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Burning Issues: Why The Pentagon Needs an Audit

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, in this Burning Issues video, says an audit of the Defense Department’s finances must be the next president’s top priority to root out waste and “legalized corruption” in Pentagon procurement.

Oregon and Kentucky Vote Today

Oregon and Kentucky pose test for Clinton today. Politico: “[Two losses] would be an embarrassment for Clinton … Polling in both races has been scant, and neither state allows independent voters to participate … Still, Oregon’s demographics track closely with those of states where Sanders has prevailed … Kentucky looks to be a stronger state for Clinton … She has held 16 campaign events there to Sanders’ four.”

Clinton defends Obamacare in KY. W. Post: “‘Your governor did such a great job and your current governor is trying to undo it all,’ Clinton said, referring to [current Gov. Matt] Bevin and [former Gov. Steve] Beshear. But the woman, who had been sitting quietly in the audience, stood and shouted toward Clinton: ‘That is not true.’ ‘Oh yes it is, yes it is,’ Clinton responded before adding hotly: ‘You are entitled to your opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts!’ The crowed roared…”

Clinton super PAC lays anti-Trump strategy. Politico: “The first theme — that he’s too divisive — focuses on Trump’s harsh rhetoric reserved for distinct segments of the electorate … The second — that he’s too dangerous — takes a national security tack. ‘I frankly don’t think “risky” captures it, because “risk” implies potential upside,” explained [Priorities USA’s Guy] Cecil … the final prong, ‘that he has been basically pulling a con job on people,’ will dive into his economic positions…”

GOP Keeps Distance From Trump

Republican Party officials not ready to defend Trump. Time: “…the party’s head is making clear that he won’t mount a full-throated defense of Trump and on some issues won’t protect him at all, sending a clear signal to others in the GOP as its new standard-bearer faces a rough week in the press … Operatives believe the GOP’s modus operandi is going to be to let Trump handle his own problems.”

Kochs invest in Senate instead of White House. W. Post: “The political network backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is set to invest more than $42 million on ads in key Senate races through the end of September … It remains unclear if the organization will raise and spend the nearly $900 million it laid out as a goal at the beginning of the cycle.”

Trump is not bringing in new voters to GOP. Politico: “…the early statistics show that the vast majority of those voters aren’t actually new to voting or to the Republican Party, but rather they are reliable past voters in general elections. They are only casting ballots in a Republican primary for the first time.”

Breakfast Sides

Building trade unions boycott AFL-CIO alliance with environmentalist Tom Steyer. W. Post: “…the presidents of eight building trade organizations called on the AFL-CIO to cut ties with Steyer, whose opposition to an extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline infuriated [them] … At issue is a new super PAC called For Our Future … The organization plans to mobilize voters in key Senate races and presidential battleground states…”

Appeal court to expedite review of Obama’s climate regs. W. Post: “… the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced that it would hear challenges … by the full court in September. A three-judge panel had been scheduled to hear arguments June 2 … The most likely explanation for the court’s order is that … some of the issues involved in the case … are of such significance that they warranted the [full] court’s attention…”

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