The VP nominee won't explain Romney's tax plan; Allen West down; Elizabeth Warren up; and other top Monday stories
Ryan’s non-math: Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan refused to explain the math behind Mitt Romney’s tax plan yesterday on Fox News Sunday, saying, “It would take me too long to go through all of the math.” Host Chris Wallace pressed numerous times for Ryan to explain how Romney and Ryan would pay for huge tax cuts, but Ryan wouldn’t budge. Nor was Ryan even willing to say how much the tax cuts would cost. The Romney campaign has so far not provided details of how the plan would be paid for.
Allen West losing? Florida Tea Party firebrand Rep. Allen West is losing his reelection fight by a 9-point margin to Democrat Patrick Murphy, according to a poll commissioned for a Democratic super PAC. The survey, taken by the firm Garin-Hart-Yang Research for the House Majority PAC and shared with Politico, found Murphy leading West 52 to 43. But polling has been all over the place in the district. West released an internal poll last week showing him ahead of Murphy by 9 points, while a different GOP poll found Murphy up by 4.
Warren lead holds: Two new polls show Democrat Elizabeth Warren leading Republican Scott Brown, continuing a narrow lead she’s enjoyed for several weeks. A WBUR poll released overnight shows her up 2 points 46 to 44, though that’s firmly within the margin of error of 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, a Boston Globe poll released Sunday shows her leading by 5 percent, 43 to 38. Huffington Post’s Luke Johnson reports that Warren is increasingly making her message about not just Brown per se, but how Republicans might gain control of the Senate if he wins.
To zing or not to zing?: Mitt Romney has been prepping “zingers” for months and practicing them on his staff, according to the New York Times. But don’t expect any from Obama, the campaign says. “If you’re expecting that, that’s probably not what he’s going to deliver,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One. “He’s speaking directly to the American people, and what they want to hear is what his plan is for moving the country forward.” Too bad. The first presidential debate from Denver kicks off at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.
The justices are back in town: The Supreme Court comes back in session today with a full plate and after a controversial session that ended with the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The court will likely rule on two key questions relating to marriage equality: DOMA, the federal anti-equality law, and California’s Proposition 8. It will also likely take up a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, along with a few important criminal justice cases.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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