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Tax talk from the president. Mitt Romney gets an earful. Minimum wage for all city workers in Scranton. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign stop at Central High School, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Grand Junction, Colo. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign stop at Central High School, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Grand Junction, Colo. (AP)

A glimmer – just a glimmer – on the economy this week, and a wave of fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s business career.  When was he in charge of what?  Why money offshore?  Will he show more tax returns?  President Obama talks middle class tax cuts.  Romney goes to the NAACP.

The House takes its 33rd vote against health care reform.  At Penn State, a sad report of top level cover-up on child sex abuse.  We’ve got more massacre in Syria.  Slowdown in China.  Minimum wage for city workers in Scranton.

This hour, On Point:  our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for National Journal.

Bryan Monroe, editor of CNNPolitics.com.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Boston Globe “Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.”

The New York Times “The most senior officials at Penn State University failed for more than a decade to take any steps to protect the children victimized by Jerry Sandusky, the longtime lieutenant to head football coach Joe Paterno, according to an independent investigation of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university last fall.”

Houston Chroncile “An adviser to Mitt Romney suggested the presumptive Republican presidential candidate knew what he was walking into Wednesday in Houston when he told an NAACP audience that he would repeal the health care reform law, that President Barack Obama’s policies were not helping create jobs, and when he said that he would be a better president for African-Americans than the current White House occupant.”

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