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Economy Added 288K Jobs in June; Faith Takes Center Stage in AR SEN; Paul Returning to Iowa in Aug.

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  • The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. (AP)
  • In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor's (D) "campaign demanded an apology ... from" Rep. Tom Cotton (R) "for comments he made about Pryor's faith." In response to a question about the Hobby Lobby ruling during a local TV interview, Cotton said: "Barack Obama and Mark Pryor think that faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings. That's when we worship, but faith is something we live every single day. And the government shouldn't infringe upon the rights of religious liberty." (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) Meanwhile, the National Education Association is attacking Cotton over student loans in a TV ad. (Hotline reporting)
  • In HI SEN, former Hawaii Gov. John Waihee (D) endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D). (KITV-TV)
  • In MS SEN, in "a fundraising email to supporters," state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) says Sen. Thad Cochran (R) "'stole last week's runoff election' and is asking for money to wage a legal battle." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • In NC SEN, Crossroads GPS is out with a new TV ad accusing Sen. Kay Hagan (D) of voting with President Obama 96% of the time. The spot is part of a $3.55 million summer buy. (Hotline reporting)
  • In TN SEN, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) raised more than $900,000 in the second quarter and will air a new TV ad beginning July 6 that features a debate he had with Obama over health care premiums. (release)
  • In AL-06, Club for Growth Action is out with a TV ad attacking state Rep. Paul DeMarco (R) over his record on taxes and debt. (Daily Kos)
  • In GA-01, Club for Growth Action also reported spending $359,000 on TV ads opposing state Sen. Buddy Carter (R) to the FEC. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NY-19, venture capitalist Sean Eldridge (D) "and his campaign manager Michael Reid have parted ways." (Albany Times-Union)
  • In AZ GOV, state Treasurer Doug Ducey (R) released a new TV ad pledging to secure the border. (release) The 60 Plus Association is also out with a TV ad criticizing former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's (R) "support for an international treaty designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases." (Arizona Daily Star)
  • In CO GOV, a video surfaced of former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) delivering a speech "to the Denver Rotary Club in 2010" in which he made "comments that echo those that hurt Mitt Romney's challenge to" President Obama "two years later." Beauprez, in the video: "I see something that frankly doesn't surprise me, having been on Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax. I'm guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent — God bless you — but what that tells me is that we've got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and most of that half is you all." (Denver Post)
  • In TX GOV, "Democrats involved with planning the" state convention say that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), Vice President Biden and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) "were in talks to speak at the gathering. Each had seemed to signal a willingness to speak -- with Gillibrand even offering to help with the cost of attending the convention. But" state Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) "representatives nixed the plan, fearing the national pols would be a liability for her." (Texas Observer)
  • "As promised," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "is returning to the presidential testing grounds of Iowa in August. ... He's tentatively scheduled to be" there "for three days." (Des Moines Register)


  • In MA GOV, a new WBUR-FM/MassINC Polling Group poll of LVs, conducted June 27-29, shows Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leading 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 41-28%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Monica Wehby entered the Oregon Senate race looking like just the right type of Republican for this state – moderate and female with an impressive resume. Though some of that appeal deteriorated with allegations about her past, Wehby’s real problems are that she's more conservative than the voters in the state. Her support for the Hobby Lobby ruling, combined with praise for justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia, doesn't exactly match the moderate profile she was once billed with. -- Andrea Drusch

• Sign of the times: Wendy Davis' campaign nixed plans for Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her campaign at the Texas Democratic convention, fearing they would be more of a liability. The new Texas, not much different than the old Texas. -- Josh Kraushaar

• Arizona gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey is out with a new TV ad touting his hawkish approach to immigration and border security, decrying President Obama's inaction on the current border crisis and pledging "as governor, I'll fight back with every resource at my command." The state was already the center of controversy over SB 1070, and given Ducey's frontrunner status in the GOP primary and the continued national debate over immigration reform, it's noteworthy the next governor of a border state could again hail from the rightward flank of the party. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• Rep. Justin Amash continues to dismiss his opponent, attorney Brian Ellis, in what looks like a more competitive primary than Amash anticipates. Amash said Ellis and mainstream Republicans have essentially "already lost," and he's refused to debate Ellis, saying he "isn't a serious or credible candidate." It's true that Amash has an advantage. He led a June poll by 19 points, but that's to be expected of an incumbent, and 35 percent of respondents were still undecided. Considering how many endorsements Amash has missed out on, including the state Chamber of Commerce, it wouldn't be surprising if Ellis cut that lead down. -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • "The decline of marriage over the last generation has helped create an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women that is profoundly reshaping the American electorate to the advantage, recent elections suggest, of the Democratic Party. What is far from clear is whether Democrats will benefit in the midterm contests this fall." (New York Times)
  • "At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for ... Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year, sparking a backlash from some student groups and teachers at a time of austerity in higher education." (Washington Post)
  • "Can the G.O.P. Be a Party of Ideas?" (New York Times Magazine)
  • Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) "are again clashing over the regulation and monitoring of contracting preferences that have helped some Alaska Native corporations develop into leading federal contractors. ... Begich released a statement calling" a recent letter McCaskill wrote to the Small Business Administration a "targeted attack from a sitting senator who simply refuses to try and understand the history and culture of a great state like Alaska." (Alaska Dispatch)
  • "Chaos Consumes Cochran Campaign Conference Call" (National Journal)
  • FL GOV candidate/former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) "campaign gift of a NASCAR sponsorship for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway triggered a formal complaint from the" Republican Party of Florida "claiming the sponsorship’s market value far exceeds the $3,000 limit for in-kind contributions to a statewide candidate." (Miami Herald)
  • "The city has assessed $105,075 in fines to campaigns in" NY-13 "for illegally posting signs on public property, as they campaigned ahead of the June 24 primary." (Capital New York)
  • "A new super PAC that aims to help" Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) "win a new term is off with a bang, having raised a cool $1 million in just its first 10 days of operation." (Crain's Chicago Business)
  • "Inside the libertarian version of Burning Man: Guns, booze and bitcoin" (Washington Post)
  • "Tell Rick that boots can be purchased with normal heels. I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction." -- Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (R), on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) decision to stop wearing cowboy boots (Austin American-Statesman)
  • "[M]embers of the Providence City Council, joined by" RI GOV candidate/state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) "in a print dress, jumped into the pool after a ribbon was cut ... to mark its reopening." (Providence Journal)
  • PA-10 candidate Nick Troiano (I) plans to drive around the district in a 1981 DeLorean during his July "Back to the Future" tour. (release)
  • "He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real Secretary of Defense." -- Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, in a statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate him on his World Cup performance (release)


  • The House meets at 12:30 p.m. in a pro forma session, while the Senate meets at 1:30 p.m. in a pro forma session.
  • Obama has lunch with Biden. (White House, 12:30 p.m.)
  • Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Latvia's Minister of Defense Raimonds Vejonis. (Pentagon, 1 p.m.)
  • Here at the Hotline, some of us are so excited for the World Cup quarterfinals to begin that we jumped the gun and included Friday's schedule in yesterday's Wake-Up Call. Here are the matches on tap for Friday: France v. Germany (ESPN2, 12 p.m.); Brazil v. Colombia (ESPN, 4 p.m.) And Saturday: Argentina v. Belgium (ABC, 12 p.m.); Netherlands v. Costa Rica (ESPN, 4 p.m.)
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  • New Jersey is the state where Grover Cleveland was born, James Garfield died, and General George Washington was headquartered for the winters of 1777 and 1780 during the Revolutionary War.
  • The winner is Lauren Ehlers, and here's her Swizzle Challenge: "How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor

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