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Government shutdown threat greets Senate's return to DC
The Senate returns Wednesday after its abridged “August recess.”

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Iowa governor's husband recovering from emergency appendectomy
The husband of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was back home Tuesday after undergoing an emergency appendectomy around 4 a.m., the governor said.

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Pierson refutes Omarosa's claim that she confirmed Trump's alleged use of N-word
Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman “played” CBS News by “conflating” two different audiotapes, a senior adviser to President Trump's reelection campaign asserted Tuesday.

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Aug. 14 primary results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut
Four states held primaries on Tuesday as Democrats hope to make a push in November's midterm elections to regain control in Washington.

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Leah Vukmir projected to win Wisconsin GOP Senate primary, face Baldwin in November
Wisconsin Sen. Leah Vukmir was projected to defeat political outsider Kevin Nicholson in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, clearing the way for a closely watched general election battle against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

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Vermont's Christine Hallquist, first transgender candidate to win major party nomination for gov, wants to be elected 'on platform'
Christine Hallquist has defeated three other Vermont Democrats in Tuesday's primary to become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor.

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Dems nominate union leader 'Iron Stache' Randy Bryce, despite DUI arrest and child support delinquency, to replace Paul Ryan
Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known as "Iron Stache," has won the Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, overcoming a lengthy criminal history including a drunken-driving arrest and a multi-year child support delinquency.

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Democrat Keith Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary days after abuse allegations surface
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison scored a victory Tuesday night in the Minnesota primary race for the state's attorney general days after domestic abuse accusations against him surfaced.

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Jeff Colyer concedes to Trump-backed Kris Kobach in Kansas GOP governor's race one week after vote
Incumbent Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded to his opponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in the state's Republican primary Tuesday night, one week after the extremely narrow vote.

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Pawlenty, who called Trump 'unfit and unhinged,' derailed in comeback attempt in Minnesota; battle lines drawn in Connecticut
Christine Hallquist made history in Vermont Tuesday night as the first openly transgender nominee for a governorship from a major party in the nation's history, beating back her Democratic challengers in the state's primary.

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De Blasio lets security haul away Post reporter for asking question
Mayor de Blasio is a such a big believer in the free press that he let two bodyguards physically remove a credentialed Post reporter who had the temerity to ask him a question in public on Sunday.

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Trump signs defense bill named for John McCain
President Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for ailing Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain.

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FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed
FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired.

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Trump dares NY Gov. Cuomo to run against him in 2020, says 'anybody that runs against Trump suffers'
President Trump, speaking at a fundraiser Monday with New York Republicans, dared Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to run against him for president in 2020, with Trump saying he welcomes the challenge.

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Governor battles heat up Tuesday: Dems at risk of losing another New England seat
Hotly contested gubernatorial races across the country could make history on Tuesday, as Republicans hope to continue to erode Democratic control of New England governorships and progressives look to elect the nation's first-ever transgender candidate to a state's highest office.

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Omarosa's revenge: Book trashes 'moblike' Trump, exposes family drama, bashes ex-colleagues
In a twist all-too-familiar for anyone who watched her villain persona on reality TV, Omarosa Manigault-Newman has turned – on her former mentor, her former colleagues and anyone else who crossed her during her brief time in politics.

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Florida House candidate accused of lying about college degree apologizes for 'mistake'
Melissa Howard, the GOP candidate for a Florida state House seat who was accused of lying about her college degree and NRA rating apologized on Monday, pledging to stay in the race “and lead by example from now on.”

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Omarosa claims Trump is 'physically ill', 'just this side of functionally illiterate' in new book
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman questioned President Trump's physical and mental fitness in a forthcoming book about her time at The White House and claimed that he is "just this side of functionally illiterate."

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Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok sets up anti-Trump Twitter account; GoFundMe page seeks $150G
Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok took his anti-Trump rhetoric public on Monday, setting up a defiant Twitter account as a GoFundMe page sought to raise $150,000 to cover his "legal costs and lost income."

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally agrees to debate Cynthia Nixon
In a stunning move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to debate Democrat challenger Cynthia Nixon on Monday, after she spent months pressing the incumbent to agree to a face-off.

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Hawaii's Ige staves off challenge, will face GOP's Tupola in November
Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the state's Democratic primary Saturday in his bid for a second term, overcoming sharp criticism after a false missile alert in January.

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Hawaii's false missile alert looms large in close Democratic primary
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is facing a tough Democratic primary Saturday night -- and January's false missile alert could be a deciding factor in voters' minds.

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Trump calls for unity, condemns 'all types of racism' on anniversary of Charlottesville protest
President Trump marked the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia by calling for unity and condemning “all types of racism and acts of violence.”

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Fate of gadfly journalist banned from UN to be decided by former NY Times bureau chief
While journalists rail against President Trump's attack on “fake news” media outlets as the “enemy of the people,” at the United Nations, a journalist is fighting to keep his beat alive after being physically thrown out and barred.

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Rep. Chris Collins suspends re-election campaign after being indicted on insider trading charges
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., said on Saturday that he is suspending his re-election campaign -- just days after he was indicted on insider trading charges.

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