John Boehner dismisses Grover Norquist, Mitt Romney lays out his debt plan, and Joe Walsh will (figuratively) punch someone in the face.

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* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist as “some random person” today. All but 13 Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have signed a Norquist-written pledge not to raise taxes; Democrats argue that the pledge is preventing the debt-reduction supercommittee from coming up with a deal.

* In a USA Today editorial, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney detailed his plans for reducing the federal debt. Basically, lots of cuts to the federal government: “First, eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential.”

* As Ohioans gear up for next Tuesday’s vote on whether or not to repeal collective bargaining legislation, Gov. John Kasich (R) used a somewhat unfortunate analogy. “We never thought Bernie Kosar would bring the Browns back and win that big championship game,” he told the Columbus Dispatch when asked about polls showing his legislation to be broadly unpopular. Kosar, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback, never did win a championship game with the Browns.

* A little late to the tax-plan party, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) laid out her economic philosophy in a speech at Iowa State University today. She called for a flatter tax code in which everyone pays federal income taxes — even if only $10 a year — to eliminate a “dependency mentality.” She also warned that “crony capitalism” could turn the U.S. into a “Banana Republic.”


* Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), known for his confrontational style, promises not to disappoint when he faces Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) in a primary next year. Hearing that Hultgren had polled on his personal past, Walsh — who is being sued for failure to pay child support — responded combatively. “If he raises his voice and calls into question who I am as a father, I’ll punch him in the face, figuratively speaking,” Walsh told a local paper.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry is again dismissing questions about his freewheeling speech in New Hampshire last week. It was “a pretty typical speech for me” and that some speeches are more “animated” than others, he told the San Francisco Chronicle. He said he wasn’t drinking or on pain medication and added that the audience responded positively: “There was a standing ovation at the end.”

* Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) faced a heckler at a town hall Wednesday night who took issue with her support for Occupy Wall Street over the tea party movement. The Harvard Law professor stayed calm as the man called her a “socialist whore” and attempted to storm out, only to find the door locked.

* Former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III endorsed Romney, saying the former Massachusetts’ governor’s “conservative experience is unmatched.” His son, Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) — who is running for Senate — is also a Romney supporter.


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