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Entitlement attack: Normally, Republicans are calling on Democrats to get serious about entitlement reform. But National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) attacked President Obama’s budget for for being hostile to seniors. “I thought it’s very intriguing in that his budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors, if you will,” Walden told CNN. He offered opposition to the Obama budget’s embrace of “chained CPI,” which was included as an olive branch to Republicans on Social Security. The anti-tax Club For Growth called for Walden to clarify his remarks on chained CPI. “Greg Walden ought to think about clarifying his remarks on chained CPI, and think about clarifying soon. I’m sure his constituents would like to know his opinion,” said Club President Chris Chocola.
Colbert Busch not a fan of Obama budget: Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the Democratic nominee in South Carolina’s 1st district special election, sought to put distance between herself and Obama Wednesday, saying she disagrees with it. Colbert Busch is trying to distance herself from national Democrats while Republicans are tying her to the party, all of which makes sense in the conservative district.
McConnell campaign manager rails against “Gestapo” tactics: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton continued to insist that the Republican’s campaign office was bugged following a published report that included audio of a private conversation, decrying “Gestapo kind of scare tactics” in an interview with Mike Huckabee.
Obama/Bloomberg sign off on background check compromise: Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) both signed off on the compromise to expand background checks on guns sales that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced on Wednesday. The National Rifle Association did not. The Senate cloture vote to proceed on consideration of gun control measures will happen at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Hagan raises $1.6 million: Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) had a productive fundraising quarter, bringing in $1.6 million and banking $2.7 million ahead of what’s expected to be a tough reelection bid in 2014.
Rand Paul at Howard University: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a speech at Howard University, a historically black college, that he’s never wavered in his support of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. During his 2010 campaign, Paul suggested private businesses should not be forced to abide by the act. He clarified that he supported the act and was not advocating for its repeal.
Sheheen v. Haley, the sequel: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) is running for governor of South Carolina again. Sheheen lost by about five points in 2010 to Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who polls show is vulnerable heading into 2014.
Jewell wins confirmation: The Senate voted to confirm Recreational Equipment Inc. chief executive Sally Jewell as the next Interior secretary by a vote of 87-11.
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