Capitol Report: Democrats say Obama’s return from sidelines overdue | Report expected to condemn FBI violations in Clinton email probe

Democrats reportedly want former President Barack Obama to take a bigger role in the midterm elections.

The desire among Democrats for former President Barack Obama to take a more leading role in the midterm election fight and party building in general is getting stronger, the Hill reports, as some in his party see a lack of alternatives.

“Bill Clinton is toxic, [former President] Carter is too old, and there’s no one else around for miles,” one frustrated Democratic strategist told the Hill. Obama drew headlines this week after a Politico report revealed he is consulting a long line of would-be 2020 candidates and offering advice to party leadership. He drew another round of headlines when it was announced that his political committee, Organizing for Action, is revving up to help Democrats in the midterm elections.

What to watch in report on Clinton probe: A highly anticipated report about the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email is scheduled to be released on Thursday, and NPR says it’s expected to fault former FBI Director James Comey for breaking department guidelines and mishandling the probe. Early last year, following calls from Congress, the Justice Department’s inspector general announced he would review allegations that the FBI failed to follow procedures when Comey criticized Clinton in a hastily called news conference on July 5, 2016, NPR reports.

President Donald Trump has suggested the inspector general’s findings could be a “birthday present” for him. He turns 72 on Thursday.

Spicer joins Trump-aligned super PAC: CNN reports former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has joined the Trump-aligned super PAC America First Action. Spicer will work as a spokesman and senior adviser to the super PAC and will make his debut with the group Monday night at the group’s gathering at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, CNN said. Spicer left the White House late last year after a rocky tenure.

Also see: Sarah Sanders denies report she’s planning to quit White House job.

Kudlow says he’ll return to White House: National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow says he’ll return to the White House after suffering a mild heart attack on Monday, Politico reports. He texted the publication that “of course” he would be back on the job in the coming days. He left Walter Reed Medical Center on Wednesday.

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