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- "Increasingly frustrated by his dealings" with Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai, Pres. Obama "is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal" of U.S. forces from Afghanistan "and to a 'zero option' that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials" (New York Times).
- NJ SEN Special: A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of Dem RVs, conducted 7/2-7, shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker leading the Dem primary over Rep. Frank Pallone, 52-10%, with Rep. Rush Holt at 8% and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver at 3%. Among all RVs, Booker leads '09 GOV candidate Steve Lonegan (R), 53-30% (release).
- CO SEN: State Sen. Owen Hill (R) "sent an e-mail announcing his candidacy," becoming the second state sen. to declare this week (Denver Post).
- LA SEN: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) "will announce on Tuesday that her campaign raised" $1.67M in the second quarter and has $4.86M CoH. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) "took in nearly" $1.1M "during the same time period to push his cash on hand" to $3.2M (Baton Rouge Advocate).
- MI SEN: Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised "more than" $1M in the second quarter and has "nearly" $1.8M CoH, his campaign announced (Hotline reporting). Ex-Sec/State Terri Lynn Land (R) "sent out an e-mail to supporters" on Monday, saying "that she has filed paperwork to run" (MLive.com).
- SD SEN: State Sen. Larry Rhoden (R) "said he's planning to run and will formally announce his plans for the race Wednesday," becoming "the first official" GOP challenger to ex-Gov. Mike Rounds (R) (Sioux Falls Argus Leader).
- AZ-01: State Rep. Adam Kwasman (R) announced Monday he is forming an exploratory cmte for a possible race against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) (Roll Call).
- CA-31: Atty Eloise Gomez Reyes (D) "will announce on Tuesday that she raised more than" $203K in the second quarter (Roll Call).
- CA-45: Orange Co. Supervisor John Moorlach (R) "plans to enter" the race to replace retiring Rep. John Campbell (R) (Orange County Register).
- CA-52: Ex-San Diego Councilor Carl DeMaio (R) "reported raising more than" $483K "in the first month of his campaign" and has nearly $470K CoH (U-T San Diego).
- CO-06: Ex-state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) raised more than $500K in the second quarter and has "nearly" $920K CoH, his campaign announced (Hotline reporting).
- FL-02: Bob Graham daughter Gwen Graham (D) "raked in an impressive" $375K in the second quarter and has "roughly" $300K CoH (Tallahassee Democrat).
- FL-26: Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo (R) "is poised to make official his bid to challenge" Rep. Joe Garcia (D), with an announcement set for Tuesday (Miami Herald).
- IL-13: Rep. Rodney Davis (R), facing not only a candidate the DCCC has "touted as a top recruit" but also a primary challenger, "will report raising more than" $450K during the second quarter, giving him "more than" $700K CoH (Roll Call).
- IL-17: Ex-Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) "kicked off his campaign" on Monday for a rematch against Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) (AP).
- IA-03: Ex-state Sen. Staci Appel (D) "ruled out a bid" to unseat Rep. Tom Latham (R) "earlier this year," but she "filed papers last week" with the FEC to run (Des Moines Register).
- PA-07: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R) raised $402K in the second quarter and has $1.4 million CoH, "according to" nat'l GOP sources (Roll Call).
- PA-08: Army vet Kevin Strouse (D) "raised" more than $250K in the second quarter and has "approximately" $218K CoH (PoliticsPA.com).
- PA-09: Rep. Bill Shuster (R), who has a primary opponent "who has hinted at being able to self-fund," raised nearly $650K in the second quarter and has $916K CoH (PoliticsPA.com).
- PA-13: Physician Valerie Arkoosh (D), whose husband was Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D) campaign treasurer "for several cycles," "brought in more than" $285K in the second quarter, but her camp "did not announce its cash on hand" (PoliticsPA.com).
- WI-01: Rep. Paul Ryan (R) raised $1.1M and reported "nearly" $2.2M CoH, according to his campaign fundraising report (Roll Call).
- GA GOV: Gov. Nathan Deal (R) "raised more than" $600K over "the first six months of this year, and he spent more than half that total on travel, consultants and other expenses as he ratcheted up" his reelection bid (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
- IL GOV: Businessman Bruce Rauner's (R) camp announced on Monday it has raised "more than" $915K in the second quarter fundraising period (Hotline reporting).
