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  • A look at potential presidential candidate Martin O’Malley Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    A look at Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “By the end of this year, we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of the candidacy for 2016,” O’Malley said in August 2013 in an acknowledgment of presidential ambition that is rare in the field. He’s said little publicly since: “I’m thinking about it.” — CNN, January. Book: No. “I’m very busy doing what I’m doing,” O’Malley said in November 2013. “Where would I ever find the time to do something like that?” Iowa: Yes, in fall 2012 headlined Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, a must-stop for many Democrats seeking to compete in the leadoff caucuses. In Maryland, attended fundraiser for Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley. New Hampshire: Yes, in November 2013, spoke at Democratic Party dinner, where he criticized a political climate with “a lot more excuses and ideology than cooperation or action” and promoted himself as Baltimore’s former mayor and a governor who can get things done. Also spoke at a 2012 convention of New Hampshire Democrats. Appeared at May fundraiser in Washington area for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. South Carolina: Yes, April 2013 speech to Democratic activists. Foreign travel: Yes, considerable. Israel this year for a second time. Also Denmark, Ireland, France, Brazil and El Salvador in 2013. Asia in 2011, Iraq in 2010. Meet the money: Has many bases covered as one of the party’s top fundraisers. Raised more than $1 million for Obama’s re-election campaign and is finance chairman for Democratic Governors Association heading into 2014 midterm elections. Networking: Yes. Campaigned in October 2013 for Democratic candidates in important presidential campaign states such as Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas. Springtime speech to party activists in South Carolina, a key early primary state. Hog the TV: January 2014 Sunday news show appearance on CNN, first in months. In September 2013, sparred with Perry over job creation and health care on CNN. Do something: Has posted some victories as governor that appeal to liberals: toughened gun laws, repealed the death penalty, saw voters approve gay marriage after he got behind legislation to approve it, set up a framework to develop offshore wind power. 2014 priorities include raising state’s minimum wage and expanding prekindergarten. Take a stand: Liberal checklist: increased spending on education, infrastructure, transportation; supports same-sex marriage, immigration overhaul, repealing death penalty, pushes environmental protections. Baggage: It’s not just the federal healthcare.gov site that tied people in knots. Rocky start for state-run health insurance exchange prompted emergency legislation to help Marylanders enroll. Embarrassing contraband- and drug-smuggling scheme at state-run Baltimore City Detention Center that resulted in 44 people being indicted prompted O’Malley to take immediate actions and make a variety of budget and policy proposals to increase security at the detention center and prisons. The governor has a record of raising taxes that could be challenged by less liberal Democrats, never mind Republicans. Higher taxes on sales, corporate income, gasoline, people making more than $100,000 and sewer bills. Shot across the bow from Maryland Republican Party chairwoman Diana Waterman: “Outrageously high taxes, a hostile regulatory environment, and thousands of people who are closing shop or leaving the state for greener pastures. This `progress’ he likes to boast about will be a tough sell to voters in Iowa and tax-wary New Hampshire.” O’Malley’s deflection: A vigorous defense of his record and state’s business climate. U.S. Chamber of Commerce rates Maryland No. 1 for entrepreneurship and innovation. Shadow campaign: Set up political action committee called O’Say Can You See and hired two people for fundraising and communications. Social media: On Twitter, standard governor’s fare but promotes rare appearances by his Celtic rock band, O’Malley’s March, for which he sings and plays guitar, banjo and tin whistle. On Facebook, his PAC-generated page is more active than official governor’s account.

