READ IN: Monday, June 9, 2014: Hillary hits the trail, Steyer still divesting from fossil fuels, DNC considers 6 cities for 2016, Brown leads Gansler in Maryland, and previewing tomorrow’s primary races

June 9, 2014

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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.

-- Militants attacked Karachi's international airport and seized control on Sunday for more than five hours, killing at least 18 people in Pakistan's largest city. The attack involved ten assailants armed with grenades and rocket launchers; the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the group said the attack should be evidence that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's hopes of engaging them in peace talks had failed. (Washington Post)

-- Two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander were killed Sunday in an attack by a man and a woman who may have been white supremacists. The shooters killed the officers in a pizza restaurant, then moved to a nearby WalMart, where they killed the bystander and then shot themselves. Witnesses said one of the shooters yelled, "This is the start of a revolution," before firing. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

-- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told doctors treating him that Taliban captors kept him in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks on end after he tried to escape. Bergdahl has no access to news media and appears in relatively stable health, though he has declined to speak to his family by phone. The FBI confirmed this weekend it is investigating death threats against Bergdahl's family, which forced the cancellation of last week's celebration in his home town. (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)

-- Welcome to Hillary Week. The former Secretary of State sat down last week with ABC's Diane Sawyer for an interview airing tonight, ahead of tomorrow's release of her memoir, "Hard Choices." Clinton told Sawyer it is "probably likely" she won't make an announcement on a White House bid until 2015. (ABC) The book is no tell-all, but it does hint at disagreements between Clinton and President Obama over the troop surge into Afghanistan, and tension with the White House over Chinese dissident Chen Guancheng. (Washington Post)

-- Clinton's book tour itinerary: Manhattan today, then stops in Chicago, New York (again), Philadelphia, Washington, Arlington, Toronto, Cambridge, back to D.C., Edmonton, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco.

-- Billionaire hedge fun manager Tom Steyer, who has said he will spend $100 million to elect Democratic candidates committed to fighting climate change, still has investments in energy firms linked to climate change. Steyer will be fully divested from fossil fuel companies by the end of this month, a spokeswoman said. Steyer had previously ordered his money kept out of tar sands, coal, natural gas and oil investments. (Washington Post)

-- The Democratic National Committee will consider bids to host their 2016 conventions from Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia, Phoenix and New York. The DNC asked for written bids from 30 cities in February, then sent requests for proposals to 15 cities in March. (Chicago Sun-Times) New York wants to host the convention in Brooklyn, where the Barclays Center could host the estimated 35,000 delegates, alternates and guests. (New York Times) Brooklyn is buzzy, but we're starting to hear more buzz about Cleveland's bids.

-- Front Pages: WaPo and NYT. lead with the attack on Karachi's airport. USA Today looks at fallout from new EPA regulations and fronts the Nevada shooting. The Review-Journal devotes the full front page to the Las Vegas shooting. WSJ takes a look at plaintiff's lawyers eyeing GM.

Primary Primer: Why wait until tomorrow to read primary previews?

-- Voters in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia head to the polls for primary elections tomorrow, while Arkansas voters choose candidates in runoff elections. A quick look at the interesting races on tomorrow's ballots:

-- Maine voters will pick between two Democratic state senators and two Republican former elected officials in the race to replace Rep. Mike Michaud (D), who's running for governor. Nevada Republicans will nominate as their lieutenant governor nominee either state Sen. Mark Hutchison (R), who has the support of Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and Sen. Dean Heller (R), or former state Sen. Sue Lowden (R), who's running to the right. This one is the most important race in the state; both Sandoval's and Sen. Harry Reid's (D) teams are running their respective shows.

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) is looking strong in South Carolina. He faces six GOP challengers, but a poll last week showed him near the 50 percent mark he needs to avoid a runoff. There's a huge ideological battle among South Carolina Republicans vying to become the next Superintendent of Education, where eight candidates are vying to replace retiring incumbent Mick Zais (R). Four Republicans, including former Attorney General Henry McMaster (R), are running for the open lieutenant governor seat.

-- Virginia voters in the D.C. suburbs will get to pick a Democratic nominee to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D). Nine candidates are running, with car dealer and former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (D) leading the pack. Sorry, North Dakota voters, no statewide primaries on the ballot tomorrow; both parties have settled on their nominees already. Same thing in Arkansas: No statewide runoffs were required after the May 20 primary.

National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.

-- Maryland: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) leads Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) by a 41 percent to 20 percent margin, a new Baltimore Sun poll finds. Del. Heather Mizeur (D) comes in third at 15 percent. Businessman and former state official Larry Hogan Jr. (R) leads the GOP field with 27 percent, with Hartford County Executive David Craig (R) and businessman Charles Lollar (R) tied at 12 percent. The primary is June 24. (Baltimore Sun)

-- New York: The Rev. Al Sharpton has warned candidates running in the 13th District primary to stay away from race-baiting. The warning came after Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) repeatedly brought up race issues in a Friday debate with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) and the Rev. Michael Walrond. Rangel was the only candidate who didn't offer policy proposals at Sharpton's Saturday event. (New York Times) Flashback: A mid-May NYT poll showed Rangel up on Espaillat 54 percent to 27 percent in the June 24 primary. That's not an insurmountable lead.

