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A detailed account: Activist Curtis Morrison writes on Salon.com that he is facing a grand jury probe over his secret recording of a discussion at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell's office. Morrison details his decision to record and leak the conversation and says it "upended" his personal life.

Jackson doesn't see disagreement with Cuccinelli: E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia who has stoked controversy with his remarks, said in an interview that overall, there are no fundamental differences between his views as and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli's. "We are in fundamental agreement. I've heard that this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket ever in the history of Virginia," Jackson told WMAL. Nonetheless, the Republican added that the two candidates have to run individually. "There may be some nuances here and there, and I don’t think we’ll be afraid to express those," he said. Cuccinelli has said he is “not going to defend my running mates’ statements at every turn."

Pryor hits back: Sen. Mark Pryor's first TV ad hits back against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I). The gun control group Bloomberg co-founded recently put up an ad criticizing the Arkansas Democrat for voting against expanded background checks on gun purchasers. “Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, or even Jonesboro," Pryor says.

Obama makes student loan pitch: President Obama urged Congress to prevent student loan rates from doubling on July 1.

Clinton still the frontrunner: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton leads former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) by 8 percentage points each, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Meanwhile, Vice President Biden trails both Republicans.

No Bachmann, and now, no Graves, either: Two days after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced she won't run for reelection, Democrat Jim Graves is out too, a move that is makes political sense, considering how much more difficult his task became when Bachmann stepped aside. Meanwhile, Bachmann paid an $8,000 fine early this month for an inaccuracy on a 2010 campaign finance report.

New IRS report will be focus of congressional hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday on a new federal watchdog report is expected to detail “excessive spending” by the Internal Revenue Service on conferences.

Recruiting news on the SEN/GOV fronts: North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) will challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D), and Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) will run for governor.


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