Before We Deconstruct Wisconsin – More Loose Lips – McCain vs. the White House – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fired back today after the White House called his criticism of the administration’s involvement in leaks of classified and sensitive information “grossly irresponsible.” – http://abcn.ws/KxLVoN (Sunlen Miller)
And McCain gets some support from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who told Wolf Blitzer the leaks are as bad as she’s ever seen them.
Related – Tapper Explains Gates’ OBL STFU Warning to White House – http://abcn.ws/Ni88XJ
Also Related – From Jason Ryan – The FBI has opened a leak investigation into the disclosures in the New York Times last week that President Obama ordered the intelligence community to speed up cyber-attacks against Iran with the Stuxnet worm according to federal law enforcement officials.
The program called Olympic Games was disclosed on June 1 by Times reporter David Sanger. FBI Headquarters is overseeing the investigation at this time. It is unclear if the Justice Department’s counterespionage section is working on the case at this time.
Last month FBI Director Robert Mueller said that his agents we investigating leaks associated with the recently disrupted bomb plot by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.
“Leaks such as this have a — I don’t want overuse the word ‘devastating’ — but have a huge impact on our ability to do our business, not just on a particular source and the threat to the particular source, but your ability to recruit sources is severely hampered,” Mueller said at a May 16 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Conservative Bloggers Targeted by ‘SWATing’; Saxby Chambliss Wants Answers – http://abcn.ws/KSZJIB
Who’s on the Ballot Has the Most Experience Against Romney? Green Party Candidate Jill Stein – a Harvard educated doctor who agrees with Matt Negrin’s suggestion that there is some overlap between her beliefs and Buddy Roemers – http://abcn.ws/NKCaRR
Romney Email Hacker Apologizes – http://abcn.ws/MfCM2D
Scott Walker Regrets – Triumphant Gov. Tells Jon Karl what he did wrong last year – “My problem was I was so eager to fix it I didn’t talk about it. I just fixed it,” Walker said. ”Most politicians talk about it but never fix it in the future. We have learned from this. We are going to both talk about, get people engaged, work on solutions together and then fix it.” http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/scott-walker-romney-still-underdog-in-wisconsin/
The Day After Wisconsin – A Look at Public Employees Unions – Reeling as Pension Reforms Gain Support – Matt Negrin reports gathers string from voter initiatives in California and how Democratic governors are joining in the reform fight too. “In an era of austerity, concerns about pensions are finding a place not just in Republicans’ playbooks. Scott Walker, the Republican governor who survived the Wisconsin recall last night, has noted that pension reform efforts have taken root in liberal Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and California, too. Walker, of course, got into the recall battle by curbing some collective bargaining rights of state workers.” http://abcn.ws/KRDaDW (Matt Negrin)
Insult to Injury – Barrett Slapped in the Face – http://abcn.ws/NIRLBo
Government Jobs Loss: President Obama’s Catch 22 – At the local level, Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin has shined a bright light on the role public employees – and benefits and pensions – play in state budget deficits. The number of public employees has dropped in Wisconsin after Walker’s reforms. And it’s dropped in other states too. http://abcn.ws/Kxsqgc (Bingham)
Wisconsin Recalls Positive, Spins AFL-CIO Leader – Labor unions sought today to put a positive spin on last night’s loss in Wisconsin. “Last night’s results were not what we had hoped for, but this was not the end of the story but rather the beginning,” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of unions, in a press call on Wednesday. http://abcn.ws/MGBAYo (Elizabeth Hartfield)
November Scenarios –
Matt Dowd on How Obama Could Lose the Popular Vote, but Win the Election – Subtract 2.2 percent from the margin in each state in 2004 and Bush would have still barely won the popular vote (but by a bigger margin than Gore won the popular vote in 2000), but lost the electoral college to Kerry, 283 to 254, because Ohio, Iowa and New Mexico would have switched from Bush to Kerry. So let’s do some similar scenario planning for 2012, when another tight election is expected. It is also expected to be decided by less than 3 percentage points, just like 2004. And today, nearly every public opinion poll shows the race within the margin of error between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In a very tight race this November, Obama could lose the popular vote, and win the electoral college. Let me say that slightly differently: Romney could win the popular vote by more than 1 million votes and lose the electoral college to Obama by a margin of 272 to 266. What a difference in talking points that would mean for the two parties compared with the 2000 presidential election controversy. – http://abcn.ws/KcKCvG
From the Archive – Jim Wooten’s World News piece in Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day (2004) – http://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/60th-anniversary-day-normandy-10230402
Wives on the Stump Today -
Michelle Obama in Philadelphia – http://abcn.ws/Mm9n2J
Ann Romney in Florida (with horses) – http://abcn.ws/LavLwD
And The Country Music Vote Goes To… – Both candidates will appear in taped cameos at the CMT Awards – http://abcn.ws/LbkcHv
Florida, DOJ Clash Over Voter Removal Efforts - Florida’s attempts to remove ineligible voters from the rolls has drawn a rebuke from the Justice Department and set up a showdown between the state and U.S. government leading into November.
