Live Updates: Digging Through the Clinton Documents

The National Archives will make public on Friday afternoon a trove of secret documents detailing the inner workings of Bill Clinton’s White House, a disclosure of acute interest not just to the history of one presidency but to the prospects of another. Times reporters are combing through the thousands of pages of internal memos and papers, looking for insights into Mr. Clinton’s decisions, as well as the role his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, may have played in shaping them. Key passages and analysis will be posted here.

8 Cities Vie for 2016 Republican Convention

No major Republican contenders have announced that they will seek the presidential nomination in 2016, but eight cities are officially in the running to throw the party for the nominee.

Three of them are in Ohio, a perennial swing state. None of them are on the coasts.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted the list of contenders on Thursday:

Congratulations to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio; Denver; Dallas; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas & and Phoenix for moving on to the next phase.

— Reince Priebus (@Reince) 27 Feb 14

Each city will make its case to the party’s selection committee in Washington on Monday. That task may have been made simpler for the Phoenix delegation, after Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto on Wednesday of a bill that was perceived as allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians on religious grounds. A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Ms. Brewer’s deliberations on the matter had no bearing on the timing of the announcement or convention process.

Las Vegas has waged one of the most aggressive campaigns, with casino titans like Sheldon G. Adelson and Stephen A. Wynn backing the city’s bid.

Republicans spent a muggy, hurricane-threatened week in Tampa, Fla., in 2012, so the bids from Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Dallas suggest that delegates and reporters might be in for a dry-heat convention in 2016. But no matter which city the Republicans choose, the biggest difference from 2012 might be the timing: The Republican National Committee announced last month that the convention would most likely be held as early as June rather than in late summer, which is the tradition.

After site visits, the selection committee is expected to select finalists in the late spring, with a full committee vote in the late summer or fall.

The deadline for bids for the Democrats’ convention is Saturday.

In an Article, a Biden With an Eye on 2016, if Few Steps Taken

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was livid when Jim Messina, President Obama’s former campaign manager, publicly pledged his support for a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign in 2016, a new profile of the vice president says.

The article, in Politico Magazine, describes Mr. Biden as having been “beside himself” after reading that Mr. Messina had placed Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state, ahead of him in the not-yet-started race to succeed Mr. Obama in the White House.

“I think the numbers clearly show that she’s the strongest presidential candidate on the Democratic side,” Mr. Messina, the new leader of the Priorities USA PAC, told The New York Times last month. “And Priorities is going to be there for her if she decides to run.”

When Mr. Messina called Mr. Biden to smooth things out, the vice president did not take his call, the article says. People with knowledge of the vice president’s reaction said that the two men simply did not connect, and have seen each other since, including during Mr. Biden’s swearing-in of Max Baucus, the former senator from Montana, as ambassador to China.

Mr. Messina did not respond to emails requesting comment about the article. Aides in Mr. Biden’s office also declined to comment.

The article is the latest to suggest that Mr. Biden has his eye on a possible run for the presidency, despite having taken few concrete steps toward that goal. Mr. Biden has recently given several interviews on the topic.

On ABC’s “The View” this week, Mr. Biden said that Mrs. Clinton’s decision about a run would not affect his. “Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision,” he told Barbara Walters. “I have absolutely not said no. I’m as likely to run as to not run.” He added that he saw himself as “uniquely positioned” to be president.

In the magazine article, Mr. Biden is said to have responded to a longtime friend with a quote from the poet Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Still, the article says that Ron Klain, Mr. Biden’s former chief of staff and a close adviser, has drafted a memo outlining a possible path to victory for Mr. Biden in 2016.

“Klain, according to several sources, has drafted another one of his famous memos outlining the narrowest of paths for positioning Biden in the 2016 race: either as a progressive alternative to Clinton or as an heir apparent, ready to pounce if she decides not to run,” Glenn Thrush, the article’s author, writes.

Mr. Biden has shown little reluctance to talk about the skills he would bring to the Oval Office.

“I think I’m qualified by the record I have demonstrated over the years, by the experience I have, by the significant knowledge I have of not only foreign policy but individual leaders in foreign countries and domestically as well,” he told the magazine.

And yet the article concludes that Mr. Biden has done little of the work that he needs to do if he wants to make a serious run for the White House again. He has not set up a leadership PAC. He has not seriously begun raising money for candidates in the midterm elections.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said in a press conference on Thursday that Mr. Obama has not been thinking about his potential successors, either.

“He has in the vice president an extremely effective partner in all that they do together and in pursuit of an agenda in which they share great faith in,” Mr. Carney said. “It’s 2014, still early. There’s no reason to be focused on anything else.”

Mr. Biden “in all likelihood won’t be the next president, and, yes, he knows that as well as anyone,” Mr. Thrush writes. “But that might not be enough to keep him out of the race.”

