Elizabeth Warren campaign hits back at ‘nasty insinuations’

at 05:34 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Elizabeth Warren pushes back on “Native American” questions, Obama’s half-sister is out with a memoir, Mitt Romney says anyone would have killed bin Laden and Bristol Palin says her mother did a great job, thank you very much.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Elizabeth Warren’s campaign suggests Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is being sexist by raising questions about the Harvard Law Professor’s listing as a “Native American” in past professional directories. Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers said in a statement that if Brown has questions, “he ought to ask them directly instead of hiding behind the nasty insinuations of his campaign” and added, “Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It’s outrageous.”

* Obama’s half-sister Auma Obama, who works at CARE International in Kenya, is out with a memoir. In “And Then Life Happens,” she talks about meeting Barack for the first time in the 1980s and dealing with reporters during the 2008 campaign; here’s an excerpt.

* Mitt Romney is starting to push back on President Obama’s contention that the former Massachusetts governor would not have killed Osama bin Laden. “Of course” he would have made the same call, Romney told reporters today. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” Obama shot back in a press conference. “I assume that people meant what they said when they said it,” he said, referencing Romney’s 2007 opposition to strikes in Pakistan.

* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign headquarters are in a secret location; mail goes to a P.O. Box in Middleton. Attempts by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel to find the governor’s campaign were unsuccessful.

* Bristol Palin is tired of hearing that her mom used as an example of how not to pick a running mate. “I don’t pretend to know the best pick for Governor Romney,” she writes on her personal blog. “My mom worked wonders, and it was such a joy watching her connect with Americans from coast to coast. But she could not work miracles.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Miami-based lawyer Joe Garcia (D) is preparing to launch a campaign against Rep. David Rivera (R), although the party seems to have settled on businesswoman Gloria Romero Roses as the best challenger to the scandal-scarred freshman. Garcia ran unsuccessfully in 2008 and 2010.

* Romney will appear with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani tomorrow at an event marking the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death, their first public meeting. Giuliani was a harsh critic of Romney for years but endorsed the presumptive GOP nominee last week.

* Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will hold a rally together in Austin on May 6 with Tea Party Express, an establishment-backed conservative group. While Paul has yet to win a presidential contest, his supporters are making inroads at numerous state conventions.

* Romney “might be able to convince” Chris Christie to be his VP nominee, the New Jersey governor told a high school class this morning. “He's a convincing guy, but I really love this job. I really want to stay in this job,” he added.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released its first independent expenditure ad of the cycle today, attacking North Carolina Senate candidate Rep. Rick Berg (R) and touting Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp. A source says $76,000 is behind the spot.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is on the air in the AZ-08 special election, with $150,000 behind an ad hitting GOP candidate Jesse Kelly (R). The National Republican Congressional Committee has $300,000 behind an ad criticizing Ron Barber, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ longtime aide.

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