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10:25 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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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Romney's fatal flaw  —  Penalty-vs.-tax episode exposes Romney's fatal flaw: Conservatives simply don't trust him... Romney's verbal gymnastics... Will tomorrow finally allow Romney to change the subject to the economy after three weeks when it hasn't been the dominant issue? …
Rose Gordon Sala / msnbc.com:
It's a penalty, it's a tax ... it's more Romney flip-flopping on health care  —  Just two days after Mitt Romney's top spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said the former governor agrees with President Obama that the health insurance mandate does not represent a tax, the candidate reversed that positioning.
Discussion: CBS News, Swampland and The Agonist
Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
China to face accusation of unfair trade
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Obama launches bus tour in key swing states Ohio and Pa.
Discussion: CNN
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Ann Romney: Obama's whole campaign strategy is “let's kill this guy”  —  (CBS News) On a mission to shatter the image of her husband as rigid and unrelatable, Ann Romney told CBS News she worries that President Obama's entire campaign strategy is “kill Romney.”
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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Romney: Roberts' health care ruling “not accurate”
Discussion: Business Insider
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:   Romney: Individual 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  —  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 …
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” …
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Rong-Gong Lin II / L.A. NOW:
San Diego fireworks show exploded in 15 seconds, ruining show [Video]
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Adults Aged 26 to 64 Lose Employer Healthcare; Young Gain It  —  Government-based insurance up among both age groups  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer U.S. adults aged 26 to 64 are getting health insurance from an employer in 2012, continuing a downward trend that began in 2008.
Discussion: Reuters and ThinkProgress
Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
TV pilot an outlet for Rep. McCotter  —  Lowbrow project was a way to deal with his failed presidential bid  —  As U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter's short-lived presidential run fizzled last year, the Livonia Republican turned to another aspiration: writing a TV show.
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 …
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
Reuters:
“It's a boson:” Higgs quest bears new particle  —  (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.
Discussion: his vorpal sword
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Marine Corps band plays Romney song on White House lawn  —  A subset of the Marine Corps band struck up one of Mitt Romney's walkout songs while President Obama was greeting visitors at the White House Independence Day celebration.  —  A White House pool report said the band struck up Rodney Atkins's …
New York Post:
Corzine is having no fun in the shun  —  How the mighty have fallen.  —  It seems like only yesterday that Jon Corzine was the life of the party, holding court on the Hamptons political circuit, raising money for Barack Obama.  —  Now, Corzine — just months removed from a humiliating financial scandal …
Discussion: DealBook
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
HBO Now Targeting Fox News' Roger Ailes With TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals  —  EXCLUSIVE: HBO appears obsessed by GOP Conservatives.  There have been movies about the 2000 Bush vs Gore election standoff and Sarah Palin and most recently a TV series featuring George W Bush's severed head.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama uses July 4th to defend DREAM decree, push immigration reform  —  Popular in Politics  —  President Obama marked the Independence Day holiday with a naturalization ceremony for immigrants who are serving in the United States military.  “This is one of my favorite things to do,” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
 
 
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David Rogers / Politico:
GOP fights over major food stamp crackdown
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Why Health-Spending Trend Matters
Josh Lehner / Oregon Office of Economic Analysis:
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New York Times:
Oil Embargo Leads Iran to Disguise Tankers
Washington Post:
Mexico's presidential election tainted by claims of vote buying
Katherine Eban / Fortune:
Fast and Furious follow up: The ATF and gun stores
Discussion: National Review
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Mj Lee / Reuters:
Billy Baldwin: Alec may run for mayor
Discussion: Piers Morgan and New York Magazine
Laura King / World Now:
In Afghanistan, another turncoat shooting wounds five Americans
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Founding fathers quotes you probably haven't heard, by @DavidOAtkins
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
NY Daily News:
Rep. Charles Rangel urges supporters to have faith in Board of Elections in wake of Adriano Espaillat's legal challenge
Ihosvani Rodriguez / Sun-Sentinel:
Hallandale Beach lifeguard fired after participating in beach rescue