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2:30 PM ET, July 13, 2012


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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Do Bain SEC documents suggest Mitt Romney is a criminal?  —  “Romney and Bain claim that he was not involved with Bain, but Bain and its portfolio companies in their required filings under the Securities Exchange Act continuously certified to the Securities and Exchange Commission say precisely …
McDonnell Declares Bain Off Limits  —  Drawing a line in 1999.  —  McDonnell and Romney in June.  —  Image by JASON REED / Reuters  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a leading Republican figure, said Friday that Mitt Romney's time at the helm of Bain Capital …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Why Mitt's story doesn't add up  —  What Romney said a decade ago makes a lot more sense than what he's saying now  —  When the Boston Globe reported yesterday that Mitt Romney continued to be listed as Bain Capital's president, CEO, chairman and sole shareholder on SEC documents long …
Brooks Jackson /
Romney's Bain Years: New Evidence, Same Conclusion  —  New reporting cites strong evidence that Mitt Romney wasn't actively managing Bain Capital while he was running the Olympics, despite what the Obama campaign (and some news reports) would have voters believe.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney surrogate: ‘Can you imagine how dumb this president is?’  —  Mitt Romney surrogate John H. Sununu said President Obama must be “dumb” for his campaign to insinuate that Romney might have committed a felony when he signed regulatory documents identifying himself as Bain Capital's CEO …
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Own 2002 Testimony Undermines Bain Departure Claim … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Bain, Mitt Romney Bain Capital, Bain, Bain Capital, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Bain Departure, Romney Bain Capital, Politics News
Guy Benson /
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager: Romney Might Be A Felon, You Know  —  If you're new to this story, read these three posts — preferably in order — to get caught up.  Team Obama turned up the heat on the entire controversy yesterday afternoon when Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter told reporters …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt Romney did business in Massachusetts during Olympics  —  The Romney campaign repeatedly declined to say Thursday evening whether the Republican presidential candidate attended any meetings or had any contact with Bain Capital during the time he ran the Olympic Games.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Business Insider
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Team Romney: Obama campaign is ‘unraveling’
Washington Examiner:
Morning Examiner: Why is Obama granting amnesty to a Wall Street felon?
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Obama Spokesman Tells Ed Schultz Campaign Will Not Apologize For Romney/Felony Remark
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Drudge Report:
ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; CONDI EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER  —  Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, ‘Meet The VP’ — just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.
Audio Exclusive: The Speech That Landed Condi On Romney's List  —  A call to “storm Washington D.C.” Speculation in Park City that “she wants to be Vice President.”  —  With The Drudge Report driving speculation that Condoleezza Rice is now a leading contender in the Republican veepstakes …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Palin says Rice's view on abortion shouldn't disqualify her as VP
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
Fox News:
Republicans accuse HHS of gutting welfare reform with quiet policy change  —  June 20, 2012: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at Covenant Community Care, Inc. in Detroit.AP  —  Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of unilaterally gutting welfare reform …
Robert Rector / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Guts Welfare Reform
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Our Elites Stink  —  Through most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Protestant Establishment sat atop the American power structure.  A relatively small network of white Protestant men dominated the universities, the world of finance, the local country clubs and even high government service.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
13 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever  —  This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable.  Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama's health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.
Discussion: rubber hose
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Concerned as Syria Moves Chemical Stockpile  —  WASHINGTON—Syria has begun moving parts of its vast arsenal of chemical weapons out of storage facilities, U.S. officials said, in a development that has alarmed many in Washington.  —  The country's undeclared stockpiles of sarin nerve agent …
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT]  —  Facebook and other social platforms are watching users' chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report.  —  The screening process begins with scanning software …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Social networks scan for sexual predators, with uneven results
Discussion: Gizmodo
PARADE Magazine:
Preview: The Exclusive PARADE Interview With President and Mrs. Bush  —  Nineteen years after leaving the White House, George H. W. Bush, 88, is seeing his legacy burnished.  In an exclusive interview in this Sunday's issue of PARADE, the former president and his wife, Barbara, 87 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bill Clinton ‘perplexed’ Romney not releasing more tax returns  —  Former President Bill Clinton said Friday he is “perplexed” by Mitt Romney's decision to release just one year of his personal tax returns.  —  “It's typical, I think, we all release 10 or 11 years,” he told NBC's “Today” show.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Right Scoop
New York Post:
Long Island cop's mistress suing Nassau County over affair  —  She had an affair with a cop — and now she wants taxpayers to foot the bill.  —  The mistress of a married Nassau County cop — who enjoyed more than 100 nights with him while he was on duty — is threatening to sue the county …
Washington Post:
Post-Stanford poll finds more Americans believe climate change is happening  —  Most Americans say they believe temperatures around the world are going up and that weather patterns have become more unstable in the past few years, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and Stanford University.
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Justin Sink / The Hill:
West announces $2.2M second-quarter fundraising haul  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), among the most visible and vocal members of 2010's Tea Party freshman class, announced that he raised $2.2 million in second-quarter fundraising.  —  West has now raised just under $10 million for the cycle …
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Young U.S. Voters' Turnout Intentions Lagging  —  Black turnout intentions look similar to 2008 on relative basis  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-eight percent of U.S. registered voters aged 18 to 29 say they will “definitely vote” this fall, well below the current national average of 78% …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: NRA Threatens Senators Who Support Campaign Finance Disclosure  —  In a letter opposing the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 — a bill to allow citizens to know what corporations and wealthy donors are paying for the “independent expenditure” attack ads enabled by the 5-4 Citizens United ruling …
Discussion: FreakOutNation and
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Allen West Sings Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream'
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy
Discussion: Economix, and Guardian
Manu Raju / Politico:
Webb ‘a no’ on Obama tax plan
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Interior Department still going rogue
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Hunts for Answers to Gang Killings
Ktla-Ltv /
Downtown L.A. Erupts into Violence During Art Walk
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Damon W. Root / Hit & Run:
Should the Supreme Court Defer to Congress and Uphold the Defense of Marriage Act?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Obama May Be Stronger Than His Approval Ratings
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Son of liberal financier George Soros launches anti-super PAC super PAC
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Rep. Jesse Jackson's political future in question
Discussion: Moe Lane
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
MI6 chief Sir John Sawers: ‘We foiled Iranian nuclear weapons bid’
Discussion: Guardian and Israel Matzav
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
I'm paraphrasing, but only slightly: … Well... no.
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
D.C. officer investigated after comments about Michelle Obama alleged
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Obama reflects on his biggest mistake as president