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1:40 PM ET, July 16, 2012


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Romney's Bain Yielded Private Gains, Socialized Losses  —  By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner 2012-07-15T22:30:01Z  —  Mitt Romney touts his business acumen and job-creation record as a key qualification for being the next U.S. president.  —  What's clear from a review of the public record during …
Facts don't support Obama's charges against Romney  —  Editor's note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney tries to regain momentum with new focus on Obama's ‘political payoffs’  —  Trying to shift the presidential campaign narrative away from his personal finances and tenure at Bain Capital, Republican Mitt Romney will launch a fresh assault this week accusing President Obama of political cronyism …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Editor's Blog
David Frum / CNN:   Mitt Romney's painfully bad week
Susan Page / USA Today:
Analysis: Obama, Romney and a turn in the debate on jobs
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Knowlton / The Caucus:
Romney Faces Mounting Attacks on Bain and Taxes
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?
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney rips Obama camp's ‘dishonesty’  —  Mitt Romney on Monday accused President Barack Obama of running a “campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty,” while brushing aside suggestions from anxious conservatives to alter his campaign strategy.  —  “A campaign based on falsehood …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Bain Quatrain  —  So to get a little distance from last week's big presidential campaign discussion, how did Mitt Romney's campaign get to where it is today on the questions surrounding his stewardship of Bain Capital?  —  First, there was the fateful decision to make Romney's success …
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Romney campaign accuses Obama of ‘political payoffs’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Pawlenty Looked at as Romney Running Mate  —  EAGAN, Minn. — It was four years ago this summer, when Tim Pawlenty ranked high on the list of John McCain's potential running mates, and Mr. Pawlenty and his wife, Mary, were plowing through a voluminous questionnaire probing deep into their finances …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
John Thune rising: GOP senator on Romney's veepstakes and his future  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has reemerged as a viable vice presidential candidate who would check many of the boxes Mitt Romney is looking for in a running mate.  —  He's an experienced legislator who has earned respect …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Treasury probe cites officials for soliciting prostitutes, accepting industry gifts, FOIA docs reveal  —  Treasury Department officials have been cited for soliciting prostitutes, breaking conflict-of-interest rules and accepting gifts from corporate executives, according to the findings of official government investigations.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats threaten to go over ‘fiscal cliff’ if GOP fails to raise taxes  —  Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation's wealthiest households.
Fox News:
Democrats open door to letting taxes rise in 2013 to reset debate with GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom and I'm a Man!
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Latest Word on the Trail?  I Take It Back  —  The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.  —  They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under …
Deputies shoot, kill man after knocking on wrong door  —  FDLE looking into deputy-involved shooting  —  Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies shot and killed a man they assumed was an attempted murder suspect on Sunday, but they now know they shot the wrong man.
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.
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.
James Warren / The Daily Beast:
Richard Posner Bashes Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling  —  Richard Posner is the most influential conservative judge outside the Supreme Court.  And he thinks its campaign-finance ruling encourages bribery.  James Warren on Posner's latest shot—and Scalia's gun love.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
CNN on the Iran threat  —  The news network's Pentagon reporter reasons that “Iran already has a missile that could reach the U.S”  —  A surface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran July 3.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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