Obama campaign details 2012 electoral map; Supreme Court says Secret Service shielded from lawsuit; Democrats attack Romney’s transition leader; and Herman Cain gets a radio show.

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* The Obama campaign has released its version of the electoral college map, as it stands today. The campaign sees the following states as toss-ups: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado. The Fix has also put Nevada (which the Obama campaign sees as leaning Democratic) in the toss-up column.

* The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Secret Service agents are shielded from a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested after confronting former vice president Dick Cheney.

* The Republican-leaning super PAC American Crossroads has posted a new web video in which it accuses President Obama of scrapping his ”hope” message for one of “fear.” The ad rehashes several of the attacks being used against Mitt Romney and closes with a quote of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention saying, “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”

* Democrats are attacking Romney’s new choice to lead his transition team, former Utah governor Mike Leavitt (R), for having supported certain aspects of Obama’s health care bill. Leavitt advises states on how to implement the law and has praised the “exchanges” portion of the legislation.

* The Democratic-leaning House Majority PAC is up with a new ad in the Arizona special election featuring video of GOP candidate Jesse Kelly saying (during his 2010 campaign) that former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was “a hero of nothing.” The comments came before Giffords survived an assassination attempt.


* Retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) is endorsing his former aide, Dan Lamb, today in the race against freshman Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.).

* Herman Cain is returning to radio to take over for retiring longtime talker Neal Boortz. Cain filled in for Boortz regularly in the past and had a show on the same station in recent years as well. The show is syndicated to more than 200 stations around the country.

* Retiring Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) has endorsed New York City Councilman Charles Barron (D) over state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D) in the race for his seat. The move is interesting considering Barron previously ran in primary against Towns. Jeffries, who is seen as the favorite and a rising star in the party, responded thusly: “Charles Barron has emerged from the backroom to consummate a shotgun marriage with a sworn political enemy.”

* Former congressman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) endorsed another former congressman, Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), in the race for the seat Oberstar lost in 2010. Nolan won the state party endorsement but faces a crowded primary that includes former state senator Tarryl Clark. The winner faces Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) in a battleground district.


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