POLITICO Playbook: RAND’S STAND: Patriot Act lapses, and fellow GOP senators snarl

Good Monday morning, and welcome to June. BEHIND THE SCENES — “GOP senators tear into Paul,” by Manu Raju and Burgess Everett: “[I]n the Senate’s Strom Thurmond Room, Republican senators lashed out at the junior Kentucky Republican’s defiant stance to force the expiration of key sections of the PATRIOT Act, a law virtually all of them support. Indiana Sen. Dan Coats’ criticism was perhaps the most biting: He accused the senator of ‘lying’ about the matter in order to raise money for his presidential campaign …

“Paul … skipped the hour-long meeting. That only infuriated his colleagues more. … ‘I know what this is about — I think it’s very clear — this is, to some degree, a fundraising exercise,’ McCain said… ‘He obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation.’” http://politi.co/1QjA1e6

By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; mallen@politico.com) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; dlippman@politico.com)

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— “Paul: Some in D.C. hoping for terror attack to blame him,” by Alex Byers: “In a speech on the Senate floor, Paul railed against those accusing him of jeopardizing national security … ‘People here in town think I’m making a huge mistake … Some of them I think secretly want there to be an attack on the United States so they can blame it on me.’” http://politi.co/1csIo9W

— “Paul campaign video appears to run afoul of Senate rules,” by Burgess Everett: “In a campaign video released on Friday that includes … links to a campaign donation page, Paul … uses footage from his lengthy speech on the Senate floor on May 20 against bulk data collection and surveillance … The Senate ‘strictly’ prohibits … use of its proceedings for campaign activities.” http://politi.co/1JcVZAB

— “Zombie Patriot Act Will Keep U.S. Spying-Even if the Original Dies,” by The Daily Beast’s Shane Harris: “Forget the White House’s doomsday talk about American intelligence going blind. Thanks to backdoor provisions and alternate collection schemes, U.S. spies will keep on snooping."http://thebea.st/1GQaU1O

TWEET DU JOUR — ‏@mkraju: “In middle of serious McConnell speech, Pat Roberts’ cell phone goes off with the ringer to the ‘Frozen’ song ‘Let it go’”

WHAT N.H. IS READING — Union Leader front page, below fold (and top of homepage), “An Editorial — Joseph W. McQuaid Publisher: Rand Paul is wrong on ISIS”: “Paul’s claim last week [on ‘Morning Joe’] that [hawks among] his Republican Party colleagues are responsible for the existence and growth of ISIS is … dangerous and, no doubt unwittingly, gives aid and comfort to an enemy that is a serious threat to America. We had thought that young Dr. Paul was attempting to put some daylight between himself and his father’s looney isolationist notions. But his remarks last week reminded us of Ron Paul.”http://bit.ly/1KHiBKc

WHAT IOWA IS READING — Des Moines Register banner, “Clinton maintains big Iowa lead:Controversies don’t bother most Democrats, but some fear their impact in general election,” by Tony Leys: “At least 70 percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers say they aren’t bothered by any one of three issues that Clinton opponents have pushed as controversies [email, Benghazi, Foundation]. … But 66 percent … say they think at least one of the three issues could hurt Clinton in the general election.”http://dmreg.co/1K45BNf

— First choice among 437 likely Dem caucus-goers: Clinton: 57% (was 56% in Jan.) … Sanders 16% (up from 5% in Jan.) … Biden 8% … O’Malley, Webb 2% …

— Favorability: Obama 89% (unfav 9%) … Hillary 86% (unfav 12%) … Biden 76% (unfav 20%) … Warren 62% (unfav 9%) … Sanders 47% … Webb 22% … O’Malley 20%

— Bloomberg’s Marget Talev: “Clinton’s favorability rating … is actually two points higher now, at 86 percent, than in January. Her unfavorable rating is down three points, to 12 percent … [M]argin of error … 4.7.” http://bloom.bg/1Gg6l29

REMEMBERING BEAU BIDEN — WashPost A1, at fold, “Biden spoke of loss, aware of more to come: At Yale, he reminded graduates that ‘reality has a way of intruding,’” by Paul Kane: “Hiding behind a pair of aviator sunglasses that played along with the irreverent traditions of ‘Yale Class Day,’ Biden delivered the speech [May 17] knowing that his eldest son was dying of cancer — the same son whose injuries in the crash forced Biden in 1973 to take the Senate oath in a hospital room, beside his son’s bed. Beau Biden had already been admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda for … ‘aggressive treatment’ of brain cancer. …

