OBAMA AGENDA: More campaign-finance limits in jeopardy?
The Supreme Court's campaign finance decision this week may signal the end of other restrictions on money in politics as well, the New York Times writes. And, as the Wall Street Journal notes, conservative activists are already making moves to make that happen. "Motivated by the ruling in their favor, GOP lawyers and conservative advocates are discussing whether to bring lawsuits that would seek to permit companies and labor unions to donate directly to candidates for Congress and the White House; allow the Republican and Democratic parties to accept unlimited donations; and raise the current $10,000 cap on yearly donations to state political parties."
David Brooks sees McCutcheon as a plus for democracy. "Strengthened parties will make races more competitive and democracy more legitimate. Strong parties mobilize volunteers and activists and broaden political participation. Unlike super PACs, parties welcome large numbers of people into the political process."
Over at The Atlantic, Peter Beinart writes that the decision could hurt Republicans in the long run by further entrenching the perception of “the GOP’s country-club reputation.”
No easy fix: Reuters reports that Obama's NSA overhaul plan could "force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep."
Even Obama allies are starting to wonder if the employer mandate piece of Obamacare will ever go into effect, writes The Hill.
Reality check time: "Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the Obama administration plans to reevaluate its approach to Middle East peacemaking and decide whether it is worth continuing its effort in light of the inability of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to make progress," the New York Times writes.
Lawyers, Samsung and money: The White House isn't happy about that selfie David Ortiz nabbed with the president Tuesday after Samsung revealed it was a promotional stunt.
CONGRESS: Show me the money
"An effort to change the 2010 health-care law's definition of a full-time worker to ease its requirements on businesses has gained bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, as the Republican House on Thursday passed a bill to make the change with the help of 18 Democrats," the Wall Street Journal notes.
A Virginia Democrat says members of Congress don't make enough money. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” [Rep. Jim] Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
Watching optics on this one. POLITICO: "A subset of House conservatives is circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter urging Republican leaders not to include a proposal in the defense authorization bill that would grant legal status to young undocumented immigrants in the military."
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to declassify parts of a report that criticizes CIA interrogation tactics after 9/11, NBC reports.
Sen. Dan Coats wins yesterday’s Quote of the Day: “I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing.”
OFF TO THE RACES: Rehabilitating an image
Former President George H.W. Bush will be feted by supporters today. The New York Times: "More than 800 supporters, allies, aides and even former opponents of Mr. Bush, the 41st president, will gather in College Station, Tex., on Friday for a three-day reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Bush administration and try to burnish its legacy along the way."
Opposition to same sex marriage may be waning as a galvanizing force nationally, but influential Iowa Republicans are drawing lines in the sand on the issue for 2016 hopefuls, the Des Moines Register writes.
Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal are teaming up to support a Republican super PAC "focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future," POLITICO reports.
CALIFORNIA: The New York Times notes that the high-profile scandals of three California Democratic state lawmakers are "have brought rare bad news to a party that has come to thoroughly dominate politics in this state but now looks besieged by high-profile corruption cases."
GEORGIA: Sarah Palin hit the road for Senate Republican candidate Karen Handel and slapped back at comments by rival David Perdue about Handel's education level. "There are a lot of good, hard-working Americans who have more common sense in their pinky finger than a lot of those Ivy League pieces of paper up on a wall," Palin said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
KENTUCKY: The Humane Society wants Matt Bevin to drop out of the Senate race after attending a pro-cockfighting rally.
MISSISSIPPI: Questions for McDaniel. NBC's Kasie Hunt reports: "The chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party said Thursday that the state senator challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran should explain why he was listed as a keynote speaker at an event that included a group that sells "white pride" merchandise."
NEW HAMPSHIRE: After facing accusations of making sexist remarks in his past statewide races, Scott Brown is yet again facing a woman in a high-profile statewide race, the Boston Globe notes.
*** Friday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, Time’s Bobby Ghosh, NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski and Charles Hadlock and the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman. Plus, the second part of Chuck’s interview with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and a look at New York’s rising political stars.
*** Friday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interviews Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), MSNBC Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs, author, "More Guns, Less Crime" John Lott, Economist Peter Morici, Columnist for The Daily Beast Daniel Gross, The Washington Post’s Nia Malika-Henderson, Politico’s Ken Vogel, MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, and MSNBC’s Craig Melvin.
*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Zachary Karabell on the March unemployment report; attorney Robert Rehkemper the creator of an app for drivers suspected of DUI; and Carolyn Kyles, Kentucky College basketball player Julius Randle's mother.
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews NBC’s Charles Hadlock, Jim Miklazewski and Richard Engel, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Karen Tumulty, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Vanity Fair’s Todd Purdum, and Richard Thomas and Lawrence Wright from the new play “Camp David."
*** Friday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews Pia Carusone from Americans for Responsible Solutions. Plus, Judy Waxman from the National Women’s Law Center talks about Catholic hospital mergers and accusations the mergers are compromising women’s medical treatment. The Grio’s Todd Johnson discusses the changing face of the civil rights fight. And MSNBC’s Karen Finney weighs in on the ACA and this morning’s jobs report.