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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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It appears Newt Gingrich has met his match -- himself. The popular 'Newt Gingrich Judges You' Tumblr features a recent photo of the presidential candidate "judging" the Tumblr itself.

“Frankly, this is a stupid joke," reads the caption. "I would’ve gone in a fundamentally different direction. I would’ve gone with something funny.”

See the photo here.

Romney for President announced this morning that it raised $87 million in the last 12 months, $12.6 million of which came in March. The campaign has nearly $10.1 million cash on hand.

Some more stats, per a campaign email:

·         $87 Million Raised In Primary Funds In Twelve Months

·         84% Of All Donations Received Through The End Of March Were $250 Or Less

·         $11.6 Million Raised By Donations Under $250 Through The End Of March

·         286,520 Donations Under $250 Received Through The End Of March

·         89% Of All Donors Can Still Donate Again To The Primary

·         Nearly $12.6 Million Raised In Primary Funds In March, The Best Fundraising Month Of The Campaign

·         Contributions Received From All 50 States And Washington, D.C.

At a Thursday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that anyone who thinks Obama's "silver spoon" comment was about them "might be a little oversensitive."

Mitt Romney earlier today responded to Obama's “silver spoon in mouth” remark by saying he wasn't "going to apologize for [his] dad and his success in life.”

Macon Phillips, of the Executive Office of the President, tweets this striking image of President Obama seated in the bus where Rosa Parks initiated her quest for civil rights.

 See more White House photos here.

Appearing on Fox and Friends this morning, Mitt Romney responded to an implicit broadside from Obama yesterday, when the president said he "wasn’t born with a silver spoon in [his] mouth."

"I'm certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life," Romney said. "He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn't have a college degree and one of the things he wanted to do was provide for me and for my brother and sisters. I'm not going to apologize for my dad's success. But I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans. He's always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad."

Watch the video:

 

U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division posed with the body parts of dead Afghan bombers in 2010, states a bombshell report from the Los Angeles Times:

Two soldiers posed holding a dead man's hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man's hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading "Zombie Hunter" next to other remains and took a picture.

The Army launched a criminal investigation after the Los Angeles Times showed officials copies of the photos, which recently were given to the paper by a soldier from the division.

 

House Speaker John Boehner endorsed Mitt Romney this morning in Washington.

"It's clear now Mitt Romney will be our nominee...I will be proud to support Mitt Romney," he said.

The Secret Service agents under investigation for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Colombia reportedly bragged about working for President Obama, per ABC News:

Partying at the “Pley Club” Wednesday night, eleven members of the president’s advance team allegedly bragged “we work for Obama” and “we’re here to protect him.”

The officials spent the night throwing back expensive whiskey and enlisting the services of the club’s prostitutes, according to a bouncer at the club and a police source.

Mitt Romney's campaign is celebrating Ann Romney's birthday today by releasing a new video entitled "Happy Birthday, Mom," focusing on the Romney family.

“I'm happy in life as long as I've got my soul mate with me," Romney says. "Life is all about the people you love.”

The White House released President Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden's tax returns on Friday morning, per the AP:

President Barack Obama and his family paid more than $160,000 in federal taxes last year on earnings of $789,674, the White House said Friday.

The president's 2011 federal income tax return shows that about half of the first family's income is the president's salary. The rest comes from sales of Obama's books.

Obama's effective tax rate is just above 20 percent — lower than many Americans who earn less. He has made tax-rate fairness a campaign issue, arguing that millionaires and other very wealthy people should not pay a smaller share of their incomes in taxes than people who earn much less.

See the returns here.

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