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* Mitt Romney spent the afternoon in Indianapolis where he slammed President Obama over defense cuts in a speech at the American Legion national convention. “A year ago, President Obama told your national convention that, ‘We cannot, we must not, we will not balance the budget on the backs of our veterans,’ ” Romney told the veterans organization. “I thought I’d finally agreed with him on something. But now he’s on the verge of breaking that promise."

* Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon has released a new contrast ad that criticizes Rep. Chris Murphy (D) for skipping committee meetings in Congress and raising taxes. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed the McMahon-Murphy matchup to be within the margin of error.

* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is up with a new positive TV ad in his Virginia Senate campaign that stresses the importance of job creation and infrastructure.  “Education and training are the keys to the jobs of tomorrow. We need to remain the most talented nation on earth, and I have a plan to keep us there," Kaine says in the spot.

* Yahoo News Washington Bureau chief David Chalian has been fired after being caught saying that Romney and Republicans “are happy to have a party with black people drowning" -- an apparent implication that Republicans' decision to continue their convention while now-Tropical Storm Issac hits New Orleans means they do not care about African-Americans. Chalian has apologized, saying, "I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney."


* At a campaign rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesters drowned out Obama, but his supporters in turn drowned out them. While it was not clear what the protesters were saying, several members of the crowd said they heard “Get out of Afghanistan!”

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched its third independent expenditure TV ad of the cycle. The spot targets freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and says he voted "against making sure our soldiers got paid" and against increasing combat pay. Duffy's Democratic opponent is former state legislator Pat Kreitlow.

* The daughter and two grandchildren of the late Arizona Republican senator Barry Goldwater have endorsed Democrat Richard Carmona in the Arizona Senate race. "Congressman Flake has tried to claim the 'conservative' mantel, but my dad's brand of conservatism is not reflected by Flake or the modern-day Republican Party," said Joanne Goldwater.

* A Democratic poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group for House Majority PAC/SEIU/AFSCME/Friends Of Democracy shows Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) and Democratic physician Ami Bera tied at 47 percent.


Quite the group.

With Aaron Blake