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6) This is not a good sign for state Treasurer Don Stenberg's underdog Nebraska Senate campaign: No one attended a town hall meeting sponsored by the Gun Owners of America featuring the candidate. 5) The Boston Globe finds that during the first quarter, Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., collected more itemized donations from New York City than any other city in the country. Look for Democrats to seize on this finding, especially considering that Brown received a donation from Yankees President Randy Levine. 4) According to the latest Washington Post poll, Republican Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell's approval rating has dropped from 62 percent to 56 percent over the last year, with 35 percent disapproving of the job he is doing, up nine points from a year ago. An approval rating over 50 percent is still good, but the trend line isn't good for McDonnell's VP prospects. 3) Trailing in the latest poll by ten points, Sen. Richard Lugar is in a lot of trouble heading into Tuesday's primary. He spent the weekend trying to convince a broad cross-section of voters in both parties to support him. "I believe that right now, if a majority of Hoosiers were to vote in an election -- that is, all Hoosiers regardless of party, Republicans, Democrats, independents -- I would win," Lugar said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "I'm not asking anybody to cross over. I'm just saying positively, 'Register your vote, because if you do not, I may not be able to continue serving you. At this point, help." Lugar's also been pressing the argument that a Richard Mourdock win would help Democratic chances in the fall. Mourdock, meanwhile, well-positioned for a win, has been seeking to maximize Republican turnout, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. Huffington Post reported on Saturday that a retired Indiana state trooper asked the SEC to investigate whether state Treasurer Mourdock broke pay-to-play rules, but the story doesn't look damaging enough to derail Mourdock in a major way during the closing stage of the race. 2) Vice President Biden has a tendency to make news at times the White House is not preparing for him to do. Sunday's appearance on "Meet The Press" looked like another example of this. The New York Times::

"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Mr. Biden said, while noting that the president, not he, sets policy on such matters. ... The vice president's comments are likely to intensify pressure on Mr. Obama, who says he is still wrestling with his feelings about same-sex marriage, to take a clearer stance on it before the presidential election this fall, something the White House has shown reluctance to do.

Biden's comments come two days before North Carolina, site of the Democratic National Convention, is set to vote on a ban on same sex marriages which is leading in the polls. So this issue isn't going away today for the White House. 1) Holding his first campaign rallies in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday, President Obama ripped into Romney and sought to frame the race as a forward looking choice. The Los Angeles Times:

Obama has been openly making the case for his reelection for more than a year, in official trips and public events focused on his agenda before Congress and efforts to revitalize the economy. But Saturday's rallies -- one here in the afternoon and one at night at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond -- were a first for the 2012 effort, featuring an unabashed attempt to reframe the discussion. The events saw the introduction of a new banner theme, "Forward," use of jumbo screens to debut campaign videos and unveiling of a new stump speech.

Obama's campaign also released a new TV ad on Monday, a sixty-second spot devoted to reminding voters of the financial crisis that began before the president took office and touting Obama's role in reviving the auto industry, ending the war in Iraq and killing Osama bin Laden, among other things. The spot -- which will air in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida and Colorado -- is a reminder that the president's team will be making a pitch reminding voters about the state of the country and economy before Obama took office. But with four years having passed by, that argument will be increasingly difficult to make.

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