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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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
Conyers gets an awkward endorsement
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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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