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1:00 AM ET, July 14, 2012


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President Obama says Romney should answer Bain Capital questions  —  In an exclusive interview, President Barack Obama tells ABC7's Scott Thuman that GOP challenger Mitt Romney should answer questions about Bain Capital and his time there.  Here's a transcript of the interview.
David Weigel / Slate:
Did the Romney Campaign Create the Swift-Yachting Story? … - Josh Levin: Penn State Should Cancel Its Football Program for a Few Seasons  — Is It Legal for Airlines To Let Richer Passengers Go Through Airport Security First?  — Manjoo: Buying an iPhone?  Get the Smallest Possible Amount of Storage.
Transcript: Romney Responds to Bain Attacks In ABC Interview  —  JONATHAN KARL: Governor Romney, you have been hammered by the president and by the president's campaign over your time at Bain.  In fact, one of his top advisers actually said you might have committed a felony when it comes …
Acosta interview: Romney's spirited Bain rebuttal  —  (CNN) - Following a week of some of the sharpest attacks yet on his management of the financial firm Bain Capital, Mitt Romney offered a vocal defense Friday of his tenure there and strongly disputed reports he left the firm years later than he has previously said.
What we learned from Mitt Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney tried time and again to make one thing clear in our interview.  On five different occasions in the first few minutes of the interview, Romney said he had “no role whatsoever” at Bain Capital after February 1999.  —  Here are the ways he said it:
Discussion: Talking Politics
CBS News:
Romney interview with CBS News: Full transcript  —  presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney sat down for interviews with all five networks following several days of heightened criticisms over his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital.  Romney defended his work …
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Bain Capital press release described Romney as ‘part-time’ in July, 1999  —  A July 19, 1999 press release distributed on behalf of Regan Communications and Bain Capital described Mitt Romney as the “Bain Capital CEO” and said he was “on a part-time leave of absence to head the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee.”
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Romney Demands Apology From Obama on Bain Allegations  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney demanded an apology from President Obama on Friday for making what he called “reckless” and “absurd” allegations in an escalating battle over whether Mr. Romney's business record included outsourcing American jobs.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP health law repeal votes
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and CNN
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Romney to Obama: Apologize for Bain Questions
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Kessler: He's Drowning Not Waving
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Romney: Obama campaign is ‘unraveling’
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:   Is This the Silliest Thing Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post Has Ever Written?
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Romney: Obama owes me an apology
Discussion: The Caucus
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Do Bain SEC documents suggest Mitt Romney is a criminal?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney to give television interviews today
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Romney surrogate: ‘Can you imagine how dumb this president is?’
Brooks Jackson /
Romney's Bain Years: New Evidence, Same Conclusion
Ginger Gibsonand Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt counter-punches on Bain
Discussion: Business Insider
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Why Mitt's story doesn't add up
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
More than 20 People Faint During Obama Speech  —  The pool report on President Obama's trip to Roanoke, Virginia says that more than 20 people fainted during the president's speech this evening.  —  “TV viewers may have heard POTUS pointed out a couple of faintings during the rally in downtown Roanoke,” writes the pool report.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama campaign worker collapses at Chicago campaign HQ and later dies  —  Alex Okrent, a staffer in the Obama for America campaign who has worked with Barack Obama's political team since 2004, died Friday after collapsing in the Chicago headquarters.  —  President Barack Obama called his family to offer his condolences.
New York Post:
Sylvester Stallone's son found dead; cause of death believed to be pill overdose  —  The son of Sylvester Stallone has been found dead in his Hollwood home.  —  Sage Moonblood Stallone, 36, was found dead this afternoon at an apartment, his attorney confirmed to The New York Post.
Discussion: The Informer and
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
SBA List: Condoleezza Rice unacceptable  —  The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List released a statement this morning declaring Condoleezza Rice “unqualified” to serve as Mitt Romney's running mate.  —  Reacting to the eruption of Condi-for-veep speculation, SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser pointed …
Discussion: News Desk
Audio Exclusive: The Speech That Landed Condi On Romney's List
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Joe Paterno, at the end, showed more interest in his legacy than Jerry Sandusky's victims  —  Joe Paterno was a liar, there's no doubt about that now.  He was also a cover-up artist.  If the Freeh report is correct in its summary of the Penn State child molestation scandal …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Poynter
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Honey, I Shrunk Obama
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New Fraud Inquiry as JPMorgan's Loss Mounts
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Washington Post:
Investigation into officer's alleged threat toward first lady continues
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Over 30% of President Obama's 2009-2011 Gross Income Came From Foreign Sources
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