“In the stoic tradition of Irish Catholicism , the vice president kept his son’s deteriorating condition to a tightknit circle of family, his closest friends, top advisers and President Obama. The president, along with first lady Michelle Obama, visited the Biden home at the Naval Observatory on Sunday to pay their respects to the vice president and his wife, Jill. In a rare Sunday session, … senators began with tributes to the Bidens. Joe Biden’s adult life, spent almost entirely in the public eye, has now been bookended by tragedy.” http://wapo.st/1HGttBU

— From Biden’s Yale Class Day speech: “[T]ry to look beyond the caricature of the person with whom you have to work. Resist the temptation to ascribe motive, because you really don’t know … Resist the temptation of your generation to let ‘network’ become a verb that saps the personal away, that blinds you to the person right in front of you, blinds you to their hopes, their fears, and their burdens. Build real relationships — even with people with whom you vehemently disagree. …

“I’ve worked with eight Presidents, hundreds of Senators. I’ve met every major world leader literally in the last 40 years. And I’ve had scores of talented people work for me. … Regardless of their academic or social backgrounds, those who had the most success and who were most respected — and therefore able to get the most done — were the ones who never confused academic credentials and societal sophistication with gravitas and judgment.” http://1.usa.gov/1BC4PQy

— “Joe and Beau”: “Photos from the life of Vice President Joe Biden’s much-loved son” 13 picshttp://politi.co/1SPwmZB

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DICK CHENEY PLANS A HOT AUTUMN — WSJ A1, “Cheney Mounts Foreign-Policy Push,” by Patrick O’Connor in Casper, Wyo.: “The former vice president is looking to make a splash on the national stage with a new book to be published in September and a group he and his daughter Liz launched to advance their views. … Cheney … characterized … Rand Paul … as an isolationist … [and] thinks the U.S. should be prepared to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. …

“[Cheney] … has become something of a regular on the Wyoming high-school rodeo circuit, ferrying his 13-year-old granddaughter, Gracie Perry, to competitions … Cheney drives his black Ford 350 Super Duty truck, with a horse trailer hitched to the back, often logging hundreds of miles between events. Because the events typically last all weekend, the pair often sleeps in the trailer-Mr. Cheney on a mattress over the cab, and Gracie on an adjoining couch. In Casper, Mr. Cheney wandered into the arena without security.” http://on.wsj.com/1FkCZJi

HAPPENING TONIGHT — “VICE on HBO is hosting advanced screenings of this Friday’s episode ‘Campus Cover-up’ at [GWU tonight] and at Columbia University on Wednesday … The segment is about sexual assaults and cover-ups on American college campuses and features interviews with Senators McCaskill and Gillibrand.” RSVP http://bit.ly/1Gfipkp Sneak peek http://bit.ly/1HFTxgh

FIRST LOOK — “Maverick PAC Announces Future 40 Award Recipients”: “The Future 40 Award recognizes professionals deemed by their peers … as current and future leaders in business and politics. … The 2015 award recipients will be recognized at this year’s Annual Conference, being held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas July 16–18 featuring Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sec. Don Rumsfeld, and Gen. Mike Hayden among others. Ali-Jae Asselstine … Niki Christoff … Jessica Ennis … Jack Gerard … Vincent Harris … Josh Holmes … Sarah Isgur Flores … Alex Skatell … [birthday girl] Samantha Smith … Rep. Elise Stefanik.” Full list http://bit.ly/1FWsoJc

COVERING THE COVERAGE — WashPost, bottom of Style front, “Some reporters left high and dry with Clinton pool,” by Paul Farhi: “With the Clinton campaign’s ascent, some 14 news organizations — including the New York Times, Politico, BuzzFeed and The Washington Post — formed a press pool in May. Each member is expected to supply a reporter to cover Clinton on a rotating basis when an event — say, a diner stop in Iowa — can accommodate only a small group. The news organizations regularly travel to report on Clinton. (Clinton campaign officials have no control over the pool’s members or what the pool reports.) …

“Reporters … that are not in the traveling pool can get access only on a delayed basis, usually at the end of the day. … The architects of the new system … said its rationale is simple: Pool members have agreed to bear heavy travel costs … and thus should have first crack at information … Others are welcome to join the pool, they say — ‘the more the merrier,’ as one put it — but only if they’re willing to shoulder their share of campaign-coverage costs.” Other pool members Farhi mentions: Guardian, Daily Mail, AFP, McClatchy, L.A. Times/Tribune. http://wapo.st/1KHhLwN

FIRST LOOK — “EMILY’s List Announces First Round of ‘On Notice’ Incumbents for 2016 … top targets for congressional takeover seats in the upcoming elections. … The ‘On Notice’ List: Rod Blum (IA-01), Mike Coffman (CO-06), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Dan Donovan (NY-11), Cresent Hardy (NV-04), John Katko (NY-24), John Kline (MN-02), Steve Knight (CA-25), Martha McSally (AZ-02), Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), David Young (IA-03), Lee Zeldin (NY-01).”

