A GOP Senate candidate in Florida is firing a warning shot at Marco Rubio and the party leaders trying to persuade him to run for re-election: Republican voters have already moved on.
Carlos Beruff's campaign Tuesday released an internal poll showing the wealthy developer in a dead heat atop a five-man field for the GOP nomination. The survey, conducted by OnMessage Inc. pollster Wes Anderson, found Beruff winning 17 percent of the primary vote, higher than Rep. David Jolly's 16 percent.
The poll – which, as an internal survey, should be viewed with a dose of skepticism – touts the gains Beruff made since November, when the campaign found the Miami native drawing just 1 percent of the vote.
But its real target appears to be Rubio, whom Republican leaders have argued gives the GOP its best chance of holding a battleground Senate seat in November.
[ Republicans Urge Rubio to Reconsider Senate Run ]

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In his 1944 play "No Exit ," John-Paul Sartre has a character declare, "Hell is other people." These days an innovative theatrical director could shift the locale of "No Exit" from an anteroom in hell to a hellish airport security line.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed to a liberal stalwart as one of his favorite Democrats in the Senate.
"I’m shockingly enough a big fan of Barbara Boxer,” the Kentucky Republican told Yahoo News during a Tuesday interview.
McConnell cited working with the California Democrat to craft a deal on a highway bill last year. He said the pair “enjoyed each other’s company after many years of being on the opposite sides of everything.”
[ McConnell Talks Trump on Media Tour ]
Boxer, first elected to the Senate in 1992, is retiring after this year , but has said she wants to remain active in politics.

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House Republicans at a conference meeting heard a Bible verse that calls for death for homosexuals shortly before the chamber voted Thursday morning to reject a spending bill that included an amendment barring LGBT discrimination.
Whether the freshman member who gave the prayer intended to condemn members of the LGBT community has left Republicans and Democrats deeply divided. What's certain is that the Energy-Water appropriations bill ( HR 5055 ) that came to the floor later in the morning was defeated on a resounding 112-305 vote, with a majority of the GOP caucus in opposition.
Georgia Rep. Rick W. Allen led the opening prayer by reading from Romans 1:18-32, and Revelations 22:18-19. An aide to Allen told CQ that Allen did not mention the upcoming vote on the Energy-Water spending bill or an amendment it included from Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York that would prevent federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Passages in the verses refer to homosexuality and the penalty for homosexual behavior. “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet,” reads Romans 1:27, which Allen read, according to his office.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them,” read lines 28-32, which Allen also read, according to his office.

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Senate hopeful Alan Grayson quietly married fiancée Dena Minning over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Florida.
“Rep. Alan Grayson and his wife Dr. Dena Grayson had a small, private wedding ceremony Sunday evening, with friends and family to celebrate their union,” Grayson spokeswoman Brook Hines told the Miami Herald.
Minning, who has already adopted Grayson’s last name, is running for the 9th District seat her spouse currently holds.
The union could give Dena Grayson an edge in the House primary.
“Grayson's wedding is fascinating and it could impact the race to replace him,” Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report said. “Having the same last name as the outgoing congressman could create some confusion among primary voters. But it's confusion that could benefit his new wife, particularly in a crowded field.”

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A spending bill that funds watchdog agencies overseeing Wall Street will offer lawmakers one of their last opportunities to undercut President Barack Obama’s signature financial overhaul before the November elections.
Financial interests are pushing for big changes, championed mostly by Republicans, to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the $21.7 billion House Financial Services draft appropriations bill . The debate will also give Democrats a chance to rail against big financial firms and reinforce a popular campaign trail refrain.
In addition to the CFPB, which was authorized by Dodd-Frank, financial industry lobbyists say they’re pushing for changes to insurance regulations as well as to the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which monitors the stability of the financial system.
“This particular bill is a magnet for Wall Street’s lobbyists and Wall Street’s allies,” said Dennis Kelleher, president and CEO of Better Markets and a proponent of Dodd-Frank.
[ On Fifth Anniversary, Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Appear to Be Here to Stay ]

