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5:40 PM ET, July 18, 2012

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How The Romney Campaign Decided To Take The Gloves Off  —  Surrogates will bring up cocaine, Fast and Furious, and ties to Blagojevich, one aide says.  What Romneyland is thinking.  —  Image by Win McNamee / Getty Images  —  IRWIN, Penn.  — Standing before hundreds of roaring partisans …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Vetting” Genie Out of the Bottle  —  I don't want to over-react to John Sunnunu's bizarre outburst yesterday, or put too much weight on McKay Coppins' report today that it represented a Romney campaign decision to “take the gloves off” and go nuclear on the president.
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
DEAD ANDY BREITBART IS NOW ROMNEY'S TOP CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST  —  This, as reported by BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins, seems crazy: … OK, a few thoughts.  —  First of all, I don't believe for a minute that Romney — who, as the story notes, used to concede that Obama is a “nice guy” …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Team Romney Becoming Unhinged?
Latino Decisions:
New poll: After SB1070 decision Obama widens lead over Romney among Latinos  —  Latino Decisions released new national poll of Latino registered voters showing Barack Obama winning 70% of the Latino vote compared to 22% for Mitt Romney.  The poll, commissioned by the Center …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... Obama's Top Bundler Jonathan Lavine Was In Charge of Bain During GST Steel Layoffs
CNN:
Another day on the trail: Dancing horses, cronyism
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative elites club Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Taxes For 2010 Not Fully Disclosed … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Politics, Taxes , Video, Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Mitt Romney Taxes, Election 2012, Fbar, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Taxes 2010, Politics News
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Christopher Kolk / People.com:
Anthony Weiner Shares a Family Photo  —  What's next for former New York congressman Anthony Weiner?  Baby's first birthday, of course.  —  “I'm very happy in my present life,” Weiner, 47, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview.  “The only next dramatic steps I'm planning on are Jordan's first …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann: Letter on Clinton aide was ‘distorted’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said a letter she and colleagues sent about an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “being distorted.”  —  She issued the statement shortly after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor …
Discussion: Politico and Wonkette
United States Senator John McCain:
U.S. Senator John McCain - Arizona
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Anthony Weiner: Not running for office - for now
Haaretz:
7 reported killed in terror attack against Israelis in Bulgaria  —  Haaretz brings you minute-by-minute updates on the deadly attack; Israeli rescue services en route to country; Terror attack occurs on 18th anniversary of attack on Jewish community in Buenos Aires.
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Marcus Dysch / thejc.com:
The scene at the airport  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Iran for the bombing of a bus which killed at least three Israelis in a Bulgarian resort.  —  He said “all signs point to Iran” and said Israel would “respond with force”.  —  It is not clear whether the attack …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Awkward: Obama jobs panel MIA  —  President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hasn't met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election.  —  At this point, the hiatus — which reached the half-year mark Tuesday — might be less awkward than an official meeting …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   White House: Obama's plate too full for Jobs Council
New York Times:
Blast Kills Core Syrian Security Officials  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — An explosion that Syria state television called a suicide bomb attack killed at least three top aides to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Wednesday including the defense minister and Mr. Assad's powerful brother-in-law.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
A Brief Reminder: Suicide Bombing is Not a Hopeful Sign
Discussion: National Review
Hubble Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Amonix closes North Las Vegas solar plant after 14 months, heavy federal subsidies  —  The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened.
Norfolk Constabulary:
Police closes UEA investigation  —  Norfolk Constabulary has made the decision to formally close its investigation into the hacking of online data from the Climate Research Centre (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.  —  The decision follows a comprehensive investigation …
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Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Hacker evades British cops in ‘climate-gate’ probe
Eric Lach / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Tennessee Tea Partiers To GOP Gov: Stop Employing Muslims, Gays, Democrats!  —  Conservatives and Tea Party activists in Tennessee have recently pushed several Republican Party county organizations to pass resolutions criticizing the state's Republican governor for …
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Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Adelson to DCCC: Retract your “Chinese prostitution money” comments or I'll sue  —  In a scathing letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sheldon Adelson's lawyer accused the organization of “maliciously branding Mr. Adelson as a pimp” and demanded the DCCC either retract and apologize or be sued.
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:   Memo to Dem press secretary: Probably best not to imply GOP billionaire is a pimp
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
O'KEEFE RISES: UNION BOSSES OKAY DIGGING UP-THEN FILLING BACK IN-DITCHES ON TAXPAYERS' DIME  —  James O'Keefe's new Project Veritas video (see below) is a stunning exposé of union corruption surrounding so-called “shovel ready” jobs.  In typically irreverent Project Veritas style …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The chart that shows just how much reelection trouble Obama is in  —  A daisy chain of political disaster seems to be forming for President Obama, says political analyst Dan Clifton at Strategas Research.  Clifton suggests that “there seems to be a relationship between consumer confidence and whether a president gets reelected.
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Bernanke to Economy: Drop Dead … - Lithwick: Another Crazy Attempt in Virginia To Prevent Legal Abortions  — Our DNA Proves Just How Often Our Ancestors Took Nonhuman Lovers  — You're Not Making Real Gazpacho Unless You Follow This One Simple Rule  — Why Don't Brits Watch Breaking Bad?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’  —  “I am ashamed to say that we're seeing our President hand out money to the businesses of campaign contributors, when he gave money, $500 million in loans to a company called Fisker that makes high end electric cars, and they make the cars now in Finland.
Discussion: msnbc.com
 
 
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