Sen. Menendez’s office employed undocumented sex offender as intern, report says

December 12, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* The wife of former Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois says she does not plan to run for his seat. "No. I am not a candidate for Congress," Alderman Sandi Jackson said. "I intend to remain an alderman." Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from the House in November amid a federal probe and health issues. 

* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview set to air Wednesday night that she doesn't think she will make another bid for the White House. "I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” said Clinton, who remains widely popular in public opinion polls. 

* The AP reported that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) employed a registered sex offender who was in the country illegally as an unpaid intern in his office, and that the Department of Homeland Security told federal agents not to arrest the teenager until after Election Day. A DHS spokesman denies that the arrest was delayed until after the election. “The report is categorically false,” DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said. For his part, Menendez said in a Wednesday TV interview that he “didn’t know anything about this young man’s status until right before I came on this program." 

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) hinted at a possible future run at the Senate in his farewell speech on Wednesday. “Victory and defeat is temporary,” Brown said with a smile. “Depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.” If Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) leaves the Senate for Obama's cabinet next year, Brown would likely be the early frontrunner for the GOP nomination in a special election. 

* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) remains widely popular in New York, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. Fully 74 percent of New York voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing. Even among Republicans, Cuomo's approval rating is 68 percent. Meanwhile, New York voters are optimistic about the new power sharing agreement in the state Senate, with 53 percent saying it will be effective and 30 percent calling it a power grab.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* 2012 has been a bad year for Patrick Moran, the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.). He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assaulting his girlfriend earlier this month.  In late-October, he resigned from his father's campaign after undercover video showing him discussing how to commit voter fraud was released.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said it's "ridiculous" to think that he is too heavy to be president. 

* Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been assigned a seat on the Senate Banking Committee. Warren has been an outspoken critic of Wall Street. 

* Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "wants to come back to my district, he’s not going to be met with very much welcome." Amash was one of several GOP congressman who had crossed GOP leaders and were recently stripped of plum committee assignments. 

* In his farewell speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said: "When I started here in the Senate, the blackberry was a fruit, and tweeting was something only birds did." 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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