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Carolyn McCarthy has lung cancer: Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) says she has a treatable form of lung cancer. “Several diagnostic tests have led to a diagnosis of lung cancer. A treatment plan will begin soon and I look forward to its successful completion," she said in a statement. “My doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I’ll receive my treatment, has told me that I begin my treatment in good physical health and that he looks forward to my return to work after I recover."

Christie eulogizes Lautenberg: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) eulogized Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday morning. "It’s no mystery that Senator Lautenberg and I didn’t always agree. In fact, it probably is more honest to say we very often didn’t agree, and we had some pretty good fights between us over time – battles on philosophy and the role of government, but never was Senator Lautenberg to be underestimated as an advocate for the causes that he believed in and as an adversary in the political world," Christie said.

Republicans push back on Issa: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back against House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who on Sunday called White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar." When asked about Issa's comment, Carney quipped, "I hadn’t heard that. That’s amazing."

FLOTUS raising money for McAuliffe: First lady Michelle Obama will stump for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Thursday, appearing at an afternoon fundraiser for the Democrat.

IRS back in the spotlight: Today's House hearing on the IRS didn't feature many fireworks, but it did provide some new information. Inspector general J. Russell George said IRS employees wouldn’t say who told them to target conservative groups and that discovering that might require putting them under oath.

Preservati passes in West Virginia: Yet another Democrat has passed on the West Virginia Senate race. This time it's attorney Nick Preservati (D). National Democrats are still talking to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

But Terri Lynn Land is running in Michigan: Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land (R) will run for the state’s open Senate seat. She's the first well-known Republican to join the race.

And so is Osborn in Nebraska: Former Nebraska treasurer Shane Osborn (R) will enter the Nebraska Senate race, becoming the first GOP candidate to toss his hat in the ring.

No party this year: Vice President Biden will not throw his annual summer beach party for journalists this year. Biden's office declined to comment on the decision.

Steele for governor? Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he is mulling a run for governor of Maryland. "We're looking at it," Steele said. "You're gonna take a look at the numbers. Maryland's a tough state, there are a lot of challenges there."


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