Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) said in an interview with Diane Sawyer that she plans to make a decision on whether to run for president by the end of the year and then make an announcement sometime in 2015. (ABC News)
A new ABC/Washington Post poll, conducted by Langer Research Associates (May 29-June 1, 851 RVs, +/- 4%) finds Clinton leading the Democratic primary field 69% to 12% over Vice President Joe Biden (D), her nearest competitor, with other Democrats in single-digits. (ABC News)
Clinton’s upcoming book tour “will give Clinton a fresh taste of life on the trail, and help her team hone her message and operations.” For “Clinton herself, the tour promoting Hard Choices will offer something more personal: a gut check.” (National Journal)
“Clinton’s book … is a methodical march through the challenges she encountered as the nation’s top diplomat. Beyond the diplomacy, it includes lighter moments and self-deprecating asides as she seeks to project both a deep understanding of the world and a warm, human side to her personality.” (Washington Post) The New York Times reviewed the book here.
The DSCC sent a fundraising email featuring Clinton (and written by executive director Guy Cecil, a Clinton 2008 veteran) over the weekend pegged to Clinton’s book launch. It’s the first time Senate Democrats have used Clinton’s name in a fundraising appeal this year. (Hotline reporting)
Another Clinton 2008 veteran, former DCCC executive director and Terry McAuliffe campaign manager Robby Mook, “has been meeting with top aides to Mrs. Clinton and discussing strategies to win enough states to clinch the White House, two people familiar with the matter said.” (Wall Street Journal)
REPUBLICANS: ROMNEY RETREAT AHEAD. “Top donors to Mitt Romney’s two presidential campaigns are gathering this week for the former Massachusetts governor’s annual retreat in Park City, where they will get a fresh look at many of the top potential 2016 contenders,” including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). (Los Angeles Times)
PAUL: SUMMER PLANS. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has planned “a frenetic summer schedule aimed at reaching beyond the party’s traditional base, with explicit appeals to minorities and young people. In late summer or early fall, Paul plans a major foreign policy address that will give him a prime chance to close a gap with establishment Republicans that has been perhaps the biggest hurdle to acceptance of Paul by party elites.” (Politico)
Paul, in remarks to the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas: “Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, but a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election.” (Politico)
JINDAL: PALMETTO STATE SPEECH. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “spoke Friday before hundreds of S.C. Republicans of a growing rebellion against personal and religious intrusions by the Obama administration.” (Columbia State)
Jindal “stepped up his criticism” of the Common Core standards at the end of last week “when he said flatly that he wants the state out of Common Core.” Whether he does so “is clearly linked with his national political calculations, election watchers say.” (Baton Rouge Advocate)
CRUZ: STRAW WINNER. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won the straw poll at the state GOP convention, taking 43% to best Ben Carson (R), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and Paul with about 12% each. Christie finished in 11th place. (AP)
IOWA: DMR POLL. A new Des Moines Register poll conducted by Selzer & Co. (May 27-30, 400 LVs, +/- 4.9%) showed Ryan with the highest favorable ratings (56%) among Iowa Republicans, while Christie has the highest unfavorables (40%). But Christie scores comparatively well on an electability question. Overall, little separates the large potential GOP field. (Des Moines Register)
PERRY: ‘WORKING IT.’ Perry “has a lot of ground to make up after his gaffe-filled race for the 2012 GOP nomination, but at least some reviews indicate that his work is starting to pay off.” (Houston Chronicle)
TEXAS: PRIMARY INFLUENCE GROWING? “Texas Republicans want to make a difference in the 2016 presidential race. So they changed their party rules Friday to create a process similar to what Texas Democrats have used. It’s known as the ‘Texas Two-Step,’ a two-tiered system that awards delegates through both a popular vote on election night and also through post-election caucuses. … Texas Republicans could gain double the influence in 2016, first by being the first large state to head to the polls on March 1. And second, by pinning some of the delegates on a convention vote, they could draw presidential candidates back to Texas for a second time.” (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
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"Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they didn’t have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and would not seek to put their proposal on the floor on Friday. A late push to act on health care had threatened the bipartisan deal to keep the government open for one week while lawmakers crafted a longer-term spending deal. Now, members are likely to approve the short-term spending bill when it comes to the floor and keep the government open past midnight on Friday."
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.
Members of Congress are eyeing a one-week spending bill which would keep the government open past the Friday night deadline, giving lawmakers an extra week to iron out a long-term deal to fund the government. Without any action, the government would run out of funding starting at midnight Saturday. “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon," said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.