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Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate Minority Leader

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him after he retires at the end of 2016. "I think Schumer should be able to succeed me," Reid said in a Friday morning interview at his home in Washington's West End. Reid predicted that Schumer, the No. 3 […]

Harry Reid is retiring. Here’s how the political world reacted.

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) will retire at the end of his current term in office, a decision that will roil the Democratic leadership ranks and throw open a competitive seat that could be pivotal in the battle for the Senate. Here's an early look at how the political world reacted to Reid's […]

Reid: ‘I haven’t been perfect, but I’ve really tried my hardest…’

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he would not be running for reelection in 2016. His full statement:   FROM SENATOR REID: THANK YOU When I was a boy, I dreamed of being an athlete. I listened to those baseball games on the radio, and I envisioned myself as a man out in center […]

Harry Reid will not run for reelection in 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday morning that he would not seek re-election in 2016, citing the lingering injuries from a violent accident on New Year's Day that has left his vision impaired in his right eye. Reid, 75, was already being targeted by Republicans after five terms in the Senate and […]

READ IN: Reid Out Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up here and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every day! -- Fifteen hours and 43 roll call votes later, the Senate's vote-a-rama is finally done. But while the budget serves as nothing more than a policy statement, the votes members took overnight will […]

Ted Cruz raised more than $1 million for his presidential bid in first day, says his campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign had a goal after it officially launched Monday: raise $1 million in a week. Turns out it only took a few hours. The Texas Republican's campaign says it met its fundraising goal at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday -- just a little more than 24 hours after he announced via Twitter that he […]

Scott Walker softens immigration stance at private N.H. dinner

  This story has been updated. Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker told a private gathering of New Hampshire business leaders earlier this month that he supports providing some illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, according a person familiar with the discussion. The position would mark a significant shift from away from the hardline "no […]

What Rand Paul’s defense spending proposal tells us about his 2016 strategy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has devoted much of his political career to pushing for smaller budgets and a scaled-back U.S. military. Not anymore. On Wednesday, Paul proposed increasing defense spending by nearly $190 billion over the next two years. The amendment was first reported by Time Magazine. That seeming about-face comes as he gets ready […]

Aaron Schock says goodbye to Congress with ‘sadness and humility’ and a nod to Abe Lincoln

Days ahead of his planned resignation from Congress, embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) delivered a farewell address on the House floor Thursday afternoon in which he said he was departing with "sadness and humility" and he vowed to "work tirelessly" to make it up to those who he has let down. In his speech, Schock […]

Obamas to host Pope Francis at White House on Sept. 23

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama will host Pope Francis on Sept. 23, when they will discuss topics including the environment, religious freedom and immigration. It was the latest detail announced of Francis’s fall trip – his first to the U.S. – which will include a speech to Congress and the United Nations. […]

Why the Senate’s ‘Vote-a-rama’ is full of political peril for both parties

Senators are bracing for what is shaping up to be a very long day -- and night -- of federal budget votes in a politically-charged marathon session that's been dubbed "Vote-a-rama." The lawmakers will begin voting on dozens of amendments to the Republican budget proposal around noon, and probably won't wrap up until early Friday […]

Huckabee goes back to school as he moves closer to 2016 run

  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who struggled during his 2008 presidential campaign to win over economic and foreign-policy conservatives, is scheduled to study up Thursday on tax policy and international affairs in a series of meetings at Stanford University. Huckabee, 59, who is considering a 2016 bid for the Republican nomination, will attend several […]

Watch Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner read mean tweets about themselves

People say mean things about House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) on Twitter. They've noticed. And in case you missed it, President Obama joined Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month for a presidential edition of the 'mean tweets' segment.

READ IN: Vote-A-Rama Edition

By Reid Wilson -- Imagine deciding to run for office without knowing when, exactly, Election Day would actually happen -- or who gets to vote. For Republicans preparing to make their presidential bids official, that uncertainty is real. -- Though the RNC (and the DNC) have blocked states from attempting the quadrennial leap ahead of […]

Rep. Beyer set to replace Rep. Van Hollen as DCCC finance chair

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is set to become the next national finance chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he told The Washington Post Wednesday. He will succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who is running for the U.S. Senate. Beyer, who in 2014 won a Northern Virginia-based seat long held by Democrat James P. […]

Ted Cruz could go on Obamacare. What about Congress’s other potential 2016 candidates?

Heretofore in presidential politics, how a candidate procures his or her health insurance has not been a particularly momentous issue. But here we are: When it comes to Republicans in a post-Obamacare world, the question is now of considerable moment. You can thank Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who made his national political reputation as a […]

RNC works to drag White House into Clinton Foundation fight

The Republican National Committee is demanding to know what the White House did to enforce a 2008 deal it crafted with the Clinton Foundation before Hillary Rodham Clinton was appointed secretary of state. In a letter to White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who signed the agreement with the foundation on behalf of the Obama administration, […]

How Boehner could get a much-needed win on the budget

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) could be on the verge of racking up a much-needed political victory on the budget after a very rocky start to the new Congress in which unruly conservative members have seriously complicated his efforts to govern. For Boehner, a key series of budget votes Wednesday afternoon is a chance […]

Capitol Hill gets Biden’d

Ahead of a speech to Congress by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday and took some time to go Bidening around his old haunts. Joe Biden & Lindsey Graham spotted each other a little while ago in the Capitol, and Biden shouted "President Graham!" — Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) March 25, […]

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