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Mitt Romney on Wednesday told a town hall in Miami that he wants a tax policy that will help “those who have been hurt by the Obama economy,” CBS reports.

“And that’s the middle class,” Romney said. “It’s not those in the low end; it’s certainly not those in the very high end. It’s for the great middle class – the 80 to 90 percent of us in this country.”

Five people calling themselves the “Google Track Team” clad in white track suits splashed with the phrase “don’t be evil” followed Hill staffers around the hallways of a Senate office building where Google CEO Eric Schmidt was testifying on his company’s practices on Wednesday.

The August fundraising figures are in for both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The DSCC reports it raised $2.5m during the month.

The NRSC reports it raised $2.96m during August.

For the cycle to date, the DSCC reports itself as having raised $29m and the NRSC $27.2m.

President Obama welcomes the release of two U.S. hikers who have been jailed in Iran for the past two years. Obama released the following statement:

I welcome the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal from detention in Iran and am very pleased that they are being reunited with their loved ones. The tireless advocacy of their families over these two years has won my admiration, and is now coming to an end with Josh and Shane back in their arms. All Americans join their families and friends in celebrating their long-awaited return home.

We are deeply grateful to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Swiss government, and to all our partners and allies around the world who have worked steadfastly over the past two years to secure the release of Shane and Josh.

Highland Park, Il.-based nonprofit software testing company Aspiritech is pioneering a new business model in the United States that champions the unique concentration and detail-oriented strengths of its 15 employees, all of whom have been diagnosed with disorders on the autism spectrum.

The company - which was launched in 2010 by Moshe and Brenda Weitzberg after their son Oran, 32, who has Asperger's, was fired from his grocery job - is on track to pull in $120,00 in revenue for 2011, according to an article from the Associated Press, though 60 percent of that is from donations.

It offers a range of services including compatibility testing, functional testing and test script development and has already chalked up nine satisfied clients, including ISI Telemanagement Solutions, which itself has services distributed by industry leaders Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, IBM, EDS, AT&T.

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Ron Paul may not be a big supporter of Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has become the face of President Obama's plan to raises taxes on the wealthy, but he's a gigantic fan of his father, Howard Buffett.

The elder Buffett was an ultraconservative Congressman in the 1940s an 1950s, known for his challenges to Franklin Roosevelt's expansion of government, his isolationist foreign policy, and his support for the gold standard. As the Washington Examiner's Phillip Klein noted in a detailed profile this week, he was in many ways the "Ron Paul of his day."

Paul volunteered Buffett as one of his favorite politicians at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Wednesday.

'Anyone ever hear of Howard Buffett?" he said. "I wish he had been president."

And as for his son?

"I think Howard Buffett's son is not a chip off the old block," he told TPM.

CNN has learned that Jon Huntsman campaign has laid off three low-level staffers.

A campaign spokesman would not comment on whether any staffers had been let go, but did point out that two campaign officials are being moved from Florida to New Hampshire.

The Democratic Governors Association, like many Democratic groups these days, is seizing on the plan among some Pennsylvania Republicans to end the state's winner-take-all electoral vote system.

The plan is part of a larger trend Democrats see among Republicans to rejigger the electoral vote structure across the country and make it harder for President Obama to pick up the electors he did the last time around, even if he wins the same states.

The DGA, like many Democratic groups, is using the trend to raise some cash. But today the group also proved how hard it is to fire somebody up over electoral vote math.

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