Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: COLORADO

Sen. Mark Udall released an ad attacking his opponent for “promoting harsh anti-abortion laws,” and “champion[ing] an eight year crusade to outlaw birth control.”

Jumping to the “war on women” tends to be the Democrats go to when they’re in need of a cheap shot. Udall released this ad on Monday; right as a PPP poll came out showing 47 percent of respondents would vote for Udall in 2014 and 45 percent said they would vote for Gardner.

On Wednesday, Politico reported that a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll found “Rep. Cory Gardner up by 2 points among likely voters.” Then on Thursday a Quinnipiac poll found the race was virtually tied, with Udall at 45 percent to Gardner’s 44 percent.

Brennan Questioned

CIA nominee grilled on detainees, drone strikes
John Brennan / AP

White House counterterrorism director John Brennan came under intense questioning on Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee over his views on interrogating terrorists and drone strikes against them.

Nuke Plan Hurting Hagel

Senators with home-state strategic bases voice concerns on Hagel’s Global Zero anti-nuclear views
AP

A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts.

The Talking Point Tiff

DNI changed CIA talking points to omit terror links
James Clapper / AP

The office of director of national intelligence James Clapper changed the CIA’s draft talking points on the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack to omit references to al Qaeda as being linked to the attack, according to a U.S. official.

White House Changed CIA Talking Points

Hill intel leaders confirm CIA guidance on Benghazi attack deleted terror references
AP

Senior Republican members of Congress confirmed Sunday that the Obama administration changed CIA guidance to the senior official that had identified the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi as an al Qaeda attack.