During a radio appearance on Tuesday, 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) “dodged questions…about whether he would run for governor again in 2014, but sounded a lot like a candidate as he used a radio interview to talk up his management skills.” Baker: “I’m never going to be the great speechifier. But if you need to get something done that is complicated and difficult, I’m as good a guy as anyone at that.”
Baker “indicated he would reveal his plans sometime around Labor Day, but was coy about the exact timing of his announcement.” Baker: “I may even slip it till after Labor Day, who knows?”
He also responded to a swipe that former Sen. Scott Brown (R) took at him last week when announcing he wouldn’t run for governor. Discussing Baker’s potential candidacy, Brown said: “Is he Mr. Personality? No. Everyone knows that. He’s not.” Asked about those comments Tuesday, Baker said: “The good news is that I’ve got no place to go but up.”(Boston Globe)
Baker’s announcement will likely clear the field of any other serious GOP contenders, while Democrats are expected to have a crowded primary fight.
RALLY FOR WOLF: “A group of Democratic activists from Cape Cod is planning to stage a rally in support of” state Sen. Dan Wolf (D), “who has been forced by the State Ethics Commission to either resign his Senate seat or divest his interest in Cape Air, the company he founded. Wolf has already suspended his run for governor and has said he plans to resign from his Senate seat on Thursday, if the Ethics Commission does not reverse its finding.” The pro-Wolf activists “are promising to bring ‘busloads’ of Wolf supporters from the Cape to the State House steps on Thursday at noon, and then march to the offices of the State Ethics Commission nearby.” (Boston Globe)
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"The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely."
Referring to the AUMF introduced by Sens. Tim Kaine and Bob Corker Monday evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday "he won’t allow any bill to come to the House floor that he thinks would restrict military commanders’ ability to fight." Ryan "defended the legality of U.S. military strikes last week against chemical weapons-related sites in Syria, saying President Trump had the authority to order them under the Constitution’s Article II commander-in-chief powers."
Attorneys for both President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen lost a court challenge today, as they sought to suppress evidence gathered in a raid of Cohen's office and hotel room. "U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood denied the requests and ruled that prosecutors will get first access to the information, followed by Cohen’s defense team ten days later. Wood noted that she has not yet decided whether she will appoint a special master in the case at all."