-- West Virginia: The last domino to fall: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) looks poised to become the first Republican elected to the Senate from West Virginia since Chapman Revercomb in 1956, and she wants to take the state legislature with her. Capito's PAC has started giving money to state legislative candidates; Republicans are four seats short of a majority in the state House of Delegates and seven seats short in the Senate. The GOP hasn't controlled the House for 84 years. (Charleston Gazette)

-- Virginia: Former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie (R) formally won the Republican Senate nomination at a party convention Saturday in Roanoke. Gillespie led by more than 60 percent of the vote among the 2,686 delegates when his leading rival threw in the towel. Democrats labeled Gillespie a D.C. insider and lobbyist. (Washington Post)

-- More Virginia: State Sen. Phillip Puckett (D) will announce his resignation Monday, allowing him to take over the number two job at the state tobacco commission and letting his daughter be appointed to a judgeship. Puckett's resignation means Republicans now hold a 20-19 majority in the state Senate, likely dooming legislative efforts to expand Medicaid. Republicans are expected to call members back to Richmond for a special session aimed at passing a budget without Medicaid expansion. (Washington Post)

DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.

-- President Obama hosts an education event at the White House today before greeting the UConn men's and women's basketball teams, the 2014 NCAA champions. Later this week, Obama attends a DSCC fundraiser in Boston on Wednesday, meets Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday and visits North Dakota on Friday.

-- Vice President Biden attends a fundraiser for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) (!!!) at the Willard Hotel this afternoon. He spends the rest of his day in meetings in the White House.

-- The House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) said in a memo sent to members on Friday the House will spend this month on Veterans Affairs legislation, three tax extenders, an energy package and the Transportation-HUD, Agriculture and Defense appropriations bills. (Roll Call) Not on the list: Ex-Im Bank.

-- A House Republican plan to cut USPS mail delivery to five days a week in order to fund the almost empty highway trust fund has support from top Postal Service officials. Cutting Saturday mail would save the cash-strapped service about $2 billion a year. The Obama administration supports five-day delivery, but many Democrats and some rural Republicans are leery. (Washington Post)

-- The Senate returns at 2 p.m. today, with roll call votes on cloture for judicial nominees in Virginia, Massachusetts and Nevada. Their confirmation votes could come as early as Tuesday. Also coming this week: Confirmation votes for three members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including vice chair nominee Stanley Fischer.

TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.

-- North Carolina: Sen. Kay Hagan (D) is finally getting on television, after months of leaving the ads to outside groups. Hagan's campaign has bought $108,000 in airtime set to begin tomorrow in the Spartanburg, Raleigh, Wilmington, Greenville, Greensboro and Charlotte markets.

-- By the Numbers: All parties combined have spent $31.5 million on the North Carolina Senate race. Americans for Prosperity leads the way at $6.3 million. Senate Majority PAC is at $5.5 million, and the DSCC has reserved almost the same amount in late TV time. Hagan's campaign has made up a total of 0.34 percent of all the TV spending here.

-- Mississippi: Both Sen. Thad Cochran (R) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) are reloading their war chests, but a pro-Cochran super PAC headed by Haley Barbour is back on the air with a new spot accusing McDaniel of planning to cut federal education dollars. McDaniel has said the Department of Education is unconstitutional. About 25 percent of Mississippi's education dollars come from the feds. (Associated Press)

B1: Business, politics and the business of politics

-- The RGA has $70 million cash on hand heading into the fall, a spokesman tweeted last week, and the committee has raised $50 million since electing Chris Christie as chairman. (Bloomberg) The RGA has advertised so far in New Mexico, Iowa and South Carolina on behalf of incumbent governors. The chairman appears to be planning ahead.

-- Stock futures are slightly lower this morning after the Dow closed at another all-time high, 16,924, on Friday. Most world markets are trading higher today. (CNN)

C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.

-- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), ostensibly an NRSC vice chairman, hasn't set foot in the committee's building for more than a year. And now establishment Republicans are getting their revenge by shutting off the money spigots; business groups haven't given Cruz the same level of financial support they're giving to other possible 2016 contenders. (Time)

-- Buried in that Jay Newton-Small piece: Quinn Gillespie chief and former Denny Hastert spokesman John Feehery says House Speaker John Boehner is considering taking committee assignments away from members who don't vote for him next year. Those members would also lose campaign funding.

C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work

-- Brooklyn is pitching the DNC, which inspired a few jokes in our newsroom. We can imagine delegates will be served artisanal lettuce wraps and toast. Everyone gets a fixie when they get to their hotel rooms. Ironic Duck Dynasty beards encouraged. And the GOP will counter by holding its own convention at the Bundy Ranch. Got any more? Drop us a line.

-- DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to hear a lot of support for Birmingham's bid. DWS and Rep. Terri Sewell (D), the Magic City's member of Congress, are roommates. (Birmingham News)

Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.

-- Boy, Drudge likes taking shots at Eric Cantor. Cantor had the temerity to say there was room for agreement on immigration reform in an interview last week. "We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids," Cantor said, referring to the children of undocumented immigrants. (Daily Caller) The word "amnesty" shows up five times in The DC's report, not including the headline.

Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today

-- The entire Texas Republican Party can probably expect a few phone calls from MSNBC. The party over the weekend adopted hardline platform positions on immigration, including an end to in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants that Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law, and gay rights, endorsing "reparative therapy" for gays. (Houston Chronicle, Associated Press)

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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