Said the letter: “To the families of those fallen heros [sic] whose blood lies on the sands of Iraq; don’t you think it might be time to rise up against an administration who has adequately demonstrated their gross incompetence? I think the appropriate, and politically correct, term is regime change. Forgive me for being blunt, but throughout history this has previously been accompanied by execution by guillotine, firing squad, public hanging.”
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“I am absolutely floored by this. I hope to God it’s not true.”
“When Republican officials in Iowa convened a planning session Thursday for their quadrennial presidential straw poll, only a handful of advisers to GOP contenders bothered to show up,” the Washington Post reports.
“The sparse attendance and lack of enthusiasm, even from those who came, was worrying to state party brass: The straw poll — a carnival-like organizing ritual that has in past years winnowed the candidate field and marked the start of caucus season — has faded into irrelevance.”
Federal prosecutors charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
“Hastert is accused of splitting up the withdrawal of $952,000 to avoid the requirement that banks report withdrawals of more than $10,000. When asked about it by the FBI in the December 2014, he allegedly lied and said he was keeping the cash.”
David Byler: “While Clinton dominates the Democratic invisible primary – locking up a huge number of endorsements and so far only attracting one factional challenger – none of the Republican candidates has similar numbers. In fact, in terms of endorsements from public officials — arguably the best publicly available window into the invisible primary — no Republican candidate has even started winning the invisible primary.”
“We do have some previous examples of races in which no candidate dominates the invisible primary early. When this happens, one of two things usually occurs: a candidate wins a late, weak or partial victory in the invisible primary and (usually) goes on to win the nomination, or the party simply fails to coalesce.”
Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” at the Trump Tower in New York City on June 16, and he plans to return to New Hampshire the following day, WMUR reports.
“All signs point to a Trump declaration of candidacy, however. He has been moving in that direction for many months with steps beyond those he took in his previous flirtations.”
“Trump has set up a pre-campaign organization, headed by conservative strategist Corey Lewandowski of Windham, and has hired staffers in New Hampshire and first-caucus state Iowa, as well as in South Carolina, where the first primary in the South will be held. Last week, Trump unveiled a 17-member leadership team in New Hampshire.”
“A onetime aide to Aaron Schock told the FBI this week that the embattled ex-congressman and two employees flew on a private jet with an insurance company executive last year, prompting the adviser to raise concerns about the legality of the trip,” Politico reports.
“If Schock accepted travel on a private jet from an individual or corporation without accounting for the trip, it could be a violation of federal law.”
“Allies of Lindsey Graham have created a super PAC to raise cash for the outspoken Republican senator as he prepares to launch his long-shot presidential bid in South Carolina next week,” National Journal reports.
“The new super PAC is named the Security Is Strength PAC—a not-so-subtle play off Graham’s own political committee, which is called Security Through Strength.”
Hillary Clinton “could become the first Democratic president in the party’s nearly two century-long history* to never control the House of Representatives while she’s in office,” Kyle Kondik writes.
“Let’s say Democrats net 19 seats in 2016 and 19 more in 2020, which given the current maps and overall political outlook in the House would be two very successful elections. That’s a 38-seat net gain, or eight more than they need to win the House. However, there’s a midterm to be held in between those elections, and Democrats could only afford to lose eight seats, no more, to control the House in 2021 under this scenario. In only nine of the last 39 midterms has the president’s party lost eight or fewer seats. Again, one can concoct scenarios whereby a President Hillary Clinton controls the House during her term. They are just ones that take a tremendous leap of faith to predict.”
“I want to win. I want our party to win. I want the next president to be a Republican, to be a conservative. We can talk about things until the sun goes down, we can yap about things all the time, we can say how bad things are, but we need to win. And that means winning in places where Republicans haven’t won recently.”
— Jeb Bush, quoted by the Washington Post.
A new University of New Hampshire poll finds Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) edging Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) in a possible U.S. Senate race, 45% to 43%.
Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) “says that Capitol doctors failed to pass along critical information about a lesion on his pancreas. He now is gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, and has filed a claim against the government,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“Gosh, some of my better friends slept in their offices and we’d meet late at night in our pajamas and stuff.”
— Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), quoted by Bloomberg.
Rick Klein: “Hillary Clinton’s promise to work it hard to win votes one at a time may not ever include classic retail politics featuring open access to ‘everyday’ voters, or freewheeling exchanges with the press. But her event Wednesday in South Carolina showed that she’s serious about the effort to win votes where she needs them. On a day that the national news cycle was elsewhere, this was Clinton trying to get done what she knew she needed to get done. Bringing traces of an old twang, she reminded South Carolina voters of what they knew: That she ran against Barack Obama there and lost.”
“It was a light touch on what could have been a delicate day; the Clinton camp knows that minority voters represent an area of potential vulnerability in the Democratic race. Clinton brought a simple explanation for why she ran against Obama – and accepted his offer to work in his Cabinet: ‘He and I share many of the same positions about what should be done in the next presidency.'”
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in FIFA’s affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country, the AP reports.
NBC News reports that none of Rick Santorum’s 2012 Iowa staff is currently working for his campaign.
“Two of the three main architects of his successful caucus game plan — Deputy Campaign Manager Jill Latham Ryan and Nick Ryan, who ran the pro-Santorum super PAC — are now working for Mike Huckabee. The other, former Iowa State Director Cody Brown, is running a consulting firm in Austin, Texas.”
Harry Enten: “So why doesn’t Santorum have a chance this time around? Much of his success in 2012 was thanks to a historically weak field.”
First Read: “Maybe the most significant political story in the country over the past 24 hours didn’t take place in Washington, DC, or on the 2016 campaign trail. Instead, it’s what happened yesterday in Nebraska, which repealed the death penalty in the state after Republican and Democratic lawmakers overrode — barely — the GOP governor’s veto.”
“This is a big deal for three reasons. One, Nebraska becomes the first red state in the country to repeal the death penalty in 40 years (after North Dakota did it in 1973). Two, it comes after at least one national poll (Pew) had found a drop in support of the death penalty. (If you don’t think that public opinion on a social issue can change in a hurry, just look at gay marriage.) And three, it comes in the midst of a bipartisan effort — even among Dem and GOP 2016ers — to overhaul the nation’s criminal-justice system.”