Ted Cruz, Barack Obama and the biggest vote-missers in the Senate

Ted Cruz, Barack Obama and the biggest vote-missers in the Senate

When Ted Cruz missed the confirmation vote for Attorney General Loretta Lynch, his spokesman dismissed criticism by pointing out that Cruz had already "made the case against her." On Thursday, Cruz himself explained it away by saying that an "absence is the equivalent of a no vote." In which case Cruz has had a lot of "no" votes lately; as we pointed out, he's missed 70 percent of the votes this month.

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The entourages of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, compared

The day he announced his candidacy for the president of the United States of America, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was spotted by Roll Call's Steven Dennis "walking around Washington with an entourage of 1," he tweeted.

It's noticeably smaller than the entourage trailing Hillary Clinton and her van in Iowa after she announced her candidacy:

Why Republicans shouldn’t worry too much about their Millennial problem — yet

Why Republicans shouldn’t worry too much about their Millennial problem — yet

It's an accepted fact, in the this-has-held-true-recently-and-therefore-we-accept-it-as-fact variety, that young people vote Democratic. And there's evidence to back up this fact.

There's exit polling from 2008 and 2012, which showed those under the age of 30 backing President Obama by 34 and 23 points, respectively. And then there's polling, like that from Pew Research, showing more than half of Millennials identifying as Democratic or left-leaning independent.

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Ted Cruz’s twisted logic for missing the Loretta Lynch vote makes no sense

Ted Cruz’s twisted logic for missing the Loretta Lynch vote makes no sense

Here's Ted Cruz explaining to the Associated Press why it was no big deal that he was the only senator to miss the final vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general:

Um, no.

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That time Obama got cut off by a 6th-grade interviewer

President Obama spoke to students at a D.C. library Thursday and was promptly cut off by the student moderator, 6th-grader Osman Yaya, when he went long answering a question about how to overcome writer's block.

"I think you've sort of covered everything about that question," Yaya said.

If only some broadcast journalists were so bold.

Let’s not forget how weird it is for Vermont to be so Democratic

Let’s not forget how weird it is for Vermont to be so Democratic

Bernie Sanders, the most recent entrant to the 2016 presidential race, is unusual for a variety of reasons. He's a socialist at a time when the word is still used derogatorily against the sitting president. He comes from one of the smallest, bluest states in the country. Of course the senator from Vermont is as far left on the spectrum as you can get, you might think. But that's just because you're thinking of post-1980 Vermont.

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Here’s why Bernie Sanders should worry Hillary Clinton. (At least a little bit.)

Here’s why Bernie Sanders should worry Hillary Clinton. (At least a little bit.)

Bernie Sanders made it official Thursday on Capitol Hill: He's running for president.

That makes the Vermont senator the only announced challenger to Hillary Clinton, who is the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination. As I wrote yesterday, Sanders isn't going to beat Clinton. But there is a plausible path by which Sanders becomes a nagging worry to Clintonworld.

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Where the political 1 percent of the 1 percent live, in 5 maps

Where the political 1 percent of the 1 percent live, in 5 maps

In 2014, one out of every five dollars that was contributed to political candidates came from a group of about 32,000 donors -- one-one-hundredth of one-one-hundredth of the population of the country. Spending by the "1 percent of the 1 percent" has been tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics and the Sunlight Foundation, which on Thursday published an analysis of the last three cycles of activity among this group.

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Here are Obama’s favorite books. Let’s over-analyze them.

Here are Obama’s favorite books. Let’s over-analyze them.

President Obama spoke to students at Washington library on Thursday about his favorite books growing up.

(He also said when he was 12, he wanted to be either an architect, basketball player or lawyer. Architect? Really!?)

His list was pretty tame. No "Communist Manifesto" or even "Animal Farm" (sorry, people who don't think Obama's frequent jokes about being a socialist aren't actually jokes). But as a politician, how much can we read into Obama's picks?

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Your online guide to Bernie Sanders

Your online guide to Bernie Sanders

Part five in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate.

(Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary Clinton. Part 4: Marco Rubio.)

The basics

Full name: Bernard Sanders

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