Tax Semantics, Romney on a Jetski, Who’s Behind the Bain Attacks, The SCOTUS Leak

Jul 2, 2012 6:15pm

Vacation 2012 – Camp David vs. Lake Winniepesaukee

Turns Out Ann is the Jetski Driver in the Relationship – AP Photos of Mitt at Play – http://abcn.ws/M1fQ47

The Alaska – Hawaii Connection – Swearing in by Skype - The best summer vacation and politics story comes from Hawaii and Alaska by way of Skype. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan will begin his second term by taking his oath of office from 2,800 miles away in Hawaii. It’s a vacation Sullivan takes every year with his family during the summer, and this year happened to fall on the day of his swearing-in. Whitt added that  Sullivan’s wife, Lynette, has family in Honolulu and has limited time to visit the island due to her schedule as a school teacher.  http://abcn.ws/KPiCc1  (Maria Nikias)

Tax or Penalty – The Importance of Being Semantic –  Eric Fehrnstrom’s argument on MSNBC that mandate scofflaws pay a penalty and not a tax  is the same one made by the president and senior administration officials. They all refuse to call the penalty a tax, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling. On the other side — in the tax camp — is just about every other Republican. What’s it matter? In the real world, not much. But in this case Romney has in the past signed the Norquist pledge and to call it a tax he’d be admitting he raised taxes. Obama pledged not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 http://abcn.ws/LLaxcu (Michael Falcone & Devin Dwyer)

Scalia’s Two Cents: 11 Opinions of the Most Outspoken Justice - http://abcn.ws/OYlDwA

News of Roberts Switch Signals Newly Leaky Court – It used to take decades to figure our what happened behind the scenes of Supreme Court decisions – http://abcn.ws/P1T42G (Matt Negrin)

Poll: More Want Obamacare Opponents to Move On- Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama’s health-reform law, a new poll suggests most people want the law’s opponents to drop their repeal efforts and move on to other problems. But Republicans are energized by the fight –  http://abcn.ws/LLwkfM (Chris Good)

Friends with Benefits: Pro-Obama SuperPac Running Almost 100% of Bain Ads - The study by CMAG found that over the last three and a half months, “fewer than one percent of all ad occurrences sponsored by the Obama campaign have mentioned Bain Capital by name”. Instead, it is the SuperPAC run by two former White House staffers – Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney – that is doing almost all of the heavy lifting on the Bain attack. From April 10 through June 28, 2012, writes Kantar Media’s CMAG,  ”100% of all ad occurrences sponsored by the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action have mentioned Bain Capital by name.”  http://abcn.ws/LLWL54 (Amy Walter)

Romney Will Head to Israel After Trip to London for Olympics – http://abcn.ws/MPl57O

Obama’s Air Force One Call to Donors Reveals Money Worries-President Obama has spent more time raising money than any of his predecessors in recent history, crisscrossing the country on Air Force One to 175 re-election fundraisers so far in his first term. http://abcn.ws/OcRhVV (Devin Dwyer)

Chris Christie on ‘Idiot’ Reporters  - On Saturday Christie called a state reporter ‘stupid’ and an ‘idiot’ for going off topic at a press conference  - http://abcn.ws/LKToj9 (Shush Walshe)

Chris Harris from the Bergen County Herald tweets:@RecordHarris “Just to clear this up, I am the reporter Gov. Christie called an idiot over the weekend. And no, my feelings were not hurt.”

DeMint Launches SuperPachttp://abcn.ws/M1lTpo (Chris Moody)

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Survives, For Now – A federal district judge in Mississippi prevented the state’s only abortion clinic from being shut down on Sunday by putting a
temporary restraining order on a law that would require the clinic’s doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. http://abcn.ws/KWrHEF (Amy Bingham)

California Democrat Boogies to ‘Call Me Maybe’ – It’s the country’s reigning No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 Billboard chart, and one U.S. lawmaker apparently likes it so much that she participated in a summer intern video project, dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
http://abcn.ws/KWrhhi (John Parkinson)

Obama T-Shirt Showdown Escalates from ‘BFD’ to ‘BFTax’ – It’s a T-shirt-off!
Republicans have taken the Obama campaign’s “big f—ing deal” T-shirt and raised him a “big f—ing tax” shirt as both parties try to take control of the conversation after the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. http://abcn.ws/M0csGK (Amy Bingham)

Obama Campaign Challenges Fact Checker Report on Romney Outsourcing-The Obama campaign is vigorously defending its attacks on Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer,” following an analysis by one independent fact-checker that called some of the claims “untrue” and others “thinly supported.” http://abcn.ws/LKBEEs (Devin Dwyer)

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