First Read Flash: Economy rising

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Getting better? The Washington Post reports that the U.S. economy, once “barely hanging on” is now “starting to look surprisingly robust,” with housing prices rising faster in the past year than they have in the past seven and consumer confidence at its highest in the past five years. “It adds up to this reality: In a year when tax increases and spending cuts by the federal government were expected to bleed life out of the economy, the strengthening housing and financial markets are proving to be more powerful than acts of Congress.”

EXCLUSIVE: NRSC hits Markey on tax votes. The GOP Senate campaign committee is out this morning with a web video in the Massachusetts Senate race hitting Democratic Rep. Ed Markey  for 271 votes for higher taxes in Congress, picking up the message GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez has been talking about on the trail this week. Keeping with the GOP’s theme of driving home Markey’s more than three decades in Congress, the retro-style video takes an infomercial approach, asking voters, “Has this ever happened to you? You’re looking at your paycheck, wondering how much more taxes you can pay? Will it ever get easier? Well today’s your lucky day! For an UNLIMITED time, it seems Ed Markey will vote in favor of higher taxes.” The NRSC ad is a smaller, five figure targeted online buy that could be expanded. Markey is also out with his own TV ad against Gomez, hitting him on raising taxes on the top two percent of earners.

Miller time, again. Former Alaska Senate nominee Joe Miller is back, with Politico reporting the Republican has filed paperwork to run for the Senate again in 2014 against Sen. Mark Begich (D). Miller, who defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 GOP primary, only to lose a write-in bid to her in the general election, filed a form of intent with the FEC on May 2. Miller will likely have competition in the primary, with Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan looking at bids.

First Read Flash: Economy rising

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