Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Todd Akin cuts a new apology ad, Majority PAC and Patriot Majority are launching an $1.6 million ad offensive in four Senate races, the NRCC outraises the DCCC in July, and the FBI was investigating Michael Grimm when they came across the skinny dipping incident.
12) Why was the FBI even investigating the skinny dipping incident in Israel? The Wall Street Journal:
A Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into New York Rep. Michael Grimm and his supporters led investigators to learn details of an incident on a 2011 congressional trip to Israel in which a different lawmaker went skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Meanwhile, about those skinny dippers: Looks like it looks like it was just Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder who fully disrobed for the swim.
11) Nevada Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller gets a black eye -- on purpose. The Las Vegas Sun:
Some politicians don't want to risk getting their hair mussed, much less shatter a cheekbone or break a nose.
But Secretary of State Ross Miller had his first -- and only, he said -- mixed martial arts bout Saturday, defeating his opponents 30 seconds into the second round.
"Competing in mixed martial arts was on my bucket list," he said, sitting in the Capitol with a few scrapes on his forehead and a slightly black left eye. "It's something I wanted to do for myself. It's part of my personal journey."
10) Sarah Palin's latest endorsement: Dan Bongino, the GOP nominee for Senate in Maryland. But Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is expected to cruise to reelection.
9) House runoff elections today in Georgia, where Republicans will choose their nominee against vulnerable Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. Stay tuned to Hotline on Call today for a preview.
8) New York City residents give Mayor Michael Bloomberg positive marks in a New York Times poll appearing in Tuesday's editions, but more than 7-in-10 think the term limits law should not have been amended in 2008 to allow him to run for a third term -- and nearly two-thirds say they would not vote for him if he could run for a fourth. Another thing on which New Yorkers can agree: 54 percent think it would be a bad idea for disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to "return to public life and political office," while just a third call that a good idea.
7) Committee fundraising numbers for July: The NRCC outraised the DCCC in July, bringing in over $11.6 million to the Democratic committee's $8.2 million. The NRCC ended the month with $48.9 million in the bank to the DCCC's $36.2 million.
6) Connecticut Democratic Senate nominee Chris Murphy released a new television ad hitting his GOP opponent and defending his economic record in the face of attacks.
"Linda McMahon will do and say anything to get ahead, like running false negative ads," says Murphy, before touting his jobs record.
reports that the National Federation of Independent Business will kick off a nearly $2 million campaign today to help their allies in Congress. The beneficiaries: Reps. Bobby Schilling
, R-Ill., Tom Latham
, R-Iowa, Chris Gibson
, R-N.Y., Dan Lungren
, R-Calif., Joe Heck
, R-Nev. The group will also attack three Democratic incumbents: Reps. Larry Kissell
, D-N.C., Mike Michaud
, D-Maine and Betty Sutton
, D-Ohio (who is running in a member-member primary against Rep. Jim Renacci
4) Majority PAC and Patriot Majority are launching an $1.6 million TV ad buy in the Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, and Ohio Senate races. See the spot hitting Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock here
, the ad targeting Rep. Rick Berg
, D-N.D., here
, the spot hitting Rep. Denny Rehberg
, R-Mont., here
, and the one going after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel here
3) Mitt Romney
has pulled well ahead of President Obama
in fundraising, Alex Roarty reports
Obama for America, the Obama Victory Fund, and the Democratic National Committee had a combined $124 million on hand to close July, the FEC reports show. The total was roughly $60 million less than the $186 million haul the Romney campaign announced earlier in August, raised with the assistance of the Republican National Committee.
2) A draft GOP platform doesn't have an abortion exception in cases of rape or incest, the Tampa Bay Times reports
1) The latest with Todd Akin
and the Missouri Senate race:
Despite the full-court press from the GOP to get Akin to withdraw from the race in advance of today's 5:00 p.m. deadline, he's giving no indication he'll do so. This morning he cut an apology ad
, saying "I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize." He also said that "The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy."
Meanwhile, Akin skipped out on a scheduled appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan
last night, prompting the host to call him "what we would call in Britain a gutless little twerp."
Steven Shepard contributed