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3:30 MITT TO ISRAEL Yes, he is making the trip. “For Mr. Romney, the trip is an opportunity to appeal both to Jewish voters and donors, whose overwhelming support of President Obama has softened, according to some polls, and to evangelical Christians, whose trust he is still fighting to win. At the March conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby known as Aipac, Mr. Romney vowed that Israel would be the destination of his first foreign trip as president, underscoring the fact that Mr. Obama has not visited here since his election, a sore spot among some Israel supporters.”
2:00 SOCCER TO ME My assistant Max Rivlin-Nadler writes: “NYC minor-league soccer team to play with Romney advertisements on jerseys. The money for the advertisements come courtesy of a donor who said, ‘I love fútbol, I love America, I am a proud Latino-American who believes Mitt Romney needs to be our next president.’ ”
1:00 pm AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Getting a lot of play today: video of Newt Gingrich in Paris bowing to head of “terrorist” group”… Dept. of Justice rejects S. Carolina voter ID move—for second time… Photo: Mitt and Ann Romney riding jet ski… New poll: Public evenly split on SCOTUS health law ruling. Time will tell.
11:30 am HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL Buzzfeed has posted sixty-nine, count ’em, photos of well-known politicians back in the day. That’s Eliz Warren at left, but don’t miss everyone from David Axelrod to (the other) Joe Walsh.
11:00 CHEST FEVER Carly Fiorina, as Romney surrogate: Obamacare would hurt breast cancer victims. Debunked long ago.
10:05 TROUBLE FOR MITT? Our old pal David Corn with new piece: It seems Romney was part of group that invested $75 million in a medical waste firm that disposed of aborted fetuses. This surfaced a few months back but disappeared from view but now new docs obtained my Mother Jones further the story and also raise questions about Romney’s departure from Bain—later than he’s claimed?