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4:00 PM ET, July 16, 2012


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David Frum / CNN:
Mitt Romney's painfully bad week  —  Editor's note: David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor.  He is the author of seven books, including a new novel, “Patriots.”  —  (CNN) — By any measure, the Mitt Romney for president campaign has had a painfully bad week.
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 …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Romney's Account of His Departure From Bain Undercut By...Romney Testimony  —  In a previously unreported remark, Romney indicated he went through a “transition” at Bain after heading to Utah in February 1999.  —  Mitt Romney, his campaign, and Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded …
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?
John Cassidy / News Desk:
Why Won't Romney Release More Tax Returns?  —  I'm following Mitt Romney's example and vacationing in New England this week, but the Sunday-morning talk shows make it to out to Cape Cod, and I couldn't quite go cold turkey.  In addition to much rehashing of Friday's Bain Capital story …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Politifact: Mitt Romney's companies sent jobs overseas
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Bain Quatrain
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Romney campaign accuses Obama of ‘political payoffs’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Editor's Blog
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 …
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal's stock on the rise
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Turn Against John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court  —  Democrats now positive about both  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are now much more negative than they were seven years ago, with the most recent reading coming soon …
Discussion: The Hill
Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Edie Windsor vs. DOMA: 83-Year-Old Lesbian Petitions U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case
James Warren / The Daily Beast:
Richard Posner Bashes Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
BuzzFeed:   ACLU Parts With Obama Administration On DOMA Strategy
Orlando Sentinel:
‘Witness 9’ tells prosecutors Zimmerman molested her for years  —  A woman told authorities that while they were children, murder suspect George Zimmerman sexually molested her for a decade, according to prosecution records released today.  —  The woman, identified only as “witness 9,” …
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!
New York Post:
Obama wedding registry fund-raising strategy not a hit with brides  —  President Obama's bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.  —  The desperate initiative …
Tammie Fields / Tampa Bay Fl News:
Lt. Governor speaks out about sex scandal accusations  —  Lt. Governor Carroll made the comments Saturday in Orange Park, at the opening of a campaign office for Mitt Romney.  —  Carletha Cole claims she walked in on a sexual encounter between Carroll and Carroll's travel aide, Beatriz Ramos.
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Retail sales fall for third straight month in June  —  (Reuters) - Retail sales fell in June for the third straight month, the longest run of consecutive drops since 2008 when the country was mired in recession.  —  Sales slipped .5 percent, with declines across a wide swath of industries …
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:   Retail Purchases In U.S. Unexpectedly Decrease 0.5%
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.
Nick Wiltgen / National and Local Weather Forecast …:
2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl … This year's drought ranks among the 10 largest drought areas of the past century, the National Climatic Data Center is expected to announce today.  —  Preliminary data computed from the Palmer Drought Severity Index shows that 54.6 percent of the contiguous 48 states …
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Washington Free Beacon:
DWS cites abortion as the reason Jewish voters should support Obama
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Norquist rebuts Coburn, says he ‘stands alone’ on taxes
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
It's True: Corporations Are People
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
JPMorgan just gave a calamitous economic forecast for Obama
Saudi Arabia considers law against insulting Islam
Terry Davidson / Toronto Sun:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Employees of NY Times, HuffPo, other news outlets dish out money to re-elect Obama
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CNN on the Iran threat
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Gas drilling a boom for drug traffickers, too
Discussion: Wired, ThinkProgress and E2-Wire
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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