• American Crossroads on Ashley Judd: If you join the NFL, expect some knocks

    Top Line

    American Crossroads announced this week that it will be involved in primaries, actively trying to choose Republican candidates it considers more electable. The conservative group has already made a small ad buy in a big race -- the potential entry of actress Ashley Judd in the Kentucky senate race against Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    "If she's really interested in getting into this race and joining the NFL, she's going to get some knocks," says Jonathan Collegio, communications director of American Crossroads. "This is just kind of a first taste of that."

    Beyond the attacks on Judd, the move into primary races by the Karl Rove superPAC is a signal that the group believes the Washington establishment is better at picking candidates, in some cases, than primary voters.

    "Somewhere between four to seven U.S. Senate seats were lost over the last two election cycles, not because of the messages that the Republican party had," says Collegio, "but because of the

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  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret) on the article that ended his career, and the rise of al Qaeda in Africa

    On the Radar

    Retired General Stanley McChrystal's military career came to an abrupt end in 2010 after "Rolling Stone" published an article showing the general's close advisers openly criticizing the Obama White House. Now, nearly three years after President Obama accepted his resignation as the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, McChrystal tells On the Radar, it’s still painful.

    "It felt surreal, because my whole career I'd thought that I could be fired for incompetence, or I could be killed, or I could have any number of things happen, but I never thought I could be painted with any brush of disrespect or disloyalty, because I didn't see myself that way. And I still don't," says McChrystal, who offers a detailed account of his tensions with the Obama administration in his new book "My Share of the Task: A Memoir."

    In his memoir, the retired general focuses on the lessons in leadership he learned throughout his military career. And leadership, McChrystal says, is essential as the military

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  • Hillary 2016? Founder of Hillary Clinton superPAC says, ‘No doubt she’s gonna run.’

    Politics Confidential

    Hillary Clinton had not even stepped down from her post as Secretary of State, when a superPAC supporting her run for president in 2016 was filed with the Federal Election Commission. The superPAC's website launched over the weekend.

    Allida Black is chair and founder of the group, and says she is, as the superPAC is named, "Ready for Hillary."

    "I've been waiting for Hillary all my life. But I am more than ready this time," says Black, who campaigned for Clinton in 14 states in 2008.

    Clinton has not said whether she will throw her hat in the ring, telling ABC News in her last television interview as Secretary of State that she is "flattered and honored" at the intense interest in whether she might run for president in 2016.

    "I have no doubt she's gonna run," says Black. "She knows there's this huge groundswell. She sees the challenges. She's not gonna say no. Not because of her, but because of us."

    But there are a lot of other big-résumé Democrats out there as

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