TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will be campaigning in New Orleans and will also address the National Urban League conference.

Mitt Romney travels to London where he’ll attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Vice President Biden will be in Philadelphia to deliver remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 51st Convention.

Jill Biden
will attend the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) conference in Washington to announce a major Joining Forces commitment that will help prepare social workers to help troops.

“I'm 59 today. Ouch.” — Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-Mo.)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm a pretty wild and crazy yogurt eater. I like the fruit. We're talking peach, raspberry, blueberry, whatever. I can eat a mixed fruit. I can go with a banana-strawberry” — Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTax rules will be subject to more OMB review under new memo Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today Doctors bristle at push for opioid prescription limits MORE (R-Ohio) in the Toledo Blade.


A strong majority of Americans say Mitt Romney’s background in the private sector, including his management at the private equity firm he founded, Bain Capital, would help him make the right decisions on the economy. According to a new USA Today-Gallup poll, 63 percent viewed Romney’s business background as a strength in handling the country’s economic woes, versus 29 percent who viewed it negatively.


The Republican National Committee (RNC) rounded-up a host of attacks used against President Obama over the past few months in a new Web video, hammering the president for lacking the "commitment and understanding" to revive the economy.

Meanwhile, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter is pushing back against Mitt Romney’s attacks over a recent remark from the president, accusing the GOP candidate of “not telling the truth about what the president said” when quoting his “you didn’t build it” remark.

And Obama’s campaign released a Web ad looking to set the record straight over his "you didn't build that" remark, accusing Romney of "tampering" with his words.

Finally, Obama himself addressed the issue in an ad released Tuesday, with the president directly addressing the allegations leveled against him in regards to the “you didn’t build that” remark. "Those ads, taking my words about small business out of context, they're flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own businesses. Every day, hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs and make our economy run," says Obama to the camera.


Arizona: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) has been a busy man: A day after an ad he cut touting Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) over Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertRyan leaves legacy of tax cuts and deficits Paul Ryan’s successor must embrace the House Freedom Caucus Congress votes to expand deficit — and many in GOP are unhappy MORE (R-Ariz.) began airing he appears in an ad on behalf of Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Arizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat MORE (R-Ariz.), who is fending off a challenge from big-spending businessman Wil Cardon (R).

New York: The pro-Democratic outside group House Majority PAC released an internal poll showing Rep. Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (D-N.Y.) with a 24-point lead over Randy Altschuler (R), who he narrowly beat in 2010.


The Democratic outside group Majority PAC is out with three new ads targeting Senate races in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Virginia.

Hawaii: Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungPension committee must deliver on retirement promise Our leaders must end the hate before they burn America down Alaska rep denies suggesting armed Jews could have prevented Holocaust MORE (R-Alaska) has endorsed Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoFormer Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii dies at 93 Dems to top DOJ officials: Publicly promise not to interfere in Mueller's probe Zinke defends use of Japanese word: How could saying good morning 'be bad'? MORE (D-Hawaii) in her Senate bid, a surprising move since the seat could be in play for Republicans this fall. 

Missouri: Big-spending businessman John Brunner (R) is up with two more ads for his Senate campaign. The first says one of his rivals, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), "lost his way" by backing earmarks in Congress, while the other slams an outside group run by former staffers of Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism MORE (D-Nev.) for attacking him in recent ads, and ties Reid to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).  It's interesting that he doesn't attack former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R), who most believe is his biggest threat in the three-way Aug. 7 primary, but instead goes after Akin, with whom he shares a geographic base.

Ohio: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Overnight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 MORE (D-Ohio) is touting the bailouts given to the U.S. auto industry in a new campaign ad.

Texas: A super-PAC backing Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is out with a brutal ad against his primary opponent, former Texas Solicitor General Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE (R), that features the mother of a teen who committed suicide slamming Cruz for serving as the attorney of the people she blames for his death. "Corrupt judges put my son in a for-profit juvenile detention center ... to make millions of dollars," she says in the ad. "Ted Cruz says his client should not have to pay, that the IRS is the victim, and not the kids here. My son came out of there, and he took a gun and shot himself in the heart. That's what my son's life was worth, $500. Ted Cruz should be absolutely ashamed of himself. I don't know how he can sleep at night." The two are locked in a tight and increasingly nasty primary runoff which will be decided on July 30.

Virginia: Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is out with a new ad blasting former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE (D) for supporting the bipartisan debt-limit deal that included $500 billion in planned defense cuts. This is the first ad Allen has used to attack Kaine on this issue, though he ripped him in last weekend's debate for supporting the plan.

West Virginia: Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that he will vote on Democratic legislation to extend the Bush-era tax rates.


Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush visited Mitt Romney’s campaign headquarters in Boston, although the presumptive Republican nominee was in Reno, Nev., to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. Romney’s wife, Ann, introduced the Bushes to the Boston team. It’s the latest sign that the campaign isn't running away from the former head of the party.

Romney is pouncing on the White House threat to veto GOP offshore drilling legislation, alleging through an aide that Obama “doesn’t have a clue” when it comes to energy.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has joined an effort by House Democrats to bring up the Disclose Act, legislation requiring corporations and unions to file a Federal Elections Commission report for large campaign spending. He is the first Republican to join the effort.

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