Barack, Mitt, and Adam Smith
The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik examines the language behind President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” comment.

Personal attacks and political wives
Commentary’s Alana Goodman writes about whether politicians’ spouses are off-limits to campaign criticism and attacks.

Blue-collar blowback?
Ed Kilgore at Political Animal writes about whether Republicans will produce any blue-collar blowback  with their rush to criticize Obama’s attitude towards small business owners.

The five economic stats that will decide the election…
The American Enterprise Institute’s James Pathokoukis writes that key economic indicators point to bad news for Obama’s reelection chances.


2012 campaign takes extended timeout after Colorado shootings
Obama and Mitt Romney paused their respective presidential campaigns in response to a shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, The Hill's Amie Parnes reports.

Obama out-raises Romney in direct contributions for month of June
Obama outraised Romney in direct contributions for the month of June, according to The Hill's Justin Sink.