The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint, is a big-money player targeting incumbent Republican senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.
A new survey finds that just 41 percent of adults ages 18-29 approve of Obama's job performance, his lowest-ever standing among the group. A majority of millennials also disapprove of the Affordable Care Act and the way Obama is handling a host of other key issues.
In terms of enacting laws, the current Congress is on course to be the least productive in modern times. Some House members think the lack of legislative activity is a positive development.
From the White House and the Supreme Court on down, gay rights advocates have won a string of victories this year. Many Americans remain opposed to same-sex marriage, but support for gays and gay marriage has been rising — particularly among young people.
The decision, which reversed a ruling last April by a smaller panel of the court, rejected a TV station's argument invoking the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling of 2010.
The Republican National Commission tweeted Saturday about Parks' "bold stand in ending racism," triggering a snark avalanche. While the gaffe was relatively minor, it plays into the damaging narrative about the Republican Party — that it only pays lip service to the notion of increasing its appeal to minority voters.
It may have been an election off-year, but that didn't stifle the creativity of political ad-makers in 2013. From "Creepy Uncle Sam" to screaming donkeys, there were plenty of eye-catching spots on the airwaves — or YouTube — this year.
It's trial balloon season in presidential politics, a time when long shots and lesser-knowns float their names for 2016. More than a few of them are simply after the free publicity.