Rand’s Demands. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said that a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll that has him in fifth place in Iowa should qualify him for the main stage at tomorrow’s Republican debate hosted by Fox Business. The network’s criteria relegated the Kentucky senator to the undercard debate, which Paul has declined to participate in. (Rebecca Savransky, The Hill)
Holder Endorses Hillary. Former Attorney General Eric Holder said he’s backing Hillary Clinton and will campaign for her in South Carolina. The endorsement, which comes as polls show Clinton losing ground to Bernie Sanders in Iowa, will likely help Clinton keep her edge among African American voters. (Bill Barrow, Associated Press)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph: Fox Business hosts its Republican presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Hillary Clinton will hold a fundraiser in New York and appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And Bernie Sanders will kick off his tour of historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina.
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“Republican strategists describe the party’s relationship with working-class voters as a long flirtation that has veered between an all-out embrace in the years of Ronald Reagan and a drift away in the George W. Bush era.” The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa on the GOP’s efforts secure the support of white, working-class voters.
Playing Nice. Ted Cruz, who has positioned himself as “Washington’s chief anti-establishment agitator,” has quietly begun “wooing some of the party’s most entrenched donors and officials.” Donors are looking ahead with one question in mind—who can win a general election—and some see the Texas senator as the answer. (Jonathan Martin, The New York Times)
Obama Says Goodbye. When the president delivered his final State of the Union Tuesday night, he “described a different and more profound split than he had before, one that ran deeper than the discord in Washington.” (Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker)
Visualizing LGBTQ Civil-Rights Protections. President Obama is quietly pushing for protections against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ individuals. See the current landscape of the movement in the U.S. here. (German Lopez, Vox)
The Dream Director. Meet Jessica Valoris, a “dream director” at Roosevelt High School, who’s helping students get through school in a role that combines mentorship, life coaching, and artistic training. (Daniel Lambroso, The Atlantic)
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