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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- A federal jury on Thursday found former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) guilty of 11 corruption-related counts. Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell was found guilty on eight counts. McDonnell, the first Virginia governor to be charged with or convicted of a crime, sobbed as the jury read its verdict. The couple will be sentenced Jan. 6. (Washington Post)
-- Pro-Russian separatists began shelling the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, which lies on the Sea of Azov between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula a day before peace talks were to begin in Belarus. Representatives from Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and OSCE will meet in Minsk today; Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday at the NATO summit in Wales he had "careful optimism" that a peace deal could be reached. (Washington Post)
-- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin were unconstitutional, the third circuit court to rule against a marriage ban since the Supreme Court overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act last year. Judge Richard Posner wrote the unanimous opinion. Stays remain in place in both states until the Supreme Court takes up their cases. The 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, is expected to rule soon on marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. (Washington Post)
-- In a memo to Republicans, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the House would vote on measures to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, spur energy production and further investigations into the IRS's scrutiny of conservative outside groups. Unmentioned in the 2,239-word memo: The Export-Import Bank. (Breitbart)
-- A hacker broke into Healthcare.gov servers in July and uploaded malicious software, federal officials said, but investigators found no evidence that consumer data was stolen. It appears to be the first successful invasion of the website; the attack was uncovered last week. About 5.4 million people got health care through the federal exchange during open enrollment last year. (Wall Street Journal)
-- Front Pages: WaPo 6-column banner: "McDonnells found guilty of corruption." Richmond Times-Dispatch: "GUILTY." Waynesboro News Virginian: "GUILTY." Charlottesville Daily Progress: "GUILTY." NYT leads with a possible record fine for BP (see section B1, below). WSJ leads with a report from the NATO summit in Wales. USA Today: "Al-Qaeda eclipsed by brutal Islamic State." Happier news in the Reno Gazette-Journal, which celebrates Tesla's lithium battery factory by putting the company logo on the front page. "Billion-Dollar Bonanza," the banner head says.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- WH'16: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) isn't going Shermanesque on us. In an interview Thursday, Patrick said he had been asked to run for president, and he's giving it thought. "Maybe, but not right away," Patrick said when asked about the chances of a White House bid. (WMUR)
-- Kansas: National Republicans have dispatched strategist Chris LaCivita to take over Sen. Pat Roberts' (R) re-election campaign. Polls show independent candidate Greg Orman leading Roberts; Orman has been on air since July, and a Libertarian candidate could take some of Roberts' vote share. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) helped convince Democratic nominee Chad Taylor to drop his bid to help Orman. (New York Times, Washington Post) Complicating Orman's path: Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said Taylor's name will remain on the ballot because he didn't say he would be unable to serve if elected. (Wichita Eagle) Tweet of the Day: @jmartNYT: "What's so rich about Kobach role here is that some KS folks said he regretted not primarying Roberts."
-- Ohio: U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against a Republican-backed bill that would have ended a week of voter registration and a move by Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) to curtail weekend and evening early voting hours. The NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the ACLU brought suit to stop cuts to early voting. Husted said he would appeal the ruling. (Columbus Dispatch)
-- Louisiana: Judge Wilson Fields will hold a hearing today on a lawsuit brought by state Rep. Paul Hollis (R), challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D) residency status after reports last week that the senator lists her parents' home in New Orleans on her voter registration forms. Landrieu was subpoenaed to appear at the hearing, but a campaign spokesman said she didn't receive the subpoena. (Associated Press)
-- Nevada: Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced Thursday he will call the state legislature back in session next week to debate a proposed $1.3 billion in tax breaks over 20 years for Tesla, the electric car manufacturer. That amount is more than twice what Tesla CEO Elon Musk had suggested the company would need to build its $5 billion lithium battery factory. Sandoval said the factory would have a $100 billion impact on Nevada's economy over that time. (Las Vegas Sun) Line of the Day: "When he stepped to the microphone, Musk started by mispronouncing Nevada."
-- California: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) holds a 16-point lead, 50 percent to 34 percent, over former TARP administrator Neel Kashkari (R), a new Field Poll finds. Brown leads by 18 among those with no party preference and by 32 points among those who called themselves "middle-of-the-road" voters. (Field Poll) Brown's previous margins of victory: 3 points (1974), 19.5 points (1978) and 13 points (2010).
