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9:15 THE ‘NO APOLOGY’ TOUR Obama says again to Mitt, don’t hold your breath. No regrets, no tears goodbye.
7:55 MITT ROMNEY, SOCIALIST Must-read piece at Bloomberg View today on how the candidate really made so much dough for himself and Bain partners all those years. "He did so, in large part, through heavy use of tax-deductible debt, usually to finance outsized dividends for the firm’s partners and investors. When some of the investments went bad, workers and creditors felt most of the pain. Romney privatized the gains and socialized the losses."
4:40 AFTERNOON UPDATES Sen. Dick Durbin says Mitt running from Bain "like a scalded cat"… Bob Woodward: Who cares about SEC docs?…. Key: Since Romney paying high price for not releasing tax returns one assumes there is stuff in there that he feels would be far more costly. And here conservative pundit ask same question….Full wrapup here from NYT on the Sunday talk show Obama "barrage"…. GOPers claim John Kerry only released 2 years of tax returns, though (surprise) not true… Lizz Winstead: "I am a virgin #Retroactively."
2:25 VOTE SUPPRESSION Nate "The Great" Silver at NYT estimates GOP-led voter ID push could depress vote by 2-3 percent and effect outcome in swing states, and therefore the election. But he also finds some false stats and myths.
11:30 PUT ON YOUR SHORTS Josh Marshall on why Romney stumbles coming from candidate not his campaign…Given infamous Gillespie quote today (see below), great name for roots-rock group now: The Retro Actives…One of Romney’s former Bain colleagues makes the case–for outsourcing….Obama channels Elizabeth Warren….Chris Cillizza: "Obama golfing today. Cue outrage."
10:30 QUOTE OF THE DAY From top Romney adviser (formerly with Bush) Ed Gillespie on his "exit" from Bain:"He took a left of absence and in fact he ended up not going back at all, and retired retroactively to 1999 as a result." Although this perhaps more important: Bill Kristol: Romney "should release his tax returns tormorrow." David Frum today tweets the coming "pain" from need to release returns. Others who have called for this: Barbour, Matt Dowd, George Will.