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OFF TO THE RACES: How the Clinton Foundation was born, and grew, and grew

The Tampa Bay Times on yesterday’s cattle call in Florida. “The daylong event showed off the styles, but there was little disagreement or attention-grabbing moments. Some of that owed to the setting; the crowd was mostly Republican business leaders, not grass roots activists.

From the Des Moines Register poll: “The vast majority of Iowa Democrats likely to caucus in 2016 like the idea of a President Hillary Clinton looking to her husband, Bill Clinton, for advice. Most likely Republican caucusgoers like the idea of a President Jeb Bush looking to his brother George W. Bush as an adviser, too, though by a smaller margin.”

BUSH: The New York Times notes that Jeb Bush is testing the legal definition of “candidate,” according to campaign finance lawyers.

CLINTON: The Washington Post does a deep dive into how the Clinton Foundation became such a sprawling empire. “he evolution of the foundation, which began as a modest nonprofit focused largely on the ex-president’s library in Arkansas, is a nearly perfect reflection of the Clintons themselves. It was not designed as a master plan but rather has grown, one brainstorm at a time, in accordance with the ambitious, loyal, restless and often scattered nature of its primary namesake.”

From the Washington Times: “Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.”

GRAHAM: He told NH1 “For me to stay in the race I have to do well in New Hampshire and for me doing well would be in the top tier. And if I can’t break through here I’ll get out.”

He talked to one of us(!) about Iraq, climate change, and his role in Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

JINDAL: He’ll make his “major announcement” about 2016 on June 24 in New Orleans.

O’MALLEY: Martin O’Malley will take questions today from Javier Palomarez, CEO of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports. The group held a similar session with Republican candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and is planning one with Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have been invited to attend the organization’s annual conference in September. It’s unclear if other candidates will get an invitation to speak.

PAUL: Rand Paul is trying to shore up his father’s fans with his push against NSA surveillance, notes the New York Times.

RUBIO: He’s finally sold his “House of Horrors” in Tallahassee, which he co-owned with scandal-plagued Rep. David Rivera.

And around the country…

MISSISSIPPI: Republican Trent Kelly has won a special election to succeed late Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

CONGRESS: Warren vs. the SEC

The whole NSA mess has left some senators scratching their heads about Mitch McConnell’s endgame, the AP notes.

Elizabeth Warren has some tough words for SEC chairman Mary Jo White, writing in a letter: “I am disappointed that you have not been the strong leader that many hoped for—and that you promised to be.”

OBAMA AGENDA: Signed, sealed, delivered

On Tuesday night, the president signed the USA Freedom Act, which moves the storage of bulk telephone metadata from the government to telephone companies, NBC’s Frank Thorp reports.

The Washington Post notes that Democrats are divided along economic lines when it comes to the president’s trade push.

Barack Obama will eulogize Beau Biden at a funeral ceremony on Saturday, one of us(!) reports.


*** Today on Andrea Mitchell Reports: NBC’s Luke Russert fills in for Andrea and will interview Sen. John Thune, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Fmr. World Cup Soccer Player Julie Foudy, NBC Sports Editor Joe Prince-Wright, the Atlantic’s Molly Ball, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Ian Williams.

*** Today on News Nation with Tamron Hall: Tamron Hall speaks with Boston Globe reporter Mike Bello about the latest on Boston Bombing trial, the ACLU’s David Rocah on a report that the FBI is using surveillance planes seen over U.S. cities, and another installment of our Born in the USA series – cancer survivor turned juicer Shauna Martin discusses her company: Daily Greens.

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