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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

President Obama and Chinese President Xi  
Obama Warns Xi Continued Cybertheft Would Damage Relations - President Obama confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Rancho Mirage, California, with specific evidence of China’s widespread theft of intellectual property from U.S. companies and warned the newly minted Chinese leader that continued ­cybertheft would undermine economic ties between the rival nations, U.S. officials said.

The discussion came near the end of a high-stakes and unusual summit, where Obama and Xi reached breakthroughs on other critical issues, including an agreement to work together to denuclearize North Korea and to confront global climate change.  The Washington Post has more here.


Richardson Charged with Mailing Threatening Letter to Obama - Shannon Richardson, a Texas-based actress who has had small parts in movies and television shows including “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries,” was charged Friday for allegedly mailing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama. She was not charged in connection with the ricin found on the Obama letter or the two other ricin-tainted letters she allegedly mailed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, the director of Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.
Richardson’s arrest marked an abrupt twist in a case in which authorities say she initially contacted law enforcement and accused her husband, Nathaniel, of committing the crime. Court documents in the case reveal what led to Shannon’s arrest, including her alleged failure of a lie detector test, evidence the letters were printed from her laptop, and the fact her husband has an alibi for when the printing occurred. Nathaniel Richardson has not been charged. has more here.


Booker Makes New Jersey Senate Run Official - Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) formally announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday.

"I'm here today to officially announce my candidacy to be New Jersey's next United States senator," Booker, speaking at the headquarters of, a company that moved Newark in 2007, said.

Booker was introduced by former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), who Booker praised as a "giant" in the Senate.

Booker specifically mentioned gun violence and job creation in his speech. has more here.


Emily's List: Republican "War on Women" Never Ended - A Friday memo by Jess McIntosh, the group's communication director, points to several off-the-wall statements made by Republican pols and candidates in the last two weeks that has "effectively re-opened the wound that caused the historic gender gap in 2012."

A number of conservatives raised eyebrows for claiming that female breadwinners are antithetical to nature, that women "don't want" equal pay, that working mothers ruined the American education system and that "hormone levels created by nature" drive sexual assaults in the military.


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