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5:40 PM ET, July 14, 2012

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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.
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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
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event
Discussion: Ballot Box
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney says he will release no more than two years of federal tax returns
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Romney Demands Apology From Obama on Bain Allegations
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Meet Bainers, the New Birthers
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Right Sphere
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 …
Robert L. Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
George Shultz: Memo to Romney — Expand the Pie  —  George Shultz, the former secretary of state and Treasury says America's current problems are large, and its power in the world is diminished.  But the policies for revival are obvious with the right leadership.  —  Stanford, Calif.
Discussion: EconLog
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
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: Poynter and The Moderate Voice
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Liberal Non-Profit Group Sending Out Pre-Filled Voter Registarion Cards To Dogs, Dead People, Non-Citizens...  But . . . but . . . but . . . voter ID laws are raaaaacist! … HT: Jon
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:   Dogs, dead people get election docs from nonprofit
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ron Paul: Romney campaign scared to let me speak at GOP convention  —  Rep. Ron Paul said that the Republican Party is scared to let him speak at the national convention in Florida next month.  —  The Texas Republican candidate for president said he thinks the prospects of him having …
David Taintor / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Iowa GOP State Senate Candidate Joins ‘Alternative’ U.S. Government  —  A Republican state Senate candidate in Iowa has decided to bow out of the race and become a U.S. senator of an alternative form of government.  —  In a letter released Friday, Randi Shannon informs supporters …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ThinkProgress
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Obama May Be Safe in Virginia  —  The president's chances to win this Southern swing state look surprisingly strong, even as other states trend away from him.  —  HAMPTON, Virginia — At first glance, this former Confederate stronghold might seem like one of the harder swing states for the president to hang onto in 2012.
Discussion: Politico
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Largest Political Machine  —  At first glance, today's Wall Street Journal piece on teachers donating vast sums of money to outside political groups hardly comes as a surprise.  Unions in both the public and private sectors are well known for organizing and donating money to favored candidates and political groups.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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
 
 
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Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
Iran vows to back any nation that fights America, Israel
Reuters:
Hamas says Egypt's Mursi will end Gaza blockade
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Reuters:
Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
msnbc.com:
Romney: I left all management of Bain in 1999
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Quebec Muslim activist becomes first woman charged under 9/11 terror laws over Hezbollah gun-running plot
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Isthmus|The Daily Page:
Feingold says he would have lost to Walker in recall election
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
More than 20 People Faint During Obama Speech
New York Post:
Sylvester Stallone's son found dead; cause of death believed to be pill overdose
Discussion: TMZ.com and The Informer