Emily Cahn

Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.  

A grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, re-indicted Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari on conspiracy charges Thursday, according to The Associated Press . Benton was also issued a summons to appear in court on Dec. 2.  

Obama Focus on Gun Control Could Help Sway Independents in 2016

Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama's pledge to fight for gun control in his last year in office is unlikely to make it No. 1 on voters' minds in 2016.  

But it could help Senate candidates in battleground states target both base and independent voters, who polling shows overwhelmingly favor expanded background checks.  

Could National Security Make 2016 Tougher for Women Candidates?

As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.  

Polling shows voters generally view Republicans stronger on national security issues than Democrats. But some Democratic strategists and pollsters add the issue is especially challenging for women, who do better at the ballot box when the economy and social issues are at the top of voters' minds.  

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its "Young Guns" program, putting them "on the radar" in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.  

“With working families still struggling in this weak economy and our national security under increasing threats, we must elect more Republicans to Congress who will work to strengthen our nation," NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. "I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and build strong campaigns as we head into the election year.”  

Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is ending his presidential bid, after failing to gain traction in the large GOP primary field.

"This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President," Jindal said in a statement.

Republicans Hope Blame for Paris Attacks Sticks to Clinton

Republicans see a tangible consequence of President Barack Obama's foreign policy in the terror attacks in Paris and want to tie their likely opponent for the White House to it.  

While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to distance herself from the Obama administration's policy in  Syria, Republicans are counting on the perception that Clinton shares blame, having served as the face of U.S. foreign policy from 2009 until 2013.  

Fattah Hires Campaign Manager, Vows He's Running Despite Indictment

Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia Democrat indicted on more than two-dozen counts of corruption, hired a campaign manager over the weekend and vowed to run for re-election — denying rumors that the legal battle ahead of him would force him to step aside.  

Fattah will bring on Joe Certaine — a one-time aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell — to manage his campaign. Fattah also told CQ Roll Call on Monday he plans to roll out endorsements later this week, a move to show strength ahead of what's looking like a tough primary battle for his seat.  

Who's on the House Retirement Watch List?

Updated 9:55 a.m. |  If this week was any indication, retirement season started early this year.  

Three members of Congress  announced they would retire in rapid succession on Nov. 12, bringing the number of retirements so far this cycle to 14 — a much faster rate than the nine members who had announced their retirement  by this same point.  

Who's on the House Retirement Watch List?

Updated 9:55 a.m. | If this week was any indication, retirement season started early this year.

Three members of Congress announced they would retire in rapid succession on Nov. 12, bringing the number of retirements so far this cycle to 14 — a much faster rate than the nine members who had announced their retirement by this same point.

Federal Workers Get Political Guidelines for the Digital Age

Federal workers wishing to blast their political views on the 2016 elections on social media are reminded that they are barred from engaging in that behavior at the workplace and during work hours, guidelines released Thursday  by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.  

The guidance goes as far as to require federal employees to leave the premises of their workplace during break times to tweet or Facebook about campaign news, even from their personal cellphones and laptops.  

Democrat Sam Farr to Retire From Congress

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he'll retire from Congress after more than 22 years.

“For years my wife Shary has asked me to come home,” Farr said in a statement. “She's right. It's time. It's time to come home and spend time with her and with my daughter Jessica and my grandkids Ella and Zach.”

Florida District Lines in Limbo as Court Ruling Awaited

The Florida State Supreme Court heard arguments over a new congressional map on Tuesday, but has yet to make a final decision on what the lines for the Sunshine State's 27 House districts will look like.  

The oral arguments were the final step before the state Supreme Court rules in a years-long litigious battle over the district lines. Whatever map the court ultimately chooses will likely be used for the 2016 elections.  

Winners and Losers in Tuesday's GOP Debate

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was relatively free of the rough and tumble personal attacks of the previous ones but did illuminate some of the deep divides among Republicans over immigration, the economy and national security.  

In the end, the debate will do little to shake up the field but it could give change the narrative about one-time front-runner former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from nervous donors concerned about a campaign on the ropes to one of fighting back.  

Winners and Losers in Tuesday's GOP Debate

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was relatively free of the rough and tumble personal attacks of the previous ones but did illuminate some of the deep divides among Republicans over immigration, the economy and national security.

In the end, the debate will do little to shake up the field but it could give change the narrative about one-time front-runner former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush from nervous donors concerned about a campaign on the ropes to one of fighting back.

Democrats' Resurgence in Arkansas Looks Less Likely

With Hillary Rodham Clinton likely to be the Democratic presidential nominee, Democrats hoped that their party could make Arkansas competitive with the state's former first lady on the ballot.  

But with the state's filing deadline  having come and gone on Monday, Democrats failed to recruit candidates in three of the four House districts in the state, deflating Democrats' chances for an Arkansas resurgence in 2016.  

TPP Will Be a Factor in Several 2016 Races

The White House on Thursday released the much anticipated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a trade deal that will likely play out in a number of top House and Senate contests in 2016, whether or not it's passed by Congress.  

Most of those races are located in the Rust Belt — states where past trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement from the 1990s are often blamed for the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs that once made the region prosper.  

TPP Will Be a Factor in Several 2016 Races

The White House on Thursday released the much anticipated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a trade deal that will likely play out in a number of top House and Senate contests in 2016, whether or not it’s passed by Congress.

Most of those races are located in the Rust Belt — states where past trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement from the 1990s are often blamed for the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs that once made the region prosper.

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

Freshmen Republicans who won otherwise Democratic-leaning seats in last year’s GOP wave outnumber Democrats 7 to 3 on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable House members a year out from Election Day.  

Last cycle, seven of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents did not return to Congress: three retired, two lost primaries and two lost general elections.  

The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

The script has most definitely been flipped  on Senate battlegrounds in 2016.  

This cycle, Republicans take nine of the 10 spots on Roll Call's list of the most vulnerable senators. That's a marked turn from 2014 , when there were nine Democrats and one Republican.  

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

Freshmen Republicans who won otherwise Democratic-leaning seats in last year’s GOP wave outnumber Democrats 7 to 3 on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable House members a year out from Election Day.

Last cycle, seven of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents did not return to Congress: three retired, two lost primaries and two lost general elections.