Senate heads for exits as vulnerable Democrats get campaign time and McConnell gets his judges

In fierce speech for Kavanaugh, Collins sheds her swing-vote image

Collins 44-minute address was a robust defense of Kavanaugh’s judicial record and a dissection of the sexual assault allegations levied against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

Final vote on Kavanaugh could be delayed for hours as GOP waits for Daines

The spectacle of Republicans holding open a politically charged vote for a decisive absentee to return to Washington is likely to feed the anger of Kavanaugh’s critics.

Trump’s claims about his drinking are ‘bogus baloney,’ Sen. Leahy says

At a campaign rally in Mississippi, Trump suggested that Leahy had a drinking problem while riffing about the Democratic chairmen who might be in charge come January if Republicans lose their Senate majority.

Fight over Kavanaugh intensifies amid confusion over limits of FBI sexual assault investigation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will take ‘hard look’ at presidential run

The statement, made at a town hall event in Massachusetts, is her most explicit acknowledgment yet of her presidential ambitions.

Centrist lawmakers band together to demand House reforms from next speaker

The 10 Democrats and nine Republicans making the pledge belong to the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of centrist lawmakers who have sought to bridge partisan divides.

Pelosi critics fire warning shot, but Democrats agree to delay leadership scramble till November

Many House members propose rule change on the selection of new leader.

GOP super PAC enters five new House races after adding $1.5 million to hold Ryan’s seat

The Congressional Leadership Fund has reserved TV ad time in six new House races, including for the seat being vacated by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

‘I told her that I believed her’: Calif. lawmaker describes meeting with Kavanaugh accuser

“It was more than obvious to me that she bore the scars of what she had been subjected to,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, who met in July with Christine Blasey Ford.

Indicted congressman Chris Collins reverses himself, will remain on November ballot

National Democrats start spending big money on anti-corruption message

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is starting to spend ads attacking Washington corruption in a sign that the issue could be starting to move voters ahead of the midterms.

Democrats would hold quick vote on sweeping ethics bill, Hoyer says

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said in a policy address that Democrats will show “commitment to restoring to the American people the assurance their government works for them.”

GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, running for Florida governor, resigns from House

House passes bill that could make deportations of immigrant criminals easier

The measure attempts to address a Supreme Court ruling limiting what can be considered a “crime of violence” by immigration courts; most Democrats opposed it.

House Republicans ponder crackdown on renegade members — after the election

House Republicans are entertaining a proposal that would force members who defy party leaders to account for themselves and risk losing their committee assignments.

Embattled House Republicans shrug off gloomy outlook and hope for ‘no drama’

GOP lawmakers argue that their personal brand, a strong economy and a Democratic Party veering left will help them win reelection in November despite strong head winds.

Top House Democrats show increasing confidence in retaking majority

Pelosi and Hoyer suggest that Democrats must be ready to go if voters return them to power.

McCain to halt medical treatment for brain cancer, family says

The news from the Arizona senator and two-time presidential candidate prompted an outpouring of sympathy and acclaim from Republicans and Democrats.

After Collins indictment, House members seek to crack down on lawmakers’ board service

The measure from Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), however, would not force any sitting members to step down from a current board position.