Clinton Addresses a Key Constituency at the University of Miami

Hillary Rodham Clinton fielded questions from college students in Miami on Wednesday evening, and in the process positioned herself as sympathetic to a younger generation’s concerns about the country and its political leaders.

In a wide-ranging talk at the University of Miami, Mrs. Clinton talked about tolerance and inclusion. “I hope your generation will be a true participation generation,” she said. “I hope you will find ways that the barriers that too often divide us are torn down once and for all.”

She also weighed in on the legislation in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians. “Thankfully, the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory piece of legislation that had passed,” Mrs. Clinton said to applause.

Sounding at times as if she were still secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton discussed the crisis in Syria and called for the removal of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpiles. “This is an issue I’ve certainly spent a lot of time working on and worrying about both when I was in the government and in the time since,” she said.

The students, many of them Latino, also questioned Mrs. Clinton about the violence in Venezuela. “We tried to engage President Chávez,” Mrs. Clinton said of former President Hugo Chávez and referring to her tenure at the State Department. But she said the United States had made no headway in its relationship with Venezuela, despite what she said were the Obama administration’s best efforts with Mr. Chávez — who died a year ago — and his successor, President Nicolas Máduro.

On the domestic front, Mrs. Clinton defended the Affordable Care Act, warning that young people who think they are invincible need health insurance. If all Americans are covered, she added, insurance costs would come down.

Mrs. Clinton used the talk to praise the Millennial Generation — generally defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The voters of that generation would be crucial to Mrs. Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.

“If you look at what’s happening in our country today, it’s clear that the so-called Millennials are really representative of a generous and active generation,” she said.

At the end of the event, the university’s president, Donna Shalala, a longtime Clinton friend who was secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration, coyly tried to discern Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 plans. She asked if the former first lady would reveal the meaning of “TBD” in her personal Twitter description. Mrs. Clinton replied: “I’d really like to, but I have no characters left.”

Clinton Addresses a Key Constituency at the University of Miami

Hillary Rodham Clinton fielded questions from college students in Miami on Wednesday evening, and in the process positioned herself as sympathetic to a younger generation’s concerns about the country and its political leaders.

In a wide-ranging talk at the University of Miami, Mrs. Clinton talked about tolerance and inclusion. “I hope your generation will be a true participation generation,” she said. “I hope you will find ways that the barriers that too often divide us are torn down once and for all.”

She also weighed in on the legislation in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians. “Thankfully, the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory piece of legislation that had passed,” Mrs. Clinton said to applause.

Sounding at times as if she were still secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton discussed the crisis in Syria and called for the removal of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpiles. “This is an issue I’ve certainly spent a lot of time working on and worrying about both when I was in the government and in the time since,” she said.

The students, many of them Latino, also questioned Mrs. Clinton about the violence in Venezuela. “We tried to engage President Chávez,” Mrs. Clinton said of former President Hugo Chávez and referring to her tenure at the State Department. But she said the United States had made no headway in its relationship with Venezuela, despite what she said were the Obama administration’s best efforts with Mr. Chávez — who died a year ago — and his successor, President Nicolas Máduro.

On the domestic front, Mrs. Clinton defended the Affordable Care Act, warning that young people who think they are invincible need health insurance. If all Americans are covered, she added, insurance costs would come down.

Mrs. Clinton used the talk to praise the Millennial Generation — generally defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The voters of that generation would be crucial to Mrs. Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016.

“If you look at what’s happening in our country today, it’s clear that the so-called Millennials are really representative of a generous and active generation,” she said.

At the end of the event, the university’s president, Donna Shalala, a longtime Clinton friend who was secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration, coyly tried to discern Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 plans. She asked if the former first lady would reveal the meaning of “TBD” in her personal Twitter description. Mrs. Clinton replied: “I’d really like to, but I have no characters left.”

Rogen Tells Congress of Family’s Struggle With Alzheimer’s

Seth Rogen opened his testimony to a Senate panel on Wednesday with a quip.

“First I should answer the question that I assume many of you are asking,” said Mr. Rogen, whose many movies include a starring role in the stoner comedy “Pineapple Express.” “Yes, I’m aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana.”

When the laughter quieted, he got down to business before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, where he testified about the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families and the need to raise awareness and financing for treatment. He described his and his wife’s experiences with his mother-in-law, who developed early onset Alzheimer’s.

“I thought it was something that only really, really old people got, and I thought that the way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over,” he said. “After that, however, is when I saw the real ugly truth of the disease.”

Mr. Rogen’s mother-in-law received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis when she was 55, and five years later she could not feed, dress or go to the bathroom by herself, he said.

He and his wife have been working with the Alzheimer’s Association to help spread awareness about the disease and to raise money for research. The congressional hearing room where Mr. Rogen testified was packed with supporters who wore purple sashes in solidarity with those affected by the disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and growing.

