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* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) turned down an invitation to a posh weekend retreat in Park City, Utah with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, GOP stars and some of the candidate’s major donors. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, all potential VPs, are attending. Rubio said he needed to spend the time with his kids.

* Romney plans to win by dramatically outspending Obama, according to a BuzzFeed report. “There’s no way they’ll be able to keep up,” one GOP operative told the website. “Our SuperPACs are our Star Wars, if you will.”

* Romney today proposed lifting caps on skilled worker visas and speeding some agricultural work visas, a response to President Obama’s executive order halting some deportations. The Republican said he would replace that order with “my own long-term solution.” Reactions from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials were mixed.

* Democrats are mocking Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for saying in a radio interview this morning that he’s been “in secret meetings with kings and queens.” Brown misspoke, his spokesman later said, and was referring to private meetings with foreign leaders. Of course, there is a tumblr.


* “Romney is a seriously underrated debater,” according to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. That’s the opposite of the tack taken by Romney strategist Stuart Stevens, who yesterday told GQ that Obama is a “terrible candidate.”

* Should the Supreme Court strike down all or part of President Obama’s health-care law, “there will be no spiking of the ball,” says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “We will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow Americans remain out of work.”

* The League of Conservation Voters is targeting New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson (R) with a $150,000 ad campaign. There are two 15-second spots, both accusing the former House member of protecting water polluters in the state.

* Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) is out with her first ad in the Wisconsin Senate race. The spot highlights her work to protect the state’s paper industry by pushing for sanctions against China. She’s putting herself forward as a bipartisan leader.

* Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) is now among the vulnerable Democrats skipping the Democratic National Convention. He faces a tough reelection fight against Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R).

* Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R) accidentally published three videos of his reaction to the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling — one if the law is struck down, one if it is not, and one for no decision.


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