PM Note: Politics of Mom, Howdy Harry, The Benghazi Ad Mitt Romney Spiked

May 9, 2013 6:17pm

History Lessons: “On August 24, 1814, as the War of 1812 raged on, invading British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capitol, the President’s Mansion, and other local landmarks,” according to the Senate historian.   http://1.usa.gov/YxkWib

199 years later Prince Harry was in back both spots, and totally en fuego. His trip has to do with the solemn topic of honoring wounded warriors. But on Capitol Hill, he drew gawking staffers, many of whom, anecdotally, seemed to be women. http://abcn.ws/12hAib8

Happy 99th Birthday, Mother’s Day – Woodrow Wilson enshrined the holiday on May 9, 1914 – http://abcn.ws/10linfz

Politics of Mom – House OKs Comp Time Bill in Time for Mother’s Day – Abby Phillip reports: Led by the bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., a mother of two, the legislation aims to give private-sector employers the same ability that government workers have to take either comp time or overtime pay…. Coming on the heels of a presidential election in which Republicans suffered the worst loss of women voters in the 60-year history of the Gallup survey, it’s clear why the Republican Party would see this as a chance to appeal to women voters and shore up their base. http://abcn.ws/12hfAbd

Exclusive: The RNC Benghazi Attack Ad that Never Ran- It was the Benghazi attack ad the Republican National Committee created but never aired. ABC News has obtained an ad the RNC made last fall and approved to air in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.  The ad begins with a replay of Hillary Clinton’s famous “3 a.m. phone call” commercial from the 2008 campaign and then cuts to video of the burning U.S. consulate in Benghazi Libya. http://abcn.ws/10ww5Ss (Jonathan Karl)

Adds Rick Klein: The RNC ad Jon obtained was designed to question President Obama’s leadership. But particularly after yesterday’s hearing saw the Benghazi issue break through for the first time in a long time, with questions raised about what Hillary Clinton herself knew, and what her top aides were doing at the time, this is developing into a story that impacts her leadership.

America Rising, a new Republican rapid-response PAC (basically a group looking for ways to ding Democrats), today put together this video juxtaposing some of Clinton’s January congressional testimony on Benghazi with what came out yesterday. For Republicans worried about an essentially bulletproof Hillary in 2016, this is fertile ground. http://bit.ly/16ktVb7

George’s Bottom Line: Does Size Matter? - “There is no question that if he were serious about running for president he would have to address this weight problem for a couple of reasons. Number one – his health. I think people would be concerned that someone carrying that kind of weight would be a health risk as president… number two – I think if he weren’t able to get control of his weight it could lead to questions about his discipline that could raise questions in a lot of voters minds.”

What about Taft’s weight? FDR’s polio? “Different times” – http://yhoo.it/175pnpd

Immigration Markup Day 1 - More Border Security – Fusion’s Ted Hesson reports: Amendments were made to the Senate’s reform bill in a judiciary committee meeting on Thursday, and one of the biggest changes was to broaden the scope of border security.

See, we gave you more border security.

That’s what immigration reform supporters will be able to say to skeptical conservatives as the push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws continues. http://abcn.ws/15tN0bw

Obamacare Déjà Vu: Yet Another House Vote Set- Congress is poised to take a vote – again – to repeal the nation’s new health care law next week. It will be the 37th time, according to Congressional officials, that such a vote has taken place. It is not only a symbolic effort by House Republicans, it’s also a case of political déjà vu. “We’ve got 70 new members that have not had the opportunity to vote on the president’s health care law,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Thursday. “Frankly, they’ve been asking for an opportunity to vote on it and we’re going to give it to them.” http://abcn.ws/17OKzh0 (Jeff Zeleny)

Biden in Rolling Stone on Gay Marriage, Guns and His 4-5 Hour Daily POTUS Access -

On Guns – He Sees New Votes for Background Checks – “To use the vernacular, there’s suddenly a lot of senators out there who have seen the Lord. You find out that the senator from New Hampshire is in trouble; she voted no. I can name you four senators who called me and said, “Jesus, I guess you were right – maybe we can find some other way of doing this. Can we bring this back up?”

Gay Marriage – “Remember, I got criticized for saying I support gay marriage . . . . I just decided I couldn’t be quiet about it anymore, and everybody was stunned that that’s where the public is. And I’m not stunned; it’s where the public’s been for a while. Talk to any of your kids, for God’s sake.”

Was there blowback from Obama for getting over his skis?

“I got blowback from everybody but the president. I walked in that Monday, he had a big grin on his face, he put his arms around me and said, “Well, Joe, God love you, you say what you think.” I knew he agreed with me. It wasn’t like he was in a different place. My point is: That’s where the public is on guns. There has been a seminal shift in the attitude of the American public toward gun safety.” http://rol.st/10wRwmz

Poll Finds Majority Acceptance of Gays From the B-ball Court to the Boy Scouts- A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds further public acceptance of gay rights in the United States, in areas ranging from the professional basketball court to the Boy Scouts, as well as the institution of marriage. Nearly seven in 10 Americans support the decision by professional basketball player Jason Collins to disclose publicly that he’s gay, the survey finds. Most support the Boy Scouts of America’s plan to admit gay scouts, while opposing its continued ban on gay adults. And 55 percent say gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally. http://abcn.ws/13CdJyg  (Gary Langer)

President Obama Declares Economy ‘Poised for Progress’ - abcn.ws/11WmdOs

Iraq Vet Plans Armed Independence Day March on Washington- Hundreds of thousands of Americans gather each year in downtown Washington to celebrate the 4th of July and watch one of the best fireworks displays in the country. This year, a group of protesters plan to join the throng with loaded guns in an organized act of civil disobedience. http://abcn.ws/YHCNoK (Alisa Wiersema)

Record 11.2 Million Latinos Cast Ballots in 2012, but Voting Rate Lags- A record 11.2 million Latino voters cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election, but Latinos showed up at the polls at a rate well below non-Hispanic whites and black voters, according to a Census report published Wednesday. http://abcn.ws/10dFRah  (Matt Keppel)

White House, Congress Unite on Intolerance for Military Sex Assault-  White House officials hosted a meeting with congressional members this morning to discuss sexual assaults in the military, two days after the president declared he has “no tolerance” for such assaults in the military. “The meeting reflects the level of concern that you heard from the president the other day at his press conference with the president of South Korea,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Austin, Texas, today. http://abcn.ws/13kz286 (Arlette Saenz)

Air Force Lt. Col. Mum at Arraignmenthttp://abcn.ws/10wOAWN

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