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8:50 PM ET, July 14, 2012


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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 …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event  —  Greensburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - It appears the hatchet is officially buried.  —  After a bitter and prolonged primary battle involving Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, Santorum on Saturday attended his first high-profile campaign event …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Political Vortex
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Michelle Malkin: Romney ‘Types’ Sign Front Of Paychecks, Obama ‘Types’ Sign The Back  —  On Fox & Friends Weekend on Saturday, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin took on President Barack Obama's campaign strategy of attacking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital.
David Taintor /
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
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Eastern Iowa state Senate candidate drops bid; says she has been appointed ‘Republic’ Senator instead
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 and The Other McCain
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.
Alabama Governor: I Didn't Call On Romney To Release His Tax Returns  —  “I just think that everyone should do that.”  One Republican's attempt to avoid running afoul of his party's nominee.  —  Image by JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — Alabama Governor Robert …
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney says he will release no more than two years of federal tax returns
Discussion: PERRspectives and The Raw Story
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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ben Chu / The Independent:
Libor: They all knew - and no one acted
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
Anthony Weiner Is Back On Facebook  —  And on a mobile device.  It's a return to social media for a Congressman felled by over sharing.
New York Post:
Thugs mug 3-year-old boy sitting in his stroller  —  Things are getting so rough in the Big Apple that even toddlers are getting mugged.  —  A cruel thug ripped a $400 gold chain off the neck of a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in his stroller and being pushed by his mom in Bedford-Stuyvesant …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Gothamist
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: Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
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 …
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
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Dogs, dead people get election docs from nonprofit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
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Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Stewart Bell / National Post:
Quebec Muslim activist becomes first woman charged under 9/11 terror laws over Hezbollah gun-running plot
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Isthmus|The Daily Page:
Feingold says he would have lost to Walker in recall election
Discussion: Washington Examiner