http://abcn.ws/M9bPdp (Kyle Blaine)
Red or Blue? Don’t Ask Marco Rubio – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., often speaks about the vision he holds for America, but when it comes to his own physical vision, the young Florida senator admitted to a reporter Tuesday that he suffers from color blindness.
http://abcn.ws/KioYl1 (Arlette Saenz)
Fashion Advice for Ann Romney – http://abcn.ws/M8MDnf
Hoping For a Santorum Surprise – Even though it’s been nearly two months since Rick Santorum announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign, he proved yesterday that he still knows how to play to a crowd. He tweeted on Monday, teasing, “I have a big announcement coming on Friday! Stay tuned!” and piqued interest for what the next chapter of Santorum might look like. http://abcn.ws/Kcxy9D (Amber Porter)
GOP Urges Extensions of All Tax Rates For One Year – As lawmakers brace for the fiscal cliff that has widely become known in the nation’s capital as “Taxmageddon,” Congressional Republicans set out today to present a unified front as the top leaders from both chambers urged Democrats to extend all of the current tax rates for at least one year.
http://abcn.ws/NJpN8v (John Parkinson)
Veep Beat: GOP Govs Bask in Walker’s Wisconsin Win- WALKER WIN BOOSTS RGA AND McDONNELL: As head of the Republican Governors Association, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell led the RGA’s efforts to support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday’s recall election, dispatching governors, whose names have also been floated as potential VP contenders, to campaign with him in Wisconsin and pouring millions of dollars into the race. As the Washington Examiner notes, Walker’s win in Wisconsin gave McDonnell “bragging rights” over his DGA counterpart, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and served as a “a dress rehearsal for nearly a dozen gubernatorial contests this fall.” http://abcn.ws/LzQScH (Arlette Saenz)
Rep. Sherman Tops Rep. Berman in Calif. Dem Primary- But It’s On ’til November – In California’s most competitive Democrat-vs.-Democrat primary, Brad Sherman has landed the first punch. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Sherman topped Rep. Howard Berman by 42 percent to 32 percent in their top-two primary for California’s newly drawn 30th Congressional District in the Los Angeles area. http://abcn.ws/Ll3FD3 (Chris Good)
Marijuana Legalizers Turn to Colorado, Washington in 2012 – After California’s failed Proposition 19 initiative in 2010, marijuana legalizers are optimistic about two new ballot measures in Colorado and Washington. http://abcn.ws/Lr0G6r (Chris Good)
Warren Buffett is No ‘Card-Carrying Democrat’ - Billionaire Warren Buffett may be the poster child for President Obama’s tax plan, but the investment tycoon insists he is not a “card-carrying Democrat.”
http://abcn.ws/LkMlhv (Amy Bingham)
California Calling: Obama Heads West for Campaign Coin – President Obama heads west today for yet another round of star-studded, high-dollar campaign fundraisers in California, the state that’s been most generous to his re-election campaign.
http://abcn.ws/L9r486 (Devin Dwyer)
California Split on Proposition 29 to Raise Tax on Cigarettes – Proposition 29, California’s statewide referendum to raise the tax on cigarettes by $1 per by pack, appears to have California voters evenly divided.
With 21,985 out of 21,993 precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, Californians are split down the middle — with a narrow majority opposing the referendum- 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.
http://abcn.ws/L9qw0f (Elizabeth Hartfield)
Maxine Waters Ethics Probe Continues – The ethics investigation of Maxine Waters, the California representative accused of steering $12 million in TARP funds to a minority-owned bank with ties to her husband, is set to resume.
http://abcn.ws/NidzpE (John Parkinson)