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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has put behind him a checkered past to return to a rough and tumble brand of politics that made him a polarizing figure in New York's 11th Congressional district where he looks to unseat incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan. (Associated Press)

Michael Grimm in GOP New York congressional battle over Trump loyalty

Former Rep. Michael Grimm is out for political redemption in the boroughs of New York City, where he is running to unseat Rep. Dan Donovan and put behind him a checkered past that includes a prison sentence for tax fraud, as well as a memorable moment on Capitol Hill when he threatened to hurl a reporter over a balcony and break him in half "like a boy." Published June 19, 2018

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, walks with President Donald Trump as they head to a meeting of House Republicans to discuss a GOP immigration bill at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump blesses House Republicans' new compromise immigration bill

President Trump blessed House Republicans' compromise immigration bill "1,000 percent" Tuesday, giving political cover to conservatives looking to back the bill and creating momentum ahead of a showdown vote expected this week. Published June 19, 2018

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Senate has been forced to put the republican's health care bill on hold for as much as two weeks until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can return from surgery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House immigration vote snafu enrages activists

Immigrant-rights groups are vowing to punish House Republicans in the midterm elections after moderates were unable to secure a vote on a generous amnesty for "Dreamers." Published June 14, 2018

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, confers with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The GOP leadership praised the work of the Agriculture Committee in crafting the farm bill which the House begins debate on today. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP reaches deal to vote on immigrant legalization bills

House Republicans have reached a deal to vote on two immigration bills next week, Speaker Paul D. Ryan's office said Tuesday, setting the stage for a high-stakes floor showdown over the fate of millions of illegal immigrants. Published June 12, 2018

"We don't have a deal at this point," said Rep. Mark Walker, North Carolina Republican (right). "We're at the midnight hour," he said as he emerged from negotiations in House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's office. Mr. Walker is one of the conservative leaders on the immigration issue.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., as House Republicans try to bridge their party's internal struggle over immigration at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018. Rep. Walker says a large group of conservatives he leads has discussed providing a pathway to citizenship to "Dreamers" in exchange for funding for the proposed border wall, ending the visa lottery and limiting the relatives immigrants can bring into the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Associated Press)

No major breakthroughs in House plan for immigration

Moderate House Republicans were about to blow their own self-imposed deadline Tuesday for reaching a deal with conservatives on an immigration compromise, with unresolved questions lingering over how much new border security and interior enforcement will be added to a broad amnesty for "Dreamers." Published June 12, 2018

A diverse group gathers on the steps of the Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, with Comunidades Unidas (Communities United), an organization that says that the Trump administration's plans to end the DACA program is bad for Utah's families and economy. Individuals including "Dreamers" spoke out for Congress to come up with alternative legislation. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) **FILE**

Republicans seek united fix to immigration: 'Time is of the essence'

House Republicans emerged from a critical meeting on immigration Thursday to say they are committed to writing a bill that matches President Trump's four pillars of reform -- but didn't make much headway on settling big issues such as whether illegal immigrants will get full citizenship rights. Published June 7, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump touts 'big red wave' in midterms, but analysts aren't so sure

President Trump said Wednesday that talk of a Democratic "blue wave" election is overblown and said results from this week's primaries suggest the country might be looking instead at "a big red wave." Analysts, though, said they weren't sure what numbers Mr. Trump is looking at. Published June 6, 2018

Nikko Johnson reviews the California primary election guide at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The 40-year-old nurse was waiting for her mother to arrive at the polling station so they could vote together. (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill)

California Democrats appear poised to avoid getting locked out of key House races

Democrats seemed to have avoided a nightmare scenario in the California primaries after several of their candidates appeared well-positioned to advance to the general election in key congressional districts that could decide whether Republicans defend their vulnerable majority in the U.S. House. Published June 6, 2018

In this May 20, 2018, photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate against Stacey Evans in Atlanta. In Georgia, black women will likely factor into one of the country's marquee political contests. The Democratic race for governor features two women, and candidate Abrams is running to become the first black woman ever elected governor in America. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Stacey Abrams wins Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nomination

Stacey Abrams easily won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Tuesday in Georgia, delivering a victory for liberals both inside and outside of the state and setting the stage for her to test drive a strategy that she hopes will change the way Democrats run in the Deep South. Published May 22, 2018

Kentucky Democrat McGrath will face Republican Rep. Barr

Democrat Amy McGrath on Tuesday won her party's nomination in the 6th Congressional District in Kentucky -- putting the former Marine fighter pilot and first-time candidate on a crash course with Republican Rep. Andy Barr in the midterm election. Published May 22, 2018