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7:50 PM ET, July 15, 2012


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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Gillespie says Romney ‘retired retroactively’ from Bain Capital  —  Senior Mitt Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie blasted President Obama's attacks on the GOP candidate, saying Romney had been honest about his tenure at the private equity giant Bain Capital.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney Adviser: Romney Not Responsible For Bain Because He ‘Retired Retroactively’  —  Mitt Romney and senior campaign advisor Ed Gillespie  —  Ed Gillespie, a senior campaign advisor for Mitt Romney, appeared on Meet the Press this morning to answer questions about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: Romney running away from Bain ‘like a scalded cat’  —  Durbin said Romney could clear questions about his tenure at Bain “this afternoon” by releasing more tax records.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Sunday said GOP presidential Mitt Romney candidate is running away …
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Ed Gillespie: Mitt Romney ‘Retired Retroactively’ From Bain Capital
Annie Karni / New York Post:
Disgraced pol Weiner eyes mayor or public advocate run  —  Anthony Weiner's not shrinking from elected office.  —  The disgraced former congressman — who's sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest — is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jessica Schairer has so much in common with her boss, Chris Faulkner, that a visitor to the day care center they run might get them confused.  —  They are both friendly white women from modest Midwestern backgrounds who left for college …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama wants Mideast peace in second term  —  President Obama's agenda for a second term includes bringing peace to the Middle East.  —  “I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the Middle East the way I wanted,” he said in an interview with WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Kristol: ‘Crazy’ not to show taxes  —  Bill Kristol and the Obama campaign agree on something: Mitt Romney should immediately release his tax returns.  —  “He should release the tax returns tomorrow.  It's crazy,” Kristol said on “Fox News Sunday.”  “You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and New York Magazine
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama takes break from campaign to hit the links  —  After a week spent campaigning in Iowa and Virginia, President Obama took a break from the trail by hitting the links.  —  Obama headed to Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia on Sunday for a round of golf.
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Ron Paul gets ‘smoked’ in Nebraska  —  It looks like Ron Paul isn't going to be officially nominated for the presidency in Tampa.  —  His backers failed to win a plurality of delegate slots at the Nebraska GOP convention Saturday, leaving the Texas congressman short of the support necessary …
Search Continues in Black Hawk County for Two Missing Girls  —  KCRG/Gazette/Waterloo Courier Staff Reports  —  EVANSDALE, Iowa — Black Hawk County authorities have given an update on the search for the two girls Sunday.  —  Volunteers searchers will fan out across the Evansdale area …
Elise Labott / CNN:
Protests as Clinton holds meetings in Egypt  —  Cairo (CNN) — Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, “Monica, Monica, Monica” as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michelle Obama / CNN:
First lady: This election closer than 2008  —  (CNN) - Speaking to supporters at a farm in New York's Hudson Valley on Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama predicted a tighter result in November than the 7-point margin her husband enjoyed over Sen. John McCain in 2008.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:   Obama: Not enough change in first term
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Boehner rakes in $8.5M second quarter, has raised $80M as Speaker  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) raked in nearly $8.5 million in the second quarter of fundraising this year to protect his hard-fought GOP majority in the House.  —  According to a memo released by his political office on Sunday afternoon …
Discussion: CNN
Daily Mail:
Newborn girl ‘buried alive by her father in Pakistan because she was deformed’  —  Pakistani police have arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because she was physically deformed.  —  Mohammed Anwar, a police officer in the city of Khanewal in the eastern Punjab province …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Republican Govs. Scott, Branstad balk at accepting health law Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Politico
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Oprah Winfrey Interviews Romneys
Discussion: Jezebel
Patrick Reis / Politico:
Patrick, McDonnell spar over blame for fiscal cliff
Discussion: CNN
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
“Green” Energy Bias Killing California
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Wizbang
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush Presenting Book of Economic Proposals
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