Mr. Rogen was not the only celebrity to hit Capitol Hill on Wednesday. As Mr. Rogen spoke, Ben Affleck was a few floors up, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a nonprofit advocacy group for people in the region.

House Republicans in Texas Donate to Protect One of Their Own

One of the surest signs that an incumbent is concerned about re-election is the amount of money that other lawmakers send his way.

By that standard, Representative Ralph M. Hall, who is in his 34th year of House service, is clearly worried. At least seven of Mr. Hall’s fellow Texas Republicans have contributed money to him from their own campaigns since the beginning of 2014, although Mr. Hall’s most recent Federal Election Commission filing incorrectly labeled them as individual contributions. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, Mr. Hall raised $117,688 — more than four times what he raised during the same period in 2010.

Although Mr. Hall has increased his fund-raising effort, it’s the $13,000 in contributions from seven of his colleagues that is more telling. The amount isn’t much, but the fact that Mr. Hall is getting money directly from his colleagues is somewhat unusual. Lawmakers typically make donations to other candidates from their leadership committees, reserving the bulk of money in their campaign accounts for their own re-election efforts. Two of the House donors who gave money in January to Mr. Hall, William M. Thornberry and Kay Granger, last gave their colleague a campaign check in 2004, after Mr. Hall, elected as a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party. Representative Sam Johnson, another Texas Republican, also gave money to Mr. Hall in 2004, but did so again in 2012.

Mr. Hall didn’t make the House Republicans’ list of most endangered incumbents, because he’s at little risk of losing his 4th District seat to a Democratic candidate in November’s election (in his last race, he secured 73 percent of the vote). Instead, his concerns stem from the March 4 Republican primary, where a former United States attorney, John Ratcliffe, is running to his right. Mr. Ratcliffe has loaned his campaign $400,000 and spent $300,000 during the first six weeks of the year, including more than $80,000 on television and radio advertisements. Mr. Hall has responded with ads of his own on TV, billboards and other media.

Should Mr. Hall lose his bid for re-election, Republicans would be no worse off in their attempts to maintain a majority. But his replacement could provide another vote for the collection of conservative House Republicans who have caused a headache for Speaker John A. Boehner as he tries to preside over a splintered majority, perhaps one reason he is getting some financial help from his friends.

Sunday Breakfast Menu, Feb. 23

Sunday's Breakfast MenuStephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Ukrainian Parliament voted Saturday to oust President Viktor F. Yanukovych after weeks of antigovernment protests and violent clashes with the military. Protesters claimed to have established control of the capital city, while Mr. Yanukovych called the events a “coup” in a television interview on Saturday.

President Obama condemned the violence in Ukraine this week. Protesters say more than 70 people have been killed. But Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, criticized Mr. Obama’s approach, calling him “the most naïve president in history” in a radio interview on Thursday.

Mr. McCain will weigh in again on the president’s foreign policy and the situation in Ukraine on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Susan E. Rice, the national security advisor, will give the administration’s position on developments in Ukraine and Mr. Obama’s relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Senators Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire will also discuss the Ukrainian protests.

The National Governors’ Association held its winter meeting this weekend in Washington, and Mr. Obama pushed minimum wage raises in a meeting with Democratic governors on Friday. Several governors will extend the conversation on the Sunday shows. Gov. Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, Democrat of Vermont, will give updates on their states on “Fox News Sunday.”

CNN will host four governors on “State of the Union,” including Gov. Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Democrat of Connecticut, Gov. Rick Perry, Republican of Texas, and Gov. Jay Nixon, Democrat of Missouri. They will cover the health care law, minimum wage, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, Democrat of Maryland, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Republican of Louisiana, will appear on CBS to comment on presidential prospects in 2016 and the health care law.

Former President George W. Bush will sit down with Martha Raddatz to talk about the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, which helps veterans returning from war, on ABC’s “This Week.”

On Telemundo’s “Enfoque,” María Corina Machado, an opposition leader in Venezuela, will appear on the show to share her views on the protests in her country. The show airs at noon Eastern.

Lorraine Miller, interim president of the N.A.A.C.P., will talk about the minimum wage, the healthcare law and criminal justice reform on CSPAN’s “Newsmakers.”

Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, and Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, will give an update on immigration reform on Univision’s “Al Punto.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan, Democrat of New Hampshire, discussed the economy on Bloomberg’s “Political Capital” on Friday. John Sununu, former Republican senator of New Hampshire, and David Plouffe, former White House adviser, debated immigration reform. The show repeats throughout the weekend.

Sunday Breakfast Menu, Feb. 16

Sunday's Breakfast MenuStephen Crowley/The New York Times

A powerful storm dumped record amounts of snow and ice on the East Coast, leaving stranded travelers and downed power lines in its wake. North Carolina’s highways were littered with abandoned cars after snowfall during the day paralyzed the evening rush, a similar scene to Atlanta’s gridlock in late January.

