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- 'U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year. The Labor Department says employers added 217,000 jobs last month. ... Despite the gains, the unemployment rate ... remained 6.3 percent." (AP)
- "The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of" White House Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell "to be secretary of health and human services, which will make her responsible for delivering health insurance to more than one-third of all Americans. ... Burwell was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 17. All the no votes were cast by Republicans." (New York Times)
- In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) responded to the advice Sen. Mark Begich (D) gave him in a recent ad with a TV ad of his own. "Mark, in your next ad, tell us why you vote with Barack Obama 97% of the time," Sullivan says in the spot. (release) A newly formed super PAC called "Alaska SalmonPAC plans to spend $1.1 million to send mail pieces to 100,000 households and for staff and volunteers to knock on 231,000 doors to promote Begich's record." (Bloomberg News)
- In MS SEN, national Democrats "have begun to take steps toward contesting the ... race, channeling money to their cash-strapped underdog challenger," former Rep. Travis Childers (D), "and preparing a deep research file on" state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "as Republicans duke it out in a runoff primary." (Politico)
- Also in MS SEN, the "Hinds County Sheriff's Department has concluded no criminal activity took place when three people, including a staffer for ... McDaniel's ... campaign, ended up locked inside the county courthouse hours after everyone had left following the counting of votes from Tuesday's primaries." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
- In MT SEN, VoteVets Action Fund launched a new TV ad attacking Steve Daines (R) as "tough on Montana's military families." The buy is for $275,000. In total, the group is "planning to spend $5 million in competitive Senate races this year." (Politico)
- In SC SEN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) launched his final TV ad of the primary, casting himself as the "conservative leader you can count on to get things done." (release)
- In CA-31, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) "is preparing to face" retired Navy officer Paul Chabot (R) in the general election "based on updated but still incomplete results released Thursday. But the race remains tight with a sizable chunk of countywide votes uncounted — including an estimated 2,800 provisional ballots and 2,400 ballots of other kinds — and so" former congressional aide Lesli Gooch (R) "says it's not over yet." (San Bernardino Sun)
- The DCCC "announced Friday its latest round of candidates in 'Red to Blue,' a program that targets open-seat races and districts held by Republicans:" Former FEMA firector James Lee Witt (D) in AR-04, farmer Michael Eggman (D) in CA-10, Aguilar in CA-31, state Rep. Pat Murphy (D) in IA-01, Iraq veteran Jim Mowrer (D) in IA-04, state Sen. Brad Ashford (D) in NE-02, physician Manan Trivedi (D) in PA-06, former CIA officer Kevin Strouse (D) in PA-08, and former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Nick Casey (D) in WV-02. (Roll Call)
- In MN-08, businessman Stewart Mills (R) released a new TV ad describing his family's "Hunting Camp Doctrine: 'If you complain about something, you get the job to fix it." (Roll Call)
- In CO GOV, the newly formed "Protect Colorado Values" is hitting the airwaves with two new ads targeting former Reps. Tom Tancredo (R) and Bob Beauprez (R). One spot hits Beauprez for going "both ways" on spending and Obamacare, while the other ad labels Tancredo "one of the country's strongest opponents of Obamacare." The group is "a partnership between the independent expenditure committee of the" DGA "and other Colorado-based progressive donor organizations." (KDVR-TV)
- In CT GOV, former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto (D) "announced Thursday he is collecting signatures to petition onto the ballot as a third-party candidate." (Hartford Courant)
- In NM GOV, the RGA launched its first TV ad of the race, attacking Attorney General Gary King (D) as "soft on corruption." (release) "TV station records indicate the RGA is spending more than $100,000 to air the ad for a week." (AP)
- In PA GOV, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will attend RGA fundraisers for Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in Pittsburgh on Friday and in Philadelphia on Monday. Christie will also campaign with Corbett Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh. (release)
- In MA GOV, a new Boston Globe poll of LVs, conducted May 29-June 3 by SocialSphere Inc., shows 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) trailing Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) in a general election matchup 37-32%, but leads state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) 32-26%. (Boston Globe)
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• The DCCC's latest round of red-to-blue candidates includes a few ambitious picks in conservative districts, including Casey in WV-02, a district Mitt Romney won by 22 points in 2012; and Mowrer, who is challenging Rep. Steve King in an Iowa district that Romney won by 8 points. But some of these red state Democrats are not without advantages, like Witt, whose Clinton connections could help him in AR-04; and Ashford, whose NE-02 opponent, Rep. Lee Terry, will likely lose some Republican votes to a conservative independent challenger. -- Jack Fitzpatrick
• At this stage, it's easy to brush the Massachusetts governor's race aside because the Democratic primary, still three months away, looks to be a wash for Martha Coakley. But today's Boston Globe poll offers a warning on what's to come - a close race between her and Baker. Baker only lost to Deval Patrick by six points in 2010, and has since moved to the center, even leftwards, on gay marriage, abortion, climate change and energy issues, leaving little daylight between him and the Democratic field. It's also possible a state campaign finance quirk may allow Baker to set spending caps in the general election for him and Coakley. No one should count this race out from becoming competitive come September. -- Karyn Bruggeman
