Mitt Romney’s attack machine heads to Michigan, Justice Breyer was robbed with a machete, Obama has a new “Truth Team” and Democratic debates are getting testy.

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* A super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is putting $600,000 into ads in Michigan in advance of the state’s Feb. 28th primary. Restore Our Future is also reportedly going on air in Oklahoma and Georgia through their March 6th primaries. Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has repeatedly said it’s not the candidate with the most money who wins; we’ll see if he can stay on top of polls once the full force of Romney’s funding hits him.

* Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home on the Caribbean island of Nevis. A spokesman said the intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt.

* Rep. Mazie Hirono has a wide lead over ex-Rep. Ed Case in the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s open Senate seat, 56 percent to 36 percent, according to a new Hawaii Poll. Case only outperforms Hirono with Republicans and independents. Both Democrats lead former governor Linda Lingle (R) in a head-to-head matchup for the seat held by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka (D).

* Ohio Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich, forced into the same district by a GOP-drawn map, faced off in a testy primary debate this morning. Graham Veysey, a political newcomer, also participated. Democratic Reps.  Howard Berman  and Rep. Brad Sherman, facing off in California, had a similarly tense debate on Saturday.


* The Obama campaign launched its “Truth Team” today, aiming to spread facts about the president (and some dirt about his rivals) online. Through a network of union supporters, the campaign says about 9,405,000 people got word of the effort via email.

* Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he will endorse before his state’s primary but that it’s “still to be determined” who will win his support. Of course, as we’ve written many times, endorsements rarely give candidates a tangible boost.

* Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts (D) will run for North Carolina’s 9th district, being vacated by retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R). It will be an uphill battle in what’s still a Republican seat. Dan Barry, the Republican mayor pro tem of Weddington, is also in the race.

* Together, for the first time, American Action Network And Crossroads GPS — two powerful GOP-backing outside groups — are hosting a half-day event tomorrow at the W hotel in Washington. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), along with a whole host of former White House officials, will discuss what they see as abuses of executive power under President Obama.


Backing off to the leftovers.

With Aaron Blake