Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test Results
Democratic senator derisively called ‘Pocahontas’ by Trump says test verifies Native American heritage

In a video released Monday, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells her family’s story with the help of her older brothers and other family members. (Elizabeth Warren via YouTube)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a genetic test showing her Native American ancestry dating back “six to ten generations” ahead of a possible 2020 presidential run.

“In the Senator’s genome, we did find five segments of Native American ancestry with very high confidence where we believe the error rate is less than one in a thousand,” said Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford, who conducted the test.

Seth Moulton’s First Child Arrives
Emmy Moulton was born Wednesday

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and his wife have been married since Sept. 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Seth Moulton is a new father.

The Massachusetts Democrat and his wife Liz’s first child, Emmy Moulton, arrived on Wednesday in Boston.

Trump’s Stump Speeches Describe Democrat-Run Hellscape
‘Crazy’ party wants to ‘destroy everything,’ campaigner in chief warns

The crowd reacts as President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at an Oct. 4 campaign rally in Rochester, Minn. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images file photo)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump’s midterm homestretch stump speech has evolved into a warning that Democratic control of one or both chambers will create a hellscape of rampant crime, high taxes and no safety net for older Americans.

At several campaign rallies in recent weeks, the president has painted a portrait of an ungovernable country if “rage-filled” Democrats retake the House or Senate or both. 

Trump Largely Focuses on Own Re-Election at Iowa Rally for GOP Incumbents
President wants to find out if Elizabeth Warren really ‘has Indian blood’

President Donald Trump, here in July, was in Iowa on Tuesday night for a campaign rally for two vulnerable House Republicans. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Very much in re-election mode even before next month’s midterms, President Donald Trump took jabs at potential Democratic candidates at an Iowa rally Tuesday night, calling their party “an angry mob.”

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonists. And you don’t hand power to an angry mob,” he told rallygoers in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “If you want to defeat the swamp, you’ll have to elect Republicans.”

Anthony Weiner to Be Released Early for Good Behavior
Release set for May 14, 2019

Former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan after pleading guilty in sexting case on May 19, 2017 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner will be released from prison three months ahead of schedule due to good behavior, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

Weiner, who is being held at the Federal Medical Center, Devens in Massachusetts, is set for release on May 14, 2019. FMC Devens is one of two federal prisons that offer a residential treatment program for sex offenders.

Floor Charts for the Floor Show
Our favorite garish visual aids from a month of congressional floor-watching

(Courtesy of @FloorCharts screenshot of C-SPAN)

Guilty headshots, crumb debates and George Washington’s face— watching the action on the House and Senate floors can be a thankless task. But the floor charts make it all worthwhile.

Lawmakers like these oversized and sometimes garish visual aids because they help them get their points across. The Twitter handle @FloorCharts posts some of the daily highlights, and Roll Call now provides a monthly roundup of the best of the best.

Drug Prices Could Become a Divisive Issue for Democrats
Internal tensions over Big Pharma could be on full display next Congress

Divisions among Democrats over the pharmaceutical industry could hurt their party’s efforts to address high drug costs if they win a majority next year. (Courtesy iStock)

Democrats are making the cost of prescription drugs a pillar of the party’s health care agenda in the midterms, but if they win a majority for the 116th Congress, the party will have to grapple with internal divisions over the issue that might be magnified next year.

This campaign season has been notable for candidates pushing the party to reject corporate influence. For emboldened progressive Democrats, the party’s current plans might not be enough. Their views compete with those of new candidates from politically moderate areas with a big pharmaceutical industry presence that might be more inclined to join with longtime incumbents who sympathize more with the industry’s perspective.

Senate Eyes Passage of Bill to Check China in Asia-Pacific
Legislation would recommit to military sales to Taiwan

People’s Liberation Army soldiers drill in Hong  Kong earlier this year. The Senate is looking at legislation aimed at preventing China from becoming a hegemonic regional power. ( Anthony Kwan/Getty Images file photo)

The Senate is looking to pass in the coming weeks a bill that would guide U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific with an eye toward preventing China from becoming a hegemonic regional power.

The Senate Foreign Relations committee last week unanimously advanced a bipartisan bill from Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., who lead the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee. The measure would authorize more than $1.5 billion in new funds over the next five years for the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Pentagon to maintain regional political support for the rules-based international order that the United States has championed over the last 70 years.

2020 Watch: Trump Trots Out ‘One Percent Biden’ and ‘Da Nang Blumenthal’
Democrats ‘got some real beauties going,’ president says mockingly

President Donald Trump and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, her party’s nominee in a tight Senate race, during a campaign rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Monday night. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“One Percent Biden” and “Da Nang Blumenthal” were introduced. “Pocahontas” was dropped, as usual, to the delight of an arena packed with “Make America Great Again” merchandise-sporting supporters.

President Donald Trump trotted out some new nicknames Monday night at a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, mocking and criticizing several potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees during another raucous campaign stop.

Your Boss Is Becoming More Vulnerable. When Do You Move On?
A breakdown of when your paychecks will stop coming in

If election night doesn’t look like this for you and your boss, how long will you have to pound the pavement? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Staffers, start updating your résumés. Your job security just took a hit in the latest round of ratings changes from Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales.

Inside Elections downgraded the re-election chances of 21 Republican House members last week. Of the GOP incumbents running for another term, 22 are now either underdogs or dead even in their bids.