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10:45 AM 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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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.
WJLA-TV:
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.
CNN:
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 …
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: Althouse and Daily Kos
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
Bain Capital press release described Romney as ‘part-time’ in July, 1999
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Romney to give television interviews today
Ginger Gibsonand Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mitt counter-punches on Bain
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Romney: Obama owes me an apology
Discussion: The Caucus
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Romney to Obama: Apologize for Bain Questions
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Team Romney: Obama campaign is ‘unraveling’
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Right Sphere
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Lawmakers furious over China-made Olympic uniform  —  WASHINGTON — Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China.  That has members of Congress fuming.  —  Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision …
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Isthmus|The Daily Page:
Feingold says he would have lost to Walker in recall election  —  Feingold: 'The bottom line is, we've got to look to the future.'  —  Article Tools: Read more News items  —  Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold broke a lot of progressive hearts when he declined to run in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
msnbc.com:
Romney: I left all management of Bain in 1999  —  Mitt Romney says in an interview with NBC News that despite reports that his name appeared on government documents on behalf of Bain Capital until 2002, he had absolutely no working relationship with the company after February 1999.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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: TMZ.com and The Informer
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.
 
 
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