Chick-fil-A Day, Romney Stops by HQ, Jon A Rejiggered Veep Line, Ready for Rafalca (PM Note)

Aug 1, 2012 6:01pm

Back in Boston, Romney Popped by His HQ Today

Chick-fil-A Day – By far the most popular story on ABCNews.com today - http://abcn.ws/T3Dvpn

Fact-Checking Free Birth Control Day – http://abcn.ws/Qwejug

Default Day – 60 Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero to Fix Postal Service - http://abcn.ws/NbwsXt

A New Veep Line Today –  T-Paw, Portman, Paul Ryan –  So he thinks it’ll be a tall skinny white guy with dark hair, essentially. http://abcn.ws/PmRcLv

Karl: “Ryan is the dark horse here, dismissed by many as relatively inexperienced and tainted by his controversial “Path to Prosperity” budget, but Romney confidants tell me Romney thinks highly of Ryan and sees his budget plan as a positive, despite the predictable attacks that would come from Democrats. After all, those attacks will come anyway (Democrats already speak of the “Romney-Ryan Budget”). Picking Ryan for VP would put on the ticket the person best able to respond to those attacks. And get this: Some of Romney’s political advisers believe Ryan could put Wisconsin in play, giving a Romney-Ryan ticket a chance of winning a state that hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in 1984. They point to a recent PPP poll that showed putting Ryan on the ticket cuts President Obama’s lead in Wisconsin to a single point.”

The Tea Party’s Plan to Move Romney Right - http://abcn.ws/OEQ4rY (Goldman)

White House Might Save Base but Not Aircraft in Ohio- http://abcn.ws/MZvSj1 (Ann Compton)

Ready for Rafalca? – In action tomorrow, reports Shush Walshe – Most Americans associate the Olympics with swimming and gymnastics and young, agile bodies, but at the Romney house, all the attention goes to a horse ridden by a 53-year-old man in a top hat and tails. The horse is named Rafalca. She’s part-owned by Ann Romney. And the sport is dressage. http://abcn.ws/QfORa6

Olympic Tax Break  - Sunlen Miller reports that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,  introduced a bill today in the Senate that would exempt U.S. Olympic medal winners from paying federal taxes on their medals and prize money earned in the Olympics. “Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax imposed on Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness,” Rubio said in a paper statement today announcing his legislation.  ”Athletes representing our nation overseas in the Olympics shouldn’t have to worry about an extra tax bill waiting for them back home.” Under U.S. tax law, the athletes must add the value of their Olympic medals and prizes to their taxable income, and are taxed at a rate of 35% by the IRS. Americans for Tax Reform found that the value of a gold medal is about $675, meaning that an athlete could be on the hook for a $236 extra tax burden. http://abcn.ws/Qw7icO

How Much is a Medal Worth to Uncle Sam? Depends - http://abcn.ws/McDSJn

Obama Tells Ohioans Romney Wants to Raise Middle-Class Taxes to Help ‘People Like Him’ – President Obama today pounced on a new report that found Mitt Romney’s economic plan would raise taxes on the majority of Americans and give tax breaks to the super wealthy, telling supporters in the battleground state of Ohio that his opponent wants them to pay more so that “people like him” can get a tax cut. http://abcn.ws/MjT7WK (Mary Bruce & Devin Dwyer)

The Most Positive Attack Ad of 2012 - McCaskill Helps Conservative - Attack ads are typically bitter, viciously calculated to destroy an opponent.  Grave narrators and red chyrons, embellished with organ/piano/violin, are supposed to make viewers want to lock their doors. Not in Missouri! http://abcn.ws/R8Baqv (Chris Good)

Colorado Governor And Wife Split, Happily- But in the strangest separation statement we’ve ever read. They still want to be invited to parties together. And – “In fact we will embark on our annual family vacation together this week, share meals often, and plan to spend holidays together.”.http://abcn.ws/R9Caz4 (Gregory Krieg)

Patty Murray Says Tea Party Growth Bigger Problem for GOP Than Dems- The primary victory Tuesday by Texas Republican Ted Cruz dealt a big blow to the establishment, gave a boost of energy to the Tea Party movement, and underscored the power that Sarah Palin still wields within the base of her party. http://abcn.ws/MRNNdo (Elizabeth Hartfield)

House GOP Presses Reid to Avoid Massive Defense Cuts- House Republicans said today they would be willing to interrupt their upcoming five week recess and return to Washington if the Senate comes up with a package of budget reforms that would avoid massive cuts in defense funding. http://abcn.ws/OBOcN0 (John Parkinson)

60 House Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero To Fix Mail Service- In the 18 months the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices.  Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.(Amy Bingham)

Veep Beat: Veeps in Waiting-VEEPS ON STANDBY: ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reported on GMA that the Romney campaign has told at least two VP short-listers to stand by for a potential announcement any day now with just over three weeks until the Republican National Convention in Tampa. http://abcn.ws/PlIv4c (Arlette Saenz)

New Romney Ad Hits Obama on Auto Bailout- Mitt Romney’s campaign released a new ad today hammering President Obama on the auto bailout before the president’s trip to Ohio. http://abcn.ws/NTSArP (Arlette Saenz)

Living Obama
Congratulates Gold Medal Gymnastics Team- http://abcn.ws/Mcq9SP
Buys Care Package for Daughtershttp://abcn.ws/PmLFog

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