(CNN) - Conservative voters in Idaho were expecting a choice between the Republican establishment favorite and a Tea Party challenger.
Instead, they were treated to a master class in absurdity.
Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul has set the stage for an encore.
Fourteen months after the Republican firebrand from Kentucky railed against President Barack Obama administration's unwillingness to rule out using drones on American soil - and the lack of judicial justification for such hypothetical attacks - Paul vowed on Thursday to deliver a repeat performance.
(CNN) - Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Chris Christie, two potential 2016 presidential contenders who aren't known for being the best of friends, are set to sit at the same table at a New York event on Sunday.
The Republican governors are attending the second annual Champions of Jewish Values International awards gala hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s "This World: Values Network."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 15, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
MAD AS HELL… Veterans Secretary responds to sharp criticism on Capitol Hill: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told a Senate committee on Thursday he was "mad as hell" about allegations of deadly waiting times and cover-up at VA hospitals. "Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell," Shinseki said at the first congressional hearing since reports of 40 deaths in Phoenix due to a lack of timely care for American veterans.
… BUT NOT RESIGNING: Despite calls for his ouster, Shinseki told lawmakers that he has no plans to resign. "This is not a job," he said. "I am here to accomplish a mission that I think they critically deserve and need and I can tell you over the past five years we have done a lot to make things better. We are not done yet. I intend to continue this mission until I have satisfied either that goal or I am told by my commander-in-chief that my time has been served."
DO LIKE BEYONCE: House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'… Party officials recognize that Democrats' chances of retaking control of the House are remote at best, but by zeroing-in on unmarried women, who helped propel President Barack Obama to his second term, they believe they can shrink the GOP majority. More than 60% of the candidates included in the House Democrats' "red to blue" program – which funnels resources to top tier races – are women. – Deirdre Walsh
(CNN) - Condoleezza Rice is hopeful that Jeb Bush runs for president in 2016 but said it's unlikely she'd be seen on a ballot with the potential candidate.
In an interview with Ozy Media, the former secretary of state also said more questions need to be answered about the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, though she argued the issue could be approached in a less partisan way.
Washington (CNN) - Saying that "No one should be able to pump unlimited funds into political campaigns, whether they are Democrat, Republican or independent," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday strongly backed a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit campaign spending by outside groups.
Reid announced on the Senate floor that the Judiciary Committee would soon hold a hearing on the amendment, introduced earlier this year by Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado, and that the full "Senate will vote on that legislation."
New York (CNN) – The mother of a New York City firefighter who died in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks says President Barack Obama should speak out in the long-running dispute over the placement of human remains at the 9/11 memorial museum.
Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, toured the museum Thursday morning before speaking at a dedication ceremony. The museum, which opens to the public next week, will house unidentified remains from the terror attacks, which has left some victims' families outraged.
Philadelphia (CNN) - It's a large district in and around Philadelphia. It's not a swing seat; it's a safe Democratic stronghold-not a nailbiter. But in this midterm election, the 13th Congressional District race has attracted some national attention and some rock star fundraisers: Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Why such attention and star power? Because the candidate is Marjorie Margolies: related by marriage to the Clintons and tied to the former President by history.
(CNN) - She's still ahead of the competition, but a new poll in an important presidential battleground state indicates that Hillary Clinton's numbers have slightly deteriorated over the past couple of months.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey of Ohio voters, Clinton remains in the lead over eight potential Republican opponents in hypothetical 2016 presidential election showdowns, but her margins have shrunk.