A.M. Links: Romney Campaign Calls Out Lack of Transparency in Obama Administration, Tampa Cops Prepare For RNC With New Bicycles, ATVs and an Armored Truck, 52 Percent of Prostitutes in U.S. Claim They've Been Assaulted by Police

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    The Romney campaign is hitting back against attacks over releasing tax returns by pointing out the Obama administration's transparency problems. "President Obama has run one of the least transparent administrations in American history," said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "Whether hiding lobbyists in coffee shops, cutting back-room deals on ObamaCare, or concealing the records of Fast and Furious, President Obama's pledge to be transparent has turned out to be just another broken promise." Judicial Watch, meanwhile, is suing the White House for visitor logs from the first nine months of Obama's presidency.

  • 103 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Iraq yesterday, the deadliest day there this yeear.
  • James Holmes, the alleged Aurora shooter, apparently raised red flags when he applied to a private gun range. Inmates at the prison he's being held in can't wait to get their hands on him. As for the film, The Dark Knight Rises earned about $165 million on its opening weekend, short of the $190 million expected by the industry, but still well in blockbuster territory.
  • The city of Fullerton, California won't say whether the now former cop charged with the beating death of Kelly Thomas was fired or resigned; his employment "ended" last week. The other officer charged "left the city's employment" July 3.  Three other cops who participated in the beating remain uncharged and on paid leave; a fourth left the city's employment last week. The city is not talking about the results of an internal investigation.
  • Police in Tampa have spent about $13 million on new wares for August's Republican National Convention, including bicycles, all terrain vehicles and an armored truck.
  • Belarus is still a totalitarian shithole.
  • A survey of prostitutes in six nations found 85 percent in Zimbabwe claiming they've been physically or sexually abused by law enforcement, 80 percent in Russia and South Africa, 52 percent in the United States and 50 percent in Namibia and Kenya.
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