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Mitt Romney makes campaign contribution to Paul Ryan


Rick Perry’s decision opens a clear path for Greg Abbott in governor’s race

Why Rick Perry shouldn’t run for president again

Congress is really, really old

So abortion will be an issue in 2014. Where could it make a difference?

What’s in Rick Perry’s future? The smart money says he doesn’t run for another term.

Six things Congress needs to do in July

Eliot Spitzer is running for office again. And, yes, he can win.


Not ready to call it a coup: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Obama administration is not ready to call the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi a coup.

Romney gives to Ryan: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) raised $1.1 million in the second quarter, a haul that includes a $5,200 donation from former ticket-mate Mitt Romney. Ryan ended the second quarter with $2.2 million in the bank.

Peters raised $1 million: The Senate campaign of Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) raised more than $1 million during the second quarter, his campaign announced. Peters ended with nearly $1.8 million in the bank.

Christie has $2 million+: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has raised $2.2 million for his reelection bid, his campaign announced. He had $2.1 million in the bank at the end of June. Meanwhile, Christie joined Bon Jovi in Sayreville. The rocker donated $1 million for Superstorm Sandy relief.

Lautenberg family backs Pallone: The family of the late senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) endorsed Rep. Frank Pallone (D) as his successor, opting for the congressman over front-running Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D).

Spitzer talk stops here: Know who doesn't have much to say about Eliot Spitzer's comeback attempt? Anthony Weiner, who recently launched a political comeback attempt of his own. “I’m not paying a great deal of attention to the ins and outs of other races. I think everyone was surprised. But it hasn’t changed my life at all,” Weiner said.

OFA defends Obamacare: Organizing For Action released its second ad promoting Obamacare. The ad focuses on ending lifetime caps.

Deja vu in Illinois: Former Republican congressman Bobby Schilling (R) will run against Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), setting up a rematch of 2012. Meanwhile, vulnerable Rep. John F. Tierney (D-Mass.) will face a primary challenge from Iraq war veteran Seth Moulton.


Sweet ride!

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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