- Hillary Clinton to Hold Fund-Raiser Hosted by Spitzer’s Ex-Wife
(First Draft - May 23 2015 - 7:52 PM:)<>Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold a string of fund-raisers on June 1, including one hosted by the ex-wife of Eliot Spitzer, the scandal-plagued former governor of New York.> <>
- First Draft Focus: The Week in Political Pictures
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 9:39 PM:)<>Photographs from Washington and elsewhere.> <>
- Even With Kentucky G.O.P. Race Unsettled, a Candidate Is Confident
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 9:12 PM:)<>With the outcome of the Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary unclear, the state party is holding off announcing the keynote speaker for this month’s Lincoln Day Dinner, a slot reserved for the nominee.> <>
- Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Cite Experience in Courting Southern G.O.P.
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 8:35 PM:)<>Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida both spoke to about a thousand activists gathered in Oklahoma City from around the South.> <>
- Josh Duggar Receives Support From Mike Huckabee
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 7:22 PM:)<>Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the Republican from Arkansas who is running for president, has come to the defense of the former director of the conservative Family Research Council's lobbying group who resigned this week amid allegations that he had molested children.> <>
- Hillary Clinton Takes Questions Again and Addresses Emails
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 6:53 PM:)<>Hillary Rodham Clinton took questions for reporters Friday for the second time in a week.> <>
- State Department Releases Hillary Clinton Emails
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 5:16 PM:)<>The State Department said it was releasing 296 emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton sent and received when she was secretary of state, many related to the 2012 attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya.> <>
- Finding a Candidate You’d Like to Have a Beer With
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 4:06 PM:)<>Bars and breweries are favorite locales for candidates looking to meet “everyday” Americans.> <>
- I.R.S. Seeks to Define Political Activity for Nonprofits
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 3:21 PM:)<>I.R.S. officials, still reeling from revelations that conservative tax-exempt groups were subjected to overzealous investigation during the 2012 election cycle, are wary of appearing to try to shape the course of the coming campaign.> <>
- Republicans Sharpen Contrasts With One Another
(First Draft - May 22 2015 - 2:26 PM:)<>At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the presidential hopefuls who addressed party activists indicated the nascent Republican nominating contest is shifting a to a new, harder-edged phase.> <>
FIVE THIRTY EIGHT
- Special Election Timing in New Jersey Points to a Weak G.O.P. Field
(FiveThirtyEight - June 04 2013 - 8:11 PM:)<>Gov. Chris Christie's decision to schedule a special election for Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's seat on Oct. 16 suggests that he evaluated the potential Republican challengers and did not like what he saw.> <>
- How Christie Can Maximize the G.O.P.’s Chances in New Jersey
(FiveThirtyEight - June 04 2013 - 12:55 AM:)<>Any Republican that Gov. Chris Christie appointed to replace Senator Frank R. Lautenberg would probably be an underdog in an election. But if Mr. Christie wants to maximize his party's chances of holding the seat, his path is fairly straightforward.> <>
- Lautenberg’s Death Continues Sharp Decrease in Military Veterans in Senate
(FiveThirtyEight - June 03 2013 - 6:14 PM:)<>In the late 1970s, 81 of 100 senators had served in the military. Today, just 16 have.> <>
- A Predictable Decline in Hillary Clinton’s Popularity
(FiveThirtyEight - May 31 2013 - 7:58 PM:)<>The drop in Mrs. Clinton's favorability ratings was likely just a matter of time -- and if the Benghazi hearings had not triggered it, something else would have.> <>
- Why Can’t Canada Win the Stanley Cup?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 31 2013 - 4:46 PM:)<>No Canadian team has won the N.H.L. championship since 1993. How unlikely is this 20-year drought? And is there anything in the league's economics that might explain it?> <>
- Bachmann’s Retirement Reduces Electoral Risk for G.O.P.
(FiveThirtyEight - May 29 2013 - 11:48 PM:)<>Some Democrats are giddy that the Tea Party provocateur Michele Bachmann has announced her intention to retire from Congress, but her decision may allow Republicans to avoid a toss-up race in what should be a reasonably safe district.> <>
- Popular Governors, and Prospects for 2016
(FiveThirtyEight - May 28 2013 - 4:11 PM:)<>The Republicans have several widely popular governors in swing states and blue states. But they aren't always the ones most frequently mentioned for 2016.> <>
- Is the Economy Saving Obama’s Approval Ratings?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 21 2013 - 12:04 PM:)<>Political coverage over the last week has focused on a series of stories that reflect negatively on the executive branch, but President Obama's approval ratings have held steady.> <>
- New Audit Allegations Show Flawed Statistical Thinking
(FiveThirtyEight - May 17 2013 - 8:31 PM:)<>Some conservatives are alleging that the I.R.S. targeted not just conservative groups, but also individual conservative taxpayers. But a handful of anecdotal data points are not worth very much in a country of 300 million people.> <>
- Is There Really a Second-Term Curse?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 16 2013 - 4:47 PM:)<>Two-term presidents since World War II tended to be quite popular in their first terms, and significantly less so in their second terms. Is this proof of a second-term curse? In reality, there are some complications.> <>