WHAT'S NEWS . . .
- The Obama administration "argued Wednesday that its nearly three-month-old military involvement in Libya does not require congressional approval because of the supporting role most US forces are playing there, a position that puts it at odds" with some GOP leaders "and the antiwar wing of its own party" (Washington Post).
- "A gaggle" of WH'12 hopefuls "will descend on New Orleans during the next three days for the Republican Leadership Conference, where they will seek the favor" of more than 2K party faithful (New Orleans Times-Picayune).
- Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) announced the support of four FL elected officials: Reps. Tom Rooney (R-FL), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Connie Mack (R-FL) and state Sen. John Thrasher (R-FL) (release).
- Likely '12 caucusgoers "are expected to receive the first mailer" from ex-MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) this week (Des Moines Register).
- FL state Senate Pres. Mike Haridopolos (R) defended his performance on a conservative radio show last month when the host hung up on him for refusing to say whether he would have voted for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget. Haridopolos explained that he had come on the show to discuss the state's legislative session and had yet to make up his mind on the Ryan plan ("On Call").
- "It's official:" Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is the first GOP incumbent "who will be targeted by one of the nation’s most influential Tea Party-aligned organizations. FreedomWorks PAC plans to launch a 'Retire Orrin Hatch' campaign" at the UT GOP Convention this Saturday (Daily Caller).
- CA 36 GOP candidate Craig Huey condemned a controversial web ad that attacks Dem candidate Janice Hahn. The Hahn campaign is calling for a FEC investigation into the ad and for Huey to go further than just denouncing the ad and call for it to be taken down ("On Call").
- "Those on hand for Wednesday’s debate" among the top three GOP candidates for the NV 02 special election "could find no clear winner as the trio weighed in on issues ranging from foreign policy and education to concealed weapon policies" (Reno Gazette-Journal).
- House Dem leaders this afternoon "are likely to discuss the next steps in their response to the scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), "including potentially relieving" him of his spot on a key cmte "in an effort to pressure him to resign" (Washington Post).
- '09 Cincinnati mayoral candidate Brad Wenstrup (R) plans to challenge Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) in next year's GOP primary (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- A "gleeful" Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) "was released Wednesday from the Houston rehabilitation hospital where the congresswoman has been learning to walk and talk again for nearly five months" (Arizona Republic).
- According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of nat'l adults, conducted 6/9-13, 49% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as POTUS, while 46% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 5/5-7, 52% of Americans approved of Obama, while 41% disapproved.
- In a WH '12 GOP primary election matchup among GOP RVs, Romney leads ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin, 30-14%, with businessman Herman Cain at 12%, TX Gov. Rick Perry at 8%, Rep. Ron Paul (TX) at 7%, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 6%, Pawlenty at 4%, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) at 4%, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) at 3% and ex-U.S. Amb. to China/ex-UT Gov. Jon Huntsman at 1% (release).
- In WH '12 general election matchups among RVs, Obama leads Romney (49-43%) and Pawlenty (50-37%) (release).
• Huntsman is clearly distinguishing himself as the anti-war Republican in the WH '12 field. Even with Obama as president, polls have shown GOP voters the most supportive of the war in Afghanistan and mission in Iraq. Huntsman's candidacy will test the notion that there's a growing "bring-the-troops home" sentiment with the GOP base.
• To be sure, there is major 2ndQ fundraising pressure on Adam Hasner, to see if he can keep pace with Haridopolos in FL SEN. But Haridopolos won't escape scrutiny after turning in one of the most impressive 1stQ hauls nationwide. In an interview 6/15, Haridopolos pegged the number he thought it would take to win the primary and general election at $20 million.
• Hatch scored with an endorsement from conservative radio host Mark Levin, but FreedomWorks PAC making him their first '12 target shows the steep climb he has in his tea party outreach strategy.
• The controversial web ad in CA-36 may have Republicans more upset than Democrats. Suddenly Hahn has a big trump card in her arsenal in what was becoming a closer-than-expected special election. Dem leaders were worrying about Dem turnout -- with this latest attack, it could be what they need to get their base to the polls.
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- "The FBI investigated a death threat made against the late Tim Russert, the longtime host of NBC’s 'Meet the Press'" (The Hill).
- The NY state Assembly Wednesday "passed a bill to legalize gay marriage" while state Senate GOPers "battled over whether to let the measure come to a floor vote" (New York Daily News).
- A federal jury in Boston found ex-state House speaker Sal DiMasi (D) guilty Wednesday of exploiting his office "for his own personal gain when he helped a software company win multimillion-dollar state contracts in exchange for kickbacks" (Boston Globe).
- "Bristol Palin's Phoenix-area home is for rent. Asking price:" $1.4K a month (Arizona Republic).
- Title of George Will column on TX SEN candidate Ted Cruz (R): "A candidacy as good as it gets" (Washington Post).
- "Long before Weinergate erupted, a fan of the representative bought the rights to weinerforpresident.com, weinerforpresident2016.com, mayorweiner.com and weinerforgovernor.com, among others" (The Hill).
- "My old pal Joe Biden called me in January of 2010. He said, 'Al, I got a real deal for you.' I said, 'What is it Joe?' He said, 'Co-chair the commission.' I said, 'Well, let me get (my wife) Ann in here so she can laugh, too'" — ex-Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), on his reaction when Biden asked him to co-chair the WH fiscal commission (Roll Call).
- "Resolution: No Resolutions" (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- "Too many Whole Foods treats, so deer must leave Lake View" (Chicago Sun-Times).
- Check out "Hotline Sort" on Hotline on Call.
- House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor, House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy and other House GOPers hold a news conference on job creation and the anniversary of Dems' "Recovery Summer" (CVC-Studio A, 9:30 am).
- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and actress Eva Longoria hold a news conference to introduce the Farm Worker Help Bill (House Triangle, 10 am).
- House Min. Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference (HVC Studio A, 10:45 am).
- HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Tom Harkin, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and others hold a news conference to release the Obama administration's National Prevention Strategy, which outlines the ways that public and private partners can help Americans stay healthy and fit and improve our nation's prosperity (HHS, 11 am).
- Commerce Sec. Gary Locke delivers keynote address at an event on challenges to the global free flow of electronic information on the Internet (USCC, 11:30 am).
- Pelosi delivers remarks at a ceremony to plant an American Red Oak on the Southwest Drive of the Capitol in honor of Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), who passed away in Feb. '10 and would have celebrated his 79th birthday this week (1 pm).
"I've gotten very used to saying, no relation, and I wish he were not on the planet" -- Bellevue, TN Metro Council candidate Sheri Weiner, on A. Weiner (WZTV).
Julie Sobel, Editor