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Rick Perry Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    AUSTIN, Texas — A look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “Second chances are what America has always been about.” ABC’s “This Week,” November 2013. Says he’ll decide in coming year. Book: Not since 2010. Iowa: Yes, returned in November for first time since last campaign, audience of 400 in Des Moines, and met governor and lieutenant governor. New Hampshire: No. South Carolina: Yes, spoke to state GOP in December 2013. Also visited in August to raise money for Haley’s re-election campaign. This is the state where he announced his presidential campaign, in August 2011, and where he ended his campaign, in January 2012, two days before its primary. Foreign travel: Yes, recently back from Israel, latest of several trips there. Photo op with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met Cabinet members, also stopped in London to see British officials and financial leaders. Meet the money: Has proved a highly effective fundraiser as America’s longest-sitting governor, both from grass-roots activists and mainstream Republicans. Has led many job-poaching missions in big states with Democratic governors and met privately during those trips with donors in California and New York. Networking: Spoke at Conservative Political Action Conference in March 2013 as well as its regional meeting in St. Louis in September. Addressed conservative activists at a RedState Gathering in New Orleans in August, mistakenly saying he was in Florida. Spoke at National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs, a Republican network, in San Antonio. Job-rob tour in various states helps make connections. Hog the TV: Might be picking up pace. Only a few Sunday talk show appearances since the election. Debated President Barack Obama’s health care law with Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., on “Crossfire” in September 2013. Do something: “Texas Miracle” job-creation boom has seen state create a third of the net new jobs nationwide over last decade, although Texas has disproportionately high percentage of hourly workers earning minimum wage or less. Helped muscle through new abortion restrictions. Challenged a top Democrat on the abortion issue by asking her, what if her mother had aborted her? Take a stand: A prominent voice on conservative issues since before the birth of the Tea Party. Wants to ban all abortion in Texas, relax environmental regulations, boost states’ rights; opposes gay marriage. Predicts “sticker shock will be felt on every level” from health care law in 2014. Baggage: “Oops!” Memories of his stumbling 2012 campaign, a quick progression from a front-runner to flameout. Deflection: He’s got a more serious, mature look with dark-framed eyeglasses donned in August 2013 and more touches of gray for the man dubbed “Governor Good Hair.” He followed up his “oops” brain freeze in a November 2011 debate, when he forgot the name of a federal department he wanted to close — the Energy Department — by poking fun at himself: “I’m glad I had my boots on tonight because I sure stepped in it out there.” Shadow campaign: Created a political action committee, Americans for Economic Freedom, in fall 2013 to raise his profile again, help him test the waters and broadcast ads promoting Republican leadership around the country. The group, using more than $200,000 left over from the PAC that raised millions for his 2012 campaign, was formed with Jeff Miller, a former chief financial officer for the California Republican Party, as CEO. Board members include Marc Rodriguez, chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a fellow Texan, St. Louis beer baron August Busch III, economist Art Laffer and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose 2012 White House campaign Perry endorsed upon giving up his own presidential bid. The new PAC and private marketing fund Texas One paid for his October trip to Britain and Israel. Social media: Active. One popular tweet was accidental — from his pocket, he said — and consisted of “I.” Followers jumped in to complete his sentence. One offered: “I ... really like Obamacare.” (He doesn’t.) Facebook appears staff-generated. Calls himself a presidential candidate, apparently a leftover from last campaign.

