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May 4, 2015

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Howell is back at work after suffering cardiac arrest in January. (Photo courtesy Scott Howell)

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

As the prominent GOP ad maker later learned from his family, he went to church that morning, then to lunch with his in-laws before settling back at his house in Dallas to watch “Mission Impossible III” with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Madeleine. Then, his heart stopped. Full story

April 30, 2015

Sanders Lays Out Blueprint for Presidential Bid

Sanders leaves a news conference at the Senate Swamp where he spoke about his agenda for the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders leaves a news conference at the Senate Swamp where he spoke about his agenda for the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Railing against the influence of money in politics, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders laid out a blueprint for a presidential campaign in his first press conference since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Just steps outside the Capitol, with a wisp of white hair atop his head waving in the wind, Sanders delivered brief remarks to the assembled crowd of reporters, cameramen and a few supporters or bystanders. He took a handful of questions before rushing back inside, just more than 10 minutes after he’d arrived. Full story

Sanders Presser May Flout Ethics Rules (Updated)

The Sanders press conference walks a fine line when it comes to Senate ethics rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Sanders Radio/TV Gallery press conference seems to skirt a fine line when it comes to Senate ethics rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:55 a.m. | Running for president is hard. But it’s even harder to do while balancing the ethics rules of your day job on Capitol Hill.

It’s a lesson Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., is learning the day after he told The Associated Press he’s running for president in 2016.

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April 29, 2015

Good News for Democrats Courting Millennial Voters

A majority of millennials want Democrats to hold the White House in 2016, and Clinton leads the field. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A majority of millennials want Democrats to hold the White House in 2016, and Clinton leads the field. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Democrats can turn out millennial voters for the presidential race in 2016, their downballot candidates may just get the boost they’re looking for from the 18- to 29-year-old crowd.

A Harvard Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday found a significant majority of millennial voters most likely to vote — 55 percent — wanted Democrats to hold onto the White House in 2016. Forty percent would prefer a Republican commander in chief. The poll, which was conducted online from March 18 to April 1, surveyed more than 3,000 adults nationwide ages 18 to 29.

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April 27, 2015

‘Mistake’ to Oust Hussein, Paul Says in Brooklyn

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The senator had a chance to showcase the Paul foreign policy platform. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BROOKLYN — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a group of Jewish community leaders here Monday he thinks the United States made an error ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003.

While insisting he is not an isolationist, Paul said, “I think it was a mistake to topple Hussein. Hussein was the bulwark against Iran.” He told the group assembled here at the headquarters of Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools that now, “Iraq is a vassal state for Iran.”

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April 15, 2015

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s candidacy is a boon to Democratic recruiting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Staring down Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats have secured recruits in five top Senate contests. At the House level, where the process gets cranking later in the cycle, the party has landed its preferred candidates in a handful of targeted races. Full story

April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Bid Creates Open-Seat Scrum (Updated)

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Rubio is running for president in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:19 p.m. | Marco Rubio on Monday became the third Republican senator to announce a bid for president and the first of the group to leave behind a competitive seat.

Rubio vacating his seat in Florida in favor of national ambition gives the GOP another potentially strong White House contender. But it presents new challenges for Senate Republicans pushing to hold their newly acquired majority by leaving an expensive open seat in a state at the heart of the presidential election.

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April 7, 2015

Rand Paul 2016 Getting Started in Louisville

Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making it official Tuesday: He will seek the Republican nomination for president.

Paul will announce his candidacy to a crowd at the Galt House in Louisville. He’ll follow his announcement with a tour through the early presidential primary and caucus states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — over the remainder of the congressional recess week.

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April 6, 2015

When Jeb Bush Managed a House Campaign

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Ros-Lehtinen is backing Bush for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the final votes concluded before the House left town for the two week recess, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was running 20 minutes late for a scheduled interview.

Her legislative director’s dog, Maya, an office staple for the past half-dozen years, roamed as staffers munched on a fried chicken lunch served in honor of the current intern crop. Full story

March 31, 2015

GOP Pollster: ‘Transformational’ Nominee Helps Blue State Senators

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Ayres speaks to Reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. (Courtesy Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor)

A prominent Republican pollster sounded warning bells about the shifting demographics of the American electorate at a breakfast with reporters Tuesday morning, saying his party must be more inclusive of minority voters if it wants to win the White House in 2016.

Whit Ayres, founder of the Republican polling firm North Star Opinion Research, said the GOP must win more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, as well as appeal to younger voters, in order to be successful at the presidential level in 2016. To do that, he said the party needs to change its messaging and tone on issues such as immigration and same-sex marriage.

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Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Clinton endorsed Strickland for Senate in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton endorsed Strickland for Senate in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate.

Strickland is the front-runner for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman. One other Democrat is also running — Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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March 26, 2015

Vote-a-Rama Presents Political Peril for Vulnerable Incumbents

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Burr is among the senators up for re-election facing a gauntlet of politically charged votes in the vote-a-rama. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senators aren’t making law as they complete work on the budget resolution, but for those facing the voters in 2016, the affair is riddled with political landmines, often set deliberately by the other party.

Of the 34 senators up for re-election in 2016, 24 are Republicans, several in highly competitive swing states. Just two Democratic incumbents are running in competitive states. Democrats need a net gain of five seats to secure the majority.

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March 22, 2015

Cruz’s Liberty Speech: Why It’s Happening Monday

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The night before Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to deliver a speech launching his 2016 presidential bid, the Texas Republican’s political operation sent a text message to supporters, telling them to pay attention.

Ted Cruz will make an exciting announcement soon,” the message read. “Stay tuned to @tedcruz on Twitter around midnight to be the first to know!”

Ahead of that bit of news, much of the attention about Cruz’s planned Monday morning appearance here at a convocation event on the campus of Liberty University focused on two basic choices by the candidate and his advisers: time and place.

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March 20, 2015

Ted Cruz Plans ‘Important Speech’ in Virginia

Sen. Ted Cruz’s political operation appears to be strongly encouraging attendance by the media at an event in Lynchburg, Va., Monday for what’s being billed as “an important speech.”

Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, were tight-lipped Friday about the details of the visit to the campus of Liberty University, but the timing of the speech would be right for getting somewhat ahead of the curve on announcing a White House run, at least among senators.

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March 17, 2015

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Brian Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Fallon, a former Capitol Hill aide, is expected to be named as a prominent spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fallon, now the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, will be the “lead press secretary” on the quickly growing Clinton team. Full story

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