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5:50 PM ET, June 14, 2012


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Romney Campaign Bus Taunts Obama Supporters Honks its horn as hundreds of Obama supporters wait to enter event in Ohio.  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican nominee Mitt Romney's guerrilla tactics continued Thursday, as the campaign bus circled the venue where President Barack Obama will be speaking this afternoon.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Anger Management  —  Today is the day of the dueling mega-speeches on the presidential campaign trail.  And reporters waiting around the venue of President Obama's event were greeted by a Romney campaign bus circling the venue and volubly honking its horn, something you'd expect …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama Asks For Mandate, Attacks Romney's Economic Vision
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Bill Clinton's words could haunt Obama today
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Says Election Will Shape the Economy for Years
Discussion: The Caucus
Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be ‘Limitless,’ Could Top $100M  —  Sheldon Adelson (Jared McMillen for Forbes)  —  Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive …
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
White House Forgets to Pay Father's Day Lunch Tab  —  Amid the bustle of President Obama's surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.  —  Celebrating Father's Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny's BBQ on Capitol Hill.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Sally Quinn Forced to Dine With Non-Fake Friends  —  After pretty much the entire journalistic world has made fun of Sally Quinn's weekend Washington Post essay declaring the End of Power, further abuse may seem unnecessarily cruel.  And yet even the fulsome stream of disparagement directed …
Female Fox Anchor Walks Off Set After Co-Host's Sexist Joke  —  On Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Steve Doocy interviewed members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band's recent inclusion of women.  Reacting to the segment, Brian Kilmeade remarked, “Women are everywhere.  We're letting them play golf and tennis now.
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends Co-Host Gretchen Carlson Walks Off After Brian Kilmeade Makes Sexist Comment
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Assails Obama for Favoring Words Over Action  —  CINCINNATI — Mitt Romney, seeking to overshadow an appearance by the president in Ohio on Thursday, mocked President Obama as a candidate of words, not deeds, whose eloquent speechmaking abilities have not been matched by the effectiveness of his economic policies.
Discussion: Gothamist
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
As Punishment For Opposing Anti-Abortion Bill, Male Michigan House Leader Bans Two Female Reps From Speaking  —  A male Republican House leader in Michigan silenced two female Democratic state legislators on Thursday after the pair tried to advance a measure that would have reduced access to vasectomies.
Chad Livengood /
Lawmaker barred from speaking over ‘vagina’ comment
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Still Blame Bush More Than Obama for Bad Economy  —  About half of Republicans blame Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans continue to place more blame for the nation's economic problems on George W. Bush than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three years ago.
Washington Post:
Full transcript of Obama's speech on the economy in Cleveland, Ohio  —  Full transcript of President Obama's June 14 speech on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio:  —  OBAMA: Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Thank you so much.
Discussion: xpostfactoid and National Review
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Obama's CEO: Jim Messina Has a President to Sell  —  The day after Jim Messina quit his job as White House deputy chief of staff last January, he caught a plane to Los Angeles, paid a brief visit to his girlfriend, and then commenced what may be the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.
CBS Chicago:
Surveillance Pictures Released In Mob Attack On CTA Red Line  —  CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police hope surveillance pictures help lead them to one of three weekend mob attacks on people downtown.  —  As WBBM Newsradio's Bernie Tafoya reports, around 10:30 p.m. Saturday …
Luigi Zingales / New York Times:
The College Graduate as Collateral  —  ACADEMIC economists like to make fun of businesspeople: they want competition when they enter a new market but are quick to lobby for subsidies and barriers to competitors once they get in.  Yet scholars like me are no better.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama snubbed me, says McCain  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this week that President Obama never made a sincere effort to reach out to him after the 2008 election.  —  McCain was once seen as a potential ally of Obama.  But far from becoming a partner — as the left hoped for and the right feared …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Adds Gay and Lesbian Couple Icons to iOS 6  —  The new version of Apple's iPhone operating system comes with new emojis, the popular emoticons that are often used in texting and email, especially by young kids and nerdy adults like me.  Two of these new pictograms represent gay and lesbian couples for the first time.
Ned Martel / Washington Post:
Geithner proposed Hillary Clinton for Treasury secretary; White House scuttled idea  —  In the spring of 2011, Timothy Geithner wanted to leave his job.  The Treasury secretary's family was moving to New York for his son's senior year in high school, and the commute to see them each weekend was sure to be arduous.
Discussion: Politico
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
RNC Latino Site Features Stock Photo of Asian Children  —  Mitt Romney has been increasingly keen to court the Latino vote, which is believed to heavily favor President Obama over the former Massachusetts governor for president.  In the latest Latino Decisions poll, Obama held a 43-point lead over Romney.
Inequality: It's Even Worse Than We Thought  —  The current debate about rich and poor — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent — is a bit misleading because the evidence usually is data about income, not wealth.  Looking at wealth would make the comparison even starker.
Jose Antonio Vargas / TIME Ideas:
Inside the World of the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant  —  Since revealing my status as an undocumented immigrant, hundreds of others have come forward to share their own stories.  What they have to say will surprise you  —  Clockwise from top left: Julieta Garibay, from Mexico; Jong Min, from Korea …
Velvet Revolution:
Brett Kimberlin and the Justice of Google  —  On November 19, 1989, the people of Prague, in the former state of Czechoslovakia, gathered to commemorate a massacre of Czech students by Nazi Germany fifty years earlier.  By the end of the day, the gathering turned into a demonstration …
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Parents Furious After School Teaches Graphic Sex Class  —  Parents in a small Washington State community are infuriated after their 11-year-old children were given graphic descriptions of oral and anal sex during a sex education class led by an elementary school principal.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
New Political Showdown in Egypt as Court Invalidates Parliament  —  CAIRO — Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Islamist-led Parliament must be immediately dissolved, while also blessing the right of Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister to run for president …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Time:
Not Legal Not Leaving  —  'Why haven't you gotten deported?'  —  That's usually the first thing people ask me when they learn I'm an undocumented immigrant or, put more rudely, an “illegal.”  Some ask it with anger or frustration, others with genuine bafflement.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TIME Ideas and Poynter
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
In New Documentary, A Usually Reticent George H.W. Bush Has Harsh Words For Ross Perot  —  Although former president George H.W. Bush has remained relatively quiet and out of the spotlight since his time in office, he's agreed to open up about his thoughts and experiences in 41, a new documentary airing this weekend on HBO.
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