• One place you won't hear Republicans complaining about pork-barrel spending? Alaska. Begich has so far been free to campaign on his status with the Appropriations Committee and money he's secured for projects and facilities without much backlash over government spending; the Republican line against him has focused on Obamacare and federal regulations thus far. -- Andrea Drusch
HAIR OF THE DOG
"An organizer of the sixth annual Naked Bike Ride in Bellingham (Wash.) on Friday says it's OK if people want to wear clothes." (AP)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Seventy years after more than 150,000 allies stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Obama on Friday honored the D-Day veterans who 'gave so much for the survival of liberty at its maximum peril' during World War II. America's claim to liberty 'is written in the blood on these beaches,' Obama told an audience of world leaders and decorated old soldiers. 'It will endure for centuries.'" (USA Today)
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's (D) "long-awaited memoir, 'Hard Choices' isn't scheduled to officially be released until June 10, but CBS News purchased a copy at a bookstore. As she mulls a potential presidential campaign, the book ... offers rich detail of her four-year tenure as secretary of state on issues such as Benghazi, U.S. relations with Russia, shifting strategy in Afghanistan, the fallout from the Arab Spring and the worsening chaos in Syria." (CBS News)
- "Iowa Democrats aren't ready to crown ... Clinton as their 2016 presidential candidate, and" Vice President Biden "and possibly other candidates have an opportunity at winning their party's nomination, said" Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). Harkin: "I think Hillary would be the first to say no one ever has something all locked up. This is not a coronation or anything like that." (Des Moines Register)
- "Did a Tea-Party Group Just Illegally Coordinate With Chris McDaniel?" (National Journal)
- The RGA "has raised $50 million since ... Christie took over as head of the political organization, shattering the previous six-month fundraising record by $25 million." (CNN)
- "Despite assuring voters in his most recent election that he would not seek an eighth term," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) "now appears to be leaving the door open to another run in 2018, when he would be 84 years old. Hatch, during an interview with the local public affairs program, 'What's Up, Utah,' ... said if he is on the verge of reforming the tax code when his term is about to expire, he would consider running again." (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) "announced he will undergo surgery Monday to remove a mass in his brain. ... [T]he small mass on the right side of his brain is 'isolated,' according to a statement from his office." (Politico)
- "Oklahoma and South Carolina have officially joined the ranks of states that have ditched the Common Core State Standards. ... The two states join Indiana, which in March was the first state to officially un-adopt the standards." (U.S. News & World Report)
- Former Georgia "ethics commission deputy director Sherilyn Streicker is close to a deal with the state to settle her lawsuit for $1 million. ... Streicker's job was eliminated in May 2011 after she and then-commission director Stacey Kalberman investigated" Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) 2010 campaign ... Weeks after the pair presented commissioner's draft subpoenas for records related to the investigation, Kalberman's salary was slashed and Streicker was fired." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "says a state law preventing candidates from having their names appear more than once on the ballot won't deter him from staging dual campaigns for Senate re-election and president." (AP)
- "Rahm Emanuel: D.C. hero, Chicago goat" (Politico)
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) "are making a sweet bet on the" San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat "NBA Finals matchup. Perry is putting up a 3-pound cinnamon roll from Lulu's Bakery and Café in San Antonio against Whetstone Chocolates from St. Augustine offered by Scott." (San Antonio Express-News)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan delivers remarks at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's conference on climate change. (AAAS, 9:15 a.m.)
- The Friends of the National World War II Memorial holds a D-Day 70th anniversary commemoration. (11 a.m.)
- Biden meets with Hellenic-American and Cypriot-American groups to discuss his recent visit to Cyprus. (Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1:30 p.m.)
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) addresses the Republican Party of Virginia's 2014 Convention Gala. (Roanoke Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.)
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- TN-02 never joined the Solid South and has been represented by a Republican since 1867. Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R) currently represents the district.
- The winner is Tripp DeMoss, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Abraham Lincoln served his single term in the House of Representatives as a member of this party (much of its membership later became the first members of the Republican Party)." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- The Mississippi Gamble
- Obama Is Sabotaging Democratic Senate Hopes
- The Politics of Being Green
- There's a Security Gap on Capitol Hill. And It's as Troublesome as the One at Navy Yard.
- Can the Silicon Valley Playbook Solve the Student-Debt Crisis?
"What differences does it make?" -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, when asked if he was given advance notification about the planned prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (Washington Post)
"What difference, at this point, does it make?" -- Hillary Clinton, during a 2013 hearing on the Benghazi attacks (New Yorker)
Adam Wollner, Editor
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