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Chris Christie Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    A look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “I am not going to declare tonight ... that I am or I’m not running for president.” — October 2013 governor’s debate. “I won’t make those decisions until I have to.” Book: Not yet, and it’s a conspicuous gap, but there’s time. Iowa: Yes, in 2012. Also in 2011 and 2012 to help Rep. Steve King raise money. More politically driven travel is clearly in the cards now that he’s chairman of Republican Governors Association for 2014 election year. New Hampshire: Yes, three times in the 2012 campaign, endorsing Mitt Romney in a visit to the state, campaigning for him there in January 2012 and returning in September for Ovide Lamontagne, GOP nominee who lost governor’s race. Schmoozed with New Hampshire delegates at GOP convention. The day after his November 2013 re-election win in New Jersey, the New Hampshire GOP announced the hiring of Christie’s regional director, Matt Mowers, as its executive director. South Carolina: Yes, visited in 2012 to help Romney raise money. Foreign travel: Yes. First official trip overseas was in July 2012, to Israel, then Jordan. Visited Western Wall, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told him Israel and New Jersey are similar in size and population but New Jersey probably has “better neighbors.” Meet the money: Yes, became RGA chairman in November 2013, giving him regular access to GOP’s top national donors. In that capacity, met donors in Idaho and Vermont in December 2013. Went on an aggressive national fundraising tour in early 2013, courting GOP donors in New York City, the Washington area, Boston and Miami. Also raised money in Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and California, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted an event at his Palo Alto home. Attended Romney’s retreat in Utah in June, joining Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in hanging out with major GOP donors. Networking: Yes, but not the usual conservative activist network. Broad outreach now as NGA chairman, a position that offers regular face time with top party officials and donors nationwide. Also was keynote speaker at 2012 Republican National Convention. At Aspen Institute in July 2013, started spat with Paul from afar, criticizing libertarians in the party. Spoke to Conservative Political Action Conference in 2012 but not invited in 2013. Invited to speak to Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom conference, but declined and instead appeared with Bill Clinton in Chicago to talk about disaster relief. Hog the TV: Yes but not the usual sober circuit. Late-night guest with David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon, occasional news-show guest. Brief appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and played himself on an episode of the new sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show” in fall 2013. Did four Sunday news shows in one day after his 2013 re-election. Do something: Won November 2013 re-election, becoming first Republican to earn more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote in a quarter-century. Led state’s response to Superstorm Sandy. Agreed to expand state’s Medicaid program under Obama’s health law, while some other Republican governors have refused to do so. Vetoed a bill that would have sanctioned gay marriage, but declined to appeal a court ruling that legalized it. Signed law increasing pension and health costs for public workers. Take a stand: Bridges partisan divide. Showed in disaster response that pragmatism trumped party labels. In re-election, outperformed Republicans elsewhere among women and minority voters. Moderate stance could be a strength in a presidential election, although a weakness in striving for his party’s nomination, because accommodation is not what core constituencies of either party want to see. But he’s pleased some conservatives by taking on labor unions, voicing opposition to gay marriage and to abortion rights except in case of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman. Baggage: If you have to declare “I am not a bully,” you’ve got a problem. Christie apologized in January 2014 for highway lane closures apparently ordered by his aides as political retribution against a mayor who did not endorse him for re-election. He also fired his deputy chief of staff as part of his effort to address the furor and denied knowledge of the machinations. The episode deepened questions about what Christie, or at least those around him, will do to win. Investigations are underway into the traffic tie-ups and an allegation his administration linked Sandy aid to approval for a real estate project. Otherwise, his praise of Obama during storm response and while Romney was trying to win the 2012 campaign turned some Republicans apoplectic. Began to deflect weight problem by having a band surgically placed around stomach to restrict food intake. Shadow campaign: RGA chairmanship allows him to grow his national profile with voters and party officials with regular travel and key appearances. Began building broad coalition of donors through his national fundraising tour in spring 2013. There were also “draft Christie” movements in Iowa and South Carolina in 2011, where activists continue to support him. Hired senior Romney media mind Russ Schriefer in late spring 2013. Social media: More engaged in Twitter (“It was great to be able to visit with the owners of Rossi’s Rent-A-Rama in Ortley today”) than Facebook, where posts are by staff. No second-guessing himself in this postelection tweet: “if I walk away with 70 percent of my agenda, NJ is 70 percent better off than it would have been otherwise.”

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Andrew Cuomo Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    A look at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: Concerning a presidential poll suggesting New Yorkers prefer Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., to him: “It said Chris Christie has better numbers for president than I do. Yeah, because he’s running for president, and I am not.” — November 2013. Writing a book: Yes. Coming in 2014 from HarperCollins. “Profound moments” of the New York governor’s first term in office plus “a full and frank account” of his private life. Go to Iowa: No. Has stayed close to home, avoids most travel that would feed speculation of campaign ambitions. Go to New Hampshire: No. South Carolina: No. Foreign travel: Yes, but not lately. Visited Israel twice in 2002 when running for Democratic nomination for governor. Meet the money: Yes, attended a December 2011 California fundraiser held for his 2014 governor’s re-election campaign by advocates of same-sex marriage. Cocktails: $1,000 a ticket, dinner; $12,500 a ticket. Facing little opposition in 2014, he’s socked away millions for the campaign. Networking: Sparingly. Rarely leaves New York. Did not appear at Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last year, choosing instead to hold a side event for New York delegates at a Charlotte hotel. Skipped national governors meeting in August. Hog the TV: No, mostly avoids it, prefers radio. After being named sexiest 55-year-old by People magazine in November, called into the CNN show hosted by his brother, Chris, to rub it in. Asked why he doesn’t go on Sunday news shows, he told The New York Times, “Then you would say I’m running for president.” Do something: 2014 budget proposal calls for tax cuts for homeowners and businesses in highly taxed areas. In 2013, pushed through nation’s first gun-control law after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. Led New York’s effort to legalize same-sex marriage in 2011. Minimum wage boost, on-time budgets, teacher standards. Take a national stand: Environmentalists nationally and the energy industry are closely watching his pending decision whether to allow fracking in upstate New York counties near the Pennsylvania line. Baggage: Trumpets “remarkable string of accomplishments” in the state but record-high poll numbers have fallen to lowest yet. State economy grew at slower pace than national rate in 2012. Deflection: “I’m focusing on running this state and doing it the best I can. And that’s all there is to that.” Cuomo’s first marriage to Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, ended in a public and bitter divorce in 2005. Cuomo lives with Food Network star Sandra Lee. Shadow campaign: Overshadowed by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s shadow campaign. Considered a likely contender if Clinton ends up not running. Social media: Few if any personal tweets; Facebook also generated primarily by staff.

