Today in Liberty: Labrador says coronating McCarthy sends the “wrong response,” Army begins Bowe Bergdahl investigation

“The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” — H. L. Mencken

— Labrador letter seeks support from House Republicans: Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) has penned a letter to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives ahead of this week’s leadership election, telling them that rallying around Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be the next House Majority Leader post is the “wrong response” to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) stunning loss. “In the immediate aftermath of Eric’s announcement, Kevin and the Whip team moved quickly to line up support for his candidacy, which is to their credit. But given the extraordinary circumstances that triggered this election – and the related, ongoing divisions within our Party – this race needed another voice,” Labrador wrote in the letter. “Promoting, by acclamation, a member of the very Washington leadership that has failed to bridge the divide with Republicans outside Washington struck me as exactly the wrong response. And so, I have decided to stand for Majority Leader – running not against anyone, but for everyone.” Labrador offered a couple paragraphs about the threat to the American Dream, which, he explains, he lived and wants to preserve for future generations. “I know some people made commitments before I entered the race, but the most important commitments we make are to the American people we represent.  So I am hopeful you will at least pause for a moment and consider me for this role,” said Labrador. “In the coming days, I will be in touch with each of you personally to ask for your support. Win or lose, I am committed to working with you to make sure our Conference is as outstanding as the members it represents.”

— Majority Leader whip count: Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has created a Google spreadsheet so we can track how House Republicans have pledged to vote in the race for Majority Leader between Raul Labrador and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The list is based on either public statements or information received from his Twitter followers. You can take a look at the whip list here. The Hill has its own count here. Amash, as we noted yesterday, is backing Labrador in the June 19 leadership election.

— Koch brothers unveil new super PAC: Charles and David Koch are just trolling Democrats at this point. “During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund,” Politico reports. ”The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns — part of a much larger spending effort expected to total $290 million, sources told Politico.” The new super PAC will explicitly urge voters to support candidates “who share our vision of free markets and a free society and oppose candidates who support intrusive government policies that push the American Dream out of reach for the American people,” Marc Short, president of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, told Politico. This is outside the normal issue advocacy that you’ll see from Americans for Prosperity. Because Freedom Partners Action Fund is a super PAC, it’ll be required to disclose its donors. Regardless, we expect another round of emails from Democratic Party groups using this story to to raise money.

— The Obamacare man cometh: If you’re one of the 2.1 million Americans with a data discrepancy in your Obamacare enrollment, you may want to get ready to answer some questions from the Obama administration. And you may also want to get your checkbook ready. “The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies,” The New York Times reports. “The government is asking consumers for additional documents to verify their income, citizenship, immigration status and Social Security numbers, as well as any health coverage that they may have from employers. People who do not provide the information risk losing their subsidized coverage and may have to repay subsidies next April.”

— And the latest Obamacare problem is a symptom of something bigger: Peter Suderman explains this morning over at Reason that the data inconsistencies are part of the Obama administration’s “kick the can approach” to Obamacare. “Obamacare supporters are downplaying the inconsistencies as minor records mismatches, but the potential for upheaval is significant. What happens, for example, if the people who have been contacted don’t send in additional documentation? The letters sent out by HHS warn that they could lose their subsidy, or be dropped from their exchange coverage entirely. We don’t know how many people have responded at this point, but last month The Washington Post reported that just a fraction of those contacted had done so. What about those who try and cannot get their documents to upload into the system? And what about the delays caused by the administration’s failure to complete the tech systems necessary for timely processing?” Suderman writes. “It’s not clear how this mass of discrepancies gets resolved, but what’s obvious is that this is a big bureaucratic mess created by the administration’s incompetence, bluster, and refusal to be transparent. They declined independent checks and insisted they had implementation under control, despite contrary evidence, and now it’s abundantly clear that they didn’t. It’s a kick-the-can approach to administration and implementation.”

— Army begins Bergdahl inquiry: This has been lost in the news coverage of the devolving situation in Iraq, but the U.S. Army is now looking into Bowe Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan. “The Army appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, an officer with Afghanistan combat experience, to lead the probe but did not provide a timeline for its completion,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The Pentagon said Dahl would not interview Bergdahl until the reintegration team clears him for this type of questioning so there was no way to determine when it could conclude.” Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban after wandering from his post and held for five years, arrived back in the United States last week. The Daily Beast obtained letters he wrote to his parents during his imprisonment that explain why he left.

