Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE was eager to give a wink and a nod to her potential 2016 presidential run during her appearance in Iowa on Sunday.

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But she was still reluctant to offer any sort of policy specifics or stick her neck out on controversial issues in a way that sets her up for that possible run.

In a little-noticed moment as she worked the rope line during Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinWisconsin lawmaker gets buzz-cut after vowing not to cut hair until sign language bill passed Democratic debates kick off Iowa summer sprint Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE’s (D-Iowa) annual Steak Fry fundraiser, Clinton dodged questions from a woman who introduced herself as an “Iowa dreamer” about what she thought of President Obama’s decision to delay executive action on deportations.

"Well, I think we have to just keep working, can’t stop ever working,” Clinton said, and added, when pressed, "You know, I think we have to elect more Democrats."

It’s early still, so it makes sense for the candidate to stay out of the fray and avoid becoming overtly political, especially on issues that could affect Democrats in the midterms and President Obama’s efforts down the line.

But Clinton can’t have it both ways: it’s dangerous for a politician to wink and nod at 2016 but turn the other cheek when asked policy questions for much longer and expect to get away with it.

 

SENATE SHOWDOWN

KS-SEN (ROBERTS): Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsJeffress dismisses evangelical opposition to Trump's Syria decision: Not one will 'switch their vote' Overnight Defense: Trump defends Turkey amid fierce criticism | Senators demand briefing on Syria decision | Turkey confirms strikes on Syrian border | White House says it won't cooperate on impeachment inquiry Pat Robertson 'absolutely appalled' by Trump's Syria announcement MORE (R-Kan.) touts efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas in a new ad — despite having voted against a spending bill this year, while in the middle of a primary fight, that funded the project. At the time, Roberts defended his opposition, saying “that vote was necessary to send a signal we can no longer afford unchecked spending as usual.” Meanwhile, independent challenger Greg Orman announced a plan to reform the campaign finance system.

WV-SEN (OPEN): Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump thanks Reid for warning Democrats not to underestimate him Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment MORE (D-Nev.) headlined a fundraiser for Democrat Natalie Tennant last Friday.

KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): Kentucky political observers are questioning whether Alison Lundergan Grimes needs a campaign shake-up after a series of polls have shown her lagging GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE.

And McConnell’s former primary challenger, Matt Bevin, is contemplating a 2015 gubernatorial bid.

GA-SEN (OPEN): Former President George H.W. Bush on Monday endorsed Georgia GOP Senate nominee David Perdue, making official his choice not to back Democrat Michelle Nunn, despite her work with a Bush foundation.

 

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE

MI-11 (BENTIVOLIO): Rep. Kerry BentivolioKerry BentivolioIndiana Republican: Leaders duped me Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote High drama as .1T spending package advances by one vote MORE (R-Mich.) is considering a write-in campaign for Congress after losing his primary last month.

NH-2 (KUSTER): Republican Marilinda Garcia, an outspoken opponent of ObamaCare, wouldn’t answer questions about how she’s purchased healthcare — including whether she gets it through ObamaCare — during an interview.

NY-21 (OPEN): Democrat Aaron Woolf is facing scrutiny over his grocery, Urban Rustic, and restaurant, Lodge, which reports show faced a suit from two former cooks who said Lodge didn’t pay them overtime. The grocery store has also received up to 83 health code violations, according to previous reports.

CO-06 (COFFMAN): A Colorado government watchdog has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Mike Coffman (R) has inappropriately used his franking privileges, which allow lawmakers to send taxpayer funded mailings updating constituents on their work in Congress, for campaign purposes.


MN-08 (PETERSON): On climate change, Rep. Collin Peterson’s (D) Republican opponent, state Sen. Torrey Westrom, said “the science hasn't been that convincing,” and suggested he’d oppose raising the debt limit.

 

AD WATCH

AR-SEN (PRYOR): The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee targets Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonLawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservative politicians, pundits MORE (R) on seniors’ issues, declaring, “we can’t trust Tom Cotton to protect seniors, because the record shows he hasn’t.”

KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) touts his role in negotiations that ended the government shutdown, while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes goes skeet shooting. Meanwhile, an outside group hit McConnell with a trio of radio ads, one of which features a clip of a suicide bomber.

Pro-McConnell outside group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is launching an ad Tuesday that hits Grimes over supporting “a pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants and ties her to President Obama on the issue, calling her a “proud supporter of President Obama’s amnesty plan.”

