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Administration Selling Iran Agreement on the Hill; Obama Fundraises Out West; Dems Eye Fla. Pickups

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  • "Obama administration officials began efforts Sunday to sell the interim agreement with Iran as key members of Congress signaled skepticism but a willingness to allow the deal to proceed. ... The administration expects opposition from many Republicans and can count on the support of most Democrats." (Los Angeles Times)
  • President Obama attended two fundraisers in Washington state on Sunday, "part of a West Coast swing to raise money" for the DNC and the DCCC. (Seattle Times)
  • In WY SEN, activist Liz Cheney (R) last Friday reserved "nearly $40,000 more in TV time" on broadcast and cable TV. (Politico)
  • In NH-02, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R), 30, "will file papers" Monday to run for the seat, saying "she hopes to bring a youthful perspective to a Republican Party she recently described as 'being populated mostly with old white men.'" (New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • Idaho state Sen. Russ Fulcher (R) announced his campaign to unseat Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter (R) on Saturday, saying his "top issue is opposition to Otter’s decision to enact a state-run health insurance exchange." (Idaho Statesman)
  • In NY GOV, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) "is likely to decide whether to run by March," after meeting with the RGA last week. (New York Daily News)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) remains one of the most vulnerable Republican chief executives next year, but things are starting to look up in Tallahassee. Last week's Q poll showed Scott 7 points behind Charlie Crist, but that's down from a 16-point gap last spring. Meanwhile, Crist's personal image ratings have slumped, and Republicans are hopeful that Obama's approval ratings will remain low. On top of all that, Florida added more jobs than any other state last month, and the Sunshine State's unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Scott is still trailing, but if these trends continue, he could narrow the gap further over the next few months.

• President Obama's poor ratings played a part in Alex Sink's 2010 FL GOV loss, and there's a chance the president could interfere with her attempted FL-13 comeback, too. Obama's national numbers are as low as they've been in his presidency, and he's particularly suffering in Florida. One note to consider, though: Despite her narrow statewide loss in 2010, Sink did manage to carry FL-13.



  • "With fervent prayer, patriotic song and solemn speech Friday, the city of Dallas praised the life and legacy" of John F. Kennedy, 50 years after he was "slain on a downtown street." (Dallas Morning News)
  • Virginia state Sen./2009 VA GOV nominee Creigh Deeds (D) "was released Friday from the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he was treated this week for stab wounds, and tweeted a poignant message to the many who have reached out to him in support." Deeds: "I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • NRSC senior staffer Josh Holmes "privately told friends" that a recent sit-down between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and NE SEN candidate Ben Sasse (R), who has been endorsed by Senate Conservatives Fund, a McConnell nemesis, "was the most uncomfortable meeting he'd been in." (National Review)
  • Actor George Hamilton was the marquee host at a recent fundraiser for the "similarly tanned" former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D). Hamilton, on meeting Crist: "I thought to myself, he's got a better tan than I have." (Palm Beach Post)
  • "Stewart Mills, GOP congressional candidate, hits a beer bong [PHOTOS]" (
  • "I'm a pretty good horse-picker." -- Democratic campaign manager Bill Hyers, interviewed at Aqueduct Racetrack for a Washington Post Style section profile
  • "A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation" (New Republic)
  • "Well, I'll just say that there's around 100 counties in Iowa, and on my bucket list is to try to make it to all the counties in Iowa someday." -- Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), asked if he will run for president in 2016 (MSNBC)
  • "John Boehner's premiums spike under Obamacare" (Politico)
  • "The wicked wintry weather that pummeled the West Coast is now barreling across the country, threatening to wreck millions of holiday travel plans just before Thanksgiving." (CNN)
  • "The Death of 'Star Wars'" (National Review)
  • The Stadium Club, a "popular Northeast D.C. strip club," reopened on Friday after its $150,000 tax bill was paid, "much of it in singles." (Washington Business Journal)


A Crack Team of Politicians



  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds around 5 mph, becoming south this afternoon.
  • Obama delivers remarks an event on immigration in San Francisco. (11:35 a.m. PT/2:35 p.m. ET)
  • The Redskins host the 49ers on "Monday Night Football." (FedEx Field, 8:40 p.m.)
  • Maryland takes on Providence in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m.)
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  • Jackie Kennedy asked William Manchester to write a book on JFK's assassination on Feb. 5, 1964. Manchester's first two visits were with White House aide Bill Moyers and Chief Justice Earl Warren.
  • That one stumped the Wake-Up Call! community, so here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "Who is the only sitting U.S. president to visit Iran, and for what purpose did he go there?" The 3rd correct answer gets to submit the next question.



"Sen. Patrick Moynihan of New York once said to me, 'We've never gotten over it.' Then he looked at me and he said, 'You haven't gotten over it.' I took that as an Irish knighthood." -- MSNBC's Chris Matthews, on the JFK assassination (Los Angeles Times)


"One gets the feeling none of this matters much to Matthews, lest it interfere with a good, sentimental yarn. He surely knows that [former House Speaker Tip] O'Neill didn't have much to do with [Ronald] Reagan's historic accords with Mikhail Gorbachev, and that the 1980s were a fiscal disaster, and that calling Reagan an Irish-American politician a half-dozen times doesn't make him one. Say this for Matthews: He has a fine appreciation of blarney." -- Rutgers University professor David Greenberg, reviewing Matthews's latest book, "Tip and the Gipper," for the New York Times

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

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