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11:10 AM ET, July 13, 2012


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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 …
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
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bain barrage worries Republicans  —  On the facts, nothing terribly new was added to the Bain equation by the Boston Globe story charging that Mitt Romney controlled the company for three years longer than he previously claimed.  Several fact-checking organizations said the charges …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Obama Spokesman Tells Ed Schultz Campaign Will Not Apologize For Romney/Felony Remark
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt Romney did business in Massachusetts during Olympics
Discussion: Firedoglake and Business Insider
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
President Obama: Bain Capital is fair game
Discussion: Politicker and CNN
Fox News:
Presidential rivals trade charges of lying, Romney calls for apology over ‘felony’ remark
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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  —  Sarah Palin thinks Condoleezza Rice would make a “wonderful” vice president, and dismissed concerns that the former of Secretary of State might not be anti-abortion rights.  —  “I think that Condoleezza Rice …
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Obama reflects on his biggest mistake as president  —  (CBS News) President Obama's biggest mistake during his first term, he told CBS News in an exclusive interview, has been putting policy over storytelling.  —  Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down Thursday with “CBS This Morning” …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
I'm paraphrasing, but only slightly: … Well... no.
Discussion: Power Line
Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama: I Regret Not Speaking Slower And Using Smaller Words. …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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% …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Warning for Obama: Gallup finds young less excited about voting
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Obama weakens welfare reform (again): Here are some quick initial reactions to the administration's apparent surprising (and possibly illegal) attempt to grant waivers of the work requirements written, after great effort, into the 1996 welfare reform law.  I'm posting Thursday night; the story should break for real tomorrow (Friday).
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Information Memorandum
Discussion: The Foundry and National Review
Washington Post:
D.C. officer investigated after comments about Michelle Obama alleged  —  A D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials and other dignitaries was moved to administrative duty Wednesday after he allegedly was overheard making threatening comments toward Michelle Obama …
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
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 …
Beth Reinhard /
The Plan  —  The Obama campaign's chief strategist on how the president will win.  —  David Axelrod is the senior strategist for President Obama's reelection bid, and his mustachioed mug is probably the most familiar face of the campaign.  After helping Obama win in 2008, Axelrod was a senior adviser in the White House.
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.
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: Politico
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Obama May Be Stronger Than His Approval Ratings  —  There is a small but reasonably persistent gap between President Obama's net approval ratings and his head-to-head polls against Mitt Romney.  Whereas Mr. Obama's approval ratings have been almost exactly breaking even for most of the past few months …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
PPP: Cruz Leads Dewhurst by 4  —  Former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz has taken a four-point lead over Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican Senate primary runoff race, according to a PPP poll released Thursday.  PPP found that 49 percent of likely Texas GOP runoff voters support Cruz …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Rep. Jesse Jackson's political future in question  —  YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS - Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) walks up the steps of the U.S. Capitol in this photo from Dec. 2, 2011.  Jackson has not been seen in public since June 8.  —  Hours before Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Sabrina Gladstone / CNSNews:
Americans Will Work More than 6 Months to Pay Cost of Gov't in 2012
Discussion: protein wisdom and Doug Ross
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Islamist ascendancy  —  Post-revolutionary Libya appears …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats moving ahead on campaign finance legislation without McCain
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
ACLU alleges Michigan school district violated students' ‘right to learn to read’
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Hot Air
Baltimore Sun:
Gay marriage and family values
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
In Latest Data on Economy, Experts See Signs of Pickup
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Economix
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Son of liberal financier George Soros launches anti-super PAC super PAC
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Left-right climate group quietly weighing proposals for carbon tax
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
MI6 chief Sir John Sawers: ‘We foiled Iranian nuclear weapons bid’
Discussion: Guardian and Israel Matzav
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT]
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
The $64,000 Question: How Much Has Debt Increased Per Taxpayer Under Obama?
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
How safe is the GOP House majority?