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Jill Biden says Joe Biden would make a ‘great president’

at 05:30 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Jill Biden talks up Joe for president; Michelle Obama praises Bloomberg’s soft drink ban; Paul supporters cry foul over convention; and the Missouri Senate GOP primary ad war begins.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Jill Biden is talking up her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, as a potential 2016 presidential contender. “Joe would make a great president, I always felt,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I don’t know whether this is his last campaign.”

* First Lady Michelle Obama today praised New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) for his proposed ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces. She told AP there may not be a “one-size-fits-all” for every community, but “applauds anyone who’s stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities.”

* Ron Paul supporters say the Republican National Convention is attempting to thwart its plans to hold a Paul-themed festival in Tampa in the days before the convention.

* The Democrats’ so-called “Paycheck Fairness Act” bill failed in the Senate today on a procedural vote, with all Democrats and two independents voting in favor and all Republicans voting against it. The bill is seen as an effort by Democrats to woo female voters in November, and Democratic campaigns quickly pounced on the GOP’s ‘no’ votes.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is distancing herself from Republican attacks on the Obama Administration’s half-billion-dollar loan to now-bankrupt Solyndra. Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate science committee, said Republicans shouldn’t dismiss loan guarantees to green energy companies out of hand. “I do believe there is a role, and perhaps that sets me apart from some of my other colleagues on Capitol Hill,” she told The Hill.

* Missouri GOP Senate candidate John Brunner is up with the first negative ad of the primary to face Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), accusing opponents Sarah Steelman and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) of voting for more debt.

* Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s (R) Senate campaign is challenging primary runoff opponent Ted Cruz to a debate in Spanish.

* California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today declined to take up a case that seeks to reinstate the state’s gay marriage ban. Gay marriage opponent are now expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could decide the issue once and for all.

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