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- At a DNC fundraiser in Miami Beach, FL, on Wednesday night, Pres. Obama pledged to fight for "the cause of middle-class families and everybody who's willing to work hard to get into the middle class," but he said "it would be a lot easier if I had" Dem majorities in the House and Senate following the '14 elections (Miami Herald).
- MA SEN Special: Obama "exhorted" Dems "to turn out" for Rep. Edward Markey (D) at a rally in Roxbury Crossing on Wednesday. On Saturday, Bill Clinton "is scheduled to stump for Markey in Worcester" (Boston Globe). "A new conservative outside group is launching a big ad buy" supporting ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R) (Washington Post).
- VA GOV '13: LG nominee E.W. Jackson (R) "admitted that he used marijuana and experimented in other controlled substances in his youth, and acknowledged that he was forced to file for bankruptcy" during a Manassas presser on Wednesday "where he sought to clear the air about his past" (AP). Meanwhile, newly-minted Dem nominees for LG and AG "appeared with" GOV nominee/ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday in Richmond and "branded themselves a mainstream alternative to what McAuliffe called the GOP's 'Tea Party ticket'" (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
- AR SEN: The NRA "is buying airtime" on AR radio stations "to defend" Sen. Mark Pryor's (D) "vote against gun purchase background checks" (AP).
- SD SEN: Ex-Gov. Mike Rounds (R) "plans to raise" $9M for his bid, which would be "more money than any" SD candidate except for now-Sen. John Thune (R) and then-Senate Min. Leader Tom Daschle (D) "in their mammoth" '04 race (Sioux Falls Argus Leader).
- MN-06: Anoka Co. Board of Commissioners Chair Rhonda Sivarajah (R) became the second GOPer to announce a bid to succeed retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (St. Paul Pioneer Press).
- WV-03: State Sen. Bill Cole (R) has decided not to challenge Rep. Nick Rahall (D), robbing nat'l GOPers of one of their early recruits for a seat that tops their list this cycle (Hotline reporting).
- CO GOV: A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of RVs, conducted 6/5-10, shows Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) leading state Sen. Greg Brophy (R), 43-37%; Sec/State Scott Gessler (R), 42-40%; and '10 Const. nominee/ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo (R), 42-41% (release).
- WH '16: Ex-Sec/State Hillary Clinton (D) and NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) are "sharing co-billing at the high-profile Clinton Global Initiative 'America Meeting'" Thursday in Chicago (NBC News).
- According to a new Fox News poll of nat'l RVs, conducted 6/9-11 by Anderson Robbins Research (D)/Shaw & Co. Research (R), 44% approve of the job Obama is doing as POTUS, while 50% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 5/18-20, 45% approved of Obama, and 51% disapproved (release).
- According to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll of nat'l adults, conducted 5/29-6/2 by FTI Consulting, 48% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as POTUS, while 46% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 4/5-9, 46% approved of Obama, and 49% disapproved (release).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Today's Quinnipiac survey demonstrates clearly that Hickenlooper is no longer the untouchable chief executive of his first two years in office. GOPers certainly seemed to notice even before these numbers came out: It now makes a lot more sense that candidates piled into the GOV race in the last few weeks, while first-term Sen. Mark Udall (D) still doesn't have an opponent.
• Already saddled with dangerously-low approval ratings and a reputation for resisting compromise, ME Gov. Paul LePage (R) isn't doing himself any favors by moving toward a state gov't shutdown. Governors can only shift blame to legislatures when they have Christie-like approval numbers.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Snakes, Golf Balls and Beer: A Spa Craze" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Ex-WH press sec. Robert Gibbs and Obama WH '12 nat'l press sec. Ben LaBolt "are forming a strategic communications firm," called the Incite Agency, "aimed at leveraging their political experience ... for corporate and nonprofit clients" (New York Times).
- "More white people died" in the U.S. in '12 "than were born, a surprising slump coming more than a decade before the Census Bureau says that the ranks of white Americans will likely drop with every passing year" (Washington Post).
- "It was like he had a megaphone surgically attached to his mouth" -- Ex-Rep. Zack Space (D-OH), on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) (New York Times).
- Two Miami motorcycle sergeants "were injured Wednesday night in the motorcade escorting" Obama back to MIA following the DNC fundraiser (Miami Herald).
- "I'm very disappointed in my teenage son's words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I've already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well" -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), after it was revealed that his high school-aged son, Tanner, used homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs on his Twitter account and a reference to a racial slur as his username for an online game (Buzzfeed).
- "I would just say that while I do have a good head of hair for a 90-year-old, I do not have the quantity of hair, nor the inclination, to let it down" -- Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), after Roll Call published a story stating that Hall had "let his hair down" and mistakenly wandered into a LGBT reception on Capitol Hill (Houston Chronicle).
- How did supermodel Kate Upton end up spending her 21st birthday with House Speaker John Boehner (R), House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and her uncle, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)? She recognized her uncle's voice in the elevator at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in NYC (National Journal).
- Lee Trevino was the first player to win a major championship using a metal driver in the '84 PGA Championship. Bernhard Langer was the last player to win a major using a persimmon driver, at the '93 Masters.
- The winner is Brian Bartlett, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Last night, the mighty Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in triple overtime to take a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Name the longest Stanley Cup Finals game in Blackhawks history, including the date, opponent, final score, and name of the game-winning goal scorer." The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question and wins a gift certificate to Stan Mikita's Donuts.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Republicans Walk Immigration Tightrope
- Collision Averted for GOP Rivals Rogers and Amash (But Their Animosity Lives On)
- Domino's Pizza Delivers Big for Eric Cantor
- 3 Signs Republicans Haven't Learned Any Lessons From 2012
- Sandy Hook Families Try to Revive Gun-Control Debate With Hill Visits
"Sometimes it's just best to get caught trying, as long as you don't overcommit -- like, as long as you don't make an improvident commitment" -- B. Clinton, agreeing with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that Obama should act more forcefully on Syria (Politico).
"First, I will instruct my lawyers to mount a vigorous defense, using all available appropriate arguments. But legal language must not obscure the fact that I have done wrong. Second, I will continue on the path of repentance, seeking pastoral support and that of other caring people so that they can hold me accountable for my own commitment" -- B. Clinton, at the '98 WH prayer breakfast.
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