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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Morning Bits

Mitt Romney bashing President Obama on gutting welfare reform.

Obama smashing records every year. “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday estimated that the federal budget deficit stands at $975 billion through July. This guarantees that the deficit for fiscal 2012, which ends Sept. 30, will be above $1 trillion. The deficit under each year of the Obama administration will have exceeded $1 trillion, after coming to $459 billion in 2008.”

Trashing the VP, even before we know who he or she is. “The Obama campaign launched a pre-emptive strike Tuesday on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, attempting to gather dirt on the potential vice presidential pick by asking Floridians to share with the campaign ‘the good, bad and ugly’ about him.”

Slashing away with Dem oppo. And then the correction: “According to Senator Rob Portman’s 1985 foreign agent registration form, while working as a lobbyist at the firm Patton, Boggs, and Blow, Portman was a registered foreign agent on the behalf of the Republic of Haiti. In 1985 Haiti was ruled by the notorious Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, who was overthrown by a uprising in 1986. Update In June, Portman’s staff provided ABC News a 2005 signed affidavit from the Democratic managing partner of Patton Boggs, that says Portman did not represent foreign entities during his time at the lobbying firm in the 1980s.” Oh . Never mind.

Crashing her own campaign into a dead end. Again. “Elizabeth Warren quickly retreated Tuesday from an earlier demand to see more of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown’s tax returns. The Harvard professor had said Monday that Brown, the GOP incumbent she’s challenging, should release tax returns for every year he has been in public service.”

Cashing in with bad actors. “The South African company that paid senior White House adviser David Plouffe $100,000 in December 2010 to deliver two speeches is closely aligned with the Syrian government, helping the regime of President Bashar al-Assad prosper as the embattled government violently cracks down on its citizens.”

Stashing the money away no longer. Pro-Romney groups unleash their ads: “Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party organization backed by the Koch brothers, is set to begin a $25 million advertising assault aimed at President Obama, its largest effort to date. The ad campaign is the latest example of how independent political groups funded by a small number of wealthy donors are shaping the presidential campaign in key swing states.”

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