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5:30 AM ET, July 16, 2012


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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
July panic for Obama — for good reason  —  Why has the Obama team been publicly wailing about losing out to Mitt Romney in the money race?  Why would the president accuse his opponent of not merely being wrong or unqualified but criminal?  After all, the polls are tied, so why so much worry in Obamaland?
One-on-one with President Obama  —  Unedited interview and full transcript  —  RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - This is a transcript of President Barack Obama's exclusive interview with's Andy Fox:  —  Q: How Important is Virginia in this election?  —  President: “If we win Virginia then we will win the election.
Scott Thuman / WJLA-TV:
President Barack Obama talks Romney, campaign, chili, doodling, shooting pool  —  In an exclusive interview, ABC7's Scott Thuman spoke with President Barack Obama on a wide range of topics, including whether his GOP challenger Mitt Romney should answer questions about Bain Capital and the 2012 campaign so far.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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.
Brian Knowlton / The Caucus:
Romney Faces Mounting Attacks on Bain and Taxes
Sal Gentile /
Former Bain Capital partner says Romney was ‘legally’ CEO of Bain Capital until 2002
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin: Romney running away from Bain ‘like a scalded cat’
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Agence France Presse:
‘Monica, Monica’ chants taunt Clinton in Egypt  —  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday.  —  The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband …
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and Gretawire
Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.  —  A tomato struck an Egyptian official …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Bachmann sends Hamas Congressman Hakim Muhammad (aka Keith Ellison) response to Muslim Brotherhood propaganda
Discussion: I'm a Man! and Israpundit
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Microsoft and NBC Complete Web Divorce  —  On Sunday night, did something that successful Web sites almost never do: it renamed itself.  —  The site became, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Microsoft and NBC officially call it quits  —  Software giant will reportedly receive $300 million for its stake in, which will mirror content on the new for a while.  —  Follow @stevenmusil  —  The Internet partnership of Microsoft and NBC is officially over.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Postal Service rescue bill stalls in Congress as cash woes mount  —  The House's delay in considering a postal reform bill is sparking concerns that the rescue of the U.S. Postal Service could be delayed until after the November elections — or even until the next Congress.
Adam Skaggs / Politico:
Mitch McConnell dead wrong on DISCLOSE Act  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has launched a full-throated attack on the DISCLOSE Act, which Democrats are set to bring to the Senate floor on Monday.  DISCLOSE supporters say it ensures transparency and accountability in U.S. elections.
Peter J. Boyer / The Daily Beast:
Romney's Palin Problem: Where's Her Convention Invite?  —  Mitt still hasn't invited Sarah to the GOP's nomination assembly in Tampa, and the Tea Party is livid.  Peter J. Boyer on how the snub could sabotage Romney's tenuous ties to the grassroots—and why Palin is keeping the week open, just in case.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys, I'm a Man! and Wizbang
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Discussion: CNN
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Michelle Obama / CNN:
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Discussion: Jezebel and Weasel Zippers
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Daily Mail:
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Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Wizbang
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