A.M. Links: Foreign Policy Can Wait Till November, Online Sales Taxes Gaining Steam, USS Gerald Ford Going Urinal-Less


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    The U.S. government has indicated Syrian rebels looking for Western support must wait until after the November election. In May, Mitt Romney criticized the White House's reluctance to intervene.  "The world looks to America to lead and we've been sitting in the back burner hoping things would become arranged in a way that was attractive to the world," he said. In March, Barack Obama told then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to wait until November, when he'd have more flexibility for negotiation.

  • Mitt Romney is drawing the line at releasing two years' worth of tax returns. But will they be the long-form? Meanwhile, unconvinced by the Drudge report that Condoleezza Rice was at top of Mitt Romney's VP list, the New York Times suggests Tim Pawlenty could be Romney's pick.
  • Some Republican governors are starting to get behind the idea of collecting online sales taxes in their state, and Senator Lamar Alexander is crafting federal legislation for online sales tax collection he's framing as a state's rights issue.
  • Documents acquired through FOIA related to internal probes of Treasury officials show complaints ranging from soliciting prostitution to accepting gifts from corporate executives.
  • Nearly three hundred uniformed Olympics enforcement officials will descend on London to ensure only officially licensed sponsors of the Olympics games associate themselves with the events for marketing and other purposes.
  • The USS Gerald Ford will be the first navy carrier to eschew urinals, starting in 2015. "There's a lot more at play in the design objectives than gender-neutral. We're saving money in maintenance costs, and we're improving quality of life," said Captain Chris Meyers of the navy's Future Aircraft Carriers Program.

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