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12:00 AM ET, July 5, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Romney: Individual mandate “is a tax”  —  (CBS News) Two days after his top adviser insisted otherwise, Mitt Romney on Wednesday told CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford that President Obama's individual mandate - upheld last week by the Supreme Court - is “a tax.”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Hill
CNN:
Romney calls health care mandate a ‘tax,’ contradicts top aide
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Directly Contradicts His Campaign, Now Insists Health Mandate Is ‘A Tax’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
CNN:
CNN Poll: Economic optimism jumping
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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.
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
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Ballot Box, Politico and The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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
Laura King / World Now:
In Afghanistan, another turncoat shooting wounds five Americans  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of American troops, wounding five of them, Western and Afghan military officials said Wednesday.  —  The attack, which took place Tuesday in Wardak province …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Signaling a likely end to one of the longest, most expensive searches in the history of science, physicists said Wednesday that they had discovered a new subatomic particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson …
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 …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Declaration of Independence, Fixed  —  As part of our ongoing project to update and improve the core documents of American history, we present the opening sections of the Declaration of Independence as they ought to have been written, and indeed as it would have been written …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
 
 
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Valerie Bauerlein / Washington Wire:
Lawmaker Hits Wrong Button, Approves N.C. Fracking
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Twitchy:
Fail: Obama plans fundraisers in Switzerland then tries to slam Romney ... on Switzerland; Update: Obama FACT mocking
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Anger festers in sweltering mid-Atlantic
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and msnbc.com
Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?
Discussion: Doug Ross
Gov. Bobby Jindal / RedState:
Declaration of Independence, not Dependence
New York Times:
Too Quiet, Again, on Health Care
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Obama hosts naturalization ceremony, presses Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Recession-Proof Fireworks Industry
New York Times:
As Weather Channel Buys Wunderground, Storm Clouds Brew Among Fans
Discussion: Althouse and Democracy Now
Mike Konczal / nextnewdeal.net:
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
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The eternal meaning of Independence Day
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and alicublog
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Bam: Trend of CO2 emissions falling toward 1991 levels