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11:45 AM ET, July 15, 2012


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Jonathan Martinand James Hohmann / Politico:
Republican governors want Mitt Romney to hit back  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Va., — Republican governors gathered here this weekend gently nudged Mitt Romney to wage a more aggressive campaign, urging the GOP standard bearer to share more about his background and draw a sharper contrast between his vision and that of President Barack Obama.
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Boston Globe
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.
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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.
BuzzFeed:   Anthony Weiner Is Back On Facebook
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Ground Zero’ in Fairfax County  —  Frederick Peterson III protests outside Obama event in Centreville, Va.  —  When President Obama came to this prosperous suburban community, he was greeted by a contingent of Tea Party activists and local Republicans.  The number of protesters …
Discussion: New York Times
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Obama May Be Safe in Virginia
Discussion: American Glob and Politico
U.S. Is Building Criminal Cases in Rate-Fixing  —  As regulators ramp up their global investigation into the manipulation of interest rates, the Justice Department has identified potential criminal wrongdoing by big banks and individuals at the center of the scandal.
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 …
New York Times:
F.D.A. Surveillance of Scientists Spread to Outside Critics  —  WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Administration grants Fla. access to database to verify voter rolls  —  The Obama administration has agreed to let Florida use a national law enforcement database to purge residents suspected of not being U.S. citizens from their voter rolls.  —  The decision was announced in a letter …
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:   U.S. to Let Florida Use Its Data for Voter Check
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Obama: Not enough change in first term  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) President Obama won't be caught criticizing Mitt Romney for arguing that his administration hasn't pulled the economy far enough out of the hole it was in four years ago, the president told CBS News in an exclusive interview …
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Where Obama failed on forging peace in the Middle East  —  Video: President Obama came into office in 2009 pledging to push hard for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.  The Post's Scott Wilson explains that Obama wanted to restore America's reputation as a credible mediator in the long conflict …
Patrick Reis / Politico:
Patrick, McDonnell spar over blame for fiscal cliff  —  Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Sunday agreed that the upcoming “fiscal cliff” was damaging to the economy, but they disagreed over who was responsible for steering the country toward it.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Krugman:
No Bain, No Gain  —  There is, predictably, a mini-backlash against the Obama campaign's focus on Bain.  Some of it is coming from the Very Serious People, who think that we should be discussing their usual preoccupations.  But some of it is coming from progressives, some of whom …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Alert: Scammers Out to Trick Consumers Using the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling  —  It's enough to make you sick.  No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones.  They say they're from the government and that …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
FTC: Health ruling is prompting scams
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and American Glob
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 …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Eastern Iowa state Senate candidate drops bid; says she has been appointed ‘Republic’ Senator instead
Discussion: The Raw Story
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