Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “struck a tight smile for his mug shot Tuesday and issued a spirited defense against charges of abusing his power, vowing ‘to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.’ … Perry showed up for his booking in a black suit, white shirt and blue tie. He removed his signature black glasses for the mug shot, as county rules require.” (Dallas Morning News)
“Perry is heading back to New Hampshire Friday for the first time since the 2012 election. … And in an odd way, the indictment’s timing may have been opportune for Perry. Granite State Republicans, jumping to his defense, say the charges are likely to have little effect on the way the state’s GOP voters view Perry and have actually helped stoke interest in his visit. And that notice gives Perry a bigger platform to try to prove to New Hampshire voters that his disastrous 2012 presidential run, which hit particularly low lows in the state, is truly a thing of the past.” (National Journal)
JINDAL: ONE STEP BACK. “A Baton Rouge judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a New Orleans charter school group and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in their fight to proceed with national Common Core tests. Judge Todd Hernandez found that” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “caused ‘irreparable harm’ to students and schools when he froze the testing contract for third through eighth graders. The governor said he will appeal.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
RUBIO: HITTING THE CIRCUIT. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “will be in Western New York on Sept. 14 for a major fundraiser at the East Aurora home of businessman Jeremy Jacobs Jr. … [P]roceeds from the event will benefit the Rubio Victory Committee.” (Buffalo News)
Rubio “was the featured speaker at a rural Peoria County fundraiser for” Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-IL) “re-election effort. … [I]n a 25-minute address Rubio outlined a vision for how ‘America’s greatest days are within our reach.’” (Peoria Journal Star)
O’MALLEY: GRANITE STATE ALLIANCE. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) “teamed up Tuesday with” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) “to solicit names for an online petition asking Congress not to cut Social Security.” (Washington Post)
RYAN: MITT FAN CLUB. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) “said on CNBC … that he ‘would love to see’ Mitt Romney run for president again, but that he doesn’t think it’s likely.” Ryan: “I would love to see Mitt run again. I hope he does. He’s pretty emphatic in saying he won’t.” (Weekly Standard)
Ryan sat down with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to talk about his new book, “The Way Forward,” saying that the country needs to get beyond the “politics of emotion.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
CLINTON: DEAN’S IN. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) “still thinks” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) “will have a challenger in the Democratic field — maybe several. But he won’t be one of them. And if Clinton does run, Dean sounds like he’s ready to join the team.” Dean: “I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan. “I just am. Not because I hope to get a job. I know her; I’ve known her for a long time. I think she has an enormous mental capacity to do analysis and let the chips fall where they may. If she is president, which I hope she is, I think she is going to be a terrific president.” (CNN)
FERGUSON: LAYING LOW. “[F]ew potential 2016 candidates are rushing into the Ferguson fray — for good reason, strategists say. … Neither Clinton” nor former FLorida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) “has said anything publicly about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown or the days of unrest that have followed his death. Neither has” Vice President Biden. O’Malley “talked about the need for healing and alluded to racial divides that exist, but did not discuss the specifics of the case.” Ryan “implored people to take a ‘deep breath’ and let the investigation unfold.” Christie “said the scene in the St. Louis suburb has become ‘a spectacle’ and said people should not prejudge what happened without the facts.” (Politico)
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A Russian government think tank run by Putin loyalists "developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system." Two confidential documents from the Putin-backed Institute for Strategic Studies, obtained by U.S. intelligence, provide "the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election."
"The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification" to monitor Carter Page, who was then a defense adviser to the Trump campaign. "The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks."
"The Air Force is set to deploy its high-tech, fifth-generation F-35A fighter jets to Europe this weekend as part of an effort to assure U.S. allies there who are worried about Russian aggression." The new, state-of-the-art fighters will train with European air units. "The Pentagon noted that the deployment had been long planned, meaning it was not a reaction to recent increasing tensions between the United States and Russia," although a statement noted the move is part of the "European Reassurance Initiative," which began three years ago when Russia annexed Crimea.