• The White House that never was: A behind-the-scenes tour of the would-be Romney administration

    Top Line

    Though Mitt Romney’s candidacy never turned into a presidency, there was a temporary Romney White House complete with a fully operational staff who were building the blueprints for the early days of a Romney administration months before the election that decided his defeat.

    In this special edition of Top Line, the chair of the Romney transition efforts, Gov. Mike Leavitt, R-Utah, takes us on a tour of the White House that never was—where he says the Romney transition team built “a federal government in miniature.”

    “If you had walked down these halls in the day before the election, you would see the State Department, the Treasury Department, the Department of Defense,” Leavitt says, standing inside what was the former transition headquarters in Washington, D.C. The space was provided for the Romney campaign by the federal government under the guidelines of legislation passed in 2010 to allow for smooth presidential transitions.

    Leavitt says his team was already working on

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  • The Fine Print

    With barely a week to go before the special election to fill the seat John Kerry vacated in the Senate, The Fine Print caught up with the two candidates at the center of the heated campaign on the trail in Massachusetts.

    It's taken a particular sort of Republican to win statewide elections in liberal-leaning Massachusetts, and Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez, a second-generation Latino immigrant and former Navy SEAL with a business degree from Harvard, is making the case that he fits the mold.

    “I'm ashamed that only four Republicans voted for the expanded background check,” Gomez told The Fine Print about the gun legislation that failed to pass through the Senate. “I want to go down there and make sure we get more Republicans on board and more conservative Democrats.”

    Gomez also touts his support of immigration reform, saying that if he were in the Senate, he’d make the “Gang of Eight” into a “Gang of Nine.”

    But the Democratic nominee, 20-term Rep. Ed Markey,

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  • Why the Supreme Court may not say ‘I do’ to gay marriage

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    With the Supreme Court expected to issue major rulings on same-sex marriage any day now, ABC News court watcher Terry Moran tells Top Line that the court will likely avoid making a monumental ruling on the issue.

    Moran says the justices “don’t want to be the judges of America when it comes to this issue” and predicts that they will find a way to defer to the states in the two cases dealing with same-sex marriage.

    “They see this roiling democratic debate that's happening state-by-state, and the betting at the Supreme Court is that they'll find a way to decide this issue by getting themselves out of it,” Moran says. “They won't declare gay marriage legal all over the country or illegal. They'll say, 'Let the states handle it.'"

    On an anticipated decision related to affirmative action, however, Moran says the court may decide to make a “big statement.”

    “There is a sense that they've sliced that onion just about as thin as you get,” Moran says. “In other words, you can't have

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