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Romney: 13%

“Mitt Romney said Thursday that his effective federal tax rate was at least 13 percent in each of the last 10 years, but he declined again to release the tax returns that would confirm his claim,” the Boston Globe writes.

The New York Daily News: “Mitt Romney tried a take-my-word-for-it response to the controversy over his taxes, insisting Thursday that he always pays the taxman an appropriate rate.”

USA Today: “The Obama campaign pounced on his statement, demanding that the Republican ‘prove it.’”

It’s a round of rough headlines for Paul Ryan today – first, on denying he lobbied for stimulus funds even though he voted against it. He eventually had to cop to it; then, on talking tough on China even though he voted against a measure that would have done what he was advocating yesterday; and for blaming President Obama for a shuttered GM factory in Janesville, WI, that closed in Dec. 2008 before Obama took office.

“After seeking millions of dollars from a federal stimulus program he opposed, Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan repeatedly denied lobbying the Obama administration for home state aid -- first on a Boston radio station in 2010 and then again on Tuesday in an interview with a Ohio television station,” the Boston Globe notes.

Cincinnati station WCPO asked Ryan about an AP report he “on Ryan appealing to two departments seeking stimulus money for Wisconsin projects.” Ryan responded: “No, I never asked for stimulus. I don’t recall—and I haven’t seen this report so I really can’t comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn’t work, it didn’t work. It brought us deeper into debt.”

But by “Thursday evening, Ryan acknowledged having sent the letters above his signature. ‘After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that.’ He did not explain why he was not alerted to the fact his office had sent a letter asking for stimulus aid from the Department of Labor when the Wall Street Journal reported on this in 2010.”

The Globe reported earlier this week: “In 2009, as Rep. Paul D. Ryan was railing against President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama’s secretary of energy asking that millions of dollars from the program be granted to a pair of Wisconsin conservation groups, according to documents obtained by the Globe.”

The New York Daily News: “Rep. Paul Ryan sought Recovery Act funds but denies making stimulus appeals.”

“Paul Ryan on Thursday began to criticize China as a currency manipulator, speaking out against the country’s trade policies with the same sharp rhetoric that his new running mate, Mitt Romney, has used for months,” the Boston Globe writes, adding,But there’s one glaring problem: Ryan voted against legislation in 2010 that would have helped do just that.”

More rough news for Ryan: “At a campaign stop in Ohio on Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan noted that the GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., shuttered its operations despite Barack Obama's promise to ‘keep the plant open,’” USA Today writes. “What Ryan left out of the narrative: the detail that the plant stopped production in December 2008, before Obama took office.”

Love you, mom… “GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be talking to senior citizens in Florida this weekend about Medicare, bringing his mother along as a campaign weapon,” USA Today writes.

The Romney campaign says it’s raised $10 million since Ryan was selected.

The RNC says it’s raised $37.7 million in July.

Measuring the drapes? The New York Times on Romney’s detail-oriented transition team.

“They couldn’t stand being apart much longer, apparently,” the Boston Globe writes. “Mitt Romney and his new running mate, Paul Ryan, are making an unexpected apperance together on Monday in New Hampshire, holding a joint town hall meeting in Manchester. It will be Romney’s 100th town hall meeting, according to the Romney campaign.”