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12:40 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 …
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
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 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.
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 /
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 …
Mj Lee / Reuters:
Billy Baldwin: Alec may run for mayor  —  Alec Baldwin's flirtation with a possible run for New York mayor may not be just for show.  —  That's according to his little brother Billy, who said in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday night that the “30 Rock” star's …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
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
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Valerie Bauerlein / Washington Wire:
Lawmaker Hits Wrong Button, Approves N.C. Fracking
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Declaration of Independence, Fixed
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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
Mj Lee / Politico:
Fast and Furious: Grassley presses Holder on ‘false letter’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Obama hosts naturalization ceremony, presses Congress on immigration reform
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politico
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
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