- IA GOV: Gov. Terry Branstad's (R) camp "on Monday announced it has hired four campaign staffers to strategize" for his reelection, though Branstad "does not plan to announce his intentions until next year" (Des Moines Register). State Rep. Tyler Olson (D), who "has been weighing" a run, "will make 'an important campaign announcement' during events in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Mason City on Tuesday" (Des Moines Register).
- MD GOV: LG Anthony Brown's (D) camp "announced Monday it raised" $1M since 4/9, when the General Assembly adjourned sine die (Baltimore Sun).
- MA GOV: Treas. Steve Grossman (D) "reported holding" $565K CoH at the end of June, "more than double that of" AG Martha Coakley (D). Ex-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Admin. Don Berwick (D) "reported having" $210K CoH (Boston Herald).
- TX GOV: Gov. Rick Perry (R) will not seek reelection, "he announced to about 200 supporters and the media in a humid warehouse at the country's largest Caterpillar dealership Monday afternoon" in San Antonio (San Antonio Express-News). Perry's announcement puts the spotlight on AG Greg Abbott (R), whose interest in Perry's job is a barely-guarded secret (Hotline reporting).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Rick Perry is such a quitter. The same day he announced he'd retire, Branstad announced he'd hired a campaign manager in pursuit of his 6th term.
• Landrieu is still outraising him, but Cassidy is closing the gap. And his campaign is quick to point out that his second quarter totals are nearly identical to what Sen. David Vitter posted at this point in 2009.
• If we had to bet on one Wisconsin Republican to run for president in 2016, our money would be on Scott Walker over Ryan. But Ryan's door is always open, simply by virtue of his fundraising abilities. He pulls in big money every quarter -- and it's not that phony mail solicitation money that costs so much to raise.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Pug spotting lightens numbing budget grind" (Stockton Record).
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "As legal and public pressure mounts over the use of Executive Mansion resources" by VA's first family, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "late last week reimbursed the state for nearly $2,400 in food and household supplies used by his children" (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
- Ex-NY Gov./NYC comp. candidate Eliot Spitzer (D) "made his first foray onto the campaign trail in a circus-like appearance at Union Square" on Monday, "where dozens of reporters and TV cameras gathered in the summer heat" (Wall Street Journal).
- Teresa Heinz Kerry "was upgraded to fair condition" on Monday, one day after suffering "a grand mal seizure of unknown origin, 'an electrical storm in the brain'" (NBC News).
- SC Gov. Nikki Haley (R) "on Monday said she was physically abused as a girl by a child-care provider, offering a rare, personal disclosure that she said was meant to underscore the challenge any community faces in protecting its children" (Greenville News).
- "Honey, I shrunk the Obama data machine" (Politico).
- "Gay-Marriage Campaigners Reveal Their Next Steps" (The Atlantic).
- The U.S. granted independence to the Philippines on 7/4/46. (Brian Bartlett points out that they now celebrate their independence day on June 12, however.)
- The winner is Dawson Hobbs, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "The Tour de France just completed its first week of racing. Drug scandals have captured the headlines at the Tour in recent years but are in fact nothing new. The first scandal was sparked when two brothers abandoned the race and gave an interview in which they were quoted as saying "we keep going on dynamite" and revealed the use of cocaine, chloroform and other drugs by riders in the Tour. Name the brothers and the year." The 1st correct e-mailer wins the yellow jersey and gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Political Cybersquatter Strikes Again
- Democratic Oppo Group Rushing to Hillary Clinton's Defense
- The Hillary and Joe Show
- Texas Republicans: Rick Perry Leaving Governorship to Run for President
- Why Washington Will Have No Allies in Egypt
"I think there's a natural evolution and arc to the conversation, and hopefully we'll get there at some point soon. But it's not for me to rush it or push it faster than others want to" -- Spitzer, asked if "there's a point where people need to stop talking about the scandal" that led to his resignation in '08 (Politico).
"Why are you late? Were you with a hooker?" -- An unidentified man at Spitzer's Union Square campaign appearance on Monday (New York Daily News).
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor
CORRECTION: Monday's Wake-Up Call! misspelled the name of CO state Sen. Randy Baumgardner (R), who is running against Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).