5) Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., is launching a new television ad
today. Brown talks about his tough upbringing as he drives his famous truck.
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe profiles
Elizabeth Warren's career.
4) CODEL skinny dipping, per Politico
The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff -- and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.
During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed, while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who were participants in the trip.
Other freshmen swimmers involved: Reps. Steve Southerland
, R-Fla., Tom Reed
, R-N.Y., Ben Quayle
, R-Ariz., Jeff Denham
, R-Calif., and Michael Grimm
3) Romney brought in
$7 million during a weekend east coast fundraising swing.
2) More speakers announced
for the Democratic National Convention:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine
, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry
, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland
and California Attorney General Kamala Harris
Meanwhile, CNN reports
that Ann Romney
is expected to be named the main headliner on the first night of the GOP Convention.
1) Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin
's comments about rape -- that victims of "legitimate" rape can't get pregnant -- set off a firestorm
The Romney campaign has distanced Romney and Ryan from the comments. GOP Senate candidates Denny Rehberg
(Montana) and Jeff Flake
(Arizona) have as well -- and expect more Republican Senate candidates to follow suit.
And Akin's primary opponent Sarah Steelman tweeted "Todd Akin's remarks about "legitimate rape" were inexcusable, insulting and embarrassing to the GOP."
Check out Hotline
's Josh Kraushaar
's take on how this effects the race here