The Daily 202: Bernie and Hillary who? Democratic Senate hopefuls sidestep personalities to run on policy

As Republicans play up polarizing figures on the left, Democrats champion policies they hope will appeal across party lines.

Senate confirms 25th and 26th appellate judges during Trump tenure as GOP reshapes court at record clip

With little fanfare, Trump and McConnell reshape the nation’s circuit courts

The Republican-led Senate has installed 24 appellate court judges since January 2016 and is poised to confirm two more this week, a record for a president’s first two years.

Rep. Keith Ellison denies abuse allegations

Ellison (D-Minn.) denied allegations that he abused a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship.

Hawaii’s Democratic governor survives high-profile primary challenge

Voters favored incumbents in one of the country’s bluest states, delivering a fresh blow to the Democratic Party’s liberal insurgency.

Democrats all but acknowledge Kavanaugh is headed toward confirmation to Supreme Court

Tennessee Democrats tap a popular former governor for Senate — and the GOP braces for a fight in Trump country

Former Democratic governor Phil Bredesen and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn were projected to win their parties’ nominations for Senate on Thursday.

Top Senate Democratic super PAC investing $17 million in August TV ads

Senate Majority PAC is reserving airtime for television commercials in six battlegrounds.

Rand Paul will support Trump’s pick Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court

The Kentucky senator said that he had concerns about parts of Kavanaugh’s record. But after meeting with him, he opted to back the nominee despite some differences.

Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick

The party’s liberal base is pressuring all Democrats to oppose Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh, but moderate senators up for reelection in GOP states could back the nominee.

Schumer plays long game, avoids hardball with centrist Democrats over Supreme Court pick

The party’s liberal base is pressuring all Democrats to oppose Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh, but moderate senators up for reelection in GOP states could back the nominee.

Obamacare, once a GOP target, is now a midterm rallying cry for Democrats

Top Democrats are making health care a central part of their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

McConnell and Republicans all smiles with a Supreme Court vacancy to fill

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement gives the GOP a chance to put a solid conservative on the high court while energizing core voters for November’s midterm elections.

Congress Debrief: Cruz walks political tightrope as he criticizes separation policy but not Trump

The senator and longtime immigration hard-liner faces reelection in Texas, a border state that is the epicenter of the debate about separating migrant children from parents.

Congress Debrief: Cruz walks political tightrope as he criticizes separation policy but not Trump

The senator and longtime immigration hard-liner faces reelection in Texas, a border state that is the epicenter of the debate about separating migrant children from parents.

‘Zero-tolerance policy means zero humanity:’ Democrats decry Trump immigration policy after tour of detention center

Migrant children forcibly separated from their parents are placed about 20 or more to a single cage. One lawmaker estimated there were 100 children under the age of 6.

Trump to campaign for Kevin Cramer in North Dakota on June 27

Trump will stump for the congressman, who is trying to defeat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, in Fargo on June 27.

Animosity in the Senate as GOP trades insults over criticism of Trump

Bob Corker’s characterization of colleagues’ support for the president as “cult-ish” has antagonized some senators.

Republican senators lash out at each other inside private luncheon

Heated confrontations erupted inside a Senate Republican luncheon on Wednesday as lawmakers traded unusually personal and sometimes profane attacks on one another.

Senators concerned that federal courts fall short in handling sexual misconduct

The federal judiciary has been forced to deal with the issue after The Washington Post reported last year on allegations against an appeals court judge, who later resigned.