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In Obama-Boehner faceoff, tea v. merlot; thieves say they’ve got Romney tax returns; and celebs in Charlotte (read-this roundup)

President Barack Obama with Speaker of the House John Boehner. (Pete Souza/The White House)

Merlot vs. tea — An excerpt from Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics,” paints this picture of the 2010 negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama over the debt ceiling: in Boehner’s words, “I’m sitting there smoking a cigarette, drinking merlot, and I look across the table and there is the president of the United States drinking iced tea and chomping on Nicorette.”

Romney tax heist — Still looking for those tax returns... Anonymous thieves claimed to have broken into Mitt Romney’s accountant’s firm and stolen those tax returns everyone’s so mad to see (they’re demanding $1 million to keep them private). Secret Service is investigating, and the company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is denying the breech even happened.

More A-list on the way — Our colleagues at the Reliable Source have the forecast on the state of celebrities down at the Democratic convention in Charlotte: Right now it’s sprinkling (only a handful, including Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson,, and Ashley Judd) with a chance of a downpour (heavy hitters like Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington will be around Thursday).

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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