OFF THE RACES: Trump -- again -- leads GOP horserace
From one of us(!), here's our dive inside the new NBC/WSJ GOP primary horserace numbers.
From Dana Point, California: "Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch on Sunday compared the efforts of his political network to the fight for civil rights and other “freedom movements,” part of a growing effort by the organization to emphasize its commitment to the plight of the disenfranchised," writes the Washington Post.
Carrie Levine of the Center for Public Integrity reports: "The Democratic and Republican parties certainly don't agree on how to run the country, but they are in sync when it comes to capitalizing on a new law letting them raise eight times as much money from rich donors than before."
Byron York asked over the weekend: Should Jeb have fired back when Hillary attacked?
BIDEN: Kasie Hunt reports: "A senior adviser to Joe Biden's late son Beau is joining the Draft Biden Super PAC to lay the financial groundwork for a potential presidential bid — a key hurdle for the sitting vice president if he hopes to take on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary."
Here’s Perry Bacon Jr.’s take from over the weekend on the buzz around a potential Biden run.
BUSH: The New York Times writes that Team Jeb is enjoying the summer of Trump almost as much as Trump is. "Mr. Trump’s bombastic ways have simultaneously made it all but impossible for those vying to be the alternative to Mr. Bush to emerge, and easier for Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, to position himself as the serious and thoughtful alternative to a candidate who has upended the early nominating process."
CLINTON: Msnbc.com's Alex Seitz-Wald reports: She's launched her first two campaign ads, one with a focus on her mother and one looking at the highlights of her career. Her campaign aims to spend about $1 million each in New Hampshire and Iowa on the buy over five weeks.
The New York Times delves into how the Clinton campaign is considering the idea of a Biden run. "The scenario of a Clinton-Biden matchup brought mixed emotions inside Mrs. Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters. Many of Mrs. Clinton’s senior staff members previously worked for Mr. Biden and hold him in the highest regard, especially after his son, Beau Biden, died in May at the age of 46 after a long battle with brain cancer. But Mrs. Clinton’s allies do not hide their annoyance at the implication by Mr. Biden’s advisers and supporters that she is vulnerable, and ripe for a challenge from the vice president."
GRAHAM: The Washington Post on Lindsey Graham's military record: "A detailed examination of Graham’s military record — much of it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act — shows that the Air Force afforded him special treatment as a lawmaker, granting him the privileges of rank with few expectations in return."
PAUL: The Washington Post notes that he's returning to his roots on foreign policy, telling audiences "I want to be known as the candidate who’s not eager for war, who thinks war’s the last resort."
TRUMP: A new NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll shows that 75 percent of Latinos have a negative view of Donald Trump.
His debate strategy? "I want to be me," he told one of us(!)
Msnbc.com's Benjy Sarlin looks at whether or not his plans to raise tariffs could ever really be done. "Trump, like many populist politicians, is a fierce critic of free trade deals that like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed by President Bill Clinton, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently under negotiation. When it comes to aggressively raising tariffs, however, his proposals appear to be unique within the 2016 field in either party. There’s not a lot of detail to Trump’s suggestions, making them hard to fully evaluate, but trade experts from across the political spectrum warn that most of his threatened tariffs would violate decades of binding trade deals negotiated by previous administrations and agreed to by previous Congresses."
How to debate Trump? Kasich adviser John Weaver suggests "a tranquilizer gun?"
SANDERS: Bernie Sanders to NH1.com on Clinton's record on climate change: "I think if you’re serious about addressing climate change, you have to say no to the keystone pipeline, which is the excavation and transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world. That is my view. She has not been clear. She has not given up an opinion on that. I think she was wrong"
WALKER: He's out with a new web video called "Momentum" in advance of the GOP debate.
OBAMA AGENDA: Why defunding Planned Parenthood won’t be easy
Republicans are talking a lot about defunding Planned Parenthood. It'll be harder than it looks, POLITICO writes.
From msnbc.com: "The United States will take a giant stride in the race to prevent catastrophic climate change Monday, limiting — for the first time ever — the amount of carbon power plants can pump into the atmosphere, according to senior administration officials."
The AP writes on the risks of the U.S. deal with Turkey on Syria. "President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria. Their goals, while overlapping in some ways, are far different in others, mainly on the question of how to handle Kurdish militants battling Islamic State fighters in Syria. And that's the problem."
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt’s leadership to move forward with political reform as part of a strategy to combat religious extremism, citing parliamentary elections this fall as an important test for the Arab country," writes the Wall Street Journal.
*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with POLITICO’s Chief Political Correspondent Roger Simon, Republican Strategist Rich Galen, and Wall Street Journal White House Correspondent Colleen McCain Nelson about Thursday night’s Republican candidate debate, host of "Greenhouse" on shift by msnbc Tony Dokoupil about the climate change debate, and Bishop T.D. Jakes about his new book “Destiny”
*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, Rep. Adam Schiff, Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell, Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, the Wall Street Journal’s Jeanne Cummings, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, USA Today’s Alan Gomez and NBC’s Kerry Sanders and Joe Fryer.