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TIME 2016 Election

What the Walk-Up Music for 2016 Candidates Tells Us

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, MD on Feb. 26, 2015.
Mark Peterson—Redux for TIME Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015.

Like Major League Baseball players getting ready for their turn at bat, presidential candidates have their own walk-up music.

Most of the likely 2016 Republican contenders spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week near Washington, D.C., and while they didn’t choose the songs, the picks gave a hint of what people are thinking about their campaigns.

Here’s a look at the songs introducing the 2016ers.

Hillary Clinton

The Song: “I’m Every Woman,” by Chaka Khan

What it Means: Clinton’s campaign is reportedly going to play up the historic nature of being the first female president in 2016, much more than it did in 2008. So it makes sense that she took the stage at a recent event in San Francisco to Khan’s funk-inflected 1978 hit, which has become part of the feminist pop canon.

Bottom Line: She wants every woman’s vote.

Chris Christie

The Song: “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica

What it Means: After hitting a rough patch, Christie is attempting a comeback by emphasizing his outspoken nature and taking jabs at his opponents. He came on stage at CPAC to heavy metal band Metallica’s intense 1991 hit about children’s nightmares.

The Bottom Line: He wants to be Hillary’s worst nightmare.

Scott Walker

The Song: “Coming Home,” by Avenged Sevenfold

What it Means: After Walker took heat from the Dropkick Murphys for using their song at an earlier event, it was probably a good idea for Walker to come on stage to a more generic riff. It doesn’t hurt that Avenged Sevenfold, while not a Christian band, takes its name from Genesis 4:24.

The Bottom Line: It’s not going to be the Dropkick Murphys again.

Ted Cruz

The Song: “Wave on Wave,” by Pat Green

What it Means: At CPAC this year, Republicans mostly took the stage to either country or heavy metal. Cruz came on to the former, a song from a popular Texas musician that was also used by George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

The Bottom Line: He’s the candidate from Texas.

Marco Rubio

The Song: “Cruise,” by Florida Georgia Line

What it Means: Like Cruz, Rubio came on stage to a local country act. One of the members grew up in Florida (the other in Georgia, hence the name) and the duo, who met at a campus worship group in college, are heavily influenced by Christian music.

The Bottom Line: He wants take his Florida act north.

Rick Perry

The Song: “Back in Black,” by AC/DC

What it Means: Perry’s 2012 campaign suffered because he didn’t get enough sleep. It’s no surprise that he’d take the stage at CPAC to heavy metal’s ultimate comeback anthem, written in honor of former singer Bon Scott, which even has the lyrics “back in black, I hit the sack.”

The Bottom Line: He’s tanned, rested and ready.

Bobby Jindal

The Song: “Country Must Be Country Wide,” by Brantley Gilbert

What it Means: Jindal is pitching himself as the ultimate political strategist for Republicans. At CPAC, he came on stage to a song about how there are country music fans all over the United States, or as the songwriter put it, “there are rednecks everywhere.”

The Bottom Line: He’s ready to serve country, er, his country.

Carly Fiorina

The Song: “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams

What it Means: The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is running at the back of the pack, but she hopes her ability to bring the heat to Clinton will help her break out. At CPAC, she came on stage to a song that went from being buried on the “Despicable Me 2″ soundtrack to being the hit of the summer.

The Bottom Line: She’s planning on being a happy warrior.

Ben Carson

The Song: “Life is a Highway,” cover version by Rascal Flatts

What it Means: Carson made a name for himself among conservatives with fiercely partisan rhetoric, hitting President Obama hard on issues like religion and healthcare. But his speech at CPAC was more subdued, starting with the song he came on stage to, a mainstream country cover that was on the soundtrack to Pixar’s Cars.

The Bottom Line: He’s moving into the center lane.

TIME 2016 Election

RNC Chair Turns ‘3 A.M.’ Attack on Clinton

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, participates on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Md.
Ron Sachs—CNP/AdMedia/Corbis Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, participates on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Md., March 8, 2014.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus turned one of Hillary Clinton’s signature attack lines against her Friday, previewing a GOP theme in advance of the 2016 election.

Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, Priebus criticized Clinton for allowing her foundation to accept money from foreign governments while she was service as Secretary of State.

“Taking money from countries like Algeria and Oman while she was Secretary of State,” Priebus said. “Which makes you wonder: How will those donations affect her answer to that 3 a.m. phone call?”

“I can hear it now: ‘Don’t worry, sultan, just send 10 million to the Foundation, and it’ll all work out,'” he added.

The 3 a.m. attack is a reference to one of Clinton’s most biting hits on then-Senator Barack Obama, questioning the first-termer’s ability to handle complicated foreign policy questions.

