Perry Stein

Perry is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in Washington D.C. Prior to TPM, she was a reporter-research at The New Republic and worked for her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. Perry can be reached at perry@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama is expected to tap Jason Furman as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Furman, currently the deputy director of the National Economic Council, will replace Alan Krueger, who plans to return to Princeton as a professor in September.
The CEA, a council that influences policy, briefs the president and produces recommendations on economic matters. The nomination of its chair is subject to confirmation by the Senate.
The White House has not yet commented on the appointment.

Anthony Weiner trails frontrunner Christine Quinn by just five points in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, according to a new Marist poll--the first poll conducted since Weiner announced his candidacy last week.
The poll, released Tuesday, puts the disgraced congressman in second place in the crowded field of seven Democratic candidates. Among registered Democrat voters, Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, received 24 percent of the votes to Weiner's 19 percent. New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio ranked third with 12 percent of the vote and a sizable 23 percent of voters said they were still undecided. 
These figures are a big improvement for Weiner, who, in April, amid speculation of his run, received just 15 percent of registered Democrats' votes, putting him 11 points behind Quinn. 
If no candidate attains 40 percent of the vote, the two top two contendors will face each other in a run-off. In a hypothetical run-off between Weiner and Quinn, Weiner doesn't fare too well, according to the Marist poll. Weiner would would rake in 33 percent of the votes to Quinn's 48 percent. The good news for Weiner, however, is that 53 percent of New York City voters think he deserves a second chance. 
The sample of 492 Democrats surveyed for who they would vote for in the Democratic primary had a margin of error of 4.4. percent. The poll surveyed a total of 810 registered voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

President Barack Obama officially endorsed Democrat Ed Markey for Massachusetts senator on Tuesday, giving the congressman a boost a month before the state's special election to replace Secretary of State John Kerry.

Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL who spent years in private equity. A recent poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed Markey leading Gomez by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent.

In his endorsement, Obama called Markey a "champion for middle class and working families."

"Ed has a strong record of helping businesses create jobs and making sure that middle class families get ahead.  His work on fuel economy standards will save money for American consumers and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I share his commitment to common sense efforts to reduce gun violence, and I know he will be a critical vote on this issue. Massachusetts has a long history of Senators who have made a real difference for the Commonwealth and our nation, and I know Ed Markey will continue that great tradition.”




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The White House was informed in advance of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) unannounced trip to Syria, press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.
Carney would not say whether the the Arizona senator delivered a message to rebel leaders from President Barack Obama, according to a White House pool report. McCain, a proponent for increasing the United State's role in the civil war in Syria, secretly crossed the border to meet with rebel leaders, who also desire increased U.S. support. 
McCain is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the country in the two years since the civil war broke out, NBC News reported.