• Hillary Clinton greets a woman at the Conservation International dinner in New York City, May 15. (JP Yim/Getty Images)

    It wasn't technically a campaign speech.

    But Hillary Clinton, who notably was introduced by her husband, took the stage at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago Thursday to outline her commitment to early childhood education, opportunities for women and girls, and the need for economic development in the United States. Add to this the anecdotes she told about her childhood in nearby Park Ridge, and observers could easily envision what a 2016 campaign for the former secretary of state would look like.

    "It is such a pleasure to be here in Chicago participating as a private citizen as a co-host," Clinton told the audience at the third-annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), founded by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Following her decision to resign as secretary of state, Clinton joined her husband's foundation, which focuses on global health and economies, and the environment.

    That organization is being renamed the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

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  • Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a co-author and key proponent of the Senate immigration bill, said he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows gay Americans to petition for same-sex spouses living abroad to secure a green card.

    "If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm done," Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. "I'm off it, and I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."

    The amendment, introduced by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, would grant green cards to foreign partners of gay Americans. Leahy originally introduced the measure during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the bill, but he withdrew it under pressure from Republican lawmakers who said it would reduce the chance of the bill passing.

    The effort underway in Congress to overhaul the

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  • Ted Cruz (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand walked into a Senate Armed Services Committee markup Wednesday prepared to fight. Her expected opponents in her quest to strip military commanders out of the process for prosecuting sexual assault cases: committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., conservatives on the committee and many other members of both parties.

    But Gillibrand walked away with a very unlikely ally: tea party freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

    Cruz made a surprise announcement during Wednesday's markup of the Defense Authorization bill that he would support Gillibrand's effort to afford military prosecutors, not commanders, the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try—a proposal everyone in the committee knew was likely to be voted down that day.

    "I am going to be voting against the chairman's amendment. And I am going to vote against it because I was persuaded by the argument that Sen. Gillibrand presented in this committee a few moments ago," Cruz announced. "I think she made

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