OVERNIGHT FINANCE: Stopgap vote before recess?

BIG STORY, via Reuters Jeff Mason: “President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move.”http://reut.rs/1kcKzlH.

TOMORROW STARTS TONIGHT: IRS LOOKING FOR LERNER EMAILS. Fox News explains: “The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing ‘backup tapes’ -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.

“IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know ‘how they found them’ or ‘whether there's anything on them or not.’ But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any ‘recoverable’ material.

“The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes ‘no longer exist because they have been recycled.’” http://fxn.ws/1rtOT0k.

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CR-WATCH: HOUSE VOTE NEXT WEEK STILL POSSIBLE, via Cristina Marcos for the hometown paper: “The chairman of the House spending panel said Wednesday that members are talking about moving a continuing resolution before the chamber adjourns for the August recess next week, but have not made a final decision. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said limited time is the rationale for moving a funding measure before the five-week break.” http://bit.ly/1rMeeBV.

DAYS UNTIL EX-IM EXPIRES: 69. And we’re hearing from both Republicans and Democrats alike that Ex-Im supporters’ have regained the upper hand against its Tea Party critics.

A top GOP strategist – who opposes reauthorization – tells OVERNIGHT that the Democrats’ “biggest weapon” is the Continuing Resolution (CR). The strategist said that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) “rightly knows the number one thing that Republicans want to avoid is a government shutdown with only one month to go before the November elections.”

-- MEANWHILE, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: EPA aims to work more closely with industry Overnight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Lawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill MORE (D-W.Va.) told me earlier today that he’s put his Ex-Im reauthorization bill with Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkGiffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Stale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Immigration critics find their champion in Trump MORE (R-Ill.) on-hold as they wait for the House to figure out what they’ll do with Ex-Im. Manchin smiled when asked if including Ex-Im in a CR would make it difficult for the bank's opponents to shut it down. Then he quipped: "It makes it a little difficult, doesn't it?"

TOP TALKER – NY Times alleges that Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized his college thesis. Walsh denies. http://nyti.ms/1pdppm8.

WATCH THIS: BIDEN WHITE BOARDS HIGHWAY TRUST. The White House released a 5-min. video today of Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenReport: Biden to write foreword for memoir by transgender activist Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators Kasich, Biden to hold discussion on bipartisanship MORE urging a long-term extension of federal transportation. Congress is considering a $10.9 billion temporary extension through May 2015 of road and transit funding that’d otherwise run out next month. http://bit.ly/1r9wfsG.

-- HOW IT PLAYED: BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro writes, “President Obama has a pen and a phone. On Wednesday, Vice President Biden got a marker and a whiteboard.” http://bzfd.it/1kceRVB.

BAD MOVE? WATERS SLAMS CFTC FOR ‘REVOLVING DOOR.’ House Financial Services ranking member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) criticized Scott O’Malia earlier today for leaving the CFTC for a job at a derivatives industry trade group. Ben Goad reports for The Hill:

Waters said she would have ‘serious concerns’ about the transition, as reported, and said she would have questions about O’Malia’s intentions.

‘It does not bode well to have someone move and go right into a position that they could exercise some influence based on where they’ve been, so I would have concerns about that,’ she said. Waters added that Congress should ‘start to talk about how we would prevent that kind of move from happening.’” http://bit.ly/1ngWvCa.

QUOTABLE: Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Utah), blasting Democrats who claim there’s a tax loophole for U.S. businesses that ship jobs overseas, “It’s total B-S. It’s amazing to me what people will do for political advantage. It’s shameless.” http://bit.ly/1nhARxx.

SEC APPROVES RULES ON MONEY MARKET FUNDS, via William Alden for DealBook: “Regulators on Wednesday imposed new restrictions on a vast market that played a major part in the 2008 financial crisis.

“By a 3-to-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a set of new rules for money market funds, a $2.6 trillion industry where ordinary individuals and sophisticated institutions alike park their cash. The rules come after years of debating among regulators and lobbying from Wall Street.” http://nyti.ms/1x3157Z.

BAD BET: ATLANTIC CITY, Elis Young for Bloomberg: “Atlantic City, New Jersey, the gambling hub that’s been pummeled by regional competition in the U.S. Northeast, had its credit rating cut two levels to speculative grade by Moody’s Investors Service.”

“The reduction to Ba1 from Baa2 on the city’s $245 million of general-obligation debt reflects a weakened tax base resulting from anticipated casino closings, the New York-based ratings company said today in a statement. The outlook remains negative.” http://bloom.bg/WDzcZx.

THE SCENE – Former House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) getting up and walking out of Committee hearing twice to take cell phone calls. Even Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) cracked a smile. The fiery Frank, as expected, took his critics head on during his testimony earlier today before the committee, where he defended Dodd-Frank four years after its passage. Our Ben Goad has the story: http://bit.ly/1jW3TmB.

-- HOW IT PLAYED: The Hill: ‘Barney Frank ‘not embarrassed’ about toll of financial regs’ ...WSJ: ‘Barney Frank Challenges GOP’s ‘Too Big to Fail’ Arguments’ ...Boston Globe: “Barney Frank returns to D.C. for financial services hearing’ ...BusinessWeek: “’Bring it on,’ Frank Tells Dodd-Frank Critics at Hearing.’

-- RT Nathaniel Hoopes, @forumwonk, at Financial Services Forum: “Standard @BarneyFrank: brings prepared notes doesn't use them, splutters a bit, brings sarcasm, quotes groucho marx, opponents left baffled.”

SIDESHOW: PALIN SINKS TEETH INTO ‘TRUE BLOOD.’ Sarah Palin to Breitbart News, weighing-in on ‘True Blood’ making fun of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (R-Texas): “The brilliant minds of True Blood were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general. Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway...

“To producers who throw these deceitfully ‘flattering’ bones that sound fun on the surface, is it really any wonder I don’t accept your offers to participate in your shows. Nice try HBO. I’d put any mama grizzly in America against a vampire any day; for only one of them actually exists. The left wants to talk about a ‘war on women?’ Keep engaging in your misogynist attacks on women you disagree with and we’ll see who wins your self-inflicted war in the court of decent public opinion.”http://bit.ly/1sS1XOU.


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