Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cheney calls picking Palin a "mistake," the DSCC is going on air in New Mexico, McCaskill faces a tough road against whoever wins the GOP primary, and Bill Clinton will play a leading role at the Democratic Convention.
10) An unlikely mega-donor from Queens: 64-year-old James Wilkins lives in a small apartment in Jamaica, Queens, and has no clear source of income. The law school he says he went to has no record of his attendance and the law firm where he says he worked denies ever employing him. But he's become a huge donor to GOP, and, to a lesser extent, Democratic candidates.
9) Dick Cheney gets blunt in an interview with ABC, saying that picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate in 2008 was a mistake.
"That one," Cheney said, "I don't think was well handled."
"The test to get on that small list has to be, 'Is this person capable of being president of the United States?'"
Cheney believes Sarah Palin failed that test.
8) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced Saturday that he will begin treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Camp released a statement that said he will undergo chemotherapy and other treatment every three weeks over the course of the next several months. He called the cancer "highly treatable and curable type" and said "my doctors and I expect a full recovery and cure."
7) The Boston Globe chronicles Democratic Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren's ascent during her time in DC -- and the allies and enemies she made during her time here.
6) An update on the attack ads Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., launched against the three GOP candidates vying to challenge her this fall. The ad focused on Rep. Todd Akin, which for the Republican primary looked a lot more like an ad supporting him, is running more frequently than the others. One GOP official told the Associated Press the ad is running 5 times for each airing of the other ads McCaskill released.
Akin certainly looks like the candidate McCaskill prefers to face -- but a new poll shows she's in for a very tough climb to reelection against any of the three Republicans.
5) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign committee is going up on the air in New Mexico starting Tuesday. A Republican ad buyer following the market pegs the buy at about $116,000 from July 31 to August 6.
Republican nominee Heather Wilson
is running an ad attacking Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich
, as is Crossroads GPS.
4) The North Dakota Democratic Party released a poll Friday conducted by DFM Research that shows Democratic Senate nominee Heidi Heitkamp
leading Republican Rep. Rick Berg
50 percent to 44 percent.
The poll shows Obama trailing badly in the presidential race, but is the latest signal that the Senate contest is far from the Republican slam dunk it was once considered.
3) Busy weekend in Texas, where Republicans David Dewhurst
and Ted Cruz
face off in a runoff Tuesday.
Sarah Palin stumped
for Cruz Friday, rallying a crowd of over 1,500. Sen. Jim DeMint
, R-S.C., was also on hand for Cruz.
Stay tuned to Hotline on Call
for a preview of the runoff later today.
2) From Olympic gaffes to nuclear weapons: In Israel, a senior Romney aide suggested
that the former governor would support a unilateral military strike against Iran by Israel. Romney said stopping a nuclear Iran should be the U.S.'s "highest national-security priority."
His trip abroad continues with a third and final stop in Poland Monday.
1) Bill Clinton
will play a leading role at the Democratic Convention. The New York Times
The prominent role of Mr. Clinton, which is scheduled to be announced on Monday, signals an effort by the Obama campaign to pull out all the stops to rally Democrats when they gather for their party's national convention in Charlotte, N.C. An even more important audience will be the voters across the country who will see the address carried by television networks.
Vice President Biden
and President Obama
will both speak on the final night of the convention.