The Florida senator has introduced more than 20 amendments to Republican budget that frame big pieces of his foreign (more defense spending, pro-Israel) and domestic policy (school choice, an Obamacare change, middle-class economics) agenda.
Cruz laid it out very clearly on Monday morning: He is running to be the social conservative candidate — the kind a Christian college student body would vote for. The largely enthused crowd had a few pockets of dissent.
First, Mike Huckabee. Then the world.
The Arizona Republican wants to live up to Tom Coburn’s legacy and get back to what started his rise to the Senate in the first place. “They’ll come after him with knives,” Coburn says.
The “Progressive Coalition For American Jobs,” run by former Obama campaign staffers, purports to represent the progressive left on the trade deal that the progressive left hates.
Senior Capitol Hill aides say the Clinton camp has not made a coordinated outreach effort to brief Democrats on how to handle questions or defend Clinton.
The progressive champion weighs running for president. “The situation is fairly dismal.”
Former Rep. Henry Waxman, who railed against Karl Rove’s use of private email, says the office of the presidency is different than other government offices. Some Hill Democrats offer a cautious defense of Clinton.
The five-term Maryland senator announced her intention to not seek re-election Monday at a press conference in Baltimore. She has served in the Senate longer than any woman in history.
The “blame the Senate” mantra continues for the House GOP over the DHS funding battle.
A band of libertarian groups provide a big advantage for Rand (a ready-made base of operatives, volunteers, and donors), but a big drawback, too: They don’t work for him.
The White House didn’t ask for the 2001 law to be ended. And there’s little support among Republicans to do so.
The Obama administration sent Congress their draft AUMF Wednesday morning.
Hawkish Republicans say they won’t place restrictions on the commander-in-chief, but Democrats and dovish Republicans want a strict timeline and limits on ground troops.
Harking back to Howard Dean, Chris Murphy opens space on Hillary Clinton’s left flank. “Progressives have been adrift on foreign policy and it means presidential candidates don’t feel a lot of pressure to move away from the right-wing orthodoxy.”
The California Democrats say there should be “no such thing” as a philosophical exemption. California has had a recent measles outbreak — and, in general, few Democrats in the state are totally clear on whether the exemption should end.
Most still don’t have clear answers. Carson, Cruz, and Rubio are most specific.
In a draft letter to President Obama obtained by BuzzFeed News, Sens. Rob Portman and Dick Durbin write that “sanctions alone are unlikely to deter Putin.”
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers is at the center of the controversy over the pulled vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said.