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November 20, 2015

Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

Three former staffers to Ron Paul were indicted on conspiracy charges surrounding his 2012 presidential campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three former staffers to Ron Paul were indicted on conspiracy charges surrounding his 2012 presidential campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

A grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, re-indicted Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari on conspiracy charges Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Benton was also issued a summons to appear in court on Dec. 2.

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November 19, 2015

Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on Refugee Bill

Ashford voted against the  Republican bill to add an extra layer of bureaucratic certification to security checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ashford voted against the Republican bill to add an extra layer of bureaucratic certification to security checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nearly every member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program for vulnerable members voted Thursday for a Republican bill that would add bureaucratic security checks for Syrians and Iraqis hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Democratic strategists say the vote was good politics for those 13 Democratic incumbents, who represent competitive districts of varying degrees. The vote gave them an opportunity to appear tough on national security, an issue they often struggle with.

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November 18, 2015

Obama Focus on Gun Control Could Help Sway Independents in 2016

Obama says gun control will be the focus of his final year in office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama says gun control will be the focus of his final year in office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama’s pledge to fight for gun control in his last year in office is unlikely to make it No. 1 on voters’ minds in 2016.

But it could help Senate candidates in battleground states target both base and independent voters, who polling shows overwhelmingly favor expanded background checks.

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Could National Security Make 2016 Tougher for Women Candidates?

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting “is as strong as possible.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.

Polling shows voters generally view Republicans stronger on national security issues than Democrats. But some Democratic strategists and pollsters add the issue is especially challenging for women, who do better at the ballot box when the economy and social issues are at the top of voters’ minds.

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Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.

“With working families still struggling in this weak economy and our national security under increasing threats, we must elect more Republicans to Congress who will work to strengthen our nation,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. “I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and build strong campaigns as we head into the election year.”

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m.
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November 17, 2015

Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thanks the crowd after speaking during the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference which featured speeches by conservative politicians at the Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel, June 19, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jindal dropped out of the presidential race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is ending his presidential bid, after failing to gain traction in the large GOP primary field.

“This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President,” Jindal said in a statement.

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Republicans Hope Blame for Paris Attacks Sticks to Clinton

Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton has tried to put distance between her Syria policies and Obama, but Republicans say that will be a tough task. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans see a tangible consequence of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the terror attacks in Paris and want to tie their likely opponent for the White House to it.

While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to distance herself from the Obama administration’s policy in  Syria, Republicans are counting on the perception that Clinton shares blame, having served as the face of U.S. foreign policy from 2009 until 2013.

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November 16, 2015

Fattah Hires Campaign Manager, Vows He’s Running Despite Indictment

Fattah will stand for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fattah will stand for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia Democrat indicted on more than two-dozen counts of corruption, hired a campaign manager over the weekend and vowed to run for re-election — denying rumors that the legal battle ahead of him would force him to step aside.

Fattah will bring on Joe Certaine — a one-time aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell — to manage his campaign. Fattah also told CQ Roll Call on Monday he plans to roll out endorsements later this week, a move to show strength ahead of what’s looking like a tough primary battle for his seat.

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Who’s on the House Retirement Watch List?

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., was one of three House members to retire in one day. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lummis was one of three House members to announce she’d retire on Nov. 12. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:55 a.m. | If this week was any indication, retirement season started early this year.

Three members of Congress announced they would retire in rapid succession on Nov. 12, bringing the number of retirements so far this cycle to 14 — a much faster rate than the nine members who had announced their retirement by this same point.

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November 13, 2015

Federal Workers Get Political Guidelines for the Digital Age

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08:  A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes video on her Trump-branded phone during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on October 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During the rally, Trump said people were giving him credit for helping force House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to bow out of the race for Speaker of the House.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Federal workers will have to keep their political opinions to themselves while they’re on the clock. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images File Photo)

Federal workers wishing to blast their political views on the 2016 elections on social media are reminded that they are barred from engaging in that behavior at the workplace and during work hours, guidelines released Thursday by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

The guidance goes as far as to require federal employees to leave the premises of their workplace during break times to tweet or Facebook about campaign news, even from their personal cellphones and laptops.

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November 12, 2015

Democrat Sam Farr to Retire From Congress

Farr will announce his retirement Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Farr was first elected in a 1993 special election to succeed Leon Panetta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he’ll retire from Congress after more than 22 years.

“For years my wife Shary has asked me to come home,” Farr said in a statement. “She’s right. It’s time. It’s time to come home and spend time with her and with my daughter Jessica and my grandkids Ella and Zach.”

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November 11, 2015

Florida District Lines in Limbo as Court Ruling Awaited

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Brown, who has served 12 terms in Congress, says she will take her issues with the new map to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Florida State Supreme Court heard arguments over a new congressional map on Tuesday, but has yet to make a final decision on what the lines for the Sunshine State’s 27 House districts will look like.

The oral arguments were the final step before the state Supreme Court rules in a years-long litigious battle over the district lines. Whatever map the court ultimately chooses will likely be used for the 2016 elections.

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Winners and Losers in Tuesday’s GOP Debate

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio (L) and Donald Trump (R) confer during a break in the Republican Presidential Debate hosted by Fox Business and The Wall Street Journal November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. AFP PHOTO / JOSHUA LOTT        (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio, left. and Trump confer during a break in Tuesday’s debate. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images Photo)

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was relatively free of the rough and tumble personal attacks of the previous ones but did illuminate some of the deep divides among Republicans over immigration, the economy and national security.

In the end, the debate will do little to shake up the field but it could give change the narrative about one-time front-runner former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from nervous donors concerned about a campaign on the ropes to one of fighting back.

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November 10, 2015

Democrats’ Resurgence in Arkansas Looks Less Likely

Hayes ran in Arkansas' 2nd District last cycle, but lost. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hayes ran in Arkansas’ 2nd District last cycle, but lost. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Hillary Rodham Clinton likely to be the Democratic presidential nominee, Democrats hoped that their party could make Arkansas competitive with the state’s former first lady on the ballot.

But with the state’s filing deadline having come and gone on Monday, Democrats failed to recruit candidates in three of the four House districts in the state, deflating Democrats’ chances for an Arkansas resurgence in 2016.

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November 6, 2015

TPP Will Be a Factor in Several 2016 Races

Feingold made trade a pillar of his attacks on Johnson in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold made trade a pillar of his attacks on Johnson in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House on Thursday released the much anticipated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a trade deal that will likely play out in a number of top House and Senate contests in 2016, whether or not it’s passed by Congress.

Most of those races are located in the Rust Belt — states where past trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement from the 1990s are often blamed for the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs that once made the region prosper.

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