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May 12, 2015 10:10 AM EDT

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Michael Scherer
DC Bureau Chief

Good morning from Washington, where poverty and inequality are on the agenda. President Obama will join Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University, and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, at Georgetown for a wide-ranging discussion. Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will appear together as he unveils his “Progressive Agenda”—cast as a version of the old 1990s Contract with America for the left. The liberal icons are fighting to hold former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accountable to the Democratic base, even as she is the far-and-away front-runner for the nomination.

Across the aisle, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is out with a new tax plan, that he argues will stimulate economic growth. The issue will rear its head once more on the Senate floor, where lawmakers are voting on granting Obama Trade Promotion Authority to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Proponents and detractors of the free trade deal cast it respectively as an engine for revived economic growth and another burden on underpaid workers.

Must Reads

Obama Moves Closer to Inking Pacific Trade Deal (TIME)
Senate expected to pass trade promotion authority Tuesday

De Blasio, Warren Escalate Pressure on Clinton (Politico)
A new Contract with America

Rand Paul Campaign Takes a Licking in New Hampshire (TIME)
Campaign tracking takes a turn for the bizarre

Jeb Bush Leans on Nonprofit As He Prepares Run (Washington Post)
Frontiers of campaign finance

Pope Francis’ Poverty Agenda Draws President Obama (TIME)
An unlikely gathering

Texas Bill Would Bar Officials From Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Washington Post)
A last-ditch effort to tie up Supreme Court ruling

Sound Off

“Some people are generally pro-trade or anti-trade. She’s case-by-case on trade.” — Gene Sperling, director of the White House’s National Economic Council in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, on Hillary Clinton

“Why so few improvements were made at the [State Departments’ Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi, Libya], why so few State Department security officers were protecting the US ambassador, Chris Stevens, why they allowed him to travel there on the anniversary of 9/11, and why they allowed him to spend the night in Benghazi are unclear.” — Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell in an excerpt of his new book published in Politico addressing the attacks of 9/11/12

Bits and Bites

First Republican presidential debate on track for Aug. 6 in Cleveland

Obama Foundation selects Chicago to host presidential library

Chris Christie outlines his economic plan

Report by Clinton adviser proposes ‘rewriting’ decades of economic policy

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