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11:20 MORE BAIN DOCS Current TV and host Jennifer Granholm with report tonight claiming they have new docs further linking to Romney work with Bain after 1999. They call it "additional documentation from the Massachusetts Ethics Commission that Mitt Romney filed and signed on May 27, 2003 which continue to prove he played an active part in Bain Capital." They show "Mitt Romney was the 100% stakeholder in 11 Bain Capital entities later than 1999."
9:10 ROMNEY LINKED IN Someone naturally created / hacked a MItt Romney page at Linked In (here, before they kill it), with job title,"Venture Capital & Private Equity Professional," and with fun details, such as "Skills: Oursourcing." And under his Bain achievements: "Terminated thousands of workers, burdened companies with debt, sent profitable businesses into bankruptcy, reaped huge personal profits, set up bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman." Goal? "To be President of the United States without releasing income taxes." (Note at 10:00 pm: page still up, and can even find it via Search.)
8:00 CONDI RICE FOR VEEP: OVERCOOKED? Drudge had headlined "secret" choice for Romney’s ticket rising near top this afternoon–seemingly to distract attention from Bain reports, especially since he did not name names. Now it emerges he was referring to Condi Rice. And as "frontrunner," no less. Well, she shares this with Mitt: she wants to black out period of 2001-2002, in her case for Iraq war runup. Love this Drudge line: "It was Condi who received two standing ovations at Romney’s Utah retreat a few weeks ago, and everyone left with her name on their lips." And: "In recent days, she emailed supporters: ‘2012 is perhaps a turning point for the United States.’"
6:45 THREAT TO SHOOT MICHELLE OBAMA The First Family has been targeted since day one, according to the Secret Service, but this a little different: Washington Post just reported that the threat allegedly came from a DC police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort—for the White House. “The officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown.”