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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Per the Obama campaign:

At approximately 11:30 AM ET this morning, the President called Governor Romney to congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination. President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future, and wished Governor Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign. 

Per the Romney campaign:

Time of call was around 8:30am west coast time. It was brief and cordial.  Gov. Romney thanked the President for his congratulations and wished him and his family well.

Appearing on MSNBC's Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd this morning, Mitt Romney's press secretary Andrea Saul claimed that birther Donald Trump attending a fundraiser with the Republican presidential nominee is on par with comedian Bill Maher donating $1 million to President Obama's campaign.

"The Obama campaign refuses to denounce Bill Maher when he said extremely hateful things," Saul said. "So you're going to see things on both sides of the aisle, you know, as [Obama press secretary] Jay Carney said, you can't be responsible for everything your supporters say."

"The big difference between Bill Maher and Donald Trump, though," Todd noted, "is that the president is not sharing a stage with Bill Maher."

"He's taken plenty of money from him which he could turn away if he wanted to," Saul returned, before shifting to criticizing Obama for being "hostile" to job creators.

Speaking at a Memorial Day tribute event in San Diego with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Mitt Romney honored the nation's fallen and military families for their honorable service to their country, but he also warned of a shrinking military going the "course of Europe."

"There are two courses we could follow in dangerous world," Romney said. "The first is the course of Europe...and the other is the course of America."

Iranian forces are operating in Syria in support of embattled Bashar al-Assad's regime, confirms a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guard per the Guardian:

Ismail Gha'ani, the deputy head of Iran's Quds force, the arm of the Revolutionary Guards tasked with overseas operations, said in an interview with the semi-official Isna news agency: "If the Islamic republic was not present in Syria, the massacre of people would have happened on a much larger scale."

Isna published the interview at the weekend but subsequently removed it from its website.

It quoted Gha'ani as saying: "Before our presence in Syria, too many people were killed by the opposition but with the physical and non-physical presence of the Islamic republic, big massacres in Syria were prevented."

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mitt Romney explained that he too carried some regrets from the 2012 campaign, citing the famous "I like being able to fire people" gaffe as one particular example:

It's his own mistakes "that make me want to kick myself in the seat of my pants," that "cause me to try and be a little more careful in what I say. . . . I've had a couple of those during the campaign, which have haunted me a little bit, but I'm sure before this is over will haunt me a lot."

Asked for an example, he mentions "I like to be able to fire people." He meant, he says, those, such as health-insurance companies, that provide inadequate services. "I have to think not only about what I say in a full sentence but what I say in a phrase." In the current media environment, "you will be taken out of context, you'll be clipped, and you'll be battered with things you said." He says it is interesting that "the media always says, 'Gosh, we just want you to be spontaneous,' but at the same time if you say anything in the wrong order, you're gonna be sorry!"

The Obama campaign is expected to release its new online organizing tool, dubbed Dashboard, on Wednesday, reports the Wall Street Journal:

The program, known as Dashboard, has been in development since last year and builds off technology used by the campaign in 2008. It is meant to replicate a campaign field office, allowing volunteers to do phone banking, organize events and talk to campaign leaders from their laptops or smartphones.

A new video reportedly shows former AFL-CIO of South Carolina president Donna DeWitt smacking a piñata that looks like Gov. Nikki Haley with a baseball bat at DeWitt's retirement party this past weekend.

"Hit her again!" yell attendees after the piñata falls to the ground.

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