Tying Clinton to the Obama administration’s foreign policy record is a central component of the GOP’s strategy to take her on. Priebus’ attack is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

TIME 2016 Election

What Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Can Learn From Etsy

Hillary Clinton Buttons
Via Delia Hillary Clinton buttons with writing: "Good Things Come to Those Who Wait, Hillary 2016."

Hillary Clinton’s unofficial campaign slogan is already here, and it’s on needlepoint.

For $25, you can buy a full-color needlepoint of the phrase “Bitches Get Stuff Done” on Etsy, a website where crafters sell their wares. Or, if you prefer, you can buy a more subdued blue-and-white needlepoint with the same phrase.

Or you can get it on a hand-painted wine glass, handmade coffee mug, letterpress print, notecard, hand-drawn pin or even a large block of wood.

The phrase is just one of many associated with Clinton among the handmade feminist and political paraphernalia for sale on Etsy. There’s also: “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” And: “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” And: “Hillary 2016: Good things come to those who wait.” And even: “Sì Sì Hillary.”

None are as popular, though, as “Bitches Get Stuff Done,” a phrase that has broken free of its origins in a pro-Hillary sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” But while it’s become an all-purpose feminist slogan, many of the Etsy sellers told TIME that they were well aware of its links to Clinton, whose likely candidacy in 2016 they support with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

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Lia LaneA Hillary Clinton pin for sale on Etsy, made by Lia Lane.

You may not remember where the phrase originated, so here’s a refresher. It was February of 2008, Clinton was battling with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. “Saturday Night Live,” which had been off the air due to a writer’s strike, returned to the air with a vengeance.

In an episode packed with political sketches, former SNL writer Tina Fey stole the show with a riff about why feminists should support Clinton’s candidacy: “Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch. Let me say something about that: Yeah, she is. … You know what? Bitches get stuff done. That’s why Catholic schools use nuns as teachers and not priests.”

San Diego resident Renee Rominger was watching that night and she was struck by the phrase.

“It always stuck with me,” she said in an email to TIME. “I’ve always loved and admired Amy (Poehler) and Tina as strong and intelligent women so to see them put it out straight like that was great. Especially because they used the term ‘bitch’ since it’s used to put down strong women.”

Rominger, who runs a shop on Etsy called MoonriseWhims that’s heavy on Lisa Simpson, Liz Lemon and girl power slogans like “Ovaries Before Brovaries,” soon added the phrase to her stable of feminist slogans. Though it’s not as popular as, say, her “Cats Against Cat Calls” patch, she expects to sell more as 2016 approaches and excitement builds for Clinton’s as-yet-unannounced campaign.

She and other Etsy sellers of Clinton-related paraphernalia generally say they aren’t unreserved fans, but they all said they admired her tenacity and were excited by the prospect of a female presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton Card Etsy
Kristen MyersA Hillary Clinton greeting card for sale on Etsy, made by Kristen Myers.

Kristen Myers, a fine arts student in New York, sells a matte finish greeting card with her own phrase: “I love you almost as much as I love Hillary Clinton” for $4 on her Etsy shop, alongside cards with sayings such as “That took ovaries!!!!!” “Congrats on your student loan debt” and “You’re really good at making pancakes.” She said the Clinton card is the best-selling of a rather small shop, having sold 54 notecards and one print.

“I am in many ways a fan of Hillary Clinton, though I wouldn’t say I support her without a degree of skepticism,” she said in an email. “Some of her policies I like, some I don’t like, but I definitely admire her tenacity in the face of all that she has to put up with as such a visible, high-profile woman politician.”

For now, Clinton paraphernalia on Etsy remains a small but noticeable trend. Because of her name recognition, her impending campaign and the website’s demographics (80 percent of shop owners are women and they tend to be college-educated), Clinton is easily outpacing her likely 2016 rivals in unofficial merchandise.

Hillary Clinton Mug Etsy
Justin RothshankHillary Clinton mug for sale on Etsy, made by ceramic artist Justin Rothshank.

But Justin Rothshank, an Indiana resident who sells handmade coffee mugs on his Etsy shop featuring custom ceramic decals of various presidents and a handful of first ladies, senators and Supreme Court justices, says it’s probably too soon to tell how well Hillary Clinton merchandise will do.

“I wouldn’t say that Hillary is a big seller, but … I’ve found that all political figures sell well during election seasons, and not that well the rest of the time,” he said in an email. “Except Abe Lincoln. He’s popular all the time.”

TIME 2014 Election

Democrats Call for Focus on Narrative, White Voters After 2014 Losses

President Obama speaks as Democratic National Committee Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile share a moment during the General Session of the 2015 DNC Winter Meeting, Feb. 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong—Getty Images President Obama speaks as Democratic National Committee Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile share a moment during the General Session of the 2015 DNC Winter Meeting, Feb. 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The party chair calls a new report "tough love"

The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters.

