Lindsey Graham now says he’ll put a hold on John Brennan’s nomination to the CIA for more answers on Benghazi, per USA Today.
Menendez watch: His approval rating is now just 36/41%, according to Quinnipiac. That’s a net drop of 23 points in less than a month. (His approval last month was 51/33%.)
“Former US Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items,” AP writes. “Before entering the plea, Jackson told US District Judge Robert L. Wilkins, ‘I've never been more clear in my life’ in his decision to plead guilty. Later, when Wilkins asked if Jackson committed the acts outlined in court papers, the former congressman replied, ‘I did these things.’”
Mark your calendars… Jackson is set to be sentenced June 28.
Speaking of scandal… “Former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) told the Albuquerque Journal that he has a son born in secrecy 30 years ago,” Political Wire writes. Said Domenici: ‘More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside my marriage. I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior. I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression.’”
And this… Reuters: “Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who chided federal officials for their slow response after Hurricane Katrina inundated the city, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday to charges that he took kickbacks in exchange for city contracts.”
Ex-Sen. Jim DeMint defends Ted Cruz (R-TX): “Cruz has become a lightning rod, and all because he’s daring to do what he promised during his campaign for the Senate. That simple act of integrity has set him apart from the pack. Most politicians know what to say to get elected but then arrive in Washington with no real spine — or in many cases, no intention of ever doing what they promised. Not Cruz. He’s proved himself an effective advocate for the founding principles that made our nation great: personal freedom and responsibility, local control and adherence to the law as it is written, not the way some politicians wish it was written.”