Stuart Sternberg speaks, Rahm says Dems can exploit Barton gaffe, and what's up with the Jones Act? Mitch Perry Report 6.21.10

Happy first day of summer.  Hope you're enjoying the World Cup.  Fine sport for seeing guys overdramatize getting hurt, and for accountability by the officiating crew.

Speaking of sports, the Tampa Bay Rays lost two out of three in Miami over the weekend, and their fortunes are going south.  They're now out of first place, trailing the New York Yankees by a game, with the Boston Red Sox just a half game behind them.

So nothing like breaking up that bad narrative than for owner Stuart Sternberg to rise from wherever he's been hanging out over the past year, with a "major announcement" scheduled for a little after 12 noon today on the Rays stadium situation.  There will be a lot of interested parties seeking some clarification about what exactly is on his mind regarding a stadium and where it might be at (and oh yeah, who's going to pay for it!).

On the Sunday chat shows yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was laying down the law on ABC's This Week.  He's hoping the Democrats — not looking good in terms of their chances in November — can exploit Texas Republican Joe Barton's apology to BP head Tony Hayward last week.

We also saw Bill Nelson and other members of Congress discussing the oil disaster yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press.  Nelson again was harping on why he thinks the Navy should take over command and control of the spill. But according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "not going to happen."

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