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WHAT'S NEWS

WH '16: "A secretive group that serves as the umbrella operation for leaders and activists within the conservative movement will host two meetings in the coming months, … the first to vet Republican presidential candidates and the second to discuss coalescing behind one of them." The Council for National Policy "will host a two-day summit on May 15 and 16 … Tyson's Corner, Virginia. … Organizers say they've begun sending invitations to all of the major Republican candidates … and several candidates have already committed to the event. … [F]ive months later, CNP will reconvene … [t]o begin narrowing its list of candidates with the aim of collectively supporting just one." (National Journal)

"The board of the … Clinton Foundation has decided to continue accepting donations from foreign governments, primarily from six countries, even though" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "is running for president. … The rules would permit donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K. … [O]ther nations would be prohibited from making large donations to the foundation. … As a direct result of the restrictions, officials will stop holding events around the world, beyond an event planned for Morocco in early May.” (Wall Street Journal)

IN SEN: Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) will not run for Senate. (Elkhart Truth)

SENATE FUNDRAISING: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) raised $700,000 in the first quarter. (release) Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) raised $1.2 million and had $3 million cash on hand. (release) Sen. John Thune (R-SD) raised $793,000 and had $10.4 million cash on hand. (release)

IN GOV: Former Angie's List CEO and Mitch Daniels campaign manager Bill Oesterle (R) said he is not ruling out a gubernatorial bid against Gov. Mike Pence (R). (The Statehouse File)

MO GOV: Attorney General Chris Koster (D) raised $1.2 million from October through March and had $3.3 million in cash on hand. (AP) Navy SEALs veteran and author Eric Greitens (R) raised $475,000 in a little over a month as he considers running for governor. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

HOUSE FUNDRAISING: Some of the top-fundraising House members in swing districts include: Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), who raised $690,000; Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who raised $645,000; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), who raised $610,000; Rep. Bob  Dold (R-IL), who raised $591,000; Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL), who raised  $527,000; Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), who raised $510,000; and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who raised $457,000. Lower fundraising totals include Rep. Rod Blum's (R-IA) $119,000, Rep. Brad Ashford's (D-NE) $199,000, and Rep. Jim Costa's (D-CA) $80,000. (Hotline reporting)
HAIR OF THE DOG: Gyrocopter Lands on West Front of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested (ABC News)
OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

The fundraising chase is off to an especially fast start in the Senate this year. At least 4 candidates -- Sens. Portman, Toomey, and Bennet, plus Kamala Harris -- raised over $2 million in the first quarter. Exactly zero topped that mark in Q1 of 2013, and while part of that simply may be because there are more big states (like California) on this edition of the Senate map, it's also part of a broader, earlier ramp-up we're seeing in the House, too. -- Scott Bland

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway put her fundraising on hold after Tom Schweich committed suicide in late February. But before that, Hanaway had been heavily dependent on the generosity of Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield, who supplied around $1 million of the $1.4 million she raised. Hanaway has personally displayed a great amount of deference to the tragedy surrounding Schweich, but her fundraising time-out is a reminder that the decision on how to proceed in a post-Schweich campaign is unlikely to be hers alone. -- Karyn Bruggeman

Some Democratic House members who nearly lost last cycle don't seem worried they'll meet a similar fate in 2016. Jerry McNerney, Louise Slaughter, John Garamendi, and Jim Costa each brought in less than $150,000 each last quarter, perhaps banking instead on a better environment awaiting them next year than last year. -- Zach C. Cohen

FRESH BREWED BUZZ
"Marco Rubio and the 'Moneyball' Campaign" (National Journal)

"Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against" New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos (R) and his son, Adam Skelos. Part of the investigation has focused on an Arizona company hiring Adam Skelos while winning a contract from Nassau County, New York, despite not being the lowest bidder. (New York Times)

"The Bizarre Lives of Congress's Global Treasure-Hunters" (National Journal)

"It isn’t weak, and you and I have to go out in the alleyway and decide who is weak on this." -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who "grew testy Wednesday after reporters questioned his response to allegations surrounding embattled" State Auditor Troy Kelley (D). (Seattle Times)

Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-AR) "loud actions on Iran have only raised his profile and won him favor with most of his Republican colleagues, who are beginning to see the 37-year-old senator, who holds posts on the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, as a leading voice in the party of foreign policy." (National Journal)

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts "showed up for jury duty in Rockville like other civic-minded citizens and was being considered for a civil trial in a case involving a car crash. He answered two questions in open court about relatives ... but none about his own line of work, which would be listed on a questionnaire. ... Roberts was not selected, and left court without comment." (Washington Post)

While taking a seat at the start of a roundtable discussion and announcement of a new partnership at the Durham Innovation District," North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) "chair slipped out from under him, sending him crashing to the floor. ... McCrory got up off the ground, proudly stood with his arms outstretched and exclaimed, 'Ta-da!' " (WNCN)

"[W]e talked about the Masters, we talked about the Paleo diet, we talked about the Miami Dolphins." -- Rubio, on sitting next to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on a plane (Tampa Bay Times)

"How you know @RepFitzpatrick is REALLY not running again in PA8: he reported $0 in contributions in Q1." (Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari)

"People Comment on Fake Hillary Clinton Campaign Logos" (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
ROOSTER'S CROW
The House will meet at 9 a.m. and the Senate will meet at 10 a.m.

President Obama will welcome the participates of the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride at the White House at 11:30 a.m. He will speak at a Champions of Change even at 2:10 p.m. And he will host a reception for Green Independence Day at 5:10 p.m.

Vice President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi will chair a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee at 1 p.m.

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SWIZZLE CHALLENGE
Major General Orvil Anderson controversially believed Jesus Christ would approve of dropping atomic bombs on the Soviet Union.

There was no winner to yesterday's Swizzle Challenge. Here's another challenge: "Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's only son who lived to adulthood, served in two presidents' cabinets. What department did he lead, and under which presidents?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ's EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
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“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes.' " -- George W. Bush (Politico)
 
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"To quote George W. Bush, Lemon, 'bring ‘em on.' He said that to me in Galveston when a busload of drunk debutants tried to get on his boat. It was named ‘Mr. Waterboat.’ Did it sink? Yes. Because there were too many people on it. But the spirit of his words lives on." -- "Jack Donaghy" ("30 Rock")
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