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The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear a lawsuit arguing that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is ineligible to be president because his Canadian birth means he is not a “natural born citizen.”
The justices upheld a lower court ruling from March that found Walter Wagner, a retired attorney in Utah, does not have standing to file a lawsuit over the issue. Wagner was one of several nationwide who sued to challenge Cruz’s eligibility to run for president.
In the case, U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish noted that other challenges were similarly dismissed. Parrish never ruled on the underlying question of whether Cruz was eligible to be president.
Wagner argued that Cruz is not a “natural born citizen” within the meaning of Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
Republican nominee Donald Trump made an issue of Cruz’s eligibility during the primary campaign. Cruz suspended his campaign May 3.

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Bernie Sanders is hoping comebacks are contagious.
The long shot Democratic presidential candidate took a break from campaigning for California's June 7 primary on Monday night to root for the Golden State Warriors as they completed their own improbable run in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
As the team clinched a 96-88 victory in Game 7 of the series, Sanders took to Twitter to make sure that the symbolism wasn't lost on anyone.
"I like comebacks," he tweeted.  Last week, Golden State was down three games to one. Tonight, they finished off a great comeback in California. I like comebacks. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 31, 2016
Sanders is dumping huge amounts of resources into his campaign for California's primary against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, a race considered crucial to Sanders' ability to continue his campaign. And, according to most forecasts, he would have to win by a gigantic margin for it to matter. Most polls show that the odds aren't in his favor.

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Trump Says He'd Consider Sessions for VP

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Between 6 a.m. practice and starting their legislative day, four part-time baseball players full-time lawmakers sat down with Roll Call to talk about the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game.
Democrats Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., first baseman, and Senator Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., catcher, are going for their 8th in a row win on June 23. And, Republicans Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., center field, and Congressman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, second baseman, are working to break their team’s losing streak.
But, the one thing they all have it common is their love of the game and the fond memories of playing as a young kid.

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Libertarian Johnson a Wild Card in Already Wild Presidential Race

Two days into his official campaign, newly nominated Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is already presenting a potential upset in what has been a hugely unpredictable election year.
[How Tough Would an Independent Presidential Run Be?] Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said during a CNN interview Tuesday that his campaign would offer "the best of both worlds" between two unusually unpopular rivals . He also promised to campaign hard against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, a vow he sealed by blowing a kiss.
[Don't Count Out Third Party Candidates] Several polls suggest that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton also has reason to be concerned. Recent surveys by Morning Consult, Fox News and Monmouth University showed Johnson would win 10 or 11 percent in a three-way race with Clinton and Trump. Almost half of all voters say they’d consider a third-party candidate if their choices are Clinton or Trump, according to Slate.com.
If Johnson could boost support to 15 percent in pre-election polls, it would make him the first independent candidate since Ross Perot in 1992 to participate in a presidential debate.
When Johnson ran in 2012, he was the most successful Libertarian candidate ever , winning 1 percent of the national vote, according to FiveThirtyEight.

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House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that strips the District of Columbia of any autonomy over how it spends its own money.
The measure, which passed 240-179, seeks to overturn a local law passed by D.C. officials and affirmed by voters in a referendum allowing the city to control how it spends money it raises through its taxes. The House measure also spelled out that all city funding is subject to Congress’s annual appropriations process.
[ DC Budget Autonomy Ban Clears House Committee ] But the debate over the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act isn’t expected to clear a more closely divided Senate, and it faces the threat of a veto by President Barack Obama.
Still, Republicans in the GOP-led House chamber are so determined to keep their grip on the city’s finances that they slipped similar language into the draft of an appropriations bill marked up Wednesday.
[ Bowser, Council Score D.C. Budget Autonomy Victory ] At the same time, the North Carolina Republican leading the charge suggested the language can be inserted into a “must pass” resolution to keep the government funded even if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.

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