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    A look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “There’s a time to make a decision. You shouldn’t make it too early, you shouldn’t make it too late. There’s a time. There’s a window. And this is not the time for me. This is the time to show a little self-restraint.” — November 2013, CNN. Book: Yes. Co-authored “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” which he promoted on all five Sunday morning TV talk shows last March 10. Iowa: Yes, in 2012, economic development meeting in Sioux City. New Hampshire: No record of recent visits. South Carolina: Yes, in April 2012. Spoke to Empower S.C. Education Reform meeting. Foreign travel: Yes, a few times a year. Several visits to Israel, as governor (1999) and since then (private visit 2007). Also went there as Florida commerce secretary in 1980s. Meet the money: Yes, and he’s got longtime connections. Party in summer of 2013 for his immigration book at the home of Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and a leading Republican bundler. Networking: Yes, keynote dinner speech at Conservative Political Action Conference last March in Washington. 2013 Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting. Speeches and meetings on education policy. Told Kemp Foundation in October he considers the U.S. a “center-right country” and conservatives must “get outside our comfort zone” to govern effectively. Hog the TV: Blanketed the Sunday talk shows last March to plug his book on immigration, a few appearances other times. Do something: Staked a position on immigration to the right of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and some others. Strong job approval ratings as governor of Florida, a swing state. Revamped state educational system, cut taxes, managed state through several hurricanes. Take a stand: Active on education overhaul in addition to immigration. On the latter, irked some Republicans by writing in his book that he did not support a path to citizenship for those living in the country illegally. Previously had expressed support for such a path, and later said he was open to the idea if it did not encourage illegal immigration. Baggage: The Bush factor. Jeb is yet another Bush, which is a plus for many people but a huge negative for a big slice of the electorate that either didn’t like Bush 41 and/or 43, or simply objects to the whole idea of a political dynasty. Even Barbara Bush, when asked about son Jeb running, said last April: “We’ve had enough Bushes.” Not much he can do to deflect this, other than show that he’s his own man, and keep 41 and 43 at a distance. Shadow campaign: He’s a Bush — he’s got connections. Sally Bradshaw, his chief of staff when he was governor, is his go-to political person. Social media: Tweets and posts many Wall Street Journal stories, education thoughts and some Bush family doings. Tweeted in November 2013: “Why would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.” Fact checkers pointed out the U.S. Embassy in Rome is relocating, not closing.