— STEPHANIE SCHRIOCK, president of EMILY’s List, on Medium, “Republicans shouldn’t get away with their anti-women and anti-family records: So we’re putting them On Notice” http://bit.ly/1QjNqTz

HOT IN HILLARYLAND — “Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb: Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?” by Bill Scher, senior writer for the progressive Campaign for America’s Future, on Politico: “You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. … The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of course. Dynasty against dynasty. The campaign that would horrify our Founding Fathers and will bore everyone to tears.” http://politi.co/1AHyCMD

— “Clinton campaign emails Ready for Hillary list,” by Capital New York’s Miranda Neubauer : “In the email Sunday, with the subject line ‘Ready for your free sticker?,’ Robby Mook, campaign manager for the Clinton campaign, writes that ‘You and I have something in common: We’ve both been ready for Hillary for a long time.’ The email urges recipients to provide a mailing address to receive a bumper sticker.”

BERNIE’S BIG WEEK — NYT A12, “Challenging Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Gains Momentum in Iowa,” by Trip Gabriel and Patrick Healy: “A mere 240 people live in the rural northeast Iowa town of Kensett, so when more than 300 crowded into the community center on Saturday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, many driving 50 miles, the cellphones of Democratic leaders statewide began to buzz. … He drew 700 people to an event on Thursday night in Davenport … the largest rally in the state for any single candidate this campaign season.” http://nyti.ms/1RDT7OL

— “How Bernie Sanders’ ‘radical’ ideas entered the municipal mainstream,” by Ben Schreckinger:”When Bernie Sanders won by 10 votes in a four-way mayoral race. … ‘You would’ve thought that Trotsky had come to Burlington,’ said Sanders’ confidant and one-time roommate, Richard Sugarman. But now, 34 years later, … many of the radical solutions he imposed — free arts and culture for the masses, local-first economic development, wresting money from rich nonprofits, and … communal land for affordable housing — have become mainstays.” http://politi.co/1FO6Pcp

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WEST WING DEPARTURE LOUNGE — “NSC spokeswoman Meehan to depart in latest Obama press staff change,” by Michael Crowley: “Bernadette Meehan has been spokeswoman … since 2012.” http://politi.co/1JiHbPD

TRANSITIONS — “Children’s Defense Fund-New York Hires Samantha Levine as Communications Director” — Release: “Levine [was] Mayor Bloomberg’s … Deputy Press Secretary overseeing health and human services. She also served as the Director of the New York City Girls Project: a citywide, multiagency girls’ self-esteem and body image campaign.” http://bit.ly/1AEoTXE

TRIAL BALLOON — “NBC trying to keep Brian Williams — but maybe not as ‘Nightly News’ anchor,” by CNN’s Brian Stelter: “Several of the sources said Williams could end up leaving NBC altogether following a financial settlement. But another possibility … involves a new role for Williams.”http://cnnmon.ie/1JcW8UW

WEEKEND WEDDINGS — Tracey Schmitt, EVP of Emergent Biotech Solutions, former press secretary at the RNC and Bush 43 alum, married Nick Lintott , pride of New Zealand and founder and principal of Really Super Creative, a D.C.-based advertising and production firm, at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church on St. Barthelemy of the French West Indies.

Pool report: The reception took place at the oceanside Hotel Christopher resort. The four-day affair included watercolor maps of the island, bug spray for when “love bites,” and a full local choir to sing “Alleluia” and “Everybody Needs Somebody” during the ceremony. Sushi, Tracey’s blond and extra fluffy Pomeranian, was the ring bearer as 14 bridesmaids walked down the aisle as the orchestra played “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Guests kept cool by using palm-thatched hand fans and wearing colorful dresses as well as linen, seersucker and poplin suits. Pic of the couple leaving the church with white rose pedals being thrown http://bit.ly/1FVDBK3

— Chrissy Terrell, USA Today publicist and former Romney staffer, married Georgia’s own Drew Murray,national sales director at The Meridien Companies, on Saturday night in New Orleans. The couple met at Bowl America in DC and live in Woodley Park. A full intersection-controlled motorcade transported guests from ceremony to reception at the New Orleans Country Club, where Icebox Coffee shooters had everyone dancing past midnight. Pic http://bit.ly/1BB9dzu

