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6:10 MARCO SOLO? And now, after a full day of reports that Romney had axed Marco Rubio as a Veep contender, he comes out and says Rubio is being "thoroughly vetted." Maybe the fact Rubio is 1) fundraising for Romney today and 2) has a book coming out today, had something to do with it.
4:40 OBAMA WANTS CROSSROADS DONORS UNVEILED Just out via NYT: "The lawyer for President Obama demanded on Tuesday that Crossroads GPS disclose its donors, saying in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the group is plainly a ‘political committee’ subject to federal reporting requirements. In the complaint, obtained by The New York Times, Robert F. Bauer, the campaign’s chief counsel, writes that the group — founded by Karl Rove, among others — can no longer shield the identity of its donors by defining itself as a ‘social welfare’ organization."
4:30 HOOSiER SHRINK Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party darling who upset Sen. Dick Lugar in GOP primary in Indiana, now says employers not only should not have to cover contraception (if they are opposed) but also–drop coverage for something like cancer if they objects to cost.
4:00 BARRY HUMOROUS It seems like it came out a month or so ago, but actually today is release date for the David Marannis book about Obama. New York magazine responds with a fun "26 Minor Facts" about Obama that emerge in those many pages. Sample: Obama "loved to peek at us when bathing," his Indonesian step-cousin Noeke recalls.
3:00 PLUMBING THE DEPTHS In new video ad for his House campaign in Ohio, Joe (Sam) the (Former) Plumber blames the Holocaust on gun control.