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House GOP Poised to Pass CR; New EPA Rule on Power Plants; Cuccinelli's Ron Popeil Moment

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  • A new rule from the EPA "would impose strict pollution standards requiring future coal-burning plants to capture and store at least" 40% of their carbon emissions, fulfilling "a key promise" to Pres. Obama's "environmental base ... while offering a potent line of attack" for GOPers in next year's elections (Politico).
  • The House late Thursday narrowly completed its struggle to pass the food-stamps portion of its farm-bill reauthorization Thursday, with no Dems joining 217 GOPers voting to back a $39B cut to the program over 10 years (National Journal Daily).
  • The House on Friday is expected to pass a CR that defunds parts of the '10 health care law. House GOPers are also planning to meet again Friday morning in a strategy discussion on upcoming talks with the Senate and the WH over increasing the debt ceiling (National Journal Daily).
  • The DSCC raised $3.3M in Aug. and had $9.4M CoH. The cmte had $10M in debt at the end of July and "no update to that figure was given." The NRSC raised $1.9M in Aug. and had $4.8M CoH at the end of the month. But in the first few days of Sept., the cmte paid off all its debt, reducing its CoH to $2.3M (Roll Call).
  • In VA GOV '13, AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) camp on Thursday began airing "an unpolished" 30-minute infomercial "meant to underscore his core argument for election: He has the know-how" to be gov., "unlike" ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot). Both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli also debuted new 30-second TV ads on Thursday (releases).
  • A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of NYC Mayor '13 LVs, conducted 9/15-18, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading ex-MTA Chair Joe Lhota (R), 66-25%, with ex-Bronx Borough Pres. Adolfo Carrión (I) at 2% (release).
  • "Boston mayoral candidates skirmished Thursday night over how city government should manage the prospect of a casino in East Boston, criticized Police Department leadership, and wrangled over public education in the final big-ticket forum before next Tuesday's preliminary election" (Boston Globe).
  • In LA SEN, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) on Thursday addressed reports that he once donated money to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in '02, calling it "a 'youthful indiscretion.'" Cassidy: "Back then, Mary said she was a conservative" (Baton Rouge Advocate).
  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) "is increasing" his fundraising efforts "amid speculation that he might retire instead of run" for reelection next year. Cochran "has three high-dollar fund-raisers scheduled" in the DC area "over the next two months, according to e-mails his finance staff members circulated to donors this week" (New York Times).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The Obama admin.'s plan to enact carbon limits on power companies won't be welcome news for Dems running in coal states, even as they've been distancing themselves from the WH. Alison Lundergan Grimes (KY) and Natalie Tennant (WV) have the most to lose, but don't dismiss the risk to McAuliffe, who has been making an aggressive play for SW VA votes.

• When the House GOP's plan to strip funding from Obamacare implementation in its latest spending bill comes up for a vote today, there won't be much suspense in the room. The real fight was in getting to this point, and now that we're here, House GOPers will almost all support the plan. Statements of support from electorally vulnerable reps. like Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Chris Gibson (R-NY) ensure it. Time after time, the House GOP has stayed fairly united even on some of its most adventurous legislation, and today will be no exception.

• It may be time to take Cochran's name off the retirement watch list. Cochran, who will be nearly 77 on Election Day next year, is amping up his fundraising efforts, an indication that he may be preparing to seek a seventh term. But Cochran's staff is cautioning that he hasn't made a decision yet and won't until later this year or early in '14.



  • "I'm convinced there is a new paradigm in politics -- the rise of the grassroots" -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted in a story in which anonymous GOP aides call him "an amateur" and say that "Nancy Pelosi is more well-liked around here" (National Review).
  • "Whether it's Custer, whether it's kamikaze, or whether it's Gallipoli or whatever, we are going to lose this" -- Rep. Peter King (R-NY) (CNN).
  • Authorities "are investigating whether a workplace issue sparked the killings" at the Navy Yard on Monday, "according to law enforcement officials and witness accounts. People in the department where Aaron Alexis was working had concerns about his job performance, and investigators are looking into whether those concerns escalated last week, the officials said" (Washington Post).
  • "Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, were shot" Thursday night at a park on Chicago's South Side, authorities said (Chicago Tribune).
  • A TX appealate court on Thursday "reversed the conviction" ex-House Maj. Leader Tom DeLay's (R-TX) on money-laundering charges (KXAN-TV). DeLay says he'll consider suing the Travis Co. DA "[i]f he can find a lawyer 'with a backbone'" (Dallas Morning News).
  • "We were all basically on our knees praying. ... And my lawyer calls and says, 'You're a free man!'" -- DeLay (National Journal).
  • "Time to engage" -- The headline on Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani op-ed in Friday's Washington Post.
  • "Creepy Obamacare ad hits college campuses and your nightmares" (Yahoo! News).
  • "The lower part of his face looks appropriate for someone in their 40s or 50s. The upper part looks like someone in their 60s or 70s" -- Tampa, FL, plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Scheiner, on rumors that Sec/State John Kerry has had plastic surgery. Kerry spokesperson Glen Johnson denied those claims (Boston Herald).



  • MA AG Martha Coakley (D) famously derided the idea of shaking hands outside Fenway Park during the '10 MA SEN Special.
  • The winner is Neil Bhatiya, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which big-city mayoral candidate is heavily favored to win despite his love for the out-of-town rival Red Sox?" The 5th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I've never met anybody who thinks I'm mean, I've never met anybody who thinks I'm not hug-able. ... I tend to hug a lot of people every day. That's what I do" -- Lhota, blaming "his poll standing on a brutal primary in which his chief opponent," billionaire John Catsimatidis (R), "repeatedly described ... Lhota as mean and a bureaucrat" (Wall Street Journal).



"Die Kitties Die!" (New York Daily News).

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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