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Romney to Skip Iowa Straw Poll — Mitt Romney will not participate in the Iowa Straw Poll in August, his campaign announced Thursday evening, a departure from four years ago when he invested millions of dollars and criticized fellow Republicans who skipped the event that is a traditional test of organizing in the state.

Clinton invites donors to New York — The invitation, which was obtained by CNN from a recipient, illustrates how the campaign is trying to step up the urgency for fundraising. If contributors hope to be part of the inaugural group of so-called "Hillstarters," the invitation says, their first fundraising goal must be met now.

Clinton campaign struggles against family legacy — As she visits Nevada on Tuesday and calls for a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, her advisers are trying to keep old fires from becoming political obstacles with staying power. Questions about donations to the family's foundation, along with Bill Clinton's defiant comments this week, have alarmed Democrats who hoped she could start her campaign on fresh footing.

Obama library to be located in Chicago — President Barack Obama has notified Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois lawmakers who were instrumental in lining up the financing and real estate for the presidential library to be built on the city's South Side. RELATED: House GOP passes budget blueprint The decision, while not surprising, comes as a relief to Chicago officials.

A roadblock for Sanders rises in New Hampshire? — Sen. Bernie Sanders is a political independent, who proudly calls himself a socialist. As he declared his presidential candidacy Thursday, he pledged to run on the Democratic ticket. He could hit an early roadblock in New Hampshire -- not with Hillary Clinton, but William Gardner, who has guarded the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary for four decades as Secretary of State.

Potential roadblock for Bernie Sanders rises in New Hampshire — He could hit an early roadblock in New Hampshire -- not with Hillary Clinton, but William Gardner, who has guarded the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary for four decades as Secretary of State. He said he isn't sure whether Sanders meets the state's requirement to be on the presidential ballot.

Obama's Down on the Farm — ADEL, Iowa - In the wide field of Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama is the only one who represents the nation's heartland. Illinois ranks fifth in overall agricultural output, producing more corn, soybeans and hogs than most states in America. That, of course, does not make Mr. Obama a farming expert.

Clinton turns focus to fundraising — Hillary Clinton will headline the first fundraisers of her new bid for the White House next week in New York and Washington, according to an email invitation obtained by CNN, taking a break from meeting voters to start building a war chest for her campaign.

Hillary Clinton begins fundraising for White House bid - — The fundraisers will be in New York City on April 28 and Washington on April 30, according to an announcement sent to "Hillstarters," the campaign's moniker for people asked to find at least 10 contributors to give $2,700 each. Prospective donors invited to the fundraisers were also invited to a weekly "behind the scenes" call with top campaign advisers.

This one moment changed Hillary Clinton's '08 campaign — She didn't want to ask about policy. She wasn't looking for a scripted answer about experience. She simply wanted to ask Clinton: How do you do it? "I admire her and I wanted to know her as a woman," says Pernold, now 71, recalling the day back in January 2008 that she never expected to happen.
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May 22, 2015

"Let's remember something: The presidential campaign is not the Miss America pagent," @GovChristie tells GOP in Oklahoma City.

May 21, 2015

RT @tackettdc: Jeb Bush in NH "open, available and engaging" in contrast w/ stage-managed events by Hillary Clinton per @nytnickc

May 21, 2015

"There is some specific connection between the suspect and the victim's family. This is not random," Chief Lanier says of DC murders.

May 20, 2015

RT @deirdrewalshcnn: On CNN @SenTomCotton criticizes President's "arbitrary cap" on US troops in Iraq, wanted lifted ... "on the order of a few thousand more"

May 20, 2015

@ngroepper It says I'm a newcomer, so I guess I failed, if only there had been a Nebraska Cornhusker question--a slight to Western Iowa!

May 19, 2015

Clinton doing several photo-op stops today, including a visit to Independence, Iowa, the city where Obama reluctantly first wore flag pin!

May 19, 2015

I asked Clinton about Sydney Blumenthal. "I have many, many old friends… I’m going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are."

May 19, 2015

.@HillaryClinton says State should release emails as soon as possible, but adds it's not her decision. Emails aren't in her possession.

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