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1.) BREAKING: Newt Gingrich likes debates — TheDC Morning knows: You’re shocked. TheDC Alex Pappas reports:
“Newt Gingrich says the idea that the Republican National Committee should reduce the number of primary debates in 2016 is ‘a total waste of time.’ ‘I liked the debates,’ the 2012 GOP presidential candidate acknowledged to reporters Thursday during a breakfast organized by the National Review. Last month, a committee appointed by the RNC released a much-publicized report about what the party can do better to win elections. In it, committee members recommended that the RNC step in to better regulate the debates. Throughout the campaign, conservatives complained that the debates took up too much of time and many of the questions were either pointless or biased. But Gingrich — while saying he very much supports ‘the general direction’ of the review — said he disagrees with the notion that there were too many debates during the 2012 primary. He pointed out that Republicans in 2012 only debated one time more than then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did during the 2008 Democratic primary.”
He likes his ideas too.
2.) Too many Bushes! — Even if this particular Bush is spelled Busch, is a Democrat and is in no way related to Bush family of presidents. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
“The Democrat who lost to Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the South Carolina special congressional election primary has endorsed her Republican opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, calling the Democratic nominee ‘too beholden to the political left.’ Ben Frasier, a perennial candidate for Congress, garnered just four percent of the vote against Colbert Busch in the March primary. According to The State newspaper, the Sanford campaign announced the endorsement Thursday morning.”
For the record, TheDC Morning doesn’t actually think there are too many Bushes.
3.) Scott Brown likes to keep his options open — If at second you don’t succeed, try, try again — especially in New Hampshire. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
“Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is contemplating a return to the Senate, but this time, from a different state: New Hampshire. At an event Thursday in Nashua, New Hampshire, Brown, who owns a home in the state, was asked if he was considering a challenge to New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is up for re-election next year. ‘I’m not going to rule out anything right now,’ he told reporters, according to ABC News, though he said he was still ‘recharging the batteries’ after losing his seat to now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren six months ago.”
4.) Ebert RIP — The only movie critic you can name has died. The AP reports:
“Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation’s most influential thumb, died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70. Ebert had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.”
6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “S. Korean Puppet Army Incites War Fever”