Take him at his word. Move on. “Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, widely speculated to be a top pick for the Republican presidential running mate, once again firmly denied he would join the GOP ticket. ‘I’m not going to be the vice president,’ Rubio said Friday in an interview with CNN en Español’s Ismael Cala. ‘I’m not.’ ”

If President Obama cared about the “war on women” he wouldn’t take Bill Maher’s money. “On Friday’s ‘Real Time,’ Maher double[d] down on Hilary Rosen’s controversial statement that Ann Romney had ‘never worked a day in her life’ by saying that, ‘what she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house to work.’ ”

The Romney campaign should takeRomney and Ed Gillespie, put them on TV and keep all other staff out of sight. Gillespie on Fox News Sunday clearly addresses the tax return issue: “Like millions of Americans, Governor Romney has filed for an extension to complete his tax returns because he’s waiting for other information to come in from other entities, that he doesn’t have control of their forms. As you know, you have to comply and make sure that the forms match up. He’s waiting for those to come in. He’s paid estimated his taxes and he’s released estimated income. . . . [I]n 2008, John McCain is the presidential nominee, released two years of tax returns. In 2004, John Kerry as a Democratic presidential nominee, released two years of tax returns. In 2012, Governor Romney will release two years. He has complied with all the disclosure laws and is going over and above the requirements in the disclosure laws for financial disclosure in releasing two years of tax returns.”

Take precautions and avoid the conflict. An effective strategy for Israel in this case: “Preparations for ‘flytilla’ prevent airport chaos. . . . Despite the apparent routine scene, as Terminal 3 bustled with people, suitcases, and the buzz of international travel, Israeli authorities were quietly preventing hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from entering the country. This was no spontaneous operational success, but rather, the result of painstaking prior planning.”

If he takes their money, he sure is going to give them access. “Although Mr. Obama has made a point of not accepting contributions from registered lobbyists, a review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.”

The Romney team will take the stamp of approval for its message, even it comes from David Axelrod. “The Romney campaign seizes on David Axelrod’s warning about an economy that ‘continues down the road we’re on.’ The perils of being an incumbent.” At least one with a record this bad.

The president takes an overseas trip and gets overshadowed. “The U.S. Secret Service on Saturday placed 11 agents on administrative leave as the agency investigates allegations that the men brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia, on Wednesday night and that a dispute ensued with one of the women over payment the following morning.” Thunk.

It takes a joint Iranian-U.S effort to maintain the facade of progress at nuclear weapons talks. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is going on. “It appears that all present have at least one common goal: making an Israeli strike harder. This suggests that the next meeting will not ‘end in failure’ either; it will agree to yet another meeting, presumably in July. After all, if concrete proposals are tabled one mustn’t rush the Iranians; they must have time to take them home to Tehran and think them through.” Isn’t this how the administration started out three years ago?

And it takes only common sense to figure out the mullahs are not giving up their aim goal of nuclear weaponization. “If pointless ‘peace negotiations’ buy [the Iranians] time to achieve this aim, so much the better. [EU foreign policy head Catherine] Ashton and her ilk either don’t know this, or they prefer not to, because acknowledging it means having to do something about it other than ‘talk.’ It is for this reason that Israel will have to take the initiative – not at negotiating with a Palestinian entity that has no more intention of striking a deal than Iran. Rather, it has to act against a nuclearized Middle East before the only thing left to discuss is how to survive the next world war.”