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- Sec/State John Kerry on Wednesday "gave a stern warning to Egypt's leaders" after violence erupted between the military and civilian protesters there, "saying it had dealt a 'serious blow' to Egypt's political reconciliation efforts" (AP).
- Organizing for Action on Thursday will release a new TV ad "promoting the successes" of the Affordable Care Act (CNN).
- The RNC summer meeting kicked off in Boston on Wednesday, as GOPers try "to remake their party as a more inclusive, forward-thinking entity" (Boston Globe).
- Bill and Hillary Clinton "plan to campaign and raise money for" Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) reelection bid, "a source with knowledge of discussions between the Clintons and Pryor's campaign confirmed Wednesday" (Washington Examiner).
- The Progressive Change Campaign Cmte launched a new TV ad "targeting" Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday; the PCCC "says it spent" $21K "on the initial buy" (CNN).
- The NRSC launched its first ad of the '14 cycle against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), a 30-second spot that "utilizes Nintendo's 'Duck Hunt' game" and aired Wednesday night in the New Orleans market during the season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" (Roll Call).
- "A group of tea-party and conservative organizations urged" Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) "to retire rather than seek a third term next year," but no "serious contender has yet emerged" (Wall Street Journal).
- Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) "said Wednesday he'll seek a third term in Congress ... ending speculation he'd mount a challenge to" ID Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter (R) "in next May's primary election" (AP).
- Ex-Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), "[a]fter evaluating both" PA LG and a rematch in PA-12 with Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), "unofficially announced his plan" to run for LG on Wednesday (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Michelle Nunn's on message: In one of her first interviews (with the Augusta Chronicle on Tuesday), she criticizes Obama for not reaching out to Republicans and being too confrontational with business. It's why many Republicans recognize she won't be easy to attack -- she's got plenty of space to run in the center and doesn't have a paper trail of past comments or policy positions.
• On one hand, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) is refusing to be one of the old bulls that gets taken by surprise in a primary: He's sparring with Liz Cheney in the media and making renewed efforts to connect with donors. But then there are nuggets like these, buried near the bottom of the latest Casper Star-Tribune dispatch and worth keeping an eye on in the coming months: "He's still without a campaign website, bumper stickers, advertisements and campaign staff."
• GOPers have been criticized for their cookie-cutter approach to attack ads, relying on generic anti-Obama spots that were similar across the country. It's only a small buy, but the NRSC's first ad of the cycle throwing the kitchen sink at Landrieu doesn't particularly break through, outside of its creative presentation.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- In sentencing ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) to 30 months in prison on Wednesday, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson "shot down the notion, brought up by the defense, that elected officials once considered campaign accounts to be retirement funds" (Chicago Tribune).
- DNC exec. dir./U.S. Amb. to South Africa-designate Patrick Gaspard "encouraged" Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) "to start talking about running" for NJ SEN even before late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) retired, "much to" Lautenberg's "irritation, and continued giving advice to Booker during the ... campaign" (Politico).
- "I have a chance to shape what it means to be a Republican" -- OH Gov. John Kasich (R) (Wall Street Journal).
- "No Way in Hell Will I Support [SC SEN candidate] Nancy Mace" (RedState.com).
- The RNC "already threatening to block CNN and NBC from hosting" WH '16 primary debates if they air planned documentaries or docudramas on ex-Sec/State Hillary Clinton (D), "is also looking to scrap the old model of having reporters and news personalities ask the questions at candidate forums," instead "considering other choices, even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin" (Washington Examiner).
- "'On a Website, A 404 Error': The great New York Times outage of 2013" (Capital New York).
- "As Jack and I agreed when we looked back together, it was a hell of a way to make a living" -- Ex-AP reporter Walter Mears, on the late Jack Germond (Politico).
- "Rex Elsass Hires Ex-Hotline Editor [Quinn McCord] for GOP Firm" (Roll Call).
- We're off on Friday, but we'll see you right back here on Monday morning!
- Eddie Arcaro is the only jockey to ride two different Triple Crown winners
- The winner is Joseph Luchok, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In Major League Baseball, there has only been one game in which 3 brothers batted in row. Who were they, and who did they play for?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Michigan GOP Poised to Botch Senate Pickup Opportunity
- What Can Republicans Learn From Steve Pearce?
- Second-Term Blues
- Egypt: Back to the Intifada
- Can Drones Be Known for More Than Causing Death?
"Texas Democrats over the last 20 years or so have been famous for their short little arms that are good for clapping, but never reach their wallet" -- SMU prof. Cal Jillson (Houston Chronicle).
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor
CORRECTION: Wednesday's Wake-Up Call! misspelled the name of NJ SEN Special candidate Alieta Eck (R).