Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) “will host a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic Women’s Senate Network at her home, along with” DSCC chairman Michael Bennet, on Sept. 9. (Politico)
“A Republican takeover of the Senate this fall would hurt” President Obama “for the final two years of his presidency, but it might help … Clinton if she runs to succeed him. Republican control of both the House and Senate would provide … Clinton a clearer target to run against in courting voters fatigued by Washington dysfunction. The longer an unpopular president and his more-unpopular partisan adversaries battle to a standstill, the easier it is to offer herself as a fresh start. ‘It would be bad for the country,” said Stanley Greenberg, President Bill Clinton’s former pollster, but ‘total gridlock would allow Hillary to be the change.’” (New York Times)
“Clinton is emphasizing her roots in the Midwest, a region critical to electoral success and a calling card for any politician looking to hone an image of no-nonsense practicality.” (Wall Street Journal)
AFL-CIO political director Mike Podhorzer “said unions want to be more unified behind a candidate than they were in 2008, when Clinton and … Obama battled for the nomination, splitting labor. He also pushed back against the suggestion that workers have ‘concerns’ with Clinton. But Podhorzer acknowledged labor has questions about what Clinton will emphasize in an expected run for the White House.” Podhorzer: “People want to see where she’ll be on working family issues, if she decides to run.” (The Hill)
PAUL: BACK TO N.C. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “is scheduled to headline a” North Carolina Republican Party fundraiser in Charlotte next Monday. Paul “visited Charlotte about three months ago ahead of the state’s GOP Senate primary in May, attending a rally for” physician Greg Brannon (R). (Raleigh News & Observer)
BIDEN: WINDY CITY BOUND. Vice President Biden will raise money for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) “and Democratic members of Congress” in Chicago next Monday. (Chicago Tribune)
PERRY: NOT ALL THAT MEETS THE EYE. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.” (Texas Tribune)
“The conventional wisdom following … Perry’s indictment on charges of abuse of power has been strikingly uniform in the national media ““ the governor’s getting a raw deal. … But as is often the case, there’s more to the story. Here are five things to consider in evaluating the conventional wisdom. … 1) The case is about politics. … 2) Perry punished a district attorney for drunken driving. … 3) The case is about a veto. … 4) The district attorney was investigating insider dealing in a Perry program. … 5) The indictment was an effort to damage Perry’s 2016 presidential hopes.” (Dallas Morning News)
RYAN: TEA PARTY PUSHBACK. Scottie Nell Hughes of the Tea Party News Network on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) new book: “Maybe it was the prospect of big publishing bucks, or the adoration of national media, or maybe he genuinely believes this is his ticket to the top of the GOP presidential ballot, but … Ryan has decided in his new book … to damn conservatives as the crazies behind a ‘suicide mission’ for the country—even as he writes, oddly, that Republicans must hew to conservativism to win.” (Politico)
O’MALLEY: DWS AGREES. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz “also thinks deporting children detained at the border is sending them back to ‘certain death.’” (Politico)
WARREN: RECUSAL. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “was ‘rescued’ by a handler after being asked a question about … Clinton.”
Warren: “Hillary is terrific.” Reporter: “Is she still the best choice though?” Warren: “I’m sorry?” Reporter: “Is she still the best choice?” Warren: “Look …” Reporter 2: “You’re being rescued. The rescuer is here.” (BuzzFeed)
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"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”
The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.
President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.