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November 29, 2015

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November 9, 2015

About Face! Pols Who Tried to Rewrite Military History


Carson speaks to the media before a Nov. 6 gala for the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Whether Ben Carson fudged a bit on that offer of a “full scholarship” to West Point or it’s a question of “semantics,” as he told reporters on Nov. 6, it wouldn’t be the first time a politician misrepresented their military experience.

The West Point story is a central one to Carson’s narrative. He has said for years he was offered a “full scholarship” to the military academy — but admitted last week he was encouraged to apply, but hadn’t received an official invitation nor did he apply.

He told CBS he wasn’t being deceitful. “I think it’s a matter of semantics,” he said.

Others couldn’t make the same argument when they reinvented military history. Full story

November 6, 2015

With the Senate Up for Grabs, All Eyes Are on the Presidential Race

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book "Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again," at the Trump Tower Atrium on November 3, 2015 in New York City. According to a new poll, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, has pulled ahead of Trump with 29% of Republican primary voters.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Democrats think that Trump at the top of the ticket will make their path to control of the Senate easier. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Among those watching the White House race most closely a year from Election Day are those who stand to gain the most from the top-of-the-ticket contest.

House and Senate candidates from both parties know their fates are closely tied to the fortunes of their parties’ respective presidential nominees and the tenor of the national conversation next November.

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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 4, 2015

Kentucky Democrats Reassess Race Against Rand Paul

If his presidential bid is unsuccessful, Paul is expected to rung for re-election next year. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If his presidential bid is unsuccessful, Paul is expected to run for re-election next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only one Democrat represents Kentucky in the House, and not since 1998 has the state been represented by one in the Senate. Still, the party thought it could run a competitive race for the Senate seat next year.

But after big losses in Tuesday’s elections, hopes for challenging Republicans in next year’s Senate race are suddenly dimmer.  Full story

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

Marco Rubio’s Presidential Campaign Scores First Senate Endorsement

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio has rallied support from younger and newer members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner on Monday became the first member of the Senate to endorse Florida Sen. Marco’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gardner, a 41-year-old Republican elected in 2014, joined a growing group of younger and newer members of Congress who have endorsed Rubio.  Full story

October 29, 2015

The Winners and Losers of the CNBC Debate

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R) (R-FL) speaks while Jeb Bush looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado.  Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Rubio, right, turned the tables on an attack by Bush. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz delivered the strongest performances in Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, a group of GOP strategists told CQ Roll call, and should see a bounce in their poll numbers between now and the next faceoff in two weeks.

“Rubio delivered yet another solid performance in which he demonstrated what a good candidate he is. And how formidable he could be in November,” said Jason Roe, who has managed and advised congressional campaigns, including that of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

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Where Presidential Candidates Rank Among Richest Members of Congress (Video)

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Cruz, seen here announcing his presidential candidacy in March, has the highest minimum net worth of the five senators running for president. But even he doesn’t crack the list of the top 100 wealthiest members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When it comes to personal wealth, the five senators running for president aren’t exactly rolling in cash — by congressional standards, that is.

Ted Cruz, the richest senator running for president, doesn’t even crack the top 100 on the Roll Call Wealth of Congress Index, an annual ranking of members by minimum net worth. The Texas Republican comes in at No. 141, with a minimum net worth of at least $1.8 million. Full story

October 28, 2015

Biden’s Not Running, But Reid’s Still Not Endorsing


Reid said he’ll be watching the World Series on Wednesday instead of the Republican presidential debate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The decision by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., to forgo a White House bid has not changed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s mind about an endorsement.

The Nevada Democrat told CQ Roll Call that it was most important to him that the Silver State have a competitive nominating process in February 2016.

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Favorite Sons Pinching GOP Florida Senate Contributions

Two native sons running for president in Florida are casting a shadow over the state's Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Bush, above, and Rubio’s presidential bids in Florida are casting a shadow over the fundraising race in the state’s Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Two favorite sons of Florida running for president in the crowded GOP primary field are stunting fundraising for the 2016 Senate race in the Sunshine State, sucking up the time and attention span of Florida’s top donors, according to multiple Florida Republican operatives.

The presidential campaigns of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and outgoing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have siphoned off the time and money from top donors that could be going to Republican Senate candidates. The cash squeeze has been so bad that the leading Democrat in the race raised nearly as much in the third quarter as the three top Republican candidates combined.

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October 27, 2015

Candidates All Face Challenges Heading Into Third GOP Debate

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)

Carson has surged past Trump in polls in the early voting state of Iowa. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The horse race that is the 2016 presidential campaign remains a long one. But Republican strategists maintain that several White House hopefuls have serious ground to cover in Wednesday’s third GOP debate lest they get left behind in the dust.

Virtually all the Republican strategists and consultants surveyed by CQ Roll Call had an opinion about what front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson could do to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Few seemed invested in what, if anything, those stuck at the “kids table” — that means you, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and one-time Iowa caucus-winner Rick Santorum — could do to salvage their campaigns.

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October 26, 2015

Carson’s Anti-Gay Stance Stops With Campaign Consultant

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

That Christian conservatives overwhelmingly support White House hopeful Ben Carson shouldn’t surprise anyone — he’s been critical of same-sex marriage and once said equating LGBT rights to civil rights “irritated” him.

And neither, campaign manager Barry Bennett maintains, should Bennett’s ongoing relationship with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist and business partner Mary Cheney.

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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 23, 2015

Lincoln Chafee Ends Presidential Campaign

MANCHESTER, NH - SEPTEMBER 19:  Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee speaks on stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on September 19, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Five Democratic presidential candidates are all expected to address the crowd inside the Verizon Wireless Arena.  (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Chafee speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester in September. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 10:23 a.m. | Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday morning he was ending his long-shot, obscure campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

Chafee made his announcement during a speech at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington.

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October 22, 2015

Jesse Benton Acquitted in Campaign Fraud Case

A former aide to Paul was acquitted on charges that he lied to FBI agents. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A former aide to Paul was acquitted on charges that he lied to FBI agents. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul, was acquitted Thursday on charges tied to a campaign fraud case surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, according to the Des Moines Register.

Benton was caught up in a scandal, in which a former Iowa state senator admitted to taking $73,000 in payments from Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in exchange for switching his endorsement to Paul from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Benton had served as Paul’s campaign chairman in 2012, but maintained his innocence in the ordeal.

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