Who Will Make the Debate Cut?

Only the top 10 GOP candidates in the last five national polls will get a podium on the debate state on August 6. First Read crunched the numbers:

  1. Trump: 18%
  2. Bush 14%
  3. Walker 10.6%
  4. Rubio 6.2%
  5. Paul 6%
  6. Cruz 6%
  7. Huckabee 5.6%
  8. Carson 5.2%
  9. Christie 3%
  10. Perry 2.2%

Not making the cut:

  1. Kasich 2%
  2. Santorum 1.6%
  3. Jindal 1.4%
  4. Fiorina 0.8%
  5. Graham 0.2%

Jeb Bush Positions Himself as the Grown Up

Rick Klein: “This hectic week-plus before the first Republican debate may be remembered for Mike Huckabee’s Auschwitz memoires, Lindsey Graham’s new cell phone, and maybe even Donald Trump’s trip across the pond to catch some golf. It might also be remembered as the period in time that Jeb Bush found the campaign groove he’s long promised – the one where he shows, in his words, a willingness to ‘lose the primary to win the general.'”

“Bush gave a Spanish-language interview denouncing Trump, jabbed at a certain former candidate famous for ‘self-deportation,’ and embraced a centrist’s vision of bipartisanship, as the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin documents. More interestingly, perhaps, he chose to engage and respond to Huckabee’s comments on the Iran deal – a deal, of course, that he harshly opposes: ‘The use of that kind of language, it’s just wrong,’ Bush said. Attacking fellow Republicans isn’t by itself a path to a nomination, as Bush and his team know. But it’s a calculation that there’s room for a grown-up in the chaos that is the nomination fight right now.”

Clinton Lays Out Climate Change Plan

“Setting ambitious goals for producing energy from the sun, wind and other renewable sources, Hillary Clinton seized on an issue Monday that increasingly resonates with Democratic voters and sets up a stark contrast with the Republican presidential field,” the New York Times reports.

“With many Republican candidates saying they do not believe that climate change is a threat or requires government intervention, Mrs. Clinton assailed their logic, saying, ‘The reality of climate change is unforgiving no matter what the deniers say.’ She set a goal to produce 33 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, up from 7 percent today — a higher goal than the 20 percent that President Obama has called for by 2030.”

Wonk Wire: A close examination of Clinton’s plan

Trump’s Net Worth is Closer to $2.9 Billion

Bloomberg finds Donald Trump is worth $2.9 billion and not the $10 billion he claims.

“The Bloomberg index values the real estate based on income it currently produces. Trump’s retail spaces could fetch higher rents if vacated and leased to new tenants at prevailing rates. It doesn’t value Trump’s brand beyond accounting for cash held in accounts for his licensing deals and business partnerships. Trump’s own estimations include much higher values for his brand.”

Obama Twice Summoned Jon Stewart to White House

Jon Stewart “slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the principal’s office,” Politico reports.

“In February 2014, Obama again requested Stewart make the trip from Manhattan to the White House, this time for a mid-morning visit hours before the president would go before television cameras to warn Russia that ‘there will be costs’ if it made any further military intervention in Ukraine.”

“To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed to Politico by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights.”

Obama Has Net-Positive Approval Again

A new CNN/ORC poll finds 49% of American voters approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, 47% disapprove, about the same as in a June survey.

“But on the President’s biggest accomplishment since then — the nuclear agreement reached between the U.S., its allies and Iran — most say they would like to see Congress reject it. Overall, 52% say Congress should reject the deal, 44% say it should be approved.”

Lee Backs Down from Obamacare Repeal Plan

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) “backed down on Monday from a controversial plan to appeal to allow a simple-majority vote to repeal Obamacare, following a meeting in which he apologized to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the actions of a Lee staffer,” the Washington Post reports.

“Lee abandoned his plan after first offering to give up in exchange for a later repeal vote as part of budget reconciliation and failing to find support from leadership. The Utah Republican clashed with McConnell and other party leaders over his plan to try and overturn Senate rules and force a simple-majority vote, known as the “nuclear option,” on an amendment to the must-pass highway funding bill.”

Trump Sells Apartment for $21 Million

Donald Trump “has sold his penthouse unit in New York’s Trump Park Avenue building for $21 million,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Trump was the first and only owner of the unit, located on the 24th floor of the 32-story tower, though he never lived there. It has 10-foot ceilings, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and one powder room. The 6,200-square-foot unit was listed for $35 million in 2013; it was last offered at $24.995 million, according to public records.”

Candidate Lived as Gay Man Before ‘Religious Experience’

Bob Dixon (R) announced his run for Missouri governor saying he had “spent almost 23 years as a strong supporter of traditional marriage” but neglected to mention that he “once lived as a gay man until a spiritual epiphany turned him straight,” the Riverfront Times reports.

“Bob Dixon would soon go on to marry a woman, have three kids and serve fifteen years as a Missouri lawmaker, first in the House and then the Senate. On Monday, Dixon announced his intention to join an already crowded field of Republican Gubernatorial hopefuls.”

Indictment Frames Mississippi Judicial Race

Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger (R) “isn’t just facing an upcoming legal battle. He’s also facing five challengers in the Aug. 4 Republican primary,” the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports.

“Weisenberger, the Republican incumbent, was indicted in February for felony simple assault on a vulnerable adult. The indictments stem from a May 2014 incident at the Canton flea market where Weisenberger allegedly struck 20-year-old Eric Rivers, an African-American man, and yelled, ‘Run, n—–, run.'”