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November 17, 2015

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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Poll Shows GOP Focused on Terrorism, Democrats on the Economy

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16 - Capitol Police officers stand by an armored vehicle is seen on the east front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday, November 16, 2015. Security around Washington is ramped up after last week's shooting in Paris. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police officers stand by an armored vehicle in front of the east front of the Capitol on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The latest American Values Survey paints a picture of a mistrustful, world-weary electorate that’s pretty much had it with political dynasties, monolingual immigrants and political correctness in general.

Aside from the logical divide on who the two parties’ official standard-bearers will be, both sides are far apart on the most critical issues facing the nation, the poll shows.

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November 16, 2015

O’Malley Finds Voice on Foreign Policy After Paris Attacks

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O’Malley is taking Democrats and Republicans to task about their positions following the Paris attacks. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Running a distant third in what polls suggest is a two-person race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Martin O’Malley might have found a foreign policy challenge to his opponents.

During the Nov. 14 Democratic debate, the former Maryland governor clashed with front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton over whether Syria was the United States’ fight. On Monday, he accused a group of mostly Republican governors who were refusing to accept Syrian refugees of throwing “our values to the wind in the face of fear.” Full story

November 5, 2015

Coasting to Victory: D.C. Bar Handicapping Presidential Race

Coasters featuring political figures such as Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, center, are being offered at the Off the Record bar in the Hay Adams Hotel. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Coasters featuring political figures such as former Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, center, are being offered at the Off the Record bar in the Hay Adams Hotel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No matter their standing in the latest polls, every White House hopeful is virtually guaranteed to soak up some attention at D.C.’s historic Off the Record bar.

The fabled watering hole, which is just a hop, skip and a jump (stumble?) from the Oval Office, intends to handicap the upcoming presidential race by keeping tabs on which signature drink coasters — the extra-long faces of many those vying to be commander-in-chief grace the limited-edition series — customers routinely snatch up before rolling home.

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November 2, 2015

Clinton Campaign Picks Hill Vet as Congressional Liaison

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Keefe, pictured here in 2009. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday picked Maura Keefe, a long-time Capitol Hill veteran with more than than 20 years of presidential campaign experience, as her new director of congressional affairs.

Keefe, who most recently served as chief of staff to New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joins the Hillary for America staff tasked with bolstering Clinton’s presence in Washington, D.C. Full story

October 26, 2015

Clinton Scores Endorsements From Delaware Democrats

With Biden out of the race, Carper backed Clinton for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Biden out of the race, Carper backed Clinton for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announcing that he wouldn’t run for president last week, Sen. Tom Carper endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president Monday.

“Nearly 15 years ago, Hillary and I were elected to the United States Senate together, and since then I’ve had the joy and privilege of wishing my friend a happy birthday each year on October 26th,” Carper said in a statement. “When I called her today, I had the opportunity to deliver a unique birthday message — that I am proud to endorse her as the next Democratic nominee for President.”

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October 21, 2015

Fellow Democrats: There’s No Silencing Joe Biden

US President Barack Obama (L) looks on as US Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on October 21, 2015, in Washington, DC. Biden announced that he is not running for president. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden announces that he won’t run for president as his boss listens. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

It is no surprise Vice President Joseph R. Biden is vowing to be “forcefully” vocal in the 2016 presidential campaign even though he won’t be candidate, Democratic lawmakers say.

But one senior Republican doubts Biden will be much of a factor in the race.

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October 20, 2015

Biden Was Against bin Laden Raid Before He Was for It

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: Vice President Joe Biden participates is discussion as part of a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, October 20 2015. The event was part of day long series of talks about policy and the vice presidency hosted by GW and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Despite others’ accounts that Biden opposed the bin Laden raid, the vice president said he advised Obama in private to proceed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. offered an account Tuesday of his advice to President Barack Obama before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from his previous remarks.

Biden’s recollection spilled over to the White House’s daily briefing, and offered a clear example of how his off-the-cuff style could stir up the 2016 race — and undercut his potential candidacy. Full story

Biden Touts Resume, but Doesn’t Tip His Hand


Biden appeared at a forum examining Mondale’s tenure as vice president. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden uttered nary a word about seeking the Democratic nomination for president during a Tuesday morning forum, but he trumpeted several key parts of his resume that could set him apart from the field.

Biden was on stage for about an hour at George Washington University, less than one mile from the Oval Office. A capacity crowd filled a GWU auditorium in anticipation for what one audience member was heard describing as “the big announcement.” Full story

October 14, 2015

Analysts: Clinton Commanding in First Democratic Debate

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Clinton answers a question while Sanders, left, and O’Malley listen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showed that 2008 helped Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2015.

The experience the former first lady, senator and secretary of State gained debating Barack Obama in their race then gave her a command of the stage Tuesday her four opponents couldn’t match. Full story

October 8, 2015

Anti-Establishment Mood Doesn’t Stop ‘Invisible Primary’

Republican presidential hopefuls  Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican front-runners Carson, left, and Trump have zero congressional endorsements between them. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

With 83 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, one might expect presidential candidates and their savvy political teams to keep themselves at a distance.

But even in this year of the outsider — where, from the revolt in the House to the polls in the presidential race, it might appear the strength of the establishment is on the downturn — candidates seeking the highest office in the land are competing for their endorsements in what has been described as the “Invisible Primary.”  Full story

October 6, 2015

Sanders to Talk Trade, Wall Street at Democratic Debate

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Sanders looks to go one-on-one with Clinton next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he is looking to engage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade and financial issues at the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate.

Democrats vying for their party’s nomination will face off for the first time in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 13. Though accusations of a fractured party are usually thrown at Republicans, the debate will likely highlight rifts within the Democratic party, and Sanders appears to be looking to utilize those divisions to garner support from the more progressive wings of the party.

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September 10, 2015

Donald Trump Vs. the 11 Commandments of Presidential Politics

Donald Trump has defied the rules of engagement observed by generations of presidential aspirants, voicing opinions, waging battles and forming alliances that have sunk other candidates.

Here are all the ways he’s defied the rules of political gravity. Full story

August 27, 2015

Former Senate Colleagues Could See Biden as President

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rare is the senator who hasn’t praised Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s character.

But how do the senators who served with him reflect on Biden as a politician, and how do they feel he would perform as a commander in chief?

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July 16, 2015

Campaigning in the Capitol Is Tricky Business (Video)

Sanders addressed reporters Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders addressed reporters Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Let’s say you’re running for president. Your opinion on a major policy issue is sought after by journalists and voters alike. As a senator, you can step in front of one of the Capitol’s many microphones at pretty much any point and command an audience. But now that you’re seeking the presidential nomination, things get a little trickier.

The perceptions, at least. And maybe also with the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

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