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1:50 PM ET, July 14, 2012

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CNN:
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:
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Political Vortex  —  Do you think it's a coincidence that ever since the world's physicists announced that they had discovered a possible breakthrough in the study of mass and energy last week, our politics has taken on a kind of black-hole quality?  —  First, Bain Capital.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
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.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Obama ad hits Romney on outsourcing, offshore investments  —  The Obama campaign is out with a new ad this morning, “Firms,” that hits Mitt Romney on outsourcing jobs over audio of Romney singing “America the Beautiful.”  —  “In business, Mitt Romney's firm shipped jobs to Mexico.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney says he will release no more than two years of federal tax returns
Discussion: The Raw Story
Erick Erickson / RedState:   Meet Bainers, the New Birthers
WJLA-TV:
President Obama says Romney should answer Bain Capital questions
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
New York Fed's Libor Documents Reveal Cozy Relationship Between Regulators, Banks … FOLLOW:  —  The Fed, Timothy Geithner, Libor Manipulation, New York Fed, Tim Geithner, LIBOR, Libor Rate-Rigging Scandal, New York Fed Libor Documents, New York Federal Reserve, Business News
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Ben Chu / The Independent:
Libor: They all knew - and no one acted  —  Regulator's claim it knew nothing thrown into doubt as documents show authorities were told of rate-rigging in 2008  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Rolling Stone:
Romney's ‘Free Stuff’ Speech Is a New Low  —  Wow.  If you live long enough, you'll see some truly gross things in politics, but Mitt Romney's work this past week “courting black support” was enough to turn even the strongest stomach.  —  Romney really showed us something …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama uses the ‘tax’ word to describe mandate  —  RICHMOND, Va. - President Obama used the word “tax” to describe the health care mandate under his reforms, a departure from his prior etymological stance that it is a penalty.  —  “By the way, if you've got health insurance …
Jo Becker / New York Times:
Joe Paterno Got Richer Contract Amid Jerry Sandusky Inquiry  —  In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys.  Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines …
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Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Joe Paterno, at the end, showed more interest in his legacy than Jerry Sandusky's victims
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Poynter
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Presidential race in Florida is a ‘coin toss’  —  Brace yourselves for another nail-biter presidential election in Florida.  —  A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney essentially tied in America's biggest battleground state …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Ballot Box
Reuters:
Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The state of Alaska sued the Obama administration on Friday to block environmental regulations that would require ships sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel.
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Olympic Uniforms: Made in China by Democratic Donor's company  —  Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States' Olympic team uniforms were made in China.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested “they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”
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msnbc.com:
Romney: I left all management of Bain in 1999
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Stewart Bell / National Post:
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Isthmus|The Daily Page:
Feingold says he would have lost to Walker in recall election
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New York Post:
Sylvester Stallone's son found dead; cause of death believed to be pill overdose
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Ros-Lehtinen is first GOP member of Congress to back marriage equality
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Mitt Romney: Tisha B'Av in Jerusalem
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
Alexander Burns / Politico:
SBA List: Condoleezza Rice unacceptable
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and News Desk
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Honey, I Shrunk Obama
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP health law repeal votes
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Rush Limbaugh and Power Line