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Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.15.15

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* In California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has already thrown her support to state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). In addition to an endorsement, Warren has begun raising money for the apparent Democratic frontrunner.
* Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still a few months from announcing her presidential plans, but this week she hired President Obama's former pollster, Joel Benenson, for her team. (Yes, in case you were curious, every time I see Benenson's name, I do a quick double take because it's similar to mine, but we're not related.)
* At its winter meeting yesterday, the Republican National Committee's executive committee approved a resolution censuring David Agema, an RNC member from Michigan, who's drawn fire for his controversial, racially charged antics.
* Those hoping to see right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson run for president "have already donated $12 million to the cause." That's a figure that lends Carson at least some credibility as a candidate.
* Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has not yet officially launched his 2016 bid, but his very wealthy benefactor, Foster Friess, "will host a private gathering in Scottsdale, Ariz., this weekend to rally support behind Santorum's potential 2016 bid."
* Multiple reports this week suggested congressional Republicans are not thrilled with the idea of another Mitt Romney presidential candidacy, but the former governor picked up a couple of endorsements yesterday from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week said he wants the United States to "withhold money" from "crazy countries." He didn't specify which countries have earned the "crazy" label.
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a vice chairman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 cycle, but the far-right Texan, who may launch a presidential campaign, will not play a role with the NRSC in the 2016 cycle.