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Obama: Latest ad hits Romney on taxes

The Obama campaign has another TV ad out, “Stretch.” Here’s the script: “You work hard, stretch every penny, but chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him [up pops an image of Romney]: Mitt Romney made $20 million dollars in 2010, but paid only 14% in taxes—probably less than you.  Now he has a plan that will give millionaires another tax break and raises taxes on middle class families by up to $2000 dollars a year. Mitt Romney's middle class tax increase: he pays less, you pay more.”

“The House Committee on Energy and Commerce accused President Obama’s administration of “putting secrecy over transparency in an effort to avoid accountability” in a report released Tuesday by its Republican majority,” the Boston Globe writes. “Administration officials have met with lobbyists outside the White House to avoid recording the lobbyists’ names on White House visitor logs and used personal e-mail accounts to conduct government business, according to the report -- a possible violation of the Presidential Records Act, if the e-mails were not preserved. The report undercuts Obama’s pledge to operate “the most transparent administration in history.’ The meetings off White House grounds were first reported in 2010 by The New York Times….”

“Obama is on course to become the candidate with the lowest support from white male working class voters to win a U.S. election if he triumphs over Republican Mitt Romney on November 6,” Reuters writes, adding that union support could help him: “Richard Trumka, the most powerful U.S. union leader and an important bridge between the White House and blue-collar America, sees two solutions to Obama's problems: mount labor's largest voter outreach effort ever, and keep up the attacks on Romney's business record.”

Obama heads to Florida and Virginia today.