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Where Newly Elected Democrats Stand on Nancy Pelosi Speaker Bid
Few of the winners have explicitly said they’d vote against Pelosi on the floor

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi takes the podium before speaking during an election watch party at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. Pelosi is seeking another bid for the speakership. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Updated on Nov. 14 at 7:51 p.m. | Now that she’s helped Democrats win the House majority, Nancy Pelosi’s bid to reclaim the speaker’s gavel is officially underway. 

Several Democratic candidates expressed opposition to Pelosi or echoed general calls for new leadership during their campaigns, but only a handful had made specific pledges to oppose her during a floor vote for speaker. That number has grown since the election.

Back to the Swamp: Some Former Members Are Itching to Return
Ann Kirkpatrick is not the only ex-lawmaker making a comeback bid

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., gave her up seat for an unsuccessful run for Senate in 2016. Two years later, she’s running for the House from a different Arizona district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“This place sucks,” Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly told Senate Democratic leaders about Congress earlier this year.

That didn’t stop the West Virginia Democrat from filing for re-election four days before the filing deadline in January. 

Tuesday Is the Voter Registration Deadline in These States
For Maryland and D.C. residents, it’s the last day to register online

The midterm elections are approaching fast and many voter registration deadlines have already passed. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

If you live in one of 18 states and haven’t registered to vote, you’ve already missed your chance to cast a ballot in the midterm elections on Nov. 6.

Other deadlines are fast approaching. Virginia residents, get your postmarks going. Monday is the last day you can register online, in person or by mail.

Senate Judiciary Returns to Business as Usual After Kavanaugh
No protesters. No extra security. No media buzz. And Lindsey Graham barely said a word

After a few weeks of passionate speeches, Sen. Lindsey Graham was subdued Thursday as the Judiciary Committee got back to business as usual. (Jim Bourg/Reuters/Pool)

Life after the Brett Kavanaugh fight got off to a subdued start Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Gone was the energetic buzz of news media, protesters and police officers that filled the hallway outside the committee’s hearing room in prior weeks. Inside the room, the senators spoke only in muted tones that contrasted sharply with the passionate speeches just two weeks earlier during a committee vote on the Supreme Court pick.

Mazie Hirono: ‘I Think Lindsey Is Channeling Trump’
Hawaii Democratic senator replies to GOP Sen. Graham’s criticism of Kavanaugh confirmation ‘mob rule’

Sen. Mazie Hirono dropped some choice remarks on her Judiciary Committee colleague. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sharp critique of her, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono hears echoes of his party’s standard-bearer.

“I do think Lindsey is channeling [President Donald] Trump to a great extent,” the Hawaii Democrat said Tuesday in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Frankly, it is so outrageous. It just shows that they will say anything to win.”

Senate Dems Want Republicans to Take a Position on ‘Junk’
Baldwin hopes to force a vote to overturn Trump administration rule on short-term health care plans

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading the charge to reverse the Trump administration’s rule on short-term health insurance plans — or at least to get Republicans on the record. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote this week on a resolution that would overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans.

Critics call them “junk” plans, since they’re not required to comply with all the regulations of the 2010 health care law.

Kavanaugh Saga Shows ‘Very Scary’ Dynamic for Men, Trump says
President, who has faced his own sexual misconduct charges, wants vote this week

President Donald Trump addresses the press before departing for Dallas, Texas where he will make an appearance at at the National Rifle Association convention on May 4, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination drama has exposed a “very scary time” for young men in the United States because one accusation could ruin an otherwise “perfect” life.

As he departed the White House for remarks to a crowd of electrical contractors and then a fundraiser and a campaign rally in north Mississippi, the president also endorsed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intention to hold a floor vote on Kavanaugh’s now-controversial nomination this week.

Sen. Hirono Says Donald Trump Jr. Has ‘Fear and Mistrust’ of Women
President’s son said he was more concerned for his sons than daughters in #MeToo age

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono said too many men believe that stories of sexual assault are made up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Mazie Hirono criticized Donald Trump Jr. for suggesting he is more concerned for his sons when it comes to sexual assault claims than he is for his daughters because his sons could one day face false allegations of sexual misconduct toward women.

Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who has gained a reputation during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process as a no-nonsense champion of sexual assault survivors, told CNN that the president’s son’s comments stem from a “fear and mistrust of women.”

Prosecutor’s Memo Is Senators’ New Rorschach Test in Kavanaugh Process
Democrats and Republicans not swayed from original positions by five-page memo

Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday as, from left, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and John Cornyn listen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

The Arizona prosecutor hired by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school issued a memo Sunday concluding that a “reasonable prosecutor” would not bring the woman’s case against Kavanaugh in court.

But Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor for the Maricopa County attorney’s office that includes Phoenix, also pointed out that a Senate confirmation hearing “is not a trial, especially not a prosecution.”

Democrats Protest ‘Railroad Job’ After Kavanaugh Vote Set
Senators storm out, Booker and Harris refuse to vote

A woman holds up her handcuffed hands while being arrested for sitting in outside of the Judicial Committee meeting on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sparks flew even before the Senate Judiciary Committee started a hearing to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, as two women confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator.

“Look at me when I talk to you!” one of the women yelled at the Arizona Republican just minutes after he announced he would vote to confirm the federal judge.