TheDC Morning: Seriously guys, all Iran wants is peace

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1.) Seriously guys, all Iran wants is peace  — So what if the Islamic Republic’s leaders are pursuing nuclear capability and have called for the annihilation of Israel? They’re probably just joshing! Reza Khalili reports for TheDC on the latest Iranian threat:

“Iran is dedicated to annihilating Israel, the Islamic regime’s military chief of staff declared Sunday. ‘The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,’ Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran. His remarks came on the day International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran to negotiate for inspections of Iran’s nuclear program. They were reported by the Fars News Agency, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards Corps.”

Check your watch and count how long it takes the Iranian regime’s apologists in the U.S. to claim this leading official, too, has been misquoted or misunderstood.

2.) Cory Booker stands up for Romney — He’s way too cool to be a politician. He saves women from burning buildings, shovels snow for constituents during blizzards and even defends private equity despite being an Obama surrogate! TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports on future Democratic President Cory Booker:

“On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Newark, N.J. Democratic Mayor Cory Booker pushed back at efforts by President Barack Obama’s campaign to malign former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the time he spent at Bain Capital. Booker first suggested that the Obama campaign needed to avoid letting others define what his presidency has accomplished. However, the attacks on Romney for his time as head of Bain Capital, he said, made him ‘uncomfortable.’ ‘[A]s far as that stuff, I have to say from a very personal level,  I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,’ Booker said.”

3.) The Case for Christie — In a new book on Chris Christie, two authors suggest that the New Jersey governor would bring a lot of excitement to the presidential ticket if Mitt Romney picked him as his number two. You think? TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“The authors of a Chris Christie biography set for release on June 5 argue that the New Jersey governor would be a ‘productive vice president’ if presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney were to choose him as his running mate for a winning ticket in November. ‘On the campaign trail he is tenacious, going after political enemies with gusto,’ Bob Ingle and Michael Symons write in ‘Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.‘ ‘They could sell tickets to a Christie-Joe Biden debate.'”

4.) There’s no crying in baseball — And there are no out-of-bounds issues in presidential races. So opines TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!):

“President Obama’s senior campaign advisor David Axelrod said Sunday on CNN that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is ‘not fair game’ during the presidential campaign. He’s wrong. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is indeed fair game, as is President Obama’s long-time association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. That’s because Obama and Romney are running for the presidency of the United States of America, not some dingbat city council seat. And when you are competing for the highest office in the land — the most important elected position in the entire world — everything is fair game. Everything.”

5.) Poll of the Day: Republican Fischer leads in Nebraska Senate race — Rasmussen poll of Nebraska Senate race: Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer 56%, former Democratic Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey 38%.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday — rob delaney: Did my first “walk of shame” in a while this morning. Walked my wife to the bus stop. I’m ashamed of her.

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