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7:05 PM ET, July 4, 2012


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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney shifts, says mandate's a tax  —  Directly contradicting his senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told CBS that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is “a tax.”  —  Earlier this week, Fehrnstrom said in a TV appearance that Romney …
Associated Press:
Mystery Bermuda-based company and other undisclosed Romney assets hint at larger wealth  —  Paul Sancya/file/Associated Press - FILE — In an Oct. 10, 2006 file photo Mitt Romney speaks at the Leadership Summit on Race in Detroit.  For nearly 15 years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Directly Contradicts His Campaign, Now Insists Health Mandate Is ‘A Tax’  —  Earlier this week, Mitt Romney's top campaign adviser broke with the entire Republican party and insisted that the individual mandate at the center of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts' 2006 health care law is “not a tax.”
Romney calls health care mandate a ‘tax,’ contradicts top aide
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
CNN Poll: Economic optimism jumping
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
Ihosvani Rodriguez / Sun-Sentinel:
Hallandale Beach lifeguard fired after participating in beach rescue  —  As lifeguards are paid and trained to do, Tomas Lopez rushed down the beach to rescue a drowning man — and then got fired for it.  —  The problem: Lopez stepped out of the beach zone his company is paid to patrol, a supervisor said Tuesday.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Declaration of Independence Annotated  —  [From the next edition of my casebook, Constitutional Law: Cases in Context:]  —  When reading the Declaration, it is worth keeping in mind two very important facts.  The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown and every person …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Chris Collins: 'People Now Don't Die From Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Health Care, Video, Affordable Care Act, Chris Collins Affordable Care Act, Chris Collins Health Care, Kathy Hochul, Chris Collins, Obamacare, Politics News
Thomas Fleming / Wall Street Journal:
What Life Was Like in 1776  —  Americans had the highest per capita income in the civilized world, paid the lowest taxes—and were determined to keep it that way.  —  Almost every American knows the traditional story of July Fourth—the soaring idealism of the Declaration of Independence …
NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel urges supporters to have faith in Board of Elections in wake of Adriano Espaillat's legal challenge  —  Congressman preaches calm during rally in Harlem after his chief opponent in the 13th Congressional District primary made accusations of voter suppression
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and The Raw Story
Conrad Black / National Review:
Post-Colonial Killing Fields  —  It is an ever-growing matter of suspense how long it will take before there is general recognition of the fact that, although the spread of democracy is — next to its irreplaceable contribution to victory in World War II and the Cold War …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Fast and Furious: Grassley presses Holder on ‘false letter’  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley is demanding to know who at the Justice Department saw a memo written by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive agent about the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation that was allegedly sent …
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Anger festers in sweltering mid-Atlantic  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - From the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic, some 1.4 million homes and businesses are still in the dark, and the heat, four days after violent storms caused heavy damage.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The eternal meaning of Independence Day  —  On July 9, 1858, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas gave a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago.  Abraham Lincoln was in the audience when Douglas prepared to speak.  Douglas invited Lincoln to come join him on the balcony to watch the speech.
New York Times:
Too Quiet, Again, on Health Care  —  Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania residents, interviewed recently by Abby Goodnough of The Times, said they were opposed to President Obama's health care reform law.  Though almost all of them would benefit from it, they expressed fears about a loss of control …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Recession-Proof Fireworks Industry … - Egypt's New President Is Awfully Critical of the United States.  Should We Be Worried?  — Manjoo: Apple's iPhone Used To Be the Best.  But Its Competitors Have Caught Up.  — Why the Higgs Boson Discovery Is Such a Big Deal …
Devin Kelly / Oregonian:
Fireworks show canceled amid concern for sea birds  —  The coastal town of Depoe Bay is about to experience its quietest July 3 in 19 years.  —  Town officials this year reluctantly announced they were cancelling the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show, following pressure …
Fox News:
Do not disturb: Oregon town cancels fireworks to spare sea birds
Discussion: Mediaite and Moonbattery
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Where Tax Dollars Work, Our Public Trust Remains  —  Douglas State Forest, July 3, 2012.  —  DOUGLAS, Mass. — I still know how the wind sounds here.  I still know the difference between how it sounds as it shakes the birches and how it sounds as it ripples through the top branches in a stand of great oak trees.
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Declaration of Independence, Fixed
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Ronald Reagan Riding A Velociraptor
Discussion: Boing Boing
Fail: Obama plans fundraisers in Switzerland then tries to slam Romney ... on Switzerland; Update: Obama FACT mocking
Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?
Discussion: Doug Ross
Gov. Bobby Jindal / bobbyjindal's Diary:
Declaration of Independence, not Dependence
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Obama hosts naturalization ceremony, presses Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Politico and CNN
New York Times:
As Weather Channel Buys Wunderground, Storm Clouds Brew Among Fans
Discussion: Democracy Now and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
SOM - State of Michigan:
Snyder signs most of election reform legislation
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
Mike Konczal /
The IMF Goes All-Out on Balance-Sheet Recessions, Providing Sanity on Economic Policy
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Report: Rep. Cuellar to skip Dem convention
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Bam: Trend of CO2 emissions falling toward 1991 levels
Associated Press:
Anti-abortion amendment a no-go in Ohio
Discussion: The Raw Story