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  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce "is launching ads this week in" NC SEN and GA SEN "in a crunch-time effort to help" state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R) "in crowded Senate primaries. It is also pumping money into commercials praising" former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) in AK SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) in MI SEN, and Rep. Steve Daines (R) in MT SEN. "The Chamber also will air an ad beginning Wednesday" in NC-07 attacking New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White (R) (AP)
  • In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) released a new TV ad touting legislation he's worked on to protect the Medicare eligibility age. (Hotline reporting)
  • In CO SEN, the League of Conservation Voters launched a new TV ad attacking Rep. Cory Gardner (R) for supporting the agenda of the Koch brothers and "big oil" companies. "The ad is part of a $1 million LCV campaign against Gardner." (The Hill)
  • In GA SEN, philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) launched a new TV ad featuring her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA). Michelle Nunn says she followed his footsteps into basketball, but not politics, and goes on to highlight her nonprofit work. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In IA SEN, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R). (release)
  • In NE SEN, Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) released a new TV ad featuring his daughters, Corrie and Alex, talking about their father's opposition to Obamacare. (release)
  • In NC SEN, Tillis is out with a new TV ad highlighting his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Also in NC SEN, pastor Mark Harris (R) "made the case in the final ... primary debate Monday that his two rivals are unelectable in November because of their 'political baggage.'" (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • In OR SEN, the super PAC launched two new TV ads in support of pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R), highlighting her support for term limits and opposition to Obamacare. The group is also out with a radio ad calling Wehby an "independent Reagan conservative" and noting her the endorsement she received from retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. (Portland Oregonian)
  • In SC SEN, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) will campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) on May 19. (AP)
  • In LA-05, Rep. Vance McAllister (R) "won't seek re-election this fall but will complete his term." (Monroe News-Star)
  • In NY-11, Rep. Michael Grimm (R) "cooked the books at an Upper East Side restaurant he owned to conceal more than $1 million in revenue and wages from the taxman, prosecutors charged Monday." Grimm "was hit with a battery of federal charges — including wire and mail fraud, perjury, hiring undocumented immigrants and filing false tax returns — in a blistering 20-count indictment. Grimm surrendered to FBI agents and was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted." (New York Daily News)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) released a new TV ad touting his plan to reduce taxes and teach computer science in every high school. (release)
  • In CA GOV, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R), former California Gov. Pete Wilson (R) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) endorsed former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari (R). (Los Angeles Times)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) launched three new TV ads. The first spot highlights Rauner's work with a Chicago foundation that helps the homeless, while the other two ads feature Democrats -- one a former public school principal and the other a former co-chair of Latinos for Obama -- expalaining why they are supporting Rauner. (release)
  • In MD GOV, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) released a new TV ad promoting his education plan. (release)
  • In NE GOV, the Lincoln Journal Star endorsed Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) in the GOP primary. (Lincoln Journal Star)
  • In NY GOV, the New York State Democratic Committee "is out with two ads hitting" Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) "for his failure to abide by the terms of a 2009 agreement that settled a 2006 lawsuit over what federal officials said was years in which the county misrepresented its efforts to provide desegretated public housing." (Albany Times Union)
  • In SC GOV, the RGA lauched its fifth TV ad of the race, attacking state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) for representing "dangerous criminals, reducing their jail time" and "putting them back on the street" as a trial lawyer. (release)


  • According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of national RVs, conducted April 24-27, 41% approve of the job President Obama is doing, while 55% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Feb. 27-March 2, 46% approved and 52% disapproved. (release)
  • The poll also shows Democrats with a slight lead in the generic House ballot over Republicans at 45-44%. In the previous poll, Democrats led 46-45%. (release)
  • In NC SEN, a new Civitas Institute Poll of Republican RVs, conducted April 19 and 21-22, shows Tillis leading the GOP primary at 38%, just short of the 40% needed to avoid a runoff. Physician Greg Brannon (R) is at 17%, compared to 14% for Harris. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Biggest red flag for Democrats in the new ABC News/Washington Post poll: Republicans hold a 5-point lead on the congressional generic ballot among definite voters. That would suggest there will be many GOP pickup opportunities in swing states like NH, CO, and VA -- not just in the seven Democratic-held seats in GOP territory. Democrats badly need to engage their less-committed voters. If they don't, 2014 is shaping up to be a sequel of 2010. -- Josh Kraushaar

