“Politics is a people business. If you like people, you know, it’s a really fun thing to do.” - Laura Bush in an exclusive interview with Jon Karl – Here’s the first taste, which focuses on the Bush post-presidency commitment to slowing the growth of AIDS and also touches on why they’re skipping the GOP convention - http://abcn.ws/LOyw6M
Quiz – Which was the number one most clicked story on ABC News.com for much of the early part of the afternoon?
1. Mitt Romney Aide Cites Anglo Saxon Heritage – http://abcn.ws/PnZhmV
2. Women Underrepresented in Political Donations – http://bit.ly/LO1Sqz
3. Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Passes the House – http://abcn.ws/MIdBXs
It’s a trick question, really. Of course it was Ron Paul. And while his ‘audit the fed’ bill passed the House 327 – 98, it faces an unfriendly leadership in the Senate, so it’s got about as much as becoming law this year as Ron Paul has of becoming president.
But make no mistake about Paul’s influence. Could this bill have even passed the House several years ago? Would Mitt Romney have tweeted his support for the bill?
An ‘Anglo Saxon’ Problem? - What dominated the political press stateside was the hullabaloo over a blind quote in the foreign press. What exactly did a Romney staffer say to the Telegraph about a shared “Anglo Saxon heritage?”
The Romney camp says nothing. But that hasn’t stopped Obama aides from seizing on the article as insulting.
“Despite his promises that politics stops at the water’s edge, Gov. Romney’s wheels hadn’t even touched down in London before his advisers were reportedly playing politics with international diplomacy,” Biden said.
More from Emily Friedman, Devin Dwyer and Russell Goldman – http://abcn.ws/Q5SkEx
Romney’s 2012 Travelogue – What’s he seeing, eating, doing on his trip abroad – http://abcn.ws/ODxafI
Romney on Colorado – Shooter shouldn’t have had guns, but new laws won’t help –
NBC’s WILLIAMS to Romney: “On things however like Aurora, Colorado, do you see why Americans get frustrated at politics. They can see and hear your words from earlier in their career, people are hurting out there. Perhaps they want to start a national conversation about whether an AR-15 belongs in the hands of a citizen, whether a citizen should be able to buy 6-thousand rounds off the internet. You see the argument?”
ROMNEY: “Well this person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already. But he had them. And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people.”
Gun control advocates may seize on this to point out that the weapons James Holmes used to kill people he actually did obtain legally. http://abcn.ws/MIyD8d
Dueling Tax Bills Draw Biden to the Senate, But Solve Nothing – http://abcn.ws/Oanizf
Sarah Palin Returns to Campaign Trail – Ted Cruz’s All-Stars – Sarah Palin is getting back on the campaign trail. She’ll hit the road this Friday at an evening rally for Ted Cruz, Texas candidate for the U.S. Senate, at the Woodlands, north of Houston, his campaign and a Palin friend confirmed for ABC News. It’ll be like a Woodstock for conservatives. Jim DeMint is flying in Friday. Beck and Santorum on Saturday. http://abcn.ws/O9W6Aw (Shushannah Walshe)
Obama Camp Accuses Romney of ‘Fumbling Foreign Policy Football’- When anonymous sources claimed to a British paper that President Obama did not appreciate America’s Anglo-Saxon heritage, they opened a hornets nest and got a stinging response from the Obama campaign, which has accused the Romney camp of “continous fumbling of the foreign policy football” even before Romney’s plane landed at the first of his stops on his foreign tour. http://abcn.ws/MIaE94 (Ann Compton)
Sandra Day O’Connor: ‘Unfortunate’ Attacks on Chief Justice Roberts Underscore Need for Civics Education – The Supreme Court’s first female justice today defended conservative Chief Justice John Roberts from accusations that he acted like a “traitor” last month by voting to uphold the president’s signature health care law. ttp://abcn.ws/OEvWRk (Julie Percha)
Breakdown: How Campaigns Spend Their Millions-On top of the millions they spend on attack ads, presidential campaigns still have to pay the rent.
The following pie charts show how President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns spent all their money in June. http://abcn.ws/LNUSdx (Chris Good)
Sheldon Adelson May Stop By Romney Jerusalem Fundraiser- Mitt Romney may have quite the high-profile guest at his Jerusalem fundraiser. A donor to Romney who helped plan the presumptive GOP nominee’s trip to Israel tells ABC News that Sheldon Adelson is currently at his home in Israel and may stop by. http://abcn.ws/Pmoez2 (Shushannah Walshe)
Robert Duvall Hosts Ann Romney Fundraiser – From Sarah Jessica Parker to George Clooney, it’s Barack Obama who usually fundraises with celebrities, but the president no longer has the star market cornered. Actor Robert Duvall and his wife, Luciana, will host a fundraiser featuring Ann Romney at their Middleburg, Va., home in September. http://abcn.ws/STTW7z (Shushannah Walshe)
More on Jon Karl’s Laura Bush Exclusive – You won’t see former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush at the Republican National convention this year. He’s not attending and that’s just fine with his wife, who told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl today the couple is done with politics. But that doesn’t mean they’re out of public life. Laura Bush outlined key initiatives she and her husband will continue to work on and she made a pitch for the importance of foreign aid, a budget item many recently elected Republicans would like to see cut. http://abcn.ws/NUv0fB (Jonathan Karl)
State Voting Technology Inadequate in Several Swing States, Study Finds – When it comes to elections, you don’t need to say more than three words — Florida in 2000 — to remind people how big an issue individual states’ voting technology and practices can be in a close election. http://abcn.ws/OEL69m (Elizabeth Hartfield)
Photo of the Day: Caption Contest- http://abcn.ws/M8NN8D (Meghan Kiesel)
Cate Edwards Jumps Back Into Politics With Michigan Endorsement-Two months after standing steadfastly by her father John Edward’s side during his hugely-publicized campaign finance fraud trial, Cate Edwards is hopping back into the political arena to stand by Trevor Thomas, a young, openly gay candidate for the U.S. House from Michigan. http://abcn.ws/Oa4IqY (Amy Bingham)
U.S. Chamber Unleashes Five-State Ad Blitz – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will air new ads in five states hitting Democratic Senate candidates and incumbents, on the heels of four TV ads released last week. http://abcn.ws/N2iGFL (Chris Good)
Veep Beat: While Mitt’s Away, Surrogates Take Stage- ROMNEY SURROGATES FLOOD THE FIELD: Mitt Romney may be abroad, but his campaign is deploying a number of surrogates over the next week to make sure the presumptive GOP nominee’s message is relayed to voters. http://abcn.ws/Qj8BeY (Arlette Saenz)
RNC Steps Up ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Attacks – The Republican National Committee are again joining forces with their friends at the Romney campaign, continuing the “you didn’t build that push” today with a new web video. http://abcn.ws/MGKjdv (Shushannah Walshe)
Sex, Drugs and Pornography: The Invasive Process of VP Vetting- Being vetted as a vice presidential running mate sounds about as invasive and uncomfortable as… well, use your imagination. Infidelity? Pornography? Drugs? No question is off limits. http://abcn.ws/OCntOD (Jilian Fama)