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10:50 PM ET, July 13, 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.
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.”
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP health law repeal votes  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — President Obama mocked Republicans on Friday for seeking to repeal the healthcare law 33 times instead of working to pass a tax extension that would help the middle class.  —  Kicking off a two-day, five-stop bus tour in Virginia …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and CNN
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 and The Daily Dish
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney to give television interviews today
Brooks Jackson /
Romney's Bain Years: New Evidence, Same Conclusion
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Romney surrogate: ‘Can you imagine how dumb this president is?’
Ginger Gibsonand Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt counter-punches on Bain
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Palin says Rice's view on abortion shouldn't disqualify her as VP
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
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.
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.
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 …
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Honey, I Shrunk Obama
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New Fraud Inquiry as JPMorgan's Loss Mounts
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Investigation into officer's alleged threat toward first lady continues
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Associated Press:
Maine Gov. Paul LePage apologizes for ‘Gestapo’ remark
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