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5:15 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.
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CNN:
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Politifact: Mitt Romney's companies sent jobs overseas  —  “Mitt Romney's companies sent jobs overseas.”  —  Is that statement true or false?  —  It passed mostly unnoticed, but on Friday, a well-respected fact-checking organization — one cited by the Romney campaign itself on occasion …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:   Democrats Revive Attack That Romney Misstated Role at Bain
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Bain Quatrain
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Probe cites officials for soliciting prostitutes, accepting 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.
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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 …
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,” …
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: Business Insider and The Hill
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Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Against Growth!  —  In today's Impromptus, I have some comments …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Gawker
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 …
Bloomberg:
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 …
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.
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Fox News:
Democrats open door to letting taxes rise in 2013 to reset debate with GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom and I'm a Man!
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Cites Economic Research from Donor  —  Politico reports that President Obama is in Ohio today to “highlight a new report that estimates Romney's support for eliminating U.S. taxes on American companies' foreign incomes would create 800,000 jobs in other countries, including 73,000 jobs in China.”
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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.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
JPMorgan just gave a calamitous economic forecast for Obama  —  Just out from JPMorgan: … Basically, this is a forecast for stagnation for the rest of this year and through 2013.  Also note that the forecast sees monthly job growth at just 100,000 a month in the third quarter, with the unemployment rate averaging 8.2%.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
It's True: Corporations Are People  —  What else could they be?  Buildings don't hire people.  Buildings don't design cars that run on electricity or discover drug therapies to defeat cancer.  —  Here's a new party trick.  Want to be accused of being a member of a satanic cult?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama misses new budget deadline  —  The Obama administration has missed another annual budget deadline, failing to send Congress a mid-session budget review before July 16.  —  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) confirmed Monday that the deadline for the review, due every year on that date, was not met this year.
WESH-TV:
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.
BuzzFeed:
Senate Dems Plan ‘Midnight Vigil’ For Campaign Finance Bill  —  Democrats hope to paint GOP as beholden to wealthy interests  —  WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: Sen. Charkes Schumer (D-NY)(2nd-L), is flanked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)(R), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)(2nd-R) …
Discussion: Influence Alley
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Employees of NY Times, HuffPo, other news outlets dish out money to re-elect Obama  —  Employees of news outlets including the New York Times and the Huffington Post have donated money to President Obama's re-election campaign, according to records reviewed by The Daily Caller.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
 
 
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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
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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:
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