In preliminary findings unveiled Saturday at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a task force studied the party’s defeats in 2010 and 2014—despite its victories in the 2008 and 2012 presidential years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative Project” to help the party develop a message that can survive in midterm election years.

“This morning we’re going to hear some tough love, and frankly we need to hear it,” said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the DNC.

“It is strongly believed that the Democratic Party is loosely understood as a long list of policy statements and not as people with a common set of core values (fairness, equality, opportunity),” the report found. “This lack of cohesive narrative impedes the party’s ability to develop and maintain a lifelong dialogue and partnership with voters.”

The report, developed by party leaders and operatives, encourages Democrats to develop a three-cycle plan to increase representation in state legislatures for the purposes of the 2020 redistricting cycle. Republican gains in states in 2010 led to gerrymandering in their favor in the last decennial redrawing of congressional district lines, and further gains in 2014 made the Democrats’ challenge to reverse the trend all the greater.

“The Task Force recommends that the DNC—along with the Democratic family of organizations, state parties and allied organizations—create and resource a three-cycle plan that targets and wins back legislative chambers in order to prepare for redistricting efforts,” the document states.

The report also calls on the party to continue pushing for right-to-vote legislation, as well as step up efforts nationwide to recruit candidates at local and state levels to build the next generation of party leaders. Additionally, it calls on the party to continue to study why voters drop-off from presidential years to midterm elections, resulting in a more favorable playing field for the GOP, as well as ways to prevent the hemorrhaging of white voters .

“In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must reclaim voters that we’ve lost including white Southern voters,” the report states. The topic was a subject of discussion Thursday during a meeting of state party chairs, led by South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison. On Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who chaired the task force, faulted the party for having “a single-minded electoral strategy” focused on White house and said, “the Democratic Party has lost its way.”

Republicans reacted skeptically.

“The first step toward fixing a problem is admitting that you have one, but it’s clear the DNC isn’t willing to come to terms with why their party lost in historic fashion last November,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short said in a statement. “The reality is their divisive message doesn’t resonate and their liberal policies don’t work. And after years of neglect from President Obama, his chosen heir Hillary Clinton will be inheriting a cash-strapped national party teetering on the edge of complete irrelevancy.”

The task force included DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, former Obama digital director Teddy Goff, lawyer Marc Elias, Beshear, and operative Maria Cardona.

The full report is due to be release in May.

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TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Seeking Office Space in Brooklyn or Queens

Clinton's staff are working with an international real estate firm

Hillary Clinton’s staff are working with global real estate broker CB Richard Ellis to find a headquarters for her likely 2016 presidential campaign, TIME has learned from several sources familiar with the matter.

Her campaign headquarters would likely be located in Brooklyn or Queens, where commercial rents are significantly cheaper than in Manhattan. It’s unclear whether, or how soon Clinton will settle on a headquarters.

The Los-Angeles-based brokerage CBRE has worked with the Clintons in the past. Roshan Shah, a broker and senior vice president at CBRE, helped the William J. Clinton Foundation negotiate the move out of its Harlem offices. CBRE declined to comment.

There aren’t many options for large, contiguous office spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Queens, where a high demand for commercial leases has raised prices in recent years. The current average annual rent price per square foot of office space in Brooklyn is around $40-$45. Prices in a 2013 report indicated averages around $35 per square foot in Brooklyn compared with around $60 in Manhattan.

Clinton’s staff privately toured office space at MetroTech last year, a large office complex in downtown Brooklyn, and have also looked at the One Pierrepont Plaza building in Brooklyn Heights. The Pierrepont building is home to over 120,000 square feet of available office space.

Both spaces are owned by Forest City Ratner, whose chairman Bruce Ratner is a Democrat and an ally of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio served on Clinton’s 1999 campaign for Senator in New York.

In 2011 and 2012, the Obama campaign leased 50,000 square feet of office space in the Prudential Building in Chicago, which is now available for $20 to $27 per square foot but was cheaper four years ago, according to the current property managers.

Clinton has been courted by Westchester notables in an effort to attract the presumptive presidential candidates 2016 campaign to the New York City suburb.

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: February 10

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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

New England Digs Out

A relentless storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of New England was finally expected to retreat on Tuesday but not before bringing Boston-area public transit to its knees and forcing some communities to consider dumping piles of snow into the ocean

Starbucks CEO Has Big Plans

CEO Howard Schultz has big plans for the future of his coffee empire. In a new cover story, he gives a preview of the company’s transformation

Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation

The president’s former political strategist writes in a new book that Obama misled Americans when he claimed to oppose same sex marriage in 2008

Spider-Man Is Now Part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

Marvel Studios has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will allow it to incorporate Spider-Man into films from the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe while continuing to appear in movies produced by Sony

