The Boston Globe says Romney will raise between $11 and $13 million in the third quarter; the Tea Party Express backs Lugar’s opponent; and Pataki wants Christie to run.

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* The Boston Globe reports Mitt Romney raised between $11 million and $13 million in the third quarter. That’s less than the $18 million he raised in the second quarter but more than he raised in the third quarter four years ago (not including self-funding, which Romney hasn’t done this year but did to the tune of $8.5 million four years ago). The Romney campaign would not confirm the report.

* The Tea Party Express has endorsed Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) primary challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. The group has declined to challenge the other Republican senator facing a potentially difficult primary, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

* Whoops! Romney actually quotes the British economist John Maynard Keynes — not exactly the right’s favorite economist — when he thinks he’s quoting Winston Churchill.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is blaming the events of the Arab Spring on President Obama’s weakness and neglect of Israel.

* Former New York governor George Pataki (R) joins those pleading for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to run for president.


* A tweet from the satirical website The Onion has prompted the ire of the U.S. Capitol Police. The Onion today tweeted the following: “BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen. #CongressHostage,” read the initial tweet, which was followed by a few more fictitious updates. Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said, “The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.”

* Former Cuban President Fidel Castro calls Obama “stupid.”

* Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was paid $239,000 last year for his work on Fox News Channel.

* Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd is launching a new website devoted to uniting conservative women. will launch Oct. 2 and include the results of a straw poll taken at this weekend’s National Federation of Republican Women’s 36th Biennial Convention in Kansas City.

* Romney will appear on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show this weekend, uniting two men who have become “frenemies.”


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