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Scott Walker Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    A look at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “Right now, my calling is to be the governor ... I don’t rule anything out.” — ABC, Nov. 17. Has declined to commit to serving a full term if he wins re-election as governor in 2014. “I’m really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want.”— Jan. 5, 2014, CNN. Book: Yes. “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” was out in fall 2013. Iowa: Yes. In May 2013, spoke to 600 at GOP fundraiser outside Des Moines. Talked about his seven years as a young child living in Plainfield, a tiny town in northeast Iowa. “Yeah, I’m going to Iowa, but I get invited to other states that have nothing to do with presidential politics,” to Wisconsin State Journal. New Hampshire: Yes, headlined a GOP state convention in October 2013, keynote at state party convention in September 2012. South Carolina: Yes, attended August fundraiser for Gov. Nikki Haley, who came to Wisconsin to campaign for him in 2012 recall vote. Foreign travel: Yes. China in April, on a trade mission for state. Hasn’t been to Israel. Meet the money: Yes. Headlined 2013 fundraisers in New York and Connecticut. Networking: Campaigned for GOP in Virginia governor’s race. Spoke to Michigan Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island in September 2013. Belle of the ball as host of the National Governors Association summer meeting in Milwaukee. Conservative Political Action Conference, Aspen Institute. Aides said he hoped to campaign for Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., but couldn’t schedule it. Hog the TV: Already on the Sunday news show scoreboard for 2014, with CNN appearance Jan. 5. Half dozen Sunday news show appearances since 2012 election. “Crossfire” debate with Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del., former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Also, Piers Morgan, Lou Dobbs, more. Do something: Curbs on public service unions became a national flashpoint, but he won the effort and the recall election that followed. Opponents have challenged the law in court, and argued against a key provision before the state Supreme Court in November. A decision is pending. Take a stand: Fiscal stewardship, from a GOP point of view. Tough guy against the unions and liberal defenders of the status quo. Says presidential and vice presidential candidates should both be current or former governors because GOP in Congress is the party of no. Baggage: Some things that give him huge appeal with GOP conservatives — taking on unions, most notably — would whip up Democratic critics in general election. Wisconsin near bottom in job creation despite his main campaign pledge in 2010 to create 250,000 private sector jobs in his term. Shadow campaign: Keeps close counsel with in-state group led by Keith Gilkes; also stays in touch with top national GOP governor strategists such as Phil Musser and Nick Ayers. Social media: Posts vigorously on Facebook and on his Twitter accounts. “Wow is it cold out.” Many exclamation points. “Glad USDA is keeping cranberries on school menus. I drink several bottles of cranberry juice each day!” Promotes policy achievements and his TV appearances, reflects on sports, pokes President Barack Obama.

     
  • A look at potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    AUSTIN, Texas — A look at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “My focus is entirely on the U.S. Senate.” — May 2013, Dallas. Standard disclaimer when asked about running. Book: No. Iowa: Yes, three times in three months, spoke to 600 at Reagan Dinner state GOP fundraiser in October 2013. First visit in July, to meet privately with evangelical leaders in the American Renewal Project. Also spoke to Conservative Christians in August. New Hampshire: Yes, state GOP committee fundraiser in August 2013. South Carolina: Yes, “Pastors and Pews” event in November 2013, cultivating relationship with religious conservatives. Also visited in May, speaking to annual state GOP dinner. Foreign travel: Yes, first visit to Israel in December 2012 even before being sworn in as senator. Again in January 2013 as part of Senate Republican delegation that traveled to Afghanistan, too. Meet the money: Yes, Cruz visited major donors in New York City in November 2013 and met with Donald Trump. He is also building donor lists from the more than 1.5 million people who signed the online petition “Don’tFundObamaCare.” GOP strategist Mary Matalin gave Cruz $1,000 in August after he visited her home in New Orleans. Networking: Addressed 2012 Republican National Convention before he was even elected to the Senate; landed coveted slot as keynote speaker at Conservative Political Action Conference in March 2013. He’s engaged in persistent courting of religious and economic conservatives and pitched social conservative principles at Values Voter meeting in October, while also meeting privately beforehand with evangelical leaders, as did Paul. Campaigned for Virginia Tea Party-backed gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli in Richmond in October. Hog the TV: Yes, six Sunday news show invitations since August 2013 alone. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in November. Appears on Fox News almost every week, sometimes multiple times; frequent guest on CNN. Do something: Leading force in the dispute that partly shut the government. As Texas’ longest-serving solicitor general (2003-2008), argued before the U.S. Supreme Court nine times, including opposing the release of a Texan sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing a calculator from Wal-Mart, even though the state’s maximum sentence was two years. Texas claimed victory when the Supreme Court sent the case to a lower court, although that court freed the man. Take a stand: He stood, all right, for the better part of 21 hours in an all-night speech taking on Obama’s health care law and veering into a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Embodies core aspirations of the Tea Party. Baggage: Reputation as a hotheaded upstart, which is also part of his appeal. Polarizing within his party. Also comes with birther baggage: Questions have been raised in some quarters about his constitutional standing to become president because of his birth in Canada, to a Cuban father and American mother. Deflection: Cruz has promised to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Shadow campaign: Has a leadership PAC, Jobs Growth and Economic Freedom. Has been one of the largest beneficiaries of former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, and has gotten millions of dollars and grass-roots logical support from the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Ending Spending PAC. Heritage Action PAC helped sponsor Cruz’s summer trip around Texas and the country urging Americans to push Congress to cut off money for Obama’s health care law. Cruz’s chief of staff is Chip Roy, who ghostwrote Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2010 book about federal overreach. Social media: Active on Facebook and Twitter, poses with a hunting rifle on his campaign accounts and in the usual suit and tie with flag backdrop on his Senate accounts. Much content is pumped out by staff.

