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CHART: Americans’ Interest In Bain Capital Spikes On Google, Twitter

Recent coverage of Mitt Romney’s private-sector record has piqued the public’s interest in Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded and ran during the 1990s.

Does President Obama Think You Didn’t Build Your Business? No.

Mitt Romney and an array of surrogates are mocking President Obama for remarks he made defending public investments in infrastructure, accusing him of arrogantly claiming credit for small businesses’ hard work and risk-taking. But it takes an Olympic-level gymnastic leap to make the attack work as advertised.

China Still Plans To Dominate Electric Cars (Details To Come Later)

Five to eight years ago, Chinese carmakers were going to blast into the U.S. car market and sell huge volumes of inexpensive small cars—just like the Germans, Japanese, and Koreans before them.

Boy Scouts Reaffirm Ban on Open Gays; Calls It ‘Absolutely The Best Policy’

“After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays,” The Associated Press reports.

Drought In U.S. Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike, Economy To Suffer

With about 55 percent of the continental U.S. suffering from “moderate to extreme drought” conditions the nation is withering under conditions that haven’t been this bad since 1956, according to a new report from National Climatic Data Center.

Arizona’s sheriff Joe Arpaio faces civil lawsuit over racial profiling allegations

The self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America”, Joe Arpaio, will be called to account in a courtroom this week over long-standing accusations that he is waging an unlawful campaign of discrimination and harassment against Latinos.

US FDA approves first drug shown to reduce risk of HIV infection

A daily pill to protect people at risk of HIV from infection has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), potentially offering a new and powerful weapon in the battle against Aids.

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