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The results are all in and Mitt Romney's prodigious fundraising has erased any doubts that, for all his weaknesses, the former Massachusetts governor is the only true frontrunner in the GOP primaries.

The Romney campaign's $18 million quarter easily overshadows rivals like Tim Pawlenty ($4.2 million) and Michele Bachmann ($4.2 million, about half from her Congressional campaign). But there is a cloud to the silver lining: Romney's cash advantage is overwhelmingly powered by big-money donors.

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On Monday Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that a Spanish lawyer named Daniel Fiol has petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a complaint against the U.S. president.

The reason? Fiol holds that Obama violated the Geneva Convention when he ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Tuesday is election day in one of the Wisconsin state Senate recalls, with Democratic incumbent Dave Hansen heavily favored to defeat his Republican challenger, David VanderLeest. But this is hardly the end, with recalls on August 9 for six Republican state Senators, and on August 16 for two Democrats -- with a lot of campaign spending, and get-out-the-vote operations, yet to be seen.

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Presidents have engaged in the perhaps unseemly but legal practice of using the White House as a backdrop for their campaign ads pretty much since campaign ads became a thing. But now the head of the RNC is calling President Barack Obama's decision to do the same thing an "apparent crime."

"As Chairman of the Republican National Committee, I have the responsibility to hold the President accountable for his reckless spending, for the unsustainable growth of government and the crushing debt he is leaving for future generations of Americans, and now, sadly, for his apparent criminal behavior," RNC Chair Reince Priebus wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

"I never expected I would be in this regrettable position, but the President's conduct and the White House staff's stonewalling leave me no choice," Priebus wrote.

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Now that the White House has decided not to nominate Elizabeth Warren to run the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she's taking her fight to protect the new agency directly to Republicans. And she says the time has come either for President Obama to recess appoint his designated director, or to engage in a loud, public fight with the GOP senators who have vowed to block the confirmation of any nominee, regardless of ideology or affiliation.

On a conference call with reporters and bloggers Monday evening, Warren described the impasse Republicans have erected as an opportunity.

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An attorney for Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-CA) is calling on the Ethics Committee to dismiss immediately the charges against her in the wake of an unprecedented leak of secret internal committee documents providing a blow-by-blow account of the panel's alleged bungling of the case.

The scores of Ethics Committee e-mails and memos, reported by Politico Monday with links to the documents, paint a picture of a committee consumed by partisan dysfunction and accusations of professional misconduct surrounding Waters' case.

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Herman Cain made an issue of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith in an interview the Washington Times published Monday.

Arguing he'd make a better choice than Romney, Cain said that current GOP presidential frontrunner's religion will be a problem with a large and important segment of the base.

"it doesn't bother me," Cain told the Times, "but i do know that its an issue with a lot of Southerners."

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