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8:55 AM ET, July 5, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Tax Confusion  —  The candidate's response on the ObamaCare mandate reveals larger campaign problems.  —  If Mitt Romney loses his run for the White House, a turning point will have been his decision Monday to absolve President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class.
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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.”
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’
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
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 …
Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
China to face accusation of unfair trade  —  Complaint to world body affects Toledo-made SUVs  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  Demonstrating a tough line on trade with China, the Obama Administration will file an unfair trade complaint today against China's …
Discussion: Politico
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
Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
Lights go dim on another energy project  —  Geothermal losses pile up  —  A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project in Nevada - which received hearty endorsements from Energy Secretary Steven Chu …
 
 
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Mexico's presidential election tainted by claims of vote buying
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
HBO Now Targeting Fox News' Roger Ailes With TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals
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
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Jonathan Krohn Laughs Off Bitter Conservative Reprisals
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Declaration of Independence, Fixed
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel urges supporters to have faith in Board of Elections in wake of Adriano Espaillat's legal challenge
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