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4:25 PM 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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dukakis, Kerry ... Romney?  —  Remember Michael Dukakis (1988) and John Kerry (2004)?  It's possible to lose a winnable presidential election to a vulnerable incumbent in the White House (or in the case of 1988, a sitting vice president).  So, speaking of losing candidates from Massachusetts …
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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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney, Family in Tow, Steals the Show at the Wolfeboro Parade
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and New York Magazine
Tim Mak / Politico:
Ann Romney: Barack Obama wants to ‘destroy’ Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Kryptonite  —  I'll just say it: I don't think the political pundit class understands just how toxic the Swiss/Caymans/Bermuda accounts issue is for Romney.  Not that they don't know it's a liability at all.  But I don't think they realize the extent of it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Co-Chair in Ohio Slams Romney's Off-Shore Accounts*  —  MAUMEE, OHIO - At the kick-off rally for President Obama' first campaign bus tour of the election season, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a co-chair of the Obama 2012 campaign, assailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's off-shore accounts.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Curbing the cost of health care  —  Many liberals believe that the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — is unpopular only because most Americans don't understand it.  There is some truth to this: Studies show that the core provisions of the bill are more popular than the bill itself.
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
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Bloomberg:
Mandate Not the Only Health Tax Republicans Backed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rong-Gong Lin II / L.A. NOW:
San Diego fireworks show exploded in 15 seconds, ruining show [Video]  —  One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the nation was ruined in San Diego Wednesday after a glitch caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once.  —  About five minutes before the Port …
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UTSanDiego.com:
San Diego fireworks suffer “premature ignition”
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Judge: George Zimmerman's new bond $1 million  —  A Sanford judge today ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, released on $1 million bail.  —  It was not immediately clear how long it would take the 28-year-old Zimmerman to arrange his release.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans See More Economic Harm Than Good in Health Law  —  Independents help tilt the balance to the negative  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are more likely to say the 2010 healthcare law upheld by the Supreme Court last week will hurt the national economy (46%) rather than help it (37%) …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
John Stossel Panhandles To Prove 'You Really Shouldn't Give To These Street People'  —  Fox Business Network host John Stossel appeared on Fox & Friends on Thursday to promote an upcoming segment on his program where he dresses like a homeless man and panhandles on the streets of New York.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
What This Higgs Boson Thing Really Means  —  As you may have heard, there is now strong evidence that a particle called the Higgs boson, whose existence has long been predicted on theoretical grounds, actually exists.  —  Let me explain to you what the Higgs boson is.  —  Just kidding!
BuzzFeed:
The Pauls' New Crusade: “Internet Freedom”  —  Defending the Internet — and the corporations that invest in it — from government regulation is the new “End the Fed,” Paul advisors tell BuzzFeed exclusively.  A new Paul manifesto: “This is our revolution.”
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Pastor Holds ‘Whites Only’ Conference  —  All loving Christians are invited to celebrate the word of God at Rev. William Collier's annual conference — that is, as long and they are white.  —  Collier's Alabama town is outraged over the flyer for his pastors' conference, which specifies “All White Christians Invited.”
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 …
Mary Slosson / Reuters:
In California, immigration bill designed as the “anti-Arizona”  —  (Reuters) - While America's debate over immigration has been dominated recently by crackdowns in states like Arizona and Alabama, California legislators are trying to turn that tide with a bill to protect illegal immigrants that they dub the “anti-Arizona.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Seattle Occupy group drops $5,000 from hotel to protest money in politics  —  MicCheckWallStreet organisers say tossing small bills is ‘as much art installation as protest’ against Citizens United ruling  —  Occupy protesters in Seattle marked the Fourth of July by throwing $5,000 …
Financial Times:
France: Ready to jump ship  —  Growing anxiety at moves to raise taxes on the rich reflects divisions over the Socialists' response to the crisis  —  Roger, a senior expatriate executive working for an international company in Paris, is thinking seriously of taking a walk down David Cameron's “red carpet”.
New York Times:
The Most Sensible Tax of All  —  ON Sunday, the best climate policy in the world got even better: British Columbia's carbon tax — a tax on the carbon content of all fossil fuels burned in the province — increased from $25 to $30 per metric ton of carbon dioxide, making it more expensive to pollute.
Bloomberg:
The Other Big Case the Supreme Court Got Right  —  “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, making pretty clear what he thinks about Obamacare even as he supplied the crucial fifth vote to uphold it.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Lawyers Have Already Drafted 13,000 Pages of Regulations for New ObamaTax Law  —  It's a lawyer's dream!  —  Officials have already drafted 13,000 pages of new regulations for the new ObamaTax law.  —  FOX News reported: … Hat Tip Gini  —  Then there's this...
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Consider Seizing Mortgages  —  A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.
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.
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
House GOP wants chief of failed solar firm to testify
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's VP Short List: It May Be Down to Four
Chicago Tribune:
Office says Rep. Jackson being treated for ‘physical and emotional ailments’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Stuart Jeffries / Guardian:
Why Marxism is on the rise again
Discussion: World
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Palestinians disappointed with Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Algemeiner.com
James Rosen / Fox News:
Obama's ‘American story’ faces fresh scrutiny
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Verizon: net neutrality violates our free speech rights
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Hopeful signs emerge for struggling jobs market
David Rogers / Politico:
GOP fights over major food stamp crackdown
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
HBO Now Targeting Fox News' Roger Ailes With TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals