Rupert Murdoch: ‘At last, Romney attacks’

at 05:40 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Rupert says Mitt’s doing aight, Boehner says the Muslim Brotherhood witch hunt is “dangerous,” a Maine Democratic Senate candidate exists, and the horse shall not be invoked.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Oft-critical media mogul Rupert Murdoch is (somewhat) satisfied with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney right now. “At last Romney attacks, looks better. Keep it up!” the News Corp. CEO tweeted. But, he added, Romney “still needs to address all Hispanics.”

* The horse is out. After Ann Romney told ABC News that she was offended by a Democratic National Committee video that used her Olympic dressage horse to mock Mitt Romney, DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse replied that that was not the intent of the video. “We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation,” he added. Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters later that “we are rooting for the Romney horse in London.”

* House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) joined Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in criticizing fellow Republicans who have accused State Department staffer Huma Abedin of spying for the Muslim Brotherhood. “I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous,” Boehner said today of the letters Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other lawmakers sent to various officials asking for an investigation into Abedin’s loyalties.

* Maine Senate candidate Cynthia Dill, ignored by national Democrats in favor of independent Angus King, has written a public letter to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asking for a meeting. “There’s ample evidence the unenrolled candidate in this race opposes much of the party’s core agenda,” she writes. DSCC spokesman Matt Canter told Politico, Senator Murray spoke with Cynthia today and told her that the DSCC would continue to monitor the race.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $18.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, including $8 million in June. $2.5 million came in the 72 hours after the Supreme Court health-care ruling.

* Republicans are seizing on the closure of another solar panel plant that got government subsidies. Amonix in Las Vegas, which got $20 million in federal tax credits, closed after a year. But funding for the company actually began under the Bush administration and was backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), so this is a bipartisan failure.

* Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) is in hot water — but says he will not resign — over a prosecutor’s report showing he planned to recruit a fake Democrat to run this fall. State Rep. Roy Schmidt (R) switched parties in May; Bolger schemed to get a Democrat on the ballot who would pose no real threat. Multiple text messages exposed the scheme.

* Rick Santorum is coming out with a book, “American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom,” with the Christian imprint Tyndale House Publishers. The short book will tell the stories of lesser-known Revolutionary War heroes; it comes out Oct. 2.

* Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde (R), who opposes farm subsidies, gets tobacco subsidies for his real-estate firm because some of its land was once used to farm tobacco. The self-funding multimillionaire told reporters he knew nothing about the payments until now and will drop them.

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