OBAMA AGENDA: An “emboldened” Obama
NBC’s Perry Bacon Jr. on Obama with a new pep in his step. “[F]ar from deterring the White House, Boehner's challenge has emboldened the president to further push his plan to work around Congress for the remainder of his term.
The Washington Post scoops over the holiday weekend: "Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else."
The New York Times: “On Sunday, Robert Litt, the general counsel to the director of national intelligence, said in an interview that The Post’s article cites ‘figures that suggest foreign intelligence collection intercepts the communications of nine ‘bystanders’ for every “legally targeted” foreigner.’” More from Litt: “‘We target only valid foreign intelligence targets under that authority, and the most that you could conclude from these news reports is that each valid foreign intelligence target talks to an average of nine people.’ The administration has made no secret of the fact that, as it vacuums data from around the globe, it sometimes inadvertently collects information from innocent people, including some Americans.”
From the LA Times' Mike Memoli: "The crisis in Iraq and broader unrest in the Middle East have exposed a growing rift among Republicans on foreign policy, as skeptics of military intervention have more openly challenged the party's hawkish posture in the post-Sept. 11 era."
The National Resources Defense Council's power was on full display as the White House unveiled its EPA plan, writes the New York Times. "The group’s leaders understand the art of influence: In successfully drafting a climate plan that heavily influenced the president’s proposal, the organization followed the strategy used by the American Petroleum Institute, the lobbying arm of the oil industry, to write an energy policy for Vice President Dick Cheney during the Bush administration."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Meet the Press: "Our border is not open to illegal migration. And we are taking a number of steps to address it, including turning people around faster." But, being pressed on whether children coming the country illegally will end up staying here, he said: "I think we need to find more efficient effective ways to turn this tide around, generally. And we've already begun to do that."
The New York Times writes that the Ukrainian military appears to have found its footing against pro-Russian rebels.
The latest in Gaza, from the Associated Press: " Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive last week — a crime that set off a wave of violent protests in Arab sections of the country."
CONGRESS: Boehner isn’t backing down from lawsuit
House Speaker John Boehner writes on CNN.com: "[T]oo often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."
Here's a roundup of the latest on the Export-Import Bank tussle, via the Wall Street Journal.
OFF TO THE RACES: Pat Roberts’ Freudian slip?
Michael Bloomberg is weighing in on guns again for the 2014 midterms, per the Washington Post. "Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes."
The Wall Street Journal A1: "Hillary Clinton Begins to Move Away From Obama Ahead of 2016." MORE: "In tone and substance, the presumed presidential candidate has made clear in recent public appearances that she wouldn't be running for a de facto third Obama term in the White House. The strategy could help Mrs. Clinton tackle one of her biggest challenges if she decides to run: how to separate herself from Mr. Obama without alienating Democrats and Obama supporters."
What else might Elizabeth Warren do, if she doesn't want to run for president, Bloomberg asks. (Reminder: She has served in the U.S. Senate for just a year and a half.)
IOWA: After failing to clinch the GOP nomination in Iowa's third district, Brad Zaun plans to introduce legislation for a runoff system, the Des Moines Register writes.
KANSAS: Heckuva slip from Sen. Pat Roberts, who's been struggling with residency questions: "Every time I get an opponent – I mean, every time I get a chance, I’m home." Ouch.
LOUISIANA: Sen. Mary Landrieu's challenger, Bill Cassidy, disclosed over the weekend that his unmarried 17 year-old daughter is pregnant.
MINNESOTA: The Wall Street Journal looks at GOP efforts to oust centrists like Rep. Collin Peterson, who says "the Republicans are going after me because there's nobody else to go after."
MISSISSIPPI: Chris McDaniel condemned racist remarks made by an apparent supporter on a conference call last week but said that his campaign doesn't know who made the comments. "Certainly, we condemn any racist comments whatsoever, but bear in mind, we have no idea who that person is,” he said. “Neither do you. So, you understand there are people out there we have no control over. We have no idea who that person is.”
The Clarion-Ledger reports that McDaniel rallied Saturday with about 100 supporters, saying he will not "leave our friends on the field of battle."
NORTH CAROLINA: Libertarian YouTube sensation Sean Haugh could be a spoiler in North Carolina's Senate race, the Washington Post writes.
A federal judge will hear arguments this week from opponents who want the state's controversial new voter law put on hold until after the November elections.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel says he’s in for a run against Sen. Lindsey Graham, the AP reports. “He still must deliver 10,000 signatures from registered voters to state election officials by July 15 to get on the ballot.”
*** Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Stephanie Gosk, Miguel Almaguer, TN State Rep Joe Carr, Washington Post’s Dan Balz, New York Times’ Carolyn Ryan, USA Today’s Susan Page, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin
*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: NBC’s Kristen Welker interviews USA Today’s Raul Reyes and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson on the border crisis; defense attorney Eric Guster on the probate trial surrounding the Clippers sale; Rock the Vote’s chief of staff Liz Howard on the North Carolina Voter ID challenge in court today; and today our Born in the USA series highlights Heidi Ganahl, Founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow.
*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will have the latest on the border crisis with NBC’s Miguel Almaguer and Stephanie Gosk, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Iraq Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily, President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and Karen Tumulty, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin live from Jerusalem