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• The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

• In an attempt to change the subject from his tax returns and Bain Capital, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney intensified his own rhetoric on Tuesday and called President Obama’s recent comments about small business “insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.”

• President Obama’s re-election campaign and the Ohio Democratic Party are suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine in an effort to get early voting restored in the state ahead of November’s presidential election.

• With pressure building on Mitt Romney to release more of his past tax returns, Ron Paul on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of people – including some Republicans – who say Romney should just bite the bullet and release the returns.

The Boy Scouts of America yesterday strongly reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.