Gov. Pat McCrory, Republican of North Carolina, will appear on ABC’s “This Week” to talk about the extreme weather. Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles will also join the conversation to discuss California’s record-setting drought. Later in the show, the actor Kevin Spacey, who appears on the political drama “House of Cards,” will talk about the second season, which was released on Netflix on Friday.

Mr. McCrory will also appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to give an update on his state. Jim DeMint, a former Republican senator of South Carolina and the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy group, will give his thoughts on the debt-ceiling bill passed on Tuesday.

Extreme weather will dominate the conversation on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when Bill Nye, scientist and educator, and Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee and the vice chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will discuss climate change. Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, will also appear on the show to talk about the cost of the Sochi Olympic Games and the future of his party in 2016.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor, and Karl Rove, former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, will debate presidential candidate prospects in 2016. This week, President Obama announced a delay for enforcement for medium-size companies to provide health insurance to employees until 2016. Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, and Representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat of California, will discuss these changes.

Syria missed another deadline to turn over its chemical weapons earlier this month. Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, will weigh in on Syria and Iran on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Michael Sam, a defensive lineman for the University of Missouri and a National Football League prospect, announced that he is gay this month. Both CBS and ABC will host roundtable discussions about his decision.

Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, and Luis Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, will talk about the state of immigration reform in the House on Telemundo’s “Enfoque.”

On CSPAN’s “Newsmakers,” David Medine, chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, will appear.

Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, talked about comprehensive tax reform and Senator Rand Paul’s lawsuit against the federal government on Bloomberg’s “Political Capital.” The show airs on Friday and repeats throughout the weekend.

On Univision’s “Al Punto,” the show will preview a one-on-one interview with George Zimmerman, acquitted of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, which will air on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Conservative Group Takes Sides in Michigan G.O.P. Primary

The country’s biggest conservative political organization announced Wednesday that it was diving into a bitter Republican primary in Michigan, its first such intervention into the broader battle between GOP-leaning business groups and Tea Party conservatives.

The group, Americans for Prosperity, will spend about $230,000 on advertisements thanking Representative Justin Amash, for fighting against President Obama’s signature health care law, officials there said — a shot across the bow of establishment donors who are rallying behind his challenger, Brian Ellis.

The ads do not attack Mr. Ellis, and officials at Americans for Prosperity said the commercial should not be construed as an endorsement of Mr. Amash. But the decision to get into a hotly contested primary on behalf of one of the most aggressive lawmakers hints at the delicate line the group is trying to walk: to maintain its credibility with other conservatives seeking to reshape the Republican Party without committing itself to an expensive internecine struggle that could endanger its chances of retaking the Senate this year.

“Congressman Amash has been a rock-solid vote for free-market issues in the House, and has been a leader on efforts to stop Obamacare,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity. “A.F.P. is well known for holding members accountable when they vote the wrong way; we think it’s also important to thank those who do the right thing and stand up against big-government laws like Obamacare that are hurting so many American families.”

Americans for Prosperity, co-founded by the billionaire David Koch, has spent about $27 million in recent months, most of it attacking Democratic candidates for the Senate over health care. In the process, the group has become the Republican leadership’s most critical ally in the battle to win control of the Senate. And unlike other conservative groups that have criticized the party establishment, like the Senate Conservatives Fund or the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity has so far steered clear of contentious Republican primaries in states like Kentucky and Texas.

But in backing Mr. Amash, the group is siding with an outspoken lawmaker who has repeatedly clashed with his own leadership in the House of Representatives. Mr. Amash, whose libertarian politics are often compared to those of former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, has pushed to strip financing for the National Security Agency’s data-mining efforts and restrict the use of drones. He has voted against the most austere budget proposals, arguing that they do not go far enough to restrain government, and last year he voted against a spending bill negotiated by Republican leaders that ended the two-week government shutdown.

In November, a number of prominent donors from Michigan’s business community announced that they would be supporting Mr. Ellis, citing Mr. Amash’s tactics on the shutdown among other issues. Mr. Amash has also drawn criticism from Karl Rove, the Republican strategist.

But Mr. Amash also has prominent allies. Chief among them are member of the DeVos family, Michigan’s most influential Republican donors, who have given generously to Mr. Amash’s congressional campaigns as well as to Americans for Prosperity.

Mr. Amash is also being backed by other right-leaning groups. FreedomWorks has endorsed Mr. Amash through its political action committee and pledged to match money spent by business-oriented groups on behalf of Mr. Ellis. Last month, the Club for Growth began running ads attacking Mr. Ellis as a “big-taxing, big-spending, corporate-welfare-loving politician.”