia.”

His final-days campaign swing also has featured provocative comments about immigration, the economy and Democrats — and a litany of false statements. In October alone, the Washington Post's Fact Checker staff found he said over 1,000 false or misleading statements; CNN calculated he uttered 81 false statements at a rally this week alone. It’s all part of his strategy to rev up his conservative base to drive up Republican vote counts in key districts and states.

Trump Honors Pittsburgh Dead — and Knocks ‘Far-Left Media’ — at Florida Rally
President makes first of two final midterm-week visits to battleground state

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 10. He was in Florida on Wednesday night and will return Saturday to the Sunshine State. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 8:34 p.m. | President Donald Trump led off a midterm campaign rally in Florida on Wednesday by blaming the “far-left media” for exploiting the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting to hurt him and Republicans as the elections near.

“They did everything in their power to … push people apart,” he told the crowd in Fort Myers. “It was fake and it was make-believe. … The far-left media has spread lies and misinformation about the Trump administration.”

Senate Republicans Schedule Leadership Elections
Start of lame duck session will also set slate of leaders for 116th Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, and behind him from left, his leadership team, Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Thune, R-S.D., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have scheduled leadership elections for Nov. 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Win, lose or draw on Election Day, the Senate Republican Conference has formally scheduled leadership elections for the 116th Congress for the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the only member of the Republican leadership not facing a conference-imposed term limit on his role. Barring something unforeseen, the Kentuckian is set to lead his conference for the fifth consecutive congress. The 76 year-old McConnell became the longest serving leader of the Republican Conference in June — he was minority leader from 2007 to 2015.

Lindsey Graham Seconds Trump Proposal to End Birthright Citizenship
South Carolina Republican has long been active in bipartisan immigration debate

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., supports an end to birthright citizenship, a plan forwarded by President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a previous advocate of bipartisan immigration overhaul and who could be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, is praising President Donald Trump’s effort to roll back birthright citizenship by executive fiat.

The South Carolina Republican, who previously partnered with colleagues such as the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois on wide-ranging immigration overhauls, on Tuesday called the longstanding process of granting citizenship status an “absurd policy.”

Michael Bloomberg Might Need to Hustle to Fulfill $100 Million Pledge
Billionaire said $80M would go for House effort, $20M for Senate

Michael Bloomberg appears on stage at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michael Bloomberg will have to plow millions into the final 11 days of the midterm elections to make good on a pledge earlier this year to spend $100 million bolstering Democratic candidates, Federal Election Commission filings indicate. 

Bloomberg generated headlines in June when he announced he would commit $80 million to flip the House to Democratic control. He said he would pump another $20 million into Senate races earlier this month.

No One — Not Even Republicans — Likes Congress
And it’s been that way for more than a decade

Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in January 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one likes Congress. They haven’t since 2003.

This week, just 13 days before the midterm elections on Nov. 6, that did not change.

Anti-Pork Senators Warn of Potential Return of Earmarks
Flake, McCaskill and company again call for action on legislation to formally ban practice

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., held an event in January to demonstrate that Congress can “eat pork without spending it.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of senators critical of pork-barrel spending is again warning about the possible return of congressional earmarks.

The contingent of persistent critics of the earmarking process warned about talk of the return of the practice in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Vice Chairman Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.

Democrats Seize on Trump Administration’s Latest Obamacare Move
New administration proposal will lead to more ‘junk’ health plans, minority party says

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer says Republicans “are once again undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats have seized on a Trump administration proposal to loosen restrictions on some health insurance offerings as the latest way to attack Republicans over protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

“The American people should look at what Republicans are doing, rather than what they’re saying, when it comes to health care. Just weeks before the election, Republicans are once again undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions and sabotaging our health care system,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement.