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1.) Clinton has no love for Weiner — Bill Clinton may have presided over the marriage of Anthony Weiner, but he has no intention of endorsing him. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports: 

“Former President Bill Clinton made his first public comments on the New York mayor’s race, saying he and his wife Hillary Clinton were not even remotely involved in the race and declining to comment on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. ‘We are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved, as long as our personal friends and people who we feel obligations are involved,’ he told CNN in an interview posted Tuesday. The Clintons live outside of the city, but have been drawn into the fracas of the mayor’s race as a result of their relationship with Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s close aides, who is married to would-be mayor Anthony Weiner.”

So curious. Why wouldn’t the Clintons want to be associated with a chronic tweeter of his private parts?

2.) Boehner bashWhen it comes to memorializing our troops, Republican Rep. Walter Jones thinks Nancy Pelosi did a better job as speaker than John Boehner is doing. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“Frustrated the traditional practice no longer exists, a Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would require Speaker of the House John Boehner to personally lead a moment of silence for the country’s fallen troops on the House floor every month. In a Tuesday interview with The Daily Caller, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said it ‘really quite frustrates me; that such an observance hasn’t happened on the House floor since February. … At the urging of Jones, the monthly observance started in 2008 under then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. At that time, Jones had drafted legislation to require the practice, but Pelosi pledged to do it every month anyway, telling him the legislation wasn’t necessary. … For the rest of her speakership, Jones said, Pelosi led the moment of silence from the floor herself.”

Jones and Boehner don’t have the best of relationships. Jones was among the small group of rebellious Republicans who voted for someone other than Boehner to be House speaker in January.

3.) Could she be the next Kelly Ayotte? — Or we should probably say “another Kelly Ayotte,” because the original is still very much going strong in the Senate. TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein reports: 

“Elise Stefanik thinks Congress could use more women — including her. A former aide to President George W. Bush and policy director for Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign, the 29-year-old Stefanik declared her candidacy for New York’s 21st District congressional seat Tuesday. Stefanik told The Daily Caller that her post-college Washington experience impressed upon her the need for change in the nation’s capital. … On foreign policy, Stefanik struck an internationalist tone in line with the think tank she once worked for. ‘I believe in a strong national security,’ Stefanik said, while noting she is a strong believer in American exceptionalism. ‘I don’t think we should be balancing the budgets on the backs of our servicemen. I think we need to look elsewhere.'”

Stefanik is a bit younger than the New Hampshire senator — who is pretty young herself — and shares a slight resemblance with her. They also share a similar foreign policy — both, for instance, strongly oppose the sequestration cuts to the Defense Department. What does this mean? Nothing, really. The similarities are just interesting to note.

4.) Real estate bubble redux?— This doesn’t sound good. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports: 

“President Barack Obama today urged a revival of two devastating mortgage policies that helped inflate the real estate bubble before the economic crash of 2008. ‘Let’s make it easier for qualified buyers to buy homes they can,’ he said in a campaign-style speech in Phoenix, Arizona, today. ‘We should simplify overlapping regulations and cut red tape for responsible families who want to get a mortgage, but who keep getting rejected by banks,’ he said, echoing President George W. Bush’s support in 2002 for lower lending standards. … This time around, Obama insisted, massive government interference in the private real estate market would not produce the catastrophe Americans endured in the last decade.”

It appears that President Obama is hard at work trying to make sure the recent real estate crash is repeated again sometime soon.

5.) Tweet of Yesterday — KimJongNumberUn: If I knew Jeff Bezos would be making it rain with bank that large I wouldn’t have banned newspapers.

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Kim Jong Un Visits Pyongyang Indoor Stadium”

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