OBAMA AGENDA: “So sue me”
Obama's challenge to the House GOP at a transportation event Tuesday afternoon: "“Middle class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me."
The New York Times magazine asks: Can the GOP be a party of ideas? New Republican intellectual stars "have become the leaders of a small band of reform conservatives, sometimes called reformicons, who believe the health of the G.O.P. hinges on jettisoning its age-old doctrine — orgiastic tax-cutting, the slashing of government programs, the championing of Wall Street — and using an altogether different vocabulary, backed by specific proposals, that will reconnect the party to middle-class and low-income voters."
Tensions in Jerusalem are even higher after an apparent revenge attack, Reuters reports: "The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens."
Immigration reform and Supreme Court results are just the latest prompts for headlines like this, from the Wall Street Journal: "Setbacks Cast Cloud Over Obama's Second Term"
Speaking of immigration, protestors in Murrieta, Calif., blocked buses of Central American detainees being transferred to a Border Patrol facility.
There's been a huge increase in the number of unanimous decisions from the Supreme Court, but those rulings often mask deep disagreements, writes the Washington Post.
The Wall Street Journal notes how Chief Justice John Roberts is sometimes joining with his liberal colleagues in decisions that outrage conservatives. "Chief Justice Roberts may be aiming to build a stronger foundation for his jurisprudence by making appeals toward the four liberal-leaning justices, who could see partial accommodation as preferable to outright defeat by the court's usual five-member conservative bloc."
The New York Times writes that some Iraqi soldiers say mass desertions have been mischaracterized. "In the case of the Ninth Brigade, at least, its members insisted that they were eager to fight but were undermined by high commanders who failed to provide border forces with water and food, causing the brigade to abandon positions in the searing desert heat."
Not all conservative Republicans are taking aim at the Ex-Im bank. South Carolina’s top three GOP elected officials have chimed in asking for reauthorization, as has Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
From the AP: “Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.”
CONGRESS: Ending disclosure of paid congressional travel?
National Journal's scoop late Monday: "It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on the House Ethics Committee to reverse the change.
OFF TO THE RACES: The Clintons’ billion-dollar machine
The Wall Street Journal's deep dive into the Clintons' billion dollar money machine: "Bill and Hillary Clinton helped raise more than $1 billion from U.S. companies and industry donors during two decades on the national stage through campaigns, paid speeches and a network of organizations advancing their political and policy goals, The Wall Street Journal found. Those deep ties potentially give Mrs. Clinton a financial advantage in the 2016 presidential election, if she runs, and could bring industry donors back to the Democratic Party for the first time since Mr. Clinton left the White House."
At least so far, Ted Cruz isn't disavowing a call by the Senate Conservatives Fund to defund the NRSC in the wake of the Mississippi Senate runoff, Roll Call writes.
Chris Christie is headed to Iowa this month to raise money for Gov. Terry Branstad.
COLORADO: Incumbent Democrat Mark Udall's campaign is still putting women's issues front and center in his campaign against challenger Cory Gardner, launching a website to remind voters of Gardner's support for a federal personhood bill.
GEORGIA: Pro-David Perdue super PAC Citizens for a Working America is up with an ad hitting Jack Kingston for a Palestinian straw donor's contributions to his campaign. (Kingston says he does not know the donor and has returned the funds.)
KANSAS: Both Kansas senators say they don’t support sending troops back to Iraq, the Wichita Eagle reports.
KENTUCKY: Here's Alison Lundergan Grimes' not-exactly-full-throated statement on yesterday's gay marriage ruling in Kentucky. "While I don't believe any church should be forced to recognize anything that is inconsistent with their teachings, my husband and I have been married for seven years, and I believe others should have the opportunity to make that same commitment."
MAINE: A spokesman confirmed that Gov. Paul LePage has met with members of a fringe group associated with conspiracy theories and considered a domestic terror organization by the FBI, writes the Portland Press Herald.
MISSISSIPPI: This race keeps going and going. The latest from the Clarion-Ledger: "The U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran campaign is denying reports from a conservative blogger that it was trying to buy votes in Lauderdale County. Blogger Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told him to offer black voters in the Meridian area $15 each to vote for Cochran in the June 24 GOP primary runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel."
SOUTH DAKOTA: The Washington Post looks at the "forgotten" campaign of Rick Weiland, who's running for Senate without aid from national Democrats.
*** Wednesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews American Communities Project’s Dante Chinni, USA Today’s Susan Page, NBC’s Bill Karins, Rep. Blake Farenthold, Univ. of Wyoming’s Renee Laegreid
*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews MSNBC.com’s Amanda Sakuma, who is at a shelter visiting immigrant children; Bruce Vielmetti, Crime and Courts reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the 12 year old suspects’ court appearances in the Slenderman murder case; The Nation Sports Editor Dave Zirin on the World Cup loss and Serena Williams’ Wimbledon performance; and George Takei with his documentary, “To Be Takei.”
*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza fills in for Andrea and will interview Rep. Peter King, Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, NBC’s Chuck Todd and Pete Williams, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings and the Weather Channel’s Julie Martin.