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Clinton Creates Distance From Obama; NC SEN Outside Spending At $26M; O'Malley Raising Cash For Dems

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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "has begun distancing herself from" President Obama, "suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery." (Wall Street Journal)
  • "The gun-control group founded by" former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) "will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association." (Washington Post)
  • In GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) is out with a new TV ad attacking businessman David Perdue (R) over "the Pillowtex bankruptcy, a company that took stimulus money while Perdue was on the board." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In KS SEN, Sen. Pat Roberts (R) "is struggling to combat criticism from opponents who say he shouldn't represent a state where he no longer lives permanently. Roberts ... didn't help that perception with a verbal slip-up during an interview with KCMO radio," saying: "Every time I get an opponent – I mean, every time I get a chance, I'm home. I don't measure my record with regards as a senator as how many times I sleep wherever it is." (NBC News)
  • In MS SEN, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "is offering $1,000 rewards for voter fraud evidence as he moves to overturn results of the June 24 GOP primary he lost to" Sen. Thad Cochran (R). (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • In NC SEN, "[m]edia trackers for" Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "say liberal, conservative and advocacy groups have spent a total of $26 million, mostly on TV ads." (Charlotte Observer)
  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) "has pledged to corral some of his most loyal donors for a fundraiser" on July 20 featuring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "that will benefit five Democrats currently running for Congress:" Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH), CA-21 candidate/former Senate staffer Amanda Renteria (D) and CO-06 candidate/former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D). (Washington Post)
  • In WV-02, former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey (D) raised "more than $332,000" in the second quarter and had $873,000 cash on hand. (release)
  • In WV-03, the West Virginia AFL-CIO created a new super PAC "in an attempt to fight the flow of outside money affecting federal elections in the state." (Charleston Daily Mail)
  • In CT GOV, 2010 candidate Tom Foley (R) released hist first TV ad of the race, featuring his wife, Leslie, who calls Foley "an optimist who gets things done." (release)
  • In HI GOV, "[a]bout the only thing" Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) and state Sen. David Ige (D) "seemed to have in common during a debate ... Thursday night were colorful aloha shirts. ... The arguments were especially heated over who deserves credit for the state’s economic recovery and whether the administration or the Legislature was more fiscally responsible." (Honolulu Civil Beat)
  • In NM GOV, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) "raised nearly $875,000" from May 28-June 28 and had $4.3 million cash on hand, while Attorney General Gary King (D) raised $321,000, including a $200,000 personal loan, and had $116,000 cash on hand. (AP)


  • In MA GOV, a new Boston Globe poll of LVs shows Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leading the Democratic primary with 52%, compared to 19% for state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) and 8% for former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D). As for the general election, Coakley leads 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 40-31%. (Boston Globe)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• WV-02 leans Republican, but Democrat Nick Casey has a few advantages over former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney. First, according to his fundraising announcement, Casey has $873,000 cash on hand, nearly four times as much as Mooney reported at the end of April. Casey has also worked to cast himself as someone willing to reach across the aisle, bragging that more than a third of his donors are registered Republicans. And expect him to keep harping on Mooney's status as an out-of-state newcomer. Mooney is still probably the favorite, but those factors should make this a competitive race. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Sen. Mark Begich relied heavily on the support of Alaska Natives in his 2008 election, and reports from inside the state have strongly indicated he'll do so again this year. That's what makes the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s endorsement of former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan so interesting to us. The Anchorage Daily News points out that there are many other Alaska Native corporations representing other regions that will still likely weigh in, but ASRC's early move seems like a pointed response to some of the national reports, especially since the group doesn't usually endorse. -- Andrea Drusch

• Friday's job's report offers Democrats a sliver of hope that an improving economy can at long last boost President Obama's popularity and their own chances of retaining the Senate. But ultimately, it's not the raw data of the job market that influences the electorate -- it's how people feel about the economy. And those indicators -- for now -- remain flat. -- Alex Roarty



  • "Republicans can't seem to agree on Iraq and Middle East strategies" (Los Angeles Times)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said "he doesn't think ... Obama 'particularly cares' about the immigration problem he said is plaguing the United States' southern border, and charged that the administration has even sent 'powerful messages' that people who cross the border illegally will be accepted." (ABC News)
  • Clinton "continued to justify her high-dollar speaking fees on Friday," saying "that all of the money she's made from colleges over the past year and a half has been donated to her family's foundation." (ABC News)
  • "[I]t was like an awkward first date between teenagers, just the two of us one on one." -- Clinton, on her first meeting with Obama following the 2008 Democratic presidential primary (ITV)
  • Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, "emerged this election season as the green-minded answer to" Charles and David Koch "after vowing that he would sell off his investments in companies that generate fossil fuels like coal. But an examination of those investments shows that even after his highly public divestment, the coal-related projects his firm bankrolled will generate tens of millions of tons of carbon pollution for years, if not decades, to come." (New York Times)
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) 19-year-old son, Alex, "recently acted as the state-required witness to a gay marriage in Waukesha County. ... One of the two women" who got married "is a relative of first lady Tonette Walker." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • "Senate Democrats try to pull focus from Obamacare" (AP)
  • Former Sen. Alan Dixon (D-IL) "died Sunday morning at his home in downstate Fairview Heights, just one day shy of his 87th birthday, according to his son. ... The cause was believed to be related to heart troubles." (Chicago Tribune)
  • "Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 82." (AP)
  • "Meet Sean Haugh, the Libertarian pizza guy who may deliver a Senate seat in N.C." (Washington Post)
  • "Michael Grimm should pick on someone his own size. You know? ... I know how to fight." -- NY-11 candidate/attorney Domenic Recchia (D) (New York Times)
  • "A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the 'Obama Presidential Library' has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska." (Omaha World-Herald)
  • "The longtime mayor and a trustee in Dering Harbor, a tiny village on Shelter Island, are fighting to hold their seats in a rematch Tuesday after they tied with write-in candidates in last month's election. ... On June 17, 11-term Mayor Timothy Hogue tied 25-25 with Patrick Parcells, a resident who said he launched a write-in campaign after arguing with the mayor over government transparency and hedge trimming rules. Incumbent trustee Mary Walker also tied 25-25, with Robert Ferris, a write-in candidate who ran with Parcells. ... The village ... is home to 11 year-round residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census." (Newsday)



  • Obama hosts a group of teachers for lunch to discuss education issues. (White House, 12:10 p.m.)
  • The House meets at 1 p.m. in a pro forma session, while the Senate returns at 2 p.m.
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan participates in a roundtable discussion with teachers and principals from around the country. (Education Department, 2:15 p.m.)
  • The Women's Foreign Policy Group holds a "Celebration of Women Diplomats" event. (Liechtenstein Ambassador's Residence, 6 p.m.)
  • The Nationals take on the Orioles. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • John Hancock and Charles Thomson were the only ones to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  • The winner is Joe Zarobila, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What is the name of the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in the November elections." (AP)


"Has anyone in this family even seen a chicken?" -- "Michael Bluth" in Arrested Development

Adam Wollner, Editor

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