Hillary Clinton Supporters Fight for 2016 Position

The resignation of a high-profile Clinton ally from one of the groups supporting her likely presidential campaign signals a new phase in the jockeying for influence before the former Secretary of State launches a bid for the White House

Jury Seated in American Sniper Murder Trial

A jury was seated on Monday in the trial of a man charged with killing the Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie American Sniper, with the judge estimating no more than two dozen people dismissed from service because of publicity about the case

Where Dietary-Fat Guidelines Went Wrong

A little fat may not be harmful, while too much of it can be unhealthy, and even fatal. But in the latest review of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong

Better Call Saul Debut Most-Watched in Cable History

Sunday night’s launch of Better Call Saul was the highest-rated series debut in cable history. The prequel attracted 6.9 million viewers and a record-setting 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Monday’s second episode should provide a sense of the show’s potential

World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in California

The world’s largest solar-power plant officially opened in the Riverside County desert, in California, on Monday. The 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm will produce enough energy to power 160,000 California homes

Justice Thomas Slams SCOTUS’s ‘Signal’ on Gay Marriage

Justice Clarence Thomas criticized the Supreme Court’s decision not to postpone the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama Monday, in a dissent that suggested his colleagues had already made up their mind on gay marriage ahead of a ruling later this term

The Number of Top Movie Roles for Women Has Fallen

A study examining 23,000 roles found that in the top-grossing domestic films of 2014, women were severely underrepresented as protagonists. The actresses who did land leading roles also were of a younger age than their male counterparts

Hong Kong Court Hands Down Guilty Verdict in Abuse Case

A 44-year-old Hong Kong woman was found guilty on Tuesday of criminally abusing her Indonesian domestic helper, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, whom she beat, refused to pay and starved. The case has drawn global attention to the plight of domestic workers

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Fight for 2016 Position

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Mike Coppola—Getty Images Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at the Hilton Hotel Midtown on Dec. 16, 2014 in New York City.

Presidential campaigns are as much about who's in as who's out

Until now, Hillary Clinton’s proto-presidential campaign was allowed to be all things to all people. Anyone with a bit of cash, an organizational streak, and a lion’s share of enthusiasm could start his own pro-Clinton group—and, in doing so, make a claim to the presumed frontrunner’s coattails.

That began to change this week, after two of the three main pro-Clinton groups publicly split ways.

David Brock—a longtime Clinton ally who has launched an archipelago of pro-Clinton organizations, including Correct the Record, Media Matters for America, and American Bridge 21st Century—announced his resignation Monday from the main Democratic super PAC supporting her, Priorities USA Action, Politico reports.

The split comes just after Clinton hired a handful of high-profile advisers, including top brass from President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Joel Benenson, Jim Margolis, John Podesta and Robby Mook are expected to hold senior positions in the as-yet-undeclared Clinton campaign.

Brock’s sudden resignation, combined with those recent hires, has had the effect of drawing some hard lines—who’s “in” and who’s “out”—down the center of the Clinton Universe, an enormous and amorphous collection of aides, advisers, confidantes and hangers-on that has has, until now, evinced a unified, big-tent, everyone-is-welcome vibe.

In November, leaders from Brock’s empire, Priorities USA and the quirky, grassroots super PAC, Ready for Hillary, all gathered amicably at Ready for Hillary’s financial meeting in New York City. At that event, officials from all three groups, as well as long-time Clinton insiders, gave speeches and met with members of the press, where they spoke of cooperation and partnership.

But below the surface—and in quiet conversations—rivalrous factions have simmered. Several Clinton allies told TIME they doubted the efficacy of Brock’s organizations and worried that the “amateurish” nature of some of the mailings from Correct the Record might end up hurting Clinton down the road. Another dismissed both Brock’s organizations and Ready for Hillary as “opportunists” and “outsiders” positioning themselves for plum positions in a future campaign.

Meanwhile, others in Clintonland doubted whether Priorities USA, which is run by Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, could actually raise as much as $500 million—a vast sum that many say is necessary to compete with Republicans in 2016. (The famously conservative Koch brothers reportedly intend to spend almost $900 million this election cycle alone.)

In his resignation from Priorities USA on Monday, Brock accused officials at Priorities USA of orchestrating a “political hit job” against his organizations, according to Politico, which obtained a copy of his resignation letter. Brock referenced a recent New York Times story that revealed a consultant, who works closely with Brock’s groups, keeps an average of 12.5% of any fundraising money she brings in. “Current and former Priorities officials were behind this specious and malicious attack on the integrity of these critical organizations,” Brock wrote in the letter.

Clintonland veterans say all this squabbling should come as no surprise. During the 2008 Democratic primary between Clinton and Obama, Clinton’s camp was known for its pitched in-fighting and epic personality clashes. Almost all the same people—plus a few of the biggest egos from the Obama world—are now alive and well in the as-yet-undeclared Clinton campaign.

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