• Attorney Jessica Ehrlich's announcement that she won't challenge Rep. David Jolly in FL-13 doesn't leave Dems totally at a loss there, but it could be getting close. Developer Joel Cantor reportedly is interested in running if the Democratic field is cleared for him, but local NAACP leader Manuel Sykes has already joined the race. If Cantor or another serious candidate doesn't emerge soon, Dems will have simply struck out with him, Ehrlich and Alex Sink, which would be good news for the newly minted incumbent Jolly. --Jack Fitzpatrick

• The Chamber's ad buys in five Senate races take top billing in today's rundown of new ad spending, but the business group's involvement in the open NC-07 GOP primary also deserves interest. Retiring Blue Dog Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) got the Chamber's endorsement there in 2012, but with him exiting Congress next year, the Chamber is going with McIntyre's 2012 opponent, Rouzer, who is making another bid. Between losses and retirements, the number of Chamber Democrats keeps dwindling. -- Scott Bland



  • Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) was released from the hospital Sunday night after undergoing successful heart surgery "and is under doctor's orders to rest as he regains his strength." (release)
  • Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "has a new title: professor. He is a visiting professor at Liberty University, the Lynchburg-based Christian-education powerhouse." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "will headline this summer's Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of liberal bloggers and activists. ... Organizers invited" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "to speak as well, but Clinton's office declined the invitation." (Washington Post)
  • In NY-11, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R) "wasted no time positioning herself for" Grimm's seat. Hours after" Grimm's lawyers announced "that he would be indicted for alleged tax fraud, Malliotakis was on the phone with" former New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis (R), "plotting a run." (New York Post)
  • Former Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham (D) "was charged Monday with using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and engage in graphic online chats." (Chicago Tribune)
  • "Detroit has reached a five-year agreement with 14 of its unions, including AFSCME -- the city's largest union -- in its bankruptcy case. ... The tentative agreement covering 3,500 workers is among a flurry of deals that Detroit has been able to reach in recent weeks as progress toward completion of its historic bankruptcy reorganization case has intensified." (Detroit Free Press)
  • "There aren't a lot of things that get past me. So when people tell me that we should send more of the same type of leadership to Washington, I say no, no, no." -- Former Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo, in his endorsement of Nunn (Creative Loafing Atlanta)
  • OH-08 candidate J.D. Winteregg, the "tea party activist challenging" House Speaker John Boehner, "has lost his teaching job over a racy Web video that went viral last week." (Washington Post)
  • "I'm his sister and he's always been very good to animals, all his life. I remember him rescuing a hummingbird and he got it to actually ride on his shoulder." -- KY SEN candidate Matt Bevin's (R) sister (Louisville Courier-Journal)


Another Page in America's Book of Racism



  • The House and Senate return at 10 a.m.
  • The National Press Club hosts a discussion on "The Future of Global Governance" and the reform of international institutions. (National Press Club, 12 p.m.)
  • Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Atlantic Council's tribute to NATO and the EU. (Atlantic Council, 1:30 p.m.)
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event releasing the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. (South Court Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.)
  • Malaria No More holds a World Malaria Day reception. (Cannon House Office Building, 5 p.m.)
  • Obama arrives back at the White House after a week of foreign travel. (6 p.m.)
  • EMILY's List hosts the 2014 'We Are EMILY' awards. (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 7 p.m.)
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  • Michigan, the Naval Academy, Stanford and Miami (Ohio) have each produced a U.S. president and a Super Bowl winning quarterback.
  • The winner is Jot Carpenter. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Name the only mother-son pair to have served simultaneously in Congress." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor

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