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The Border Wall Funding Fight Could Lead to Another CR, or Partial Federal Shutdown
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

With the Midterms Over, Get Ready for Investigation Nation and Congressional Gridlock
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

Trump Aims to Seal the Deal — Or Mitigate GOP Losses — With Rally Blitz
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

President Donald Trump's final message to the Republican faithful ahead of Tuesday's midterm vote is all about immigration, and GOP officials hope it's enough to get out the vote. But White House correspondent John T. Bennett says that with most polls pointing to big Democratic gains in the House, Trump's team is focusing on defending the slim GOP majority in the Senate, and just maybe adding a few seats. It won't help much with passing legislation, but it will aid Senat...
Fox News' Shannon Bream on the Record
Podcast, Episode 127

Shannon Bream, host of Fox News @ Night, answers the tough questions about Fox's ideological approach to journalism amid growing public concern about heated political rhetoric. Her show is part of Fox News' prime-time lineup that in October reached more than 2.8 million cable viewers a day.  In a 20-minute interview, Bream discusses a wide range of issues related to the politicization of the media on the left and right. 

25 Race Ratings Changes Less Than a Week Before Midterms
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales — an authoritative look at where things stand for 2018

After two years of analyzing and prognosticating, it's finally almost here: Nov. 6, Election Day. Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales takes you through where the House and Senate battlegrounds have landed with a video debrief on the most recent ratings changes, listed in full here: 

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What Year Is It? Trump's Midterm Rallies Are Mostly About His 2020 Re-Election Bid
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

Booze, Prohibition and the Man in the Green Hat: An Original October Surprise
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

The confessions of The Man in the Green Hat — who supplied booze to the House and Senate for a decade during Prohibition — made front-page news just weeks before the 1930 midterm elections. And the Democrats ended up making huge gains in the House that November. Deputy editor Jason Dick shares the remarkable story of George Cassiday, bootlegger to Congress and one of the original October surprises.

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Trump Heads West to Campaign — And a Lot of Senators Do, Too
Penn Ave Report — connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Health Care Ahead of the 2018 Midterms
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the core issues in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Pre-Existing Conditions
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of pre-existing conditions in the health care debate between Republicans and Democrats in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: The 'Age Tax'
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of the so-called age tax — where older people on a health plan can only be charged three times more than what the youngest people on a health plan can — in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Single Payer vs. Medicare for All
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of single payer insurance plans and "Medicare for all" in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Judiciary Holds Quick Kavanaugh Vote and Comes to 'Gentlemen and Women's Agreement' for FBI Probe
 

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Friday along party lines to report to the Senate floor the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be Supreme Court associate justice. But in a last-minute deal, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay of that full Senate confirmation vote to allow the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the panel Thursday.

There was no binding motion voted on by the committee to secure the deal, however, leading to some confusion at the end of the meeting. Watch and listen to the full vote.

Watch: Arrested Protesters Chant 'We Believe Christine' Outside Kavanaugh Hearing Room
 

A group of protesters were arrested Friday after attempting a sit-in outside the room where the Senate Judiciary Committee will soon vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As the protesters were led away they chanted "We believe Christine" — in reference to Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her in the 1980s....
Watch: Senators Walk Out of Kavanaugh Hearing After Vote Set, Talk to Media Outside Chamber
 

Several Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of a hearing in progress on Friday, after the Republican majority voted (with two Democrats refusing to vote in protest) to set a final vote on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono and Sheldon Whitehouse walked out of the hearing room in Dirksen. Booker and Harris were the two who declined to vote on the motion to set a vote time.

Watch: Brett Kavanaugh's Full Opening Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee
 

In a sometimes emotional reply to earlier testimony by Christine Blasey Ford recounting an alleged sexual assault when they were both teenagers, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh flatly denied the charges. He called the proceedings a "national disgrace." Kavanaugh also called the allegations a "political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election."...
Watch: Christine Blasey Ford's Full Opening Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee
 

"I am here today, not because I want to be — I am terrified," said Christine Blasey Ford before a panel of senators and the eyes of the world. Watch Blasey Ford's full, unedited opening statement given to senators as part of a hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a 1980s gathering in a Washington-D.C. suburb when the two were high school-age teenagers....