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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A day after speculation swirled over a shift in Elizabeth Warren's (D) ad strategy, she released a new TV ad featuring the first trainer of boxer Mickey Ward who says, "Elizabeth Warren is a real fighter." Trainer Art Ramalho also says in the spot that Sen. Scott Brown (R) "has been siding with the big money guys." It's the first TV ad from either candidate that directly goes after the other.

* The latest CNN/ORC International poll posed the "are you better off question" to likely voters. A 42 percent plurality said they were worse off compared to four years ago, while 37 percent said they were better off, and nearly one-in-five (19 percent) said they were the same. The exact working of the question: "Would you say that you are financially better off now than you were four years ago, or are you financially worse off?"

* As he did in Las Vegas on Wednesday, President Obama opened his remarks at a campaign event in Colorado with a reference to the violence in Libya that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. “I want people around the world to hear me,” Obama said. “To all those who would do us harm: No act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values we proudly present to the world.”

* Mitt Romney released a new TV ad that says, "Under Obama, we’ve lost over half a million manufacturing jobs. And for the first time, China is beating us.” While the campaign didn't specify where the ad will run, a GOP media buyer said Romney just bought nearly $460,000 worth of air time in Ohio for the next four days.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* When asked at a briefing with reporters which districts he sees as tipping points in the race for the House majority, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) mentioned the matchup between Reps. Betty Sutton (D) and Jim Renacci (R) in Ohio's 16th District, Rep. Nan Hayworth's (R-N.Y.) race against Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Chris Gibson's (R-N.Y.) race against Julian Schreibman (D), Rep. Brian Bilbray's (R-Calif.) race against Scott Peters (D), and even possibly Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) race against Jim Graves (D).

* That didn't take long. Two days after the New Hampshire gubernatorial primaries, both the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations are up on the air in the Granite State with negative spots. The RGA ad casts Democratic nominee Maggie Hassan as a tax-raiser, while the DGA spot casts Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne as "tea party politician attacking [Democratic] Gov. [John] Lynch."

* Our Washington, a Democratic PAC funded by the DGA and education/labor groups is up with a significant TV ad buy in the Washington governor's race hitting Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna for lobbying to increase his own salary and blocking a minimum wage increase.

* Obama will be back in Florida next Thursday, campaigning in Miami and Tampa.

* In his latest TV ad, former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine appears in a helicopter, talking energy independence and job creation.

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