— Downey Palmer , Sen. Roy Blunt’s general counsel and Nick Magallanes, healthcare advisor to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers were married at St. Mary’s in Alexandria. Guests gathered to celebrate and dance the night away at Congressional Club in Potomac. SPOTTED: Sen. Blunt, Abby Blunt, former Sen. Kit Bond, Reps. Ann Wagner and McMorris Rodgers. Pic http://bit.ly/1RCcPKO

— Political filmmaker Lucas Baiano and Katarina Alharmoosh had a fairy-tale wedding yesterday with 160 attendees that included Congressman Tom. Rice and his wife (whose campaign and reelection campaign he produced for), Arlette Saenz, Zeke Miller, Andrew Rafferty, Alex Skatell and Phil Musser, Rob Lockwood. The ceremony was held outdoors at the beautiful Ronald Reagan Building with the reception inside as well. The couple is heading to the Mediterranean for their honeymoon. Picshttp://bit.ly/1Fo0Dpn … http://bit.ly/1QjAkFX

Kelsey Harris and Jay Lucas were married Saturday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston. Kelsey now runs her own graphic design business after starting her career at The Heritage Foundation. Jay is a senior legislative assistant for Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., who attended the ceremony with his wife Christy. The reception was held at the Sam Houston Hotel, where guests were treated to a renditions of the national anthem and the couple departed amid American flag-waving guests. Pic of the couple kissing at the altar http://bit.ly/1JhAv4i

BIRTHDAYS : Alex Stoddard, who runs the MeadWestvaco office in D.C. (hat tips: Geoff Morrell, sister Jane) … Alex Allbritton is 8 (h/ts Katie, Tory) … Dan Bartlett (h/t Allyson) … Christie PAC comms director Samantha Smith, a Google, McCain and Burr alum (h/t Rob) … DNC’s Irena Vidulovic … The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman, a Wired alum … Greg Nelson of the White House … Sean Kennedy, SVP of global gov’t affairs at Airlines for America … Karen Tramontano … Jenny Cizner (h/ts Jon Haber) … Uber’s Nairi Hourdajian, a GPG alum … Erin Shields Britt, director of corporate comms. for CVS Health and an HHS and Senate Finance alum … GOP ad man and Pittsburgh native Jim Innocenzi … Cruz campaign senior strategist Jason Johnson … former 2008 GOP convention comms director Matt Burns, now VP of comms. for Medicare & Retirement at UnitedHealthcare and a Pataki, VA and Burson-Marsteller alum (h/ts Matt Mackowiak) …

… Mac O’Brien of Hamilton Place Strategies (h/t Sabrina Siddiqui) … Washingtonian-turned Burgundy winemaker Alex Gambal … Suzanne Merkelson, world traveler and public affairs manager at SolarCity … Steve Duprey … Diane Zeleny, director of PR and comms. at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a State alum … Bill Shuler, Senior Pastor at Capital Life Church … Addie Bryant, policy director for Engage Cuba, and Mark Warner alum (h/t Steven Law) … Christopher Minakowski, director of strategic operations at Heritage … Dominic Vilmain … Heather Matson … Abby Spring … Tim Gannon … Addisu Demissie (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Steven Holmes … Dee Sachetti … Terrance Green … Pat Boone is 81 … Morgan Freeman is 78 … Heidi Klum is 42 … Alanis Morissette is 41 … actress Willow Shields is 15 (h/ts AP)

DESSERT — MOST-TWEETED-ABOUT TV SHOWS in U.S. this year- AP Television Writer Frazier Moore:”’Empire’ … March 18 finale … two-part conclusion … most tweeted series episode since Nielsen Social began tracking TV-related Twitter activity nearly four years ago. … ‘Saturday Night Live’ 40th anniversary special’ … set the record among all series for the size of the Twitter TV audience — 9.1 million people — with 1.3 million tweets sent. … [T]hat was dwarfed by … Grammy Awards … season’s top entertainment special, with 13.4 million tweets sent. They were seen by an audience of 13.3 million people. A close second: … Oscars … with a Twitter TV audience of 13.0 million.

“Super Bowl … was the biggest TV event of all on Twitter this season with 16.1 million people seeing tweets about the game, halftime show and ads. A total of 25.1 million tweets were sent.

“’The Walking Dead’ (AMC) … had the largest audience on Twitter throughout the season … followed … by ‘The Bachelor’ (ABC), ‘’Game of Thrones’ (HBO), ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ (Fox), and ‘Empire.’ But the eighth-ranked series was a bit of a surprise: the NBC comedy ‘Parks and Recreation,’ which, concluding an acclaimed but none-too-splashy seven-season run, was never a hit among the broader viewing audience. Even so, its Twitter TV audience averaged 2.2 million socially engaged viewers.” http://yhoo.it/1GQZUkZ

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