Obama Backs Patty Judge in Iowa Senate Race
Democrat challening Charles Grassley, who's blocking Supreme Court nominee

Barack Obama endorsed Patty Judge, who is running against Sen. Charles Grassley, who has opposed Obama's latest nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Wednesday endorsed former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge in her race against Sen. Charles E. Grassley, who has led the GOP effort to block his latest Supreme Court nominee.  

"Patty has never backed down from a challenge," Obama said in a statement. "I have no doubt that she will carry this spirit with her to the United States Senate."  

Ryan Finally Says He Will Vote For Trump
Speaker's decision comes less than a month after saying he was 'not ready'

Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he'll vote for Donald Trump because "I'm confident he will help turn the House GOP's agenda into laws." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is now ready to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, an announcement that comes as the speaker is preparing to roll out his "confident America" agenda.  

"I'll be voting for @realDonaldTrump  this fall," the Wisconsin Republican tweeted from his personal Twitter account. "I'm confident he will help turn the House GOP's agenda into laws."  

TV Bernie Contributes to Feingold
Larry David gave to Wisconson Democrat's Bid for Senate

David has been playing Sanders on SNL since the fall. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Larry David first appeared on the Saturday Night Live stage as Bernie Sanders, he perfectly captured the Vermont senator's cadence and campaign style. But now, TV Bernie is putting his money where his mouth is in a different race.  

The self-proclaimed “self-employed writer” from Santa Monica, Calif., donated $1,000 to the Russ Feingold Campaign for Senate, supporting the Democrat who is trying to reclaim his seat from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in November. The donation was made on March 31.  

Did the White House Just Endorse in the Maryland Senate Primary?
Request to pull a super PAC ad signals a preference for Van Hollen

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., campaigning at Leisure World in Montgomery County last month, faces fellow Democrat Rep. Donna Edwards in the Maryland Senate primary. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Here’s what you can expect these days if you’re a Democrat who tried to advance President Barack Obama’s agenda over the last two terms: Hard-hitting attacks from liberals who are envious of the tea party’s success in defeating compromise in Washington.  

Their latest target is Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, a kitchen-cabinet adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Van Hollen is matched up against fellow Rep. Donna Edwards in a Maryland Senate primary on April 26 that cleaves the state’s Democratic voters along racial, gender and ideological lines.  

Clinton Scores Endorsements From Delaware Democrats

With Biden out of the race, Carper backed Clinton for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announcing that he wouldn't run for president last week, Sen. Tom Carper endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president Monday.  

“Nearly 15 years ago, Hillary and I were elected to the United States Senate together, and since then I’ve had the joy and privilege of wishing my friend a happy birthday each year on October 26th," Carper said in a statement. "When I called her today, I had the opportunity to deliver a unique birthday message — that I am proud to endorse her as the next Democratic nominee for President."  

Anti-Establishment Mood Doesn't Stop 'Invisible Primary'

Republican front-runners Carson, left, and Trump have zero congressional endorsements between them. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

With 83 percent of Americans  saying they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, one might expect presidential candidates and their savvy political teams to keep themselves at a distance.  

But even in this year of the outsider — where, from the revolt in the House to the polls in the presidential race, it might appear the strength of the establishment is on the downturn — candidates seeking the highest office in the land are competing for their endorsements in what has been described as the “Invisible Primary .”  On Friday, Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Vermont independent giving establishment favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton her biggest challenge for the Democratic nomination, is expected to receive  an endorsement from Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva during a campaign rally in Tuscon.  

DCCC Isn't 'Rushing' to Make Endorsements

Ben Ray Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Exactly two years ago, a crop of Democratic House recruits were in Washington, D.C., being fêted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

The seven recruits were in the initial crop of the newly launched Jumpstart program, which sought to squash potential primary battles  in top-target races by supporting seemingly strong recruits early.