-- Wyoming: A state legislative committee meeting in advance of next year's session will debate a measure to end the death penalty next week. The committee will also consider whether to bring back the firing squad if lethal injections are not possible. Wyoming is one of dozens of states that suddenly find it difficult to procure the drugs used in lethal injections, after pharmaceutical companies have restricted sales. (Casper Star-Tribune)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama has already attended a meeting on the future of NATO, where leaders discussed mutual defense and the threat posed by the Islamic State. Later, Obama sat down with French President Francois Hollande. This afternoon, he has a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, holds a press conference, then hops on Air Force One to head back to Washington. Obama's expected back at Andrews about 8:40 p.m. tonight.
-- Vice President Biden has meetings at the White House on the schedule today.
-- The group pushing D.C. for the 2024 Summer Olympics, chaired by Russ Ramsey, named 17 local luminaries to its board of directors on Thursday, including Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, Mystics president Sheila Johnson and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein. Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is the group's vice chairman. (Washington Post)
-- Federal prosecutors have charged Mark Long, Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign chauffeur, with campaign finance fraud for allegedly conspiring with businessman Jeffrey Thompson to hide money directed to Gray's 2010 campaign. Long will appear in court today, when he is expected to plead guilty. (Washington Post)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- Battle for the Senate: Democrats, Republicans and their allies spent a combined $200 million on ads in U.S. Senate races between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30, according to a new analysis using CMAG data. Democratic spending is up nearly 75 percent over that period, while Republican spending has declined slightly. Still, total Republican spending is about $28 million higher than total Democratic spending. Americans for Prosperity has spent $16.7 million to run 33,127 ads, while Senate Majority PAC spent $16.6 million to run 33,750 individual spots. (Wesleyan Media Project)
-- Kentucky: Crossroads GPS is dropping into the race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) beginning Oct. 6. The group, led by former McConnell chief of staff Steven Law, will spend $1.2 million on ads that week.
-- Iowa: Freedom Partners will be on air for state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) from now until Election Day. The group will spend about $175,000 a week on cable between now and then, with a little broadcast TV thrown in as well. An important note: The group airing these ads, and the ones in Arkansas and Oregon we told you about yesterday, is the Freedom Partners Action Fund, which must disclose its donors, not the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which can't air ads within the 60-day pre-election window.
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- Stu Rothenberg on the GOP's newfound interest in offering birth control pills over the counter: "Some GOP observers expect other Republicans in competitive states and districts -- not in heavily conservative, ruby Red districts or states -- to embrace Jindal’s argument as they attempt to woo key voters. If enough do it, they could help move the party in a way to make it more appealing to younger voters, as well as to moderates. And of course, it could create more friction inside the GOP, as well." (Rothenblog)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that BP was primarily responsible for the 2011 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and caused millions of barrels of oil to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Judge Carl Barbier left the door open to fine BP up to $18 billion in civil penalties, far more than the $3.5 billion the company had reserved. BP, which has already spent $28 billion on cleanup, said it would immediately appeal to the Fifth Circuit. (New York Times)
-- Stock futures are lower this morning ahead of the monthly jobs report, which comes out at 8:30 a.m. Analysts believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics will report the economy added about 225,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate ticking down to 6.1 percent. World markets traded lower on Friday. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- We're a little late to this, but don't miss John Wagner's look at Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) complicated relationship with the booming casino industry under his administration. O'Malley has participated, reluctantly, in casino openings; operations have generated almost $800 million for Maryland schools so far, and the industry employs about 5,500 people. Insiders say O'Malley thinks the gambling debate took too much time away from other legislative priorities. (Washington Post)
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Someone using Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's (D) Twitter account mixed up a few links on Thursday and posted a racy photo of a woman in bondage gear. A Markell spokeswoman said a staffer mistakenly altered the intended link, which was meant to be a photo of Markell at an elementary school. (Wilmington News Journal)
-- Watch out, guys: Sharks are nine times more likely to kill men than women, according to research from Bond University in Queensland, Australia. The author of the study, Daryl McPhee, also says you shouldn't pat sharks on the head, put your hand in their mouths or jump on their backs trying to ride them. (Telegraph) Thanks for the hints, doc!
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- An analysis of government data conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies found the vast majority of new jobs created in North Carolina since 2000 have gone to immigrants, both documented and undocumented. CIS, which opposed the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate, said North Carolina's immigrant population grew 146 percent since 2000, one of the fastest rates in the nation. (Breitbart)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Attorneys in Wyoming are upset with the state Bar for publishing former Vice President Dick Cheney's unedited biography in advance of his appearance at their annual convention next week. The biography says after Cheney and George W. Bush left office, "President Obama began to dismantle the security policies that had kept the nation safe." The latest issue of the state Bar's magazine featured an apology for running the Cheney bio without editing it. (Casper Star-Tribune)