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Hotline's Wake-Up Call! / WAKE-UP CALL

Christie Floods Sunday Talk-Show Zone; Va. AG Race Tight as a Tick; Ted Cruz Wants to Know Your IQ

November 11, 2013

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • "Inside the White House, there is anxiety that if" problems with implementing the Affordable Care Act "are not righted, they could imperil the rest of" President Obama's presidency, "especially as criticism grows that the president misled consumers about the plan." (New York Times)
  • In AR SEN, the conservative third-party group Judicial Crisis Network launched a new TV ad criticizing Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for backing Obama's judicial nominees, including Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. The ad will run for two weeks in the Little Rock media market, where it has been staked with more than $100,000. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NC SEN, radio host Bill Flynn (R) became the fifth Republican to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D), saying on Sunday that "he believes Hagan is 'wrong for North Carolina.'" Flynn: "Kay Hagan is toxic to the goodness of America. And we have to challenge that, and we will." (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • In SC SEN, 2010 LG candidate/attorney Bill Connor (R) filed paperwork with the FEC, becoming "the fourth Republican to oppose" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in the GOP primary. (Columbia State)
  • West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer (D), who has served for 21 years, "announced Friday his plans to run for" WV-01 against Rep. David McKinley (R). (WVMetroNews.com)
  • According to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of California RVs, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 5 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D)/American Viewpoint (R), 55% approve of the job being done by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), while 33% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 18-24, 49% approved of Brown, and 36% disapproved. (release)
  • In TX GOV, Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) on Saturday "showcased their warring visions for Texas" and "rallied supporters as they filed their paperwork on the first day that candidates could do so for their party primaries." (San Antonio Express-News)
  • "As he stopped by nearly every national television talk show Sunday morning," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "encouraged the Republican Party to learn a few things from how he just ran his landslide reelection race," but he "avoided questions about whether he would repeat the strategy himself with a presidential bid in 2016." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In the D.C. mayoral race, the "already crowded field ... became even more packed Friday when a fourth D.C. Council member," Vincent Orange (D), and "prominent restaurateur" Andy Shallal (D) "declared their intentions to run in the Democratic primary." (Washington Post)

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • According to a new Pew Research Center poll of national adults, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 41% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 53% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 9-13, 43% approved of Obama, and 51% disapproved. (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• Environmental groups face a catch-22: Go all-in for Alison Lundergan Grimes, even though her public positions are mostly at odds with their agenda. It highlights a larger conflict: Green groups are among the most influential within the Democratic party, but their preferred policies -- cap-and-trade, increased regulations, among them -- often conflict with public opinion in energy-producing states.

• Newly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist has name ID and a story to tell in his challenge to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), but Crist's party switch has left his old donor lists largely useless ahead of an expensive race. And if high-powered Dem donors remain suspicious of Crist, there is no one better to legitimize him with his new party than Obama, who invited Crist to join him during a big-dollar Miami fundraising swing last week.

 

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • When Obama travels abroad, "aides quickly set up" a "security tent -- which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside -- in a room near his hotel suite." When he "needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices." (New York Times)
  • "The latest count from the Virginia State Board of Elections shows" state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) "with a 17-vote edge over" state Sen. Mark Herring (D) "in the Virginia attorney general's race." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • Former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) "claims the longtime aide at the center of a nominating petition scandal that ruined his congressional career accepted a bribe to engage in a 'deliberate sabotage' of his" 2012 reelection campaign, according to recently filed court documents." (Detroit News)
  • "Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren" (New Republic)
  • "Until now, I have never offered the facts that expose these accusations as lies, although I have been in possession of them. It is now time to do so, not only because the false accusations have received renewed attention with the publication of a book that discusses them, but more importantly because I refuse to live my life, pursue my radio and professional career or do anything else that God has left for me to do in this world with a dark cloud attached to my reputation that is not consistent with the truth." -- Businessman Herman Cain (R), denying allegations that emerged two years ago that he sexually harassed two women and had an affair with a third (Caintv.com)
  • "ABC News' Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis" (ABC News)
  • "Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China" (New York Times)
  • "Who Killed Michael Hastings?" (New York magazine)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

A Big Thanks To...

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds around 5 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph this afternoon.
  • "Veterans Day closings in the Washington region" (Washington Post)
  • Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and delivers remarks an observance ceremony at Memorial Amphitheater. (Arlington National Cemetary, 11 a.m.)
  • Top-seeded Rafael Nadal faces 2nd-seeded Novak Djokovic in the championship of the ATP World Tour Finals. (ESPN2, 3 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • "Laverne & Shirley" was the number-1 rated show in 1977-78, just ahead of "Happy Days."
  • The winner is Nick Fabiani, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What famed early 20th-Century explorer served as governor of Connecticut for only one day?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
  • Congratulations to Melanie Burns, Geoffrey Skelly and Tom Quaadman -- co-winners of our Hotline Election Challenge!

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"It went from, 'Nice guy,' to 'uh-oh.'" -- Melissa Hart, classmate of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at Harvard Law School, after Cruz asked her about her IQ early during a shared car ride from New York to Cambridge, Mass. (Boston Globe)

...CHASER

"Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?" -- "Carol Connelly" ("As Good As It Gets")

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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