— FreedomWorks PAC endorses in MI-08: FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed Tom McMillin in the open seat in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, citing his strong opposition to Obamacare, Common Core, the NSA’s domestic surveillance. “Voters have a clear choice between another establishment candidate that will toe the party line, and Tom McMillin, a man who will stand up for civil liberties and fight for his constituents,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks PAC, said in a press release. “McMillin doesn’t just identify the problems in government, he takes action to come up with proactive solutions. He would undoubtedly be a valuable thought leader for liberty in the House.” McMillin, a three-term state legislator, is running against former State Majority Leader Mike Bishop for the seat being left vacant by the retirement of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Rogers has backed Bishop. Justin Amash, however, is behind McMillin. United Liberty chatted with McMillin last month. You can check that interview out here.

— Chris Matthews tells the Left not to look down on the Tea Party: While you’re not going to see him at a Tax Day protest, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews offered some advice to his fellow Leftists, telling them to take the Tea Party movement seriously. “This looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop. They have a message. They’re as American as any liberal is. And they’re really angry about the failure of our system,” Matthews said recently on MSNBC, via Politico. “I was over covering Eastern Europe when the wall came down. You know what people didn’t like? It wasn’t the philosophy of communism they didn’t like — it was the complete corruption of it, the failure of it to deliver to working people. That’s what this system is doing right now: We can’t control the deficit, we can’t control the debt, we can’t control the border. What good is government good at?”

— Yeah, Paul Ryan lacks credibility on spending: Rebekah Johansen of the Coalition to Reduce Spending is a little annoyed at the latest email blast from the Republican National Committee because it talks about a chance to meet “top policy leaders” in the GOP: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). And that’s where the RNC lost her. “I wonder if the [contest] winner will have time to discuss the Budget Control Act and sequester, the only successful spending limitation of our generation, that Paul Ryan was instrumental in killing. Or the Ryan-Murray agreement, that set in place over a trillion dollars in new spending we can’t afford. Or the fact that Paul Ryan has consistently wed himself to wasteful Pentagon spending and worked to stifle reforms there,” Johansen writes. “[L]et’s be honest. Paul Ryan’s leadership on spending is limited. His fiscal leadership on some issues, such as entitlements, is of course admirable. But as long as Republicans cling to sacred cows such as Pentagon spending, we won’t go very far in fixing our nation’s financial crisis.” So. Much. That.

— Dueling polls out of Mississippi: Two polls say two very different things about the state of the Mississippi Senate runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his conservative challenger Chris McDaniel. Chism Strategies shows that Cochran has a 1-point lead over McDaniel, 48/47, with 5 percent undecided. Cochran’s lead is statistically insignificant as it’s inside the polls margin of error. A poll conducted on behalf of Citizens United Political Victory Fund, however, has McDaniel with a 12-point lead over Cochran, 52/40, with 4 percent undecided. The runoff is Tuesday, June 24.

— ATR urges the House to pass email privacy reform: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and Digital Liberty Executive Director Katie McAuliffe have sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to support the Email Privacy Act, a measure that is nearing majority support in the chamber. “The Fourth Amendment guarantees Americans protection against warrantless search and seizure. We write, asking you to uphold the Fourth Amendment in the digital era by updating the Election Communications Privacy Act,” Norquist and McAuliffe wrote to House members (PDF). “Nationwide Vox Populi polling shows that all voters share a common concern in these protections from government intrusion into digital file cabinets. In all polling locations a minimum of 84% of voters felt it was time to update the ECPA. The polls revealed that a minimum of seventy percent of voters were more likely to vote for a candidate who pledged to update the ECPA.” The Email Privacy Act was introduced in May 2013 by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS). Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) is also pushing the bill. The measure has been stalled in a House Judiciary subcommittee since it was introduced. “The Email Privacy Act will overcome the 218 member threshold this week. We encourage you to join fellow Representatives in co-sponsorship, if you have not done so already. Further, we encourage leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a recorded vote,” Norquist and McAuliffe added. “Our Representatives should be on record and accountable to their constituencies, regarding support for the Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution.”

— BREAKING: Exclusive video: United Liberty has uncovered video of Internal Revenue Service IT workers trying to recover the missing two years worth of Lois Lerner’s emails. Here’s a clip.

— RIP: Tony Gwynn, one of the best hitters of the last half-century, passed away on Monday. Over his 20-year career, all of which was played with the San Diego Padres, Gwynn amassed 3,141 hits and had a career batting average of .338. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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