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3) The Los Angeles Times reports actor Morgan Freeman contributed $1 million last month to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC backing President Obama 2) Three new national polls are out today showing a close race between Mitt Romney and Obama: A new NPR poll of likely voters conducted by Democracy Corps (D)/Resurgent Republic (R), shows Obama leading Romney, 47-45 percent, while a new Fox News poll of nat'l registered voters conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D)/Shaw & Co. Research (R), shows Obama leading Romney, 45-41 percent and and a CBS News/New York Times poll of national registered voter shows Romney leading Obama 47-46 percent. Beneath the head-to-head numbers, the results foreshadow some tough times ahead for Obama. Voters appear to be processing the worsening economic news belatedly, and their pessimism shows in spades. In the CBS/NYT poll, Obama's job approval dropped to 44 percent, with only 39 percent approving of his economic performance - down five points from April. For the first time since January, more voters now think the economy is getting worse. Nearly two-thirds of voters now place some blame on the president for the weak economic conditions, with 34 percent giving him "significant" responsibility. An outright 52 percent majority of independents believe Obama will "never improve" the economy. These aren't numbers that victories are made of. 1) Here's something new: the Wall Street Journal reports that American Crossroads is beginning an $8.8 million ad buy to defend Romney against charges he shipped jobs overseas. Crossroads is typically an attack dog -- but the new approach suggests the importance of responding quickly to the Bain attacks. Josh Kraushaar contributed

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