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Johnson Is Obama's Pick for DHS; Thad Cochran Gets GOP Challenger, Raises Little; DCCC's Boffo Sept.

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  • President Obama "plans to announce his intention to nominate" former Department of Defense general counsel Jeh Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security at a White House ceremony Friday. (Daily Beast)
  • "In his first extended remarks since the government reopened, Obama said" Thursday "that the public has grown 'fed up' with its government and urged lawmakers to move past the conflict of the past few weeks." (NBC News)
  • The DCCC raised $8.4 million in September and has $21.6 million cash on hand. (release)
  • A new WRC-TV/NBC News/Marist poll of VA GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 13-15, shows former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), 46-38%, with Robert Sarvis (L) at 9%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 17-19, McAuliffe led Cuccinelli, 43-38%, with Sarvis at 8%. (release)
  • Cuccinelli debuted a new, 15-second TV ad on Friday morning. (release)
  • A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll of NJ GOV LVs, conducted Oct. 7-13, shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 59-33%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 3-9, Christie led Buono, 55-35%. (release)
  • In NYC Mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) launched a new TV ad on Thursday, featuring his daughter, Chiara. (release)
  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) "raised $813,000 in the third quarter and has $2.4 million cash on hand." (Politico) Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) "raised nearly $200,000" in the third quarter and has "about $155,000" cash on hand. (AP)
  • Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), "an ambitious political up-and-comer with strong tea party support, on Thursday announced he's running" in MS SEN "for the seat held by six-term incumbent" Sen. Thad Cochran (R). "Cochran, 75, has not said whether he will seek a seventh term," but Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth "endorsed McDaniel Thursday." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • Cochran raised $53,000 in the third quarter and has $804,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • Former Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) "is considering" a rematch against Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) for the MS-04 seat Taylor "held for two decades," but if Taylor runs "it probably will be as a Republican." Taylor, on whether he would walk the GOP party line: "I was never a very good Democrat. So I could be just as bad a Republican." (Biloxi Sun-Herald)
  • Klamath County Chairman Dennis Linthicum (R) said Thursday "he is leaning toward running" against NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R) in OR-02 and "expects to make a decision in the next week to 10 days." Linthicum said "his likely primary challenge ... led the veteran GOP congressman to vote this week against the budget that ended the federal government shutdown." (Portland Oregonian)
  • Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) "indicated that he may launch a White House bid, even if" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "also enters the race." (RealClearPolitics)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• McDaniel's entrance into the Mississippi Senate race means that exactly half of the 12 Republican senators up for reelection are facing primary challenges from their right (McConnell, Alexander, Cochran, Roberts, Graham. Enzi). But of all the conservative challengers. McDaniel has the best chance of victory, given his early backing from the financially-helpful Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund. And he stands to benefit greatly if Cochran ends up retiring.

• It took less than 12 hours after Mitch McConnell cut a deal for Alison Lundergan Grimes to again call her opponent "Sen. Gridlock," a label that carries a lot less weight now than it did a week ago. The budget deal may have hurt McConnell on the right, but it cut deeply into one of Grimes' key arguments in a campaign that has, so far, focused largely on his negatives and little on her positives. McConnell has made the calculation that Grimes is a much bigger threat to his reelection than the tea party. Matt Bevin hasn't raised much and has yet to get a well-funded outside group to back him. While Senate Conservatives Fund continues to attack McConnell, they've stopped mentioning Bevin altogether.


    "A local man armed with a parrot was charged with assaulting a police officer and other offenses after allegedly hurling the white bird at a pursuing officer." (Hartford Courant)


  • "I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is." -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on the Republicans who favored threatening a government shutdown (The Hill)
  • "There's an old saying that, 'Politics, it ain't beanbag.' And, you know, I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate." -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (ABC News)
  • Cruz "potentially violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial relationship with a Caribbean-based holding company during the 2012 campaign, a review of financial disclosure and company documents ... shows. The relationship originated with a $6,000 investment Cruz made more than a decade ago in a Jamaican private equity firm founded by his college roommate." (Time)
  • "Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare" (Wall Street Journal)
  • "It's not like the Biblical Passover, where there's blood on the door to mark the virtuous. Every Republican will get slaughtered. They will all suffer for the sins of one or two." -- Former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen (Boston Globe)
  • "If she had told me, 'I think God wants me to get up and say something,' I'd be the first one to say, 'No you don't!'" -- Dan Reidy, husband of House stenographer Dianne Reidy (Daily Beast)
  • "Red Sox run could overshadow mayoral race" (Boston Globe)
  • "New York City is the only place in the world where the lesbian candidate is too conservative." -- Stephen Colbert, jabbing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) at Thursday's Al Smith Dinner (New York Times)
  • "A friend said it seemed like I wanted to take a shower. A month of showers won't help." -- Former Chapel Hill city Councilman James Protzman (D), who dropped out of the 2016 NC GOV race after seven months as a candidate because campaigning was "sickening" and "depressing" (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Sen.-elect/Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D-NJ) "plans to" marry "several same-sex couples at 12:01 a.m. Monday," when a court has ruled New Jersey can begin same-sex marriage. (Buzzfeed)
  • "Donors' frustration with GOP mounts" (Politico)
  • Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden "said in an extensive interview this month that he did not take any secret ... documents with him to Russia when he fled there in June, assuring that Russian intelligence officials could not get access to them." (New York Times)
  • "Call Joe Biden: Capriotti's signs lease for first D.C. location" (Washington Business Journal)


Congress Learns ... Something



  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
  • The House and Senate are in recess.
  • Actor George Takei charts a course on LGBT issues. (National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.)
  • "Nine Inch Nails" rocks Verizon Center. (7 p.m.)
  • George Washington basketball kicks off their 2013-14 campaign with "Colonials Invasion." (Smith Center, 8 p.m.)
  • The Cardinals look to close out the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. (TBS, 8:30 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • Ex-Rep. Tom McMillen (D-MD) won an unclaimed silver medal at the 1972 Olympics.
  • The winner is Brian Bartlett, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "The United States once won the gold, silver, and bronze medals for a team sport in Olympics in the same year. Name the event they were playing, and the year it happened." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"How I got it wrong about the status of Congressman Bill Young's health" (


"Congressman Denies Rumors He's Dead" -- A National Journal headline from Oct. 21, 2011, after rumors Young had passed away nearly two years ago to the day of Thursday's rumors. Young's condition is said to have worsened this week. Our thoughts are with him.

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor


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