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  • October 24, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein


    Allred and client arriving at Canton courthouse, via Bernstein's cellphone.

    I have just returned from beautiful Canton, Massachusetts, aka "the junction," home of BostonRob, and suddenly Ground Zero for a possible October Surprise, or the latest Gloria Allred circus, or both.

    The scene is the Norfolk Family and Probate Court, and at issue is trial testimony given nearly two decades ago by one Mitt Romney of Belmont in the divorce of Staples founder Thomas Stemberg and Maureen Sullivan Stemberg.


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  • October 22, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein


    A memorial to Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas Schiavoni, made for his mother Stephany Kern by a casualty officer, at her home in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    [Updated: See below for Romney response to Huffington Post]

    Appearing on ABC’s The View this past Thursday, Ann Romney claimed that her husband, as governor of Massachusetts, “went to every funeral” of fallen soldiers from the Commonwealth.


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  • October 16, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Hey, I know about that binder! And guess what -- Mitt Romney was lying about it.

    From the rush transcript:

    CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

    ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

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  • September 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "David" asks:

    As someone who didn't live here at the time, can you please explain how exactly Mitt Romney got elected as MA Governor? Looking at him now, he just doesn't seem to have the ability to connect with people.

    It's a fair question -- and as I have previously reported, the campaign became aware pretty early on that you can't make the electorate like Romney, so, as you imply, he had to somehow win without that connection with voters.

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  • September 07, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

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    Update, 9/9/12: On Meet the Press, David Gregory asked Romney specifically about not mentioning Afghanistan, as opposed to not mentioning the troops -- an understandable choice, but one that regrettably makes it difficult to compare with his answer to Baier.

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  • September 03, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Mitt Romney chose to ignore my advice to not bother trying to get people to like him, and it sure looks like he made a bad move.

    So far, polling suggests no more than a small "convention bounce," leaving the national race essentially tied going into this week's Democratic convention. If Obama gets just a decent bounce, of four or five points, that leaves Romney in a hole heading into the final two months.

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  • August 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Quick reactions to Ann Romney's convention speech:

    --I totally wanted her to come out on Rafalfa. Oh well.

    --After a bit of a nervous (but not bad) start, she was very good. Simple, solid, well-written speech, with some good lines, delivered in a talkie rather than speechy way. And, without coming on too strong so as to seem like she was trying to sell something not believable.

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  • August 24, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    At a rally in Michigan today, Mitt Romney made a birth certificate joke, much to the pleasure of the audience. This is going to create a stir.

    To me, it reinforces something I've been worrying about for months now: that Romney has no game plan for controlling the ugly side of the conservative base this fall.

    You may recall that John McCain had some trouble with this four years ago.

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  • August 12, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    In the current state of interplay between the institutional Republican Party and the movement-conservative marketplace, there turns out to be a highly specialized role that must be filled: the Team Rebel/Wise Simpleton of the House. That is Paul Ryan, who took over from Mike Pence of Indiana after the 2010 election.

    This position is required, because the conservative base demands that Republicans act as though they are trying to do the things they promised to do -- balance the budget, dramatically reduce the size of government, rein in entitlement spending, and so on.

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  • August 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Harry Reid, who may have been reading my blog posts, has decided to advance the charge at breaching Mitt Romney's tax-return defenses. As you may have heard, Reid is claiming that Romney paid no income taxes at all for 10 years -- a bit of intel he heard from the tiny yellow space monkey who lives in his left ear.

    Well, OK, Reid didn't actually cite the space monkey; he credited an unnamed "Bain investor," which is only slightly less credible.

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  • July 27, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I wrote about today eight months ago, in my "Year In Mitt" preview:

    JULY 27, AUGUST 3: US ECONOMIC REPORTS
    On July 27, the federal government will release the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) estimate for the second quarter of 2012; a week later comes the July employment report. These will be the last two major gauges of the country's economic health before Romney (assuming he's the nominee) kicks off the fall campaign at his nominating convention.

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  • July 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    There was a small, but potentially significant development in the Mitt Romney tax return story yesterday, and to help explain its potential significance I have written a little play for you about a guy and his girlfriend:

    Girlfriend: Where were you last night?

    Guy: I'm not going to tell you, it's a private matter.

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  • July 19, 2012
    By Carly Carioli

    The Phoenix's David Bernstein spoke exclusively with NBC News's Politics Nation last night to unveil the juiciest twist in his new investigation into Mitt Romney's "shadow years" inside and outside of Bain. In this week's issue -- online now and on newsstands tomorrow -- Bernstein breaks the story of Romney's investments in a Bermuda casualty insurance company called Endurance Specialty.

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  • July 16, 2012
    By Carly Carioli

    Last week, the national media began to pick up on David Bernstein's 2007 investigation into Romney's shadow years at Bain while he was running the Salt Lake City Olympics -- and now the media is also beginning to pick up on another line of Bernstein's inquiry, which concerns potential conflicts of interest that Romney admitted to while he was in Salt Lake City.

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  • July 13, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I was being interviewed on another network at the time, so I didn't initially see Mitt Romney's interview on CNN tonight, the first to air of five he did trying to shoot down the Bain Shadow Years story.

    So I only just now learned that he said this, when asked about having attended board meetings with Staples between 1999 and 2002:

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