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8:30 AM ET, July 5, 2012

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Kurt Andersen / New York Times:
The Downside of Liberty  —  THIS spring I was on a panel at the Woodstock Writers Festival.  An audience member asked a question: Why had the revolution dreamed up in the late 1960s mostly been won on the social and cultural fronts — women's rights, gay rights, black president, ecology …
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Timothy Dalrymple / Philosophical Fragments:
Against the Hippies: Or, In Defense of American Individualism  —  Kurt Andersen's piece in the New York Times today is in some respects a terrific column.  But if you can spot the vast logical leap.  —  Andersen recalls a time when he was confronted with the question …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Romney Shifts Tone, Saying Health Care Mandate Is a Tax  —  WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney declared on Wednesday that President Obama's health care mandate was in fact a tax, shifting his campaign's characterization of the law and aligning himself with the conservative voices in his party.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney shifts, says mandate's a tax
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Directly Contradicts His Campaign, Now Insists Health Mandate Is ‘A Tax’
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
America-Hating Patriots and Other Mysteries of the 4th  —  I'm always at a bit of a loss as to what to say on this big patriotic occasion.  I'm as “American” in background, outlook, and life-experiences as anyone you'd meet.  I belong to a distinctly American religious community, born on the Kentucky frontier long after Independence.
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Bill Frezza / Political Capital:   Lamenting The Lost Legacy Of Independence Day
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.
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Founding fathers quotes you probably haven't heard, by @DavidOAtkins  —  Founding fathers quotes you probably haven't heard  —  On July 4th, enjoy some of the less famous quotes from the founders of our country.  —  Thomas Paine: … James Madison: … Benjamin Franklin: … Benjamin Franklin again:
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
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 …
Jim Angle / Fox News:
Efforts to implement ObamaCare law raise concerns of massive government expansion  —  With the Supreme Court giving President Obama's new health care law a green light, federal and state officials are turning to implementation of the law — a lengthy and massive undertaking still in its early stages …
Lauren Steussy / KNSD-TV:
Fireworks Shot Off Early in Bay  —  Big Bay Boom fireworks display delayed after sudden burst  —  Thousands of people who camped out to watch the Big Bay Boom in San Diego's Glorietta Bay Wednesday night got more of a Big Bay Bust.  —  Port District authorities said a “technical difficulty” …
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Gawker, msnbc.com and Stinque
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Obama launches bus tour in key swings states Ohio and Pa.  —  President Obama launches a bus tour Thursday through two battleground states crucial to his re-election bid.  —  Obama's focus during the trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania is the economy, and it begins a day before a critical monthly report …
Discussion: CNN
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Jonathan Krohn Laughs Off Bitter Conservative Reprisals  —  Jonathan Krohn, the teen conservative idol turned liberal heretic, is on the receiving end of a world of abuse from right wing pundits this week.  Fine by him.  But please folks, lay off his mom.
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
 
 
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Katherine Eban / Fortune:
Fast and Furious follow up: The ATF and gun stores
Discussion: National Review
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Billy Baldwin: Alec may run for mayor
Discussion: New York Magazine
Laura King / World Now:
In Afghanistan, another turncoat shooting wounds five Americans
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Declaration of Independence, Fixed
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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Chip Reid / CBS News:
Anger festers in sweltering mid-Atlantic
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Conrad Black / National Review:
Post-Colonial Killing Fields
Mj Lee / Politico:
Fast and Furious: Grassley presses Holder on ‘false letter’
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Declaration of Independence Annotated