Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Romney’s disastrous overseas trip, and about Scalia’s comments on gun control

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Democrats’ efforts to retain tax cuts for the Middle Class

• A three-nation overseas trip envisioned as a relatively low-key endeavor took its second major turn toward controversy Monday when Mitt Romney spoke at a Jerusalem fundraiser about the role culture plays in the relative strengths of the economies of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

• The Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee endorsed including a plank in its official platform backing same-sex marriage. The policy change is not final and must be approved by a larger committee meeting held in Detroit in August.

• Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday defended charges from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and other congressional Republicans that her aide, Huma Abedin, is tied to Muslim extremists, saying those accusations “really have no place in our politics.”

The American women aim for the first team gold in gymnastics since 1996 and Michael Phelps swims for his record breaking nineteenth career medal tonight at the London Olympics.