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8:40 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
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.
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
White House Quietly Removes Obama Boasts from Other Presidential Bios (CORRECTED: No they didn't)  —  CORRECTION: I need my eyes checked.  The Obama infoboxes are still there, but they appear to have been redesigned to look less like part of the other presidents' biographies.
Ned Martel / Washington Post:
Geithner proposed Hillary Clinton for Treasury secretary; White House scuttled idea
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.
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Whoops: RNC Latino Site Uses Picture Of Asian Children
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Features Stock Photo Of Asian Children On Latino Outreach Site
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chad Livengood /
Lawmaker barred from speaking over ‘vagina’ comment  —  Lansing - House Republicans prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking on the floor Thursday after she ended a speech Wednesday against a bill restricting abortions by referencing her female anatomy.
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.
John Bresnahanand Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Holder offers Darrell Issa ‘extraordinary’ deal  —  Attorney General Eric Holder made a new offer to House Republicans on Thursday to defuse the growing controversy over the “Fast and Furious” program, the latest bid to derail a contempt vote against Holder set for next week.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tim Mak / Politico:   Dems: Eric Holder contempt ‘unprecedented’
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Romney Make Dueling Pitches in Ohio
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.
Patrick Burke / CNSNews:
Biden Praises Arab Spring on Same Day Egypt Dissolves Its Parliament  —  ( - Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a high school commencement ceremony in Virginia on Thursday, called the Arab Spring a “democratic movement”—on the same day that the Egyptian high court nullified …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Disguising “Repeal and Reverse”  —  In a speech in Florida today, Mitt Romney repeated his frequent claim that in a post-ObamaCare world, he would fight to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.  —  That's not just a lie, but a pretty big, pretty important lie.
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Assails Obama for Favoring Words Over Action
Discussion: Gothamist
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Obama takes friendly fire from House Dem  —  President Obama's big economic speech in Cleveland failed to impress one endangered House Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), who took him to task for his economic and energy policies.  —  “President Obama and others in Washington need to realize …
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.
Sandra Fluke / CNN:
Why this election is so personal  —  Editor's note: Sandra Fluke graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice.  Watch Fluke in the 9 a.m. hour ET Thursday on CNN Newsroom, hosted by Carol Costello.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Obama and Romney statistically tied in swing-state Michigan
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
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