Former Vice President Joe Biden tops Democratic contenders for the 2020 election among 32 percent of Democrats, according to a June poll by Harvard CAPS/Harris. Clinton came in second with 18 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders third with 16 percent.
Mike Pompeo testifies today at his Congressional confirmation hearing for U.S. secretary of state following President Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson. Democrats will likely pose aggressive questions about hardliner views on the Paris climate accord and North Korea's nuclear program.
All 22 women in the Senate signed a letter demanding legislation to overhaul the sexual harassment complaint process in Congress, which can drag on for months. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed leaders for stripping measures from a spending bill this week.
Rick Santorum suggested on CNN that Parkland students should learn CPR instead of marching the day after the March for Our Lives nationwide events in protest of gun violence. The republican senator’s comments prompted backlash from gun violence victims.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she isn't running for president in 2020 and refused to take a DNA test to confirm her Native American heritage claim, saying “I never used it for anything.” President Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
After Mike Pence said the U.S. would consider a “Libya model” if North Korean talks fail, a North Korean official, Choe Son Hui, said the country is ready for a nuclear showdown. Choe also called the VP a “political dummy” after he called her "unbridled and impudent” on Fox News.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for 8 hours, reading personal ‘dreamer’ stories and citing the Bible, to force Republicans into action on immigration. The speech was intended to oppose a 2-year budget deal that fails to address immigration, which the House must pass Thursday to avoid a government shut-down.
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill to federally decriminalize and regulate marijuana, taking pot off of the Controlled Substances Act while still allowing states to determine their own laws. It’s “simply the right thing to do,” he said.
Following a public endorsement of Roy Moore by President Trump, outgoing Republican senator Jeff Flake wrote a check to his democratic opponent. Eight women have accused Moore of pursing them romantically when they were in their teens and he his 30s.
Rep. Senator Tom Cotton disagreed with Dem. Senator Dick Durbin’s account of President Trump calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries” in an immigration meeting. Trump has denied Durbin’s accusation and said he is “not a racist.”