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Off to the races: I am woman, hear me roar

The Washington Post: “Unlike during her 2008 presidential campaign, when she waited until her concession speech to fully embrace the historic nature of her candidacy, Clinton these days talks freely about women breaking barriers. She has woven a theme of women’s empowerment throughout almost all of her public remarks in the seven months since she stepped down as secretary of state. Clinton’s advisers said that there is no political agenda behind her recent remarks and that she has made no decision to launch a campaign. They said the comments are simply a natural continuation of her lifelong focus on advocating for women.”

Vice President Joe Biden "will be the keynote speaker at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fund-raiser next month, a signature political event that often showcases as featured speakers those aspiring to be president," the New York Times reports. Julian Castro will also speak.

The RNC summer meeting will be held in Boston this week. Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie are expected to be there, but not Mitt Romney. Christie speaks Tuesday.

NBC News reports on the politicking from Iowa this past weekend, with EMILY's List holding a "Madam President Town Hall" and social conservatives gathering at the Family Leadership Summit. "Roughly 29 months remain before voters in this crucial state make their opinions known about the next round of presidential wannabes. No candidate has declared an intention to run. There is not even a soap box for political speeches at this year's State Fair, a rarity in these parts. And the actual date of Iowa's caucuses is far from being determined. But make no mistake: the 2016 campaign is well under way in the state that has played a major role in the battle for the White House for the past four decades. " 

Wall Street Journal: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz "on Saturday made his second trip to Iowa this summer. He and Mr. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, addressed a forum of Iowa evangelicals here. They were joined by real-estate developer turned reality-television star Donald Trump. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican, was in Des Moines a week earlier to attend an event organized by a prominent GOP donor in the state."

Politico: “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has built his political career on a relentless drive to improve public schools – or, as he likes to put it, to help all children achieve their ‘God-given potential.’ But in a startling turnabout, an education record that has looked to be an unvarnished plus for Bush may now be a liability.”

National Journal: “The Top 10 Lawmakers Who Could Lose a Primary Next Year,” including Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Rep. Mike Honda (D-HI).

ARKANSAS: Politico reports that an internal poll conducted by the NRSC from GOP firm On Message Inc. shows freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, who kicked off his campaign last week, up by two points over Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, 44%-42%. 

NEW JERSEY: NBC’s Kasie Hunt: Cory Booker is set to spend Monday on a bus tour that starts at a senior center in Cherry Hill, winding north with stops along the way and ending with a rally in Newark with actress Eva Longoria. In his speech tonight, look for Booker to focus on his intentions to act as a disruptive force in Washington -- refusing to play by what he's called the "old rules" of politicking in the capital. Booker will highlight the ways he's brought new initiatives -- and new money -- to the city of Newark by courting philanthropic groups, engaging the private sector and using social media and technology to help residents. Booker's ties to Silicon Valley, though, are frustrating his campaign in its final days. While Booker is the heavy favorite to win, he's faced criticism over his involvement in Waywire, an Internet video company that Booker helped start. He recently amended his financial disclosures, the New York Times reported, to show his stake in the company is worth between $1 million and $5 million. If he's elected, Booker would likely have to stop promoting Waywire to his 1.3 million Twitter followers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer details a spat between the National Organization for Women and Cory Booker and instead endorsed Rush Holt (D): “Combine this flap with the New York Times’ reporting on Waywire – the start-up Booker partially owns and that has received funding from friendly tech moguls – and two of his biggest vulnerabilities have been on display just days before Tuesday’s primary. Booker’s opponents have used the Waywire connections to further their argument that he is too close to big, wealthy investors. While neither of these dust-ups is likely to change the outcome of the race this close to primary day, they fit with the most potent arguments against Booker’s candidacy.”

The Press of Atlantic City: “State residents get a rare chance Tuesday to vote in a special election for their U.S. senator. But as significant as it is, political observers say few people are expected to go to the polls.”

The likely Republican nominee, Steve Lonegan, landed in some hot water when his campaign sent out, then deleted a racist tweet. Politicker NJ: “Issued during the Democratic Primary debate last night, the tweet read, ‘#breaking just leaked - Cory Booker’s foreign policy debate prep notes,’ and below it was a map of heavily African-American Newark. Scrawled over the map in different places was, ‘West Africa, Guyana, Portugal, Brazil.’ Another annotation, pointing to Newark, read, ‘Middle East,’ followed by ‘Afghanistan, Pakistan, plus Bangladesh and Trinidad.’”

NEW YORK: Anthony Weiner’s up with his first ad in which he pledges to restore “discipline in our schools” and create a single-payer health care system. “Look, powerful voices made it clear from the very beginning they didn’t want me to win,” he says, “but this isn’t about what they want. They’ve gotten their way for far too long. If you give me the chance, I will fight for you and your family every single day.”

Weiner apparently put on quite the show at the New York Dominican Day parade. The New York Daily News: “The mayoral hopeful wore bright red pants — into which he had changed from a more staid dark suit worn for speeches at Brooklyn churches earlier in the day. He clutched a large Dominican flag and a megaphone and marched in front of a banner with his campaign logo — ‘Weiner!’ in large yellow letters. Unbowed by the scandal that has enveloped his campaign, Weiner broke into sprints, barely avoiding collisions with photographers and staffers alike. He lunged into the crowd to take photos with cheering parade-goers, some of whom chanted ‘Weiner! Weiner!’ and shouted ‘Que viva la Republica Dominicana!’ into his megaphone.”

The New York Post reports Weiner "could star in a documentary film about his headline-grabbing campaign."

Siena poll: “Two-thirds Say Spitzer/Weiner Attention is Embarrassing.” Weiner has an 80% unfavorable rating; Spitzer has a 59% unfavorable rating.

VIRGINIA: Ken Cuccinelli (R) is out with a new ad. And it’s very populist. Here’s the script: “In America, we say everybody has an equal opportunity. But for many Virginians, it’s just not true. I’m Ken Cuccinelli. As governor, I’ll work to make it right. No child should be sentenced to a failing school just because of where they live. Our tax code should encourage middle-class families and small businesses, not reward the powerful and well-connected. Special interests shouldn’t get special treatment. As your governor, I’ll fight to make sure everybody has a fair shot.”

Over the weekend, there were new questions raised about Democrat Terry McAuliffe's former car business, GreenTech, currently under investigation by the SEC over visas it helped potential investors obtain. McAuliffe's former business partner Charles Wang told the New York Times that "Politicians or people with political backgrounds are dangerous to business" and that McAuliffe's push to "build an electric car in less than five years, extremely ambitious by auto industry standards, was influenced by Mr. McAuliffe’s desire to add 'job creator' to his résumé."

WASHINGTON: Five-term GOP Rep. Dave Reichert says "that he’s “thinking about” running for statewide office, such as governor or U.S. senator" in 2016, he told Q13 Fox News