Obama slammed Romney and other Republicans for wanting to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone — not just the middle class.

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Romney, meanwhile, looked to brand Obama’s recent call to extend the tax cuts only to those making less than $250,000 annually an “extreme liberal” position that would halt job creation.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: Mitt Romney addresses the 103rd NAACP National Convention in Houston.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This will be my last political campaign, no matter what." — President Obama, campaigning in Iowa.


POLL POSITION:

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in the pivotal Southern swing states of North Carolina and Virginia, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The president has opened a substantial eight-point lead in Virginia, leading Romney 50-42 percent, according to the survey released by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. In North Carolina, Obama leads 47-46 percent, well within the poll's margin of error.

A new poll shows Romney and Obama deadlocked at 47 percent, but with the GOP challenger leading on voters' key concern: the economy. The poll from The Washington Post and ABC News found that 54 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 44 percent approve.


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic-aligned super-PAC focused on House races, raised $4.3 million in the last three months.

Florida: The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) on charges that he violated House rules by intentionally misleading Congress about his finances.

Florida: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) does not mention the recently approved $105 billion transportation bill in a new campaign ad touting his achievements.

Illinois: Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) raised $720,000 in the last three months, slightly outpacing his Democratic challenger, businessman Brad Schneider, who raised $580,000. Dold has a big cash on hand advantage, with $2.1 million to $570,000 for Schneider, who had to spend heavily to win his January primary. The district leans Democratic but a cash edge is key there, as it falls in Chicago’s highly expensive media market.

Illinois, Part Two: Former Rep. Bill FosterGeorge (Bill) William FosterOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — ObamaCare premium wars are back Stronger patents — better innovation — bigger economy We still need to march for science MORE (D-Ill.) raised a strong $475,000 and has $1.27 million in the bank for his run against Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.). Biggert hasn’t released her numbers yet. Foster has outpaced her in fundraising the last few quarters. The two are facing off in a Democratic-leaning district southwest of Chicago.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

The GOP-affiliated Crossroads GPS spent $2.5 million in advertising in Virginia, Ohio and Montana, which is being used to slam Democratic Senate candidates for backing President Obama's agenda.

Two Democratic-aligned outside groups are up with new ads blasting Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerKennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive McConnell: Midterms will be 'very challenging' for GOP Singer Jason Mraz: Too much political 'combat' in Washington MORE (R-Nev.) and Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) for voting to "end Medicare as we know it" by backing House Republicans' 2011 budget. 

Arizona: Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Overnight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm Jeff Flake: Trump has 'debased' the presidency MORE (R-Ariz.) and businessman Wil Cardon (R) are out with harsh ads against each other: Flake’s features a local report that Cardon hired a number of illegal immigrants, while Cardon calls Flake a “liar” for breaking a promise to leave office after three terms.

Hawaii: Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoConservative justices signal willingness to uphold travel ban Former Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii dies at 93 Dems to top DOJ officials: Publicly promise not to interfere in Mueller's probe MORE (D) launched a new 60-second statewide television ad, titled Determined.

Michigan: Clark Durant (R) has made a statewide television buy for the first ad of the primary campaign, a biographical spot touting him as a “rebel with a cause.” Durant faces former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) in what appears to be an increasingly competitive primary to face Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - A pivotal day for House Republicans on immigration MORE (D-Mich.).

Missouri: Jon Brunner (R) was two months late in paying taxes on his own private plane and paid a $700 penalty, an admission which Democrats hope will undercut attacks on Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillProtect air ambulance services that fill the health care access gap in rural America Dems seek to chip away at Trump’s economic record The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling MORE (D-Mo.) for having to pay $300,000 in back taxes for her husband’s private plane.

New Mexico: Rep. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichHillicon Valley: Sweeping new data rules take effect | Facebook, Google already hit with complaints | Schumer slams reported ZTE deal | Senators look to save cyber post | Dem wants answers about Trump's phone security Senators express concern over Trump's decision to scrap top cyber post Hillicon Valley: AT&T calls hiring Cohen a 'big mistake' | Wyden wants to block DHS nominee over Stingray surveillance | Amazon pressed on child privacy | One year anniversary of Trump cyber order MORE (D-N.M.) raised $1.41 million in the second quarter of this year.

North Dakota: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released its third independent expenditure ad of the cycle in North Dakota, criticizing Rep. Rick Berg (R) for voting to raise his own pay while being a millionaire.

Texas: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is out with a new ad touting his support for the full repeal of Democrats’ healthcare law. He and former Texas Solicitor General Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R), who has run to his right, will face off in a late July runoff to become the state’s next senator.

Wisconsin: The super-PAC affiliated with EMILY's List is up with a new ad in Wisconsin slamming former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) and businessman Eric Hovde as "D.C. insiders" and touting Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump to sign 'right to try' drug bill next week McConnell: Midterms will be 'very challenging' for GOP Vukmir gets boost with Wisconsin Senate GOP primary endorsement  MORE (D-Wis.).

Wisconsin, Part Two: Hovde has surged past Thompson in the state's crowded Republican Senate primary, according to a new poll from the Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling.

Wisconsin, Part Three: Former Rep. Mark Neumann (R-Wis.) debuted his first television ad of his campaign, a spot that blasts say President Obama will “bankrupt America” with his healthcare law and that he is “forcing church-run hospitals to provide abortion-causing drugs.” 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (R-Ohio) said Americans nationwide would be “enthusiastic” about backing Mitt Romney in November, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE-predicts-voters-will-be-enthusiastic-about-backing-romney" href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/236939-boehner-predicts-voters-will-be-enthusiastic-about-backing-romney">clarifying an earlier remark that most voters probably wouldn’t “fall in love” with the presumptive Republican nominee.

Romney insisted in an interview that there is "nothing hidden" in his tax returns, amid new calls from President Obama and other top Democrats for the Republican presidential challenger to release more details about his financial holdings.

Obama reelection strategist David Axelrod and members of the administration visited Capitol Hill to give Democrats tips for attacking Romney.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLongtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee Ex-McConnell policy aide joining lobby firm WATCH: Sen. Flake: “More doubtful” North Korean summit will happen  MORE (R-Ohio) has met with Romney's top campaign advisers six times in recent weeks and did not deny that he's met with Beth Myers, who is in charge of Romney's vice presidential vetting process, according to ABC News.

Romney told a supporter that "all suggestions were welcome" after he was urged to consider freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for his vice presidential nomination.

Romney’s campaign is offering a new line of products inspired by Romney's father — Michigan Gov. George Romney — with psychedelic stylings reminiscent of his 1986 presidential campaign.


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