AK-SEN (BEGICH): Republican Dan Sullivan’s wife, Julie, touts the Senate hopeful's military service and pushes back against Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE’s (D) attacks questioning Sullivan’s residency, which she says are attacks on his military service because he left the state to serve. Begich released a new ad this weekend touting his work for Alaska.


LA-SEN (LANDRIEU): The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hits Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) on Social Security with an ad in which a number of seniors question his record, and one declares “we can’t trust Bill Cassidy.”

CO-SEN (UDALL): Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (D) suggests Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren MORE (R) is behind the times for supporting “harsh anti-abortion laws and a bill to outlaw birth control.”

WV-03 (RAHALL): Rep. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE’s (D) new ad charges Republican Evan Jenkins would roll back black lung benefits for miners.

NH-02 (KUSTER): Rep. Annie Kuster (D) ties Republican Marilinda Garcia to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “architect of the government shutdown,” declaring she supports “a Tea Party agenda that’s just too extreme.”

AZ-02 (BARBER): House Majority PAC’s new ad targets Republican Martha McSally on seniors issues, charging she would privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age.

CO-06 (COFFMAN): A new television ad from Counter PAC, a “non-partisan SuperPAC backed by tech entrepreneurs” pushing for full disclosure of donors, charges Rep. Mike Coffman (R) is “enjoying ads funded by secret donors.”

PA-08 (FITZPATRICK): Democrat Kevin Strouse touts his military experience and features his young children in his first ad.

NY-11 (GRIMM): Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R) first ad hits Democratic opponent, former Brooklyn councilman Domenic Recchia, as a “tax-raising machine.”

NY-19 (GIBSON): Democrat Sean Eldridge targets GOP Rep. Chris Gibson on women’s issues, charging “he’s consistently voted against a woman's right to choose,” and declaring “I won’t play politics with women’s health.”

NY-01 (BISHOP): Rep. Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm MORE (D) confronts attacks from his Republican challenger, state Sen. Lee Zeldin, focused on the FBI probe of his campaign finances, and targets Zeldin on environmental issues.

NM-02 (PEARCE): Former Eddy County Commissioner Rocky Lara (D) takes aim at congressional perks in her first ad against Rep. Steve Pearce (R)

 

POLL POSITION

NH-SEN (SHAHEEN): A CNN/ORC poll shows Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenGraham, Van Hollen introduce Turkey sanctions bill Senators fear Syria damage 'irreversible' after Esper, Milley briefing US envoy insists Syria pullout doesn't affect Iran strategy MORE (D) tied with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), both taking 48 percent of likely voters. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a poll that showed Shaheen ahead 51 percent to 44 percent for Brown.

MN-SEN (FRANKEN): A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling for the Star Tribune shows Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D) leading businessman Mike McFadden (R) among likely voters, with 49 percent to McFadden’s 36 percent. Elevent percent of respondents were undecided.

NC-SEN (HAGAN): A new Elon University Poll gives Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganWarning signs flash for Tillis in North Carolina Tillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary MORE (D) a 4-point lead over Republican Thom Tillis, with 45 percent of likely voters to Tillis’s 41 percent support.

FL-26 (GARCIA): An internal poll conducted for Republican Carlos Curbelo’s campaign shows him leading Rep. Joe GarciaJose (Joe) Antonio GarciaOvernight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Biden pays tribute to McCain at emotional memorial service Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent MORE (D) among likely voters, 44 percent to 40 percent, with 16 percent undecided.

 

2016 RUMBLINGS

JINDAL: Louisiana Sen. Bobby Jindal (R) will release a comprehensive energy plan Tuesday.

CHRISTIE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will stump for Scott Brown (R) in the Granite State on Wednesday.

HUCKABEE: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is taking the necessary steps to run for president again in 2016, vowing he wouldn't make the same mistakes he made last time — if he pulls the trigger.

CLINTON, SANDERS: Immigration activists praised Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.) for criticizing president Obama’s  decision to put off executive action delaying more deportations, and slammed Hillary Clinton, who dodged questions from Dreamers on that issue during her Sunday visit to Iowa.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday said it is a "myth" that Iowans disliked Hillary Clinton, and argued she is not too conservative for the state’s Democrats.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I didn't hear a word he said, but I wasn't in a place where I could tell him to go f***k himself."  

—Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.), on her response when a male labor leader commented on her weight