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9:30 