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Chuck Grassley Opts for Finance Chairmanship
Move kicks off a round of musical chairs in the Senate, opening up a slot for a new Judiciary panel chairman

Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley announced he would take over the gavel of the tax-writing Finance Committee in the 116th Congress, a position he held in the early part of 2001 and again from 2003 through 2006.

Grassley’s move also opens up a slot for a new Judiciary panel chairman, likely South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham

Here’s the List of House Republican Leaders for the Next Congress
Kevin McCarthy will be tops in House GOP in years in the minority

House Republicans chose their leadership team for the next Congress on Wednesday, which will be their first stint in the minority since 2010. 

Minority Leader: Kevin McCarthy of California.

James Hansen, Long-Serving Utah Republican, Dies at 86
Former Ethics and Natural Resources chairman served from 1981 to 2003

Former Rep. James V. Hansen, a Utah Republican who served in the House from 1981 to 2003, died on Wednesday. He was 86. 

“With Congressman Jim Hansen’s passing, Utah has lost a true statesman. Whether it was in the Navy, in the state legislature, or in the halls of Congress, Jim served with honor and distinction, always putting principle before party and others before self. Utah would not be what it is today without Congressman Jim Hansen. I’m grateful to have known such a remarkable man and even more grateful to have called him a friend,” Utah GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said in a statement announcing the news. 

Here’s the List of Senate Republican and Democratic Leaders
Status quo reigns (mostly)

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Election Day +3: Here Are the Uncalled 11 House and 2 Senate Races
Some races going to recounts, one is going to court

Updated 11:46 p.m. | Three days after Election Day, two Senate and 11 House races remain uncalled, and if the 2000 presidential race is an indication, we could be waiting weeks for the outcome of one of those Senate races.

A third race in the Senate will be decided later this month when Mississippi votes in a runoff between Tuesday’s top-two finishers.

Could a Monkey With a Dart Make Better Predictions? — And Other Takeaways From Tuesday’s Election
More investigations and congressional dysfunction, maybe a Supreme Court nomination — and more

Democrats took the House — no big surprise there — but the much-touted blue wave was no tsunami. Republicans held the Senate and even picked up a few seats. But what difference does it make?

A lot.

A Poor Election Night for Republicans in Clinton Districts
GOP-held seats that Clinton won in 2016 mostly swung to the Democrats this year

Updated Wednesday, 3:06 p.m. | Democrats have won a House majority, boosted by several key pickups of Republican-held districts that backed Hillary Clinton two years ago. 

The party needed a net of 23 seats to take over the chamber. 

Capitol Hill Gets Its Fright On
The best of Halloween from Roll Call’s archives

What did we learn from trick-or-treating at the Capitol this year? Chuck Schumer might give you some Chobani.

There’s nothing particularly hair-raising about that. But it’s not all fruit-on-the-bottom bliss when Halloween rolls around in Washington. Roll Call has chronicled years of congressional frights and blood-chilling happenings on the Hill.

One Week Out, Roll Call’s Guide to the Midterms
Keep up with the latest twists and turns as we wind down to Election Day

We’ve entered the homestretch, with Election Day just a week away. Roll Call’s coverage of all things midterms continues with dispatches from the road, the latest polls and ratings changes in competitive Senate and House races, hot takes from our political analysts and much more.

Here are some of our top political stories, videos and podcasts from recent weeks. 

2 Weeks Out From Election Day, Roll Call’s Guide to the Midterms
Keeping up with the most competitive races and latest outlook for control of Congress

It’s two weeks until Election Day, and with some parts of the country already engaged in early voting, Roll Call’s coverage of the midterms showcases reporting on the ground in battleground states, the latest political handicapping from our election and political analysts, and a rundown of the most competitive House and Senate races. 

Here’re a few helpful links to race ratings, analysis, stories from the campaign trail, a predict-the-midterms contest and more. We’ll add more as Election Day draws near. 

Pick Your 2018 Midterm Over/Unders for a Shot at $500 — No, Seriously
Predict the Nov. 6 Senate and House results for a chance to win

Test your political knowledge for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card from Roll Call! We have chosen a dozen House and a dozen Senate contests that are on the ballot this fall, and set a point spread for each. Your challenge is to correctly pick against the spread.

For example, in the Florida Senate race, we rate incumbent Bill Nelson a 2-point favorite over Rick Scott. So if you choose Nelson, he just has to win by a margin of more than 2 points; if you choose Scott, he must win or lose by fewer than 2 points. If we rate the race a “pick ’em,” you just need to choose the winner. If a race finishes even to the point spread, no points will be awarded to entries.

Joe Manchin a Yes on Kavanaugh Nomination and Might Be Only Democrat
West Virginia Democrat supported Gorsuch, faces tough re-election race

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and might end up the only Democrat to do so.

“I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing. And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life,” Manchin said in a statement.

Susan Collins Will Vote ‘Yes’ on Kavanaugh Nomination
Maine Republican had kept her position on the Supreme Court nomination under wraps

Sen. Susan Collins will vote “yes” on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, one of the last remaining hurdles to the high court for President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Earlier on Friday, the Maine Republican voted to cut off debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, helping her leadership clear a key hurdle and setting up a final confirmation vote on Saturday. 

Senators Reach Deal to Delay Kavanaugh Floor Vote That Includes FBI Investigation
GOP leaders had little choice with key swing votes opposed to moving nomination otherwise

Senators have reached an agreement to delay a planned floor vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and allow for an FBI investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against him for up to one week. 

Emerging from a meeting of Republicans in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Majority Leader Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the next order of business will be a motion to proceed to the nomination on Saturday at noon, which could be either a voice vote or roll call vote. 

All Eyes on Senate For Signs of What’s Next On Kavanaugh
Republicans pressing for Friday Judiciary Committee vote

Senate Republicans want to press forward with a vote on Friday on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, after a marathon Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring emotional testimony from the nominee and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.

Soon after the Judiciary Committee wrapped up for the day, key swing voters huddled with GOP leaders to discuss the way forward: Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and one Democrat, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia. 

The Ford Hearing in Photos: Kavanaugh’s Nomination Process Continues as Accuser Testifies
Thursday, Sept. 27, in photos as captured on Capitol Hill

The eyes of the world are on Capitol Hill on Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when both were in high school.

We’ll post the entire day in photos here, with the most recent appearing first:

Evan Jenkins to Resign Seat on Sunday, Head to West Virginia Supreme Court
West Virginia Republican lost Senate bid, accepted state high court nomination

White House: Rosenstein to Meet With Trump on Thursday
News reports had embattled DOJ deputy resigning, about to be fired, or resigning before he was fired

President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet Thursday in Washington to discuss his future, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories. Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.,” Sanders said. That could make Thursday quite a busy one, with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. 

Game On: Grassley and Kavanaugh Accuser Continue to Play Chicken
Deadlines come and go as nomination is delayed

When — or if — Chistine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her is very much up in the air.

But a pattern has emerged. Deadlines come. Deadlines go. In the meantime, the debate over what happened — and the fate of Kavanaugh’s nomination — continues.

D.C. Police Chief Briefs Public on Logan Circle Homicide, Arrest Made This Morning
 

D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham addressed the public on Thursday about the murder of Wendy Martinez, who was chief of staff for FiscalNote, Roll Call's owner. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Newsham, who said that Anthony Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The news conference was held outside the restaurant where Martinez sought help the night of the attack....