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President Barack Obama speaks to the overflow crowd before an event on middle class tax relief at a campaign event inside the Kirkwood Community College Recreation Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama strives to regain edge in Iowa

President Obama took his middle-class tax-cut message on Tuesday to Iowa, a state where some of the same voters who helped hand him a landslide primary victory and inspired the nation to embrace his come-from-behind candidacy in 2008 are experiencing a case of buyer's remorse.

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks June 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Boehner 'enthusiastic' about Romney

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday said he and the rest of country will be "enthusiastic" about voting for Republican Mitt Romney for president, despite a comment he made last week that people "probably aren't going to fall in love" with the former Massachusetts governor.

**FILE** Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press)

GOP vows to shadow Obama during Iowa visit

Republicans are firing back at the Obama campaign over its attacks on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's jobs record by arguing that the president is the one who has embraced shipping jobs overseas.

** FILE ** Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican (Associated Press)

Utah's Rep. Chaffetz: 'Romney's been very successful. Get over it.'

As Democrats ramp up attacks on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his overseas financial investments and refusal to release more of his tax returns, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican and a surrogate for Mr. Romney, defended the former Massachusetts governor Tuesday and said he's done everything in compliance with the law.