Morning Briefing: Mitt Romney Stayed At Bain Capital Three Years Longer Than He Claims

— In deflecting criticism of his efforts to close factories, fire thousands of American workers and send their jobs overseas, Mitt Romney has said repeatedly that he left the investment firm Bain Capital in 1999, and played no role in several job-killing decisions made by the company. But as the Boston Globe reports, new documents show that Romney was listed as Chairman and CEO a full three years longer than his campaign claims.

— The number of people filing for initial weekly jobless claims fell to a four year low last week, reports CNN.

— Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic, which has been targeted by Republican lawmakers in the state capital, will remain open for business after a judge granted a temporary restraining order against compliance with a law that would have forced the clinic to close.

— Four states have ballot initiatives up for a vote this November on the issue of marriage equality, and the latest polling — in those states and nationwide — provide the clearest evidence yet that same sex marriage is now a mainstream value [click through for the full infographic]:


— Chances are, you’ve already seen Mitt Romney get booed, heckled, jeered and laughed at during his bumbling speech at the NAACP national convention yesterday, but you may not have seen some of the individual reactions to Romney’s remarks:

— And finally: Inserting pauses for laughter or applause or boos (see above) into the text of your speech can be a good way to ensure you don’t talk over the audience response. But if you’re going to do that, you had better remember not to repeat those instructions aloud.