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3:55 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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Romney: Obama campaign is ‘unraveling’  —  A top Romney spokesperson said the Obama campaign's allegations that he misled the public over his tenure at Bain Capital are “reckless and wild” and a sign that the president's campaign is “unraveling.”  —  “The only confusion that there is on this issue …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt Romney did business in Massachusetts during Olympics
Discussion: Firedoglake and Business Insider
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Own 2002 Testimony Undermines Bain Departure Claim
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
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 …
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Condi Rice for Veep?  Bull Shiitake Mushrooms  —  If you head over to Drudge you will find that there are rumors swirling that Condi Rice is at the top of the short list to be the Vice Presidential nominee.  —  I don't know who is hitting the crack rock tonight in the rumor mill, but bull shiitake mushrooms.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Palin says Rice's view on abortion shouldn't disqualify her as VP
Discussion: Riehl World View
Condoleezza Rice / CNN:
TRENDING: Report sparks speculation of Rice as Romney running mate
Discussion: Fox News and Shakesville
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Robert Rector / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Guts Welfare Reform
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.
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
Jeff Landry Comes Out Against LGBT Minor  —  A recently added minor at the University of Lafayette is causing quite a controversy.  Last semester UL became the first university in Louisiana to offer a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.  Today, Congressman Jeff Landry came out in opposition towards the program.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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
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.
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Matt Vespa /
Open Thread: Unintentionally Hilarious Trailer for Pro-Obama Movie
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Growers Fret Over a New Apple That Won't Turn Brown
Discussion: Hit & Run and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Maine Gov. Paul LePage apologizes for ‘Gestapo’ remark
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: Hit & Run, Economix, and Guardian
Manu Raju / Politico:
Webb ‘a no’ on Obama tax plan
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: NRA Threatens Senators Who Support Campaign Finance Disclosure
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's Interior Department still going rogue
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Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Hunts for Answers to Gang Killings
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Downtown L.A. Erupts into Violence During Art Walk
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
PPP: Cruz Leads Dewhurst by 4
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Son of liberal financier George Soros launches anti-super PAC super PAC
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