A.M. Links: Mitt Romney's $100 Million Month, Mexico's Marred Election, "Man Made" Fukushima Disaster

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    Mitt Romney's fundraising figures are hitting his net worth territory; the presidential candidate and the RNC raised a combined $100 million in June. The Obama campaign has not released its fundraising total yet but it raised less than the Romney campaign in May.

  • In Mexico, the ruling party's candidate has joined the leftist candidate Andres Lopez Obrador in questioning the just finished presidential campaign. Stopping short of challenging the legitimacy of the vote, she complained of campaign spending violations. Apparently Mexicans came out to grocery stores in droves after the election to cash in gift cards that allegedly came from the winning candidate's party.
  • An independent investigation in Japan blames government incompetency and cronyism for the disaster at Fukushima, calling it "man made." According to the report "the direct causes of the accident were all foreseeable prior to March 11, 2011."
  • Regulators in London may have been warned about manipulation of the LIBOR rate as early as 2007.
  • A state legislator in Louisiana is shocked a bill she supported to provide taxpayer subsidies to religious schools might be used for Muslim schools. "I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school," the Republican legislator said.
  • According to this Mother Jones report, there are more than 3,000 times as many UFO sightings as there are cases of credible voter fraud. There are even less instances of super PACs buying an election.
  • Researchers suggest even small volcanoes can produce climate change given the right conditions. Ban them!
  • Publish something awesome between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012? Learn more about the Bastiat Prize for Journalism.

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