The Monday Catchup

Romney has asserted to have paid an effective tax rate of at least 13% over the last 20 years (Via

Good morning! Here’s the news you may have missed:

The Lead Story: Mitt Romney released his tax records from 2011 on Friday, revealing that his effective tax rate was nearly 14% last year (he paid the IRS with about 950,000 fry pies). Romney’s tax rate could have been lower; however, he decided to forgo $1.75 million in charitable deductions so that he will have paid at least 13% in recent years, an assertion he has made frequently on the campaign trail.

Everything Else:

Kanye West (via G.O.O.D. Music) released Cruel Summer, featuring a song about cliques. Like high school.

After a week and a half of protests, the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to suspend their strike, allowing 350,000 students to return to school.

After decades of painstaking research, scientists have determined that soda and weight loss don’t often go hand in hand.

You’ve probably read about the decline of menMaybe it’s because we’re needy.

The Long Read: At dinner on Saturday, Executive Editor David Hoyt and I were talking about how the internet is not only figuratively large (OMG SO MANY WEBSITES), but also physically sprawling. Your muploadz don’t just exist on Facebook; they’re also hosted on expansive server farms.

The Weather: Since fall has converged on Gambier, expect things to cool down over the next few weeks. Expect highs in the low 70s throughout the week, with lows in the mid 40s. Also look out for thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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