Jon Huntsman is staffing up, Mitch Daniels thinks he can beat Obama, the DCCC is going up with ads in New York and Rand Paul wants to know if the president has an “enemies list.”

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* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman’s political action committee has hired two more communications operatives. James Richardson, who initially inked a deal to help Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s presidential campaign, will be in charge of online communications. Matt Connelly, worked for both former California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be overseeing rapid response.


* Mitch Daniels thinks he can beat President Obama. "I think the chances would actually be quite good," the Indiana governor the told reporters today. "The quality and the number of people who have said they'd like to be associated is really quite awesome to me." He added that concern over Obama’s vulnerability wasn’t a part of his decision: "That's really not a factor, I don't want to overstate this."

* A letter sent by Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) warning Republicans not to endorsestate Treasurer Richard Mourdock in 2012 was “pretty pathetic,” Mourdock said. He told The Hill the letter was met with "the white hot anger of a thousand suns" by local party officials who have endorsed him over Lugar.

* In a press conference at the Chamber of Commerce today, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned whether President Obama has an “enemies list” that includes South Carolina. In a press conference on a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing over a plant in the Palmetto state, Paul wondered whether the White House was targeting “a Republican state ... a right-to-work-state.”

* Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver have separated after 25 years of marriage. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together,” the couple told the L.A. Times. “At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.” Shriver, a Democrat and the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, often broke with her husband but also gave him crucial help in his 2003 gubernatorial election.


* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on May 24, during an official visit to the United States to meet with President Obama. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu about a month ago. The Israeli leader says he will speak on Iran and negotiations with Palestinians.

* Recently retired Rhode Island police superintendent Brendan Doherty will run for Congress against Rep. David Cicilline, a freshman Democrat. That means a likely primary against former state Rep. John Loughlin. The 1st district seat is heavily Democratic — before last year it was held for eight terms by Patrick Kennedy.

* Hours after the conservative American Crossroads announced that they were putting $650,000 into ads in the New York 26th district special election, a Democratic operative says that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is planning a $250,000 buy. Democrats had been reluctant to get invest much in this Republican-leaning seat, but a third party candidate has convinced some that an upset was possible. The special election is only a few weeks away, on May 24.

* Mitt Romney will try to put the health-care issue behind him on Thursday in a University of Michigan speech. The former Massachusetts governor has also scheduled his first trip to Iowa for May 27, a sign that he’s ready to kick his campaign into higher gear. While Romney many people don’t expect to invest nearly as much time or money in Iowa as he did in 2008, he isn’t avoiding the state completely.


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