1. Seal of Approval

    Obama Endorses Cory Booker

    Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker steps from a voting booth after he voted in a primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Low turnout was expected Tuesday as New Jersey voters decide which candidates will run to fill the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. Democrat Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan are expected to easily win their party primaries. Barring an upset, the two will square off in an Oct. 16 special election, with the winner headed to Washington for the remaining 15 months of Lautenberg's term.

    Mel Evans/AP

    More support for the already heavily favored Cory Booker, this time from President Obama, who said the Newark mayor and Senate candidate would be “an important partner in our efforts to reduce gun violence, give every American a fair shot in a global economy, and make our country stronger.” Booker is facing off against Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election next month for the seat vacated by the late Democratic senator Frank Lautenberg. Booker, whose campaign team is full of strategists from Obama’s reelection campaign, said he was “humbled” by the endorsement. Booker is widely seen as a strong potential presidential candidate, if not in 2016 then in later races.

    Read it at The Washington Post