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“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
YOU’VE GOT BAIL
Hillary Clinton and her team dodged a bullet (more like a nuclear bomb) after FBI Director James Comey concluded that the agency will not recommend criminal charges against Clinton or any of her aides over the use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Comey’s slap on the wrist had a stern sting to it though - as he further characterized her practices as “extremely careless” but lacking clear evidence of an intent to violate the law.
The release comes just in the nick of time as speculation about Clinton’s meeting with the FBI over the weekend, along with the stir created by the ill-conceived appearance of her husband and Attorney General Lynch were reaching new heights. Clinton now hopes that the remnants of the controversy fade quickly, so she can refocus on rebuilding her image - we think the Republicans won’t give her that chance.
TAR HEEL TAKEDOWN
Clinton hit the trail with President Obama to tackle the Tar Heel state while Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker (TN) tried their own hand just hours away. Clinton and Obama touted their friendship, focusing on why she’s the right leader for the job, while hitting on Trump’s obsession with Twitter. Trump bashed Clinton for her email controversy, and rigging the system (of course).
Trump rallies on the idea that if Clinton is elected, it will be a continuation of Obama’s presidency - maybe so, but Clinton believes that with the help of the president, she can rouse voters and build her own legacy. Top aides believe NC - which Mitt Romney won in 2012 - is the biggest must-win for Trump - and will be on everybody’s mind until November 8.
GUNS, RYAN AND DEMS
Though House Democrats put a lot of work into forcing a vote on guns in the coming week, the actual thrust of the legislation remains a sticking point. Democrats believe the Republican proposal does not take sufficiently strong enough action to thwart terrorism, warning that renewed protests are possible later this week. Remember, we have just eight legislative days until a very loooong summer recess. Better get moving.