     
  • President checklist: Who's promoting and downplaying what Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    This is a year of auditioning, positioning, networking and just plain hard work for people who are considering running for president in 2016. You could see them stirring in 2013 as they plugged holes in resumes, took preliminary steps to build potential campaign organizations and made carefully calibrated moves to get better known by Americans generally and key constituencies in particular.

     
  • High court skeptical of Obama recess appointments Jan 13, 2014 12:28 PM
    The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on President Barack Obama's use of a provision of the Constitution to make temporary appointments to high-level positions over the objection of Senate Republicans.

     
  • Core staffers say no to 2016 Clinton presidential bid May 25, 2013 11:49 AM
    Howard Wolfson, the 2008 communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said he will not return for a 2016 presidential campaign. Neither, for that matter, will Neera Tanden, the campaign’s policy director. Ditto for Mark Penn, the chief strategist, and Patti Solis Doyle, the embattled campaign manager. As core members of a dysfunctional “Team of Rivals,” these top advisers were seared, scattered and, to different degrees, forged by the 2008 experience.

     
  • IRS replaces official who oversaw targeting May 23, 2013 9:50 PM
    A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.

     
  • 2 sent to prison for stealing checks from Obama campaign Jan 31, 2013 9:56 PM
    Two brothers from the South suburbs will serve prison time for stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.

     
  • Suburban leaders reflect on race relations as Obama begins second term Jan 21, 2013 5:11 AM
    As the nation watches President Barack Obama sworn in as the commander-in-chief on Martin Luther King day, suburbanites are reflecting on what it means to have an African-American man as the leader of the United States, and how race relations have, or have not, changed during his time in office. Harper College President Ken Ender said he was encouraged when he recently made a visit to Stuart R. Paddock School in Palatine to read the book “Obama's Letter to His Daughters” to a group of fourth-graders.

     
  • Second time with Obama not as thrilling as before Jan 13, 2013 7:04 AM
    Four years and one re-election after Obama became America's first black president, some of the thrill is gone. Yes, the inauguration of a U.S. president is still a big deal. But the ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the heady, historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall to see Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people.

     
  • 2016 politics on display as Congress ends term Jan 3, 2013 9:30 AM
    While the next presidential primary voting is still three years away, the political implications of the actions and whereabouts of the potential field of 2016 candidates hung over extraordinary year-end Washington drama. The fiscal cliff vote forced those in Congress who are eyeing presidential runs to stake out early positions which signal how they may be aligning themselves — and which could come back to haunt them should they move forward.

     
  • Government releases once-secret Watergate files Nov 30, 2012 4:32 PM
    The files showed Judge John J. Sirica at times discussing the case with special prosecutors and justifying his attempts to learn new facts in the case. The documents stem from the prosecution of five defendants arrested during the June 1972 Watergate break-in and two men, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, who were charged as the burglary team's supervisors.

     
  • Obama adviser says Ryan pick was a surprise Nov 26, 2012 9:44 PM
    A top adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 election was Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate. Speaking to students at the University of Chicago Monday, senior strategist David Axelrod said by choosing Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney played to his base at a time when he needed to be broadening his appeal.

     
  • Women overrule moody male voters Nov 24, 2012 8:17 PM
    For the first time in research dating to 1952, a presidential candidate whom men chose decisively — Republican Mitt Romney — lost. More women voted for the other guy.

     
  • Romney: Obama won with ‘gifts’ to certain voters Nov 14, 2012 7:28 PM
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president's effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. "The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday.

     
  • Obama photo is snapshot of modern, equal marriage Nov 11, 2012 7:14 AM
    President Barack Obama's Twitter posting, which read "Four more years" and featured a picture of him hugging his wife, Michelle, became the most retweeted post on Twitter. Unlike many images of political marriage in which the man lays claim to his wife through a symbolically possessive gesture, the embrace between these two people seems mutual and symbolic of a healthy society.

     
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