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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Newark, New Jersey mayor spoke with an official at the Democratic National Committee following his appearance last sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," according to CNN.

"As Mayor Booker has said, the campaign did not reach out and ask him to record a video. Campaign officials also had not reached out directly to Mayor Booker yesterday, but he spoke with a DNC official who also did not ask him to record a video," LaBolt said.

He declined to specify what exactly that DNC official said to Booker during the conversation.

Booker, however, told Rachel Maddow last night that he did indeed speak to Obama campaign officials.

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Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire today, Vice President Joe Biden used a brewing Congressional battle over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to attack Gov. Mitt Romney's social policy positions.

"I haven't even touched on Romney's social policy either," Biden said, to laughter. "One that says a woman should no longer get to make her own decisions about her body and her health. One that says it is ok for insurance companies to charge women more for health insurance than men. To count pregnancy as a preexisting condition."

"These guys in the House just voted down our version, the continuation of the existing Violence Against Women Act," Biden noted. "And they cut out big chunks."

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Mitt Romney released the following statement today, responding to President Obama's defense of his campaigns attacks on Bain Capital at a NATO summit press conference today in Chicago:

“President Obama confirmed today that he will continue his attacks on the free enterprise system, which Mayor Booker and other leading Democrats have spoken out against. What this election is about is the 23 million Americans who are still struggling to find work and the millions  who have lost their homes and have fallen into poverty. President Obama refuses to accept moral responsibility for his failed policies. My campaign is offering a positive agenda to help America get back to work.”

At a news conference wrapping the NATO summit in Chicago, President Obama was asked to respond to comments made by Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, who criticized President Obama's campaign for attacking Gov. Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital.

"Cory Booker is an outstanding mayor," Obama said, "but it is important to recognize this issue is not a distraction. This is part of the debate we will be adding in this campaign about how do we create an economy where everybody from top to bottom, folks on wall street and main street, have a shot at success."

"Understand that their priority is to maximize profits," Obama added of those who work in private equity. "That is not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers. The reason this is relevant to the campaign is because my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. He is not touting his experience in massachusetts. He is saying he is a business guy, and this is his business."

Obama further defended his campaign's attacks of Romney's time at Bain Capital, saying the company was fair game.

"When you are president as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits," Obama continued. "Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country gets a fair shot."

"If your main argument for how to grow in the economy is 'I knew how to make a lot of money for investors', then you are missing what this job is about," Obama said. "That does not mean you are not good at private equity. That is not what my job is as president. My job is to take into account everybody, not just some."

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At a news conference wrapping the NATO summit in Chicago, President Obama hailed the progress world leaders made on a variety of international agreements, including missile defense and winding down the war in Afghanistan.

"We are leaving Chicago with a NATO alliance that will be stronger and more campable in the future," President Obama said.

Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker was was plain "wrong" by saying attacks on Mitt Romney's record with Bain Capital were not fair game.

"In this particular instance, he was just wrong" Axelrod said. "There were specific instances here that speak to an economic theory that isn't the right theory for the country."

"I love Cory Booker," Axelrod added, with no love lost. "He's a great mayor. If my house was on fire, I'd hope he was my next door neighbor."

Watch the video:

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A spokesman from Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign has responded to a Kansas City Star report revealing that the Missouri Democrat missed a tax filing deadline on her Washington, D.C. condominium:

"The simple truth is that Claire's condo taxes are currently overpaid by $1,600," Erik Dorey, McCaskill's spokesman, told TPM. "It's just another attempt to change the conversation from the fact that all three Republican Senate candidates are failing to gain traction with Missouri voters because they're so extreme they would rubberstamp the special interest agenda—privatizing Social Security and Medicare, ending federal student loans and raising taxes on middle class families while protecting billions in federal handouts to Big Oil."

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) missed the fall 2011 deadline on her property taxes for her D.C. condo by about three weeks, reports the Kansas City Star. This comes after reports of unpaid taxes on a private plane about seven months ago:

"Unlike other jurisdictions that bill just once a year, they bill twice a year," McCaskill said. "Somehow the second bill that came to my condo in D.C. slipped through the cracks, and it got paid late."

The ongoing tax issues could pose another hurdle for the freshman senator, who is seeking a second term this fall against the winner of the GOP primary, which includes candidates Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin and John Brunner.


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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to raise money for Gov. Mitt Romney at a July fundraiser at Cheney's home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Wall Street Journal reports:

The July 12 fund-raiser will be a tiered event, giving donors the chance to pay a little extra for the privilege of dining with Mr. Romney and the former vice president. The Romney campaign launched his Victory Fund last month to raise as much as $75,800 from individual donors by bundling contributions with the Republican National Committee and four state parties.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit northern Italy in the early hours of Sunday morning has risen to a 7 magnitude. A collapsed oratory is seen at San Carlo in the Emilia-Romagna region, northern Italy, below:


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