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  • 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.

  • Sasha and Malia get four more years as First Daughters Nov 11, 2012 6:14 AM
    When her father's second term as president is up, Malia Obama will be 18 years old and entering adulthood. She and her younger sister, Sasha, will have spent their formative years in the White House, a place that their parents have attempted to shape into something resembling a normal home.

  • Nation’s political divide is deepening Nov 11, 2012 7:03 AM
    Contrary to what President Barack Obama famously declared when he came to prominence in 2004, and which he echoed in his victory speech, there really does seem to be a Red America and a Blue America, each seeing a markedly different reality. That's why seven in 10 Democrats say the economy is getting better, while nearly six in 10 Republicans say it's getting worse, according to exit polls.

  • Florida win gives Obama 332 to Romney’s 206 Nov 10, 2012 6:54 PM
    The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

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