1. CAMPAIGN 2016:
Dems' bid for House majority — close but no cigar?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a splash when he entered the GOP primary contest last year before unexpectedly surging to the head of a crowded field and claiming the party's nomination. Now as Trump struggles in the White House race — weighed down by poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault — Democrats are hoping the initial splash builds into a wave election that puts them back in control of the House for the first time since they lost the majority in 2010.