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Weekend Political Wrap-Up

By on 7.8.12 | 2:17PM

1. RealClearPolitics is reporting that Mitt Romney's short list may be down to four people: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte remain wild cards, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is supposedly being vetted.

2. The House will vote Wednesday on a bill to repeal Obamacare. The measure should pass and then die in the Senate, but it is intended to send a signal that if you want to get rid of the health care law, you must vote Republican in November.

3. Barney Frank became the first sitting member of Congress to be part of a same-sex marriage. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony.

4. President Barack Obama urges voters to look ahead on the economy, says the New York Times. This after three straight disappointing jobs reports and 41 consecutive months in which the unemployment rate was at least 8 percent.

5. It looks like Charlie Rangel will survive a recount in his Harlem congressional district. Rangel prevailed on eletion night but state Senator Adriano Espaillat alleged Hispanics were discouraged from voting. Rangel's lead at one point declined to just 802 votes before growing again.

6. Thad McCotter's resignation from the House could boost the candidacy of former state Sen. Nancy Cassis for his congressional seat. Cassis has the backing of the state and national party but is only a write-in candidate for the primary. She could presumably appear on a special election ballot, however, boosting her name recognition. The only candidate currently on the primary ballot is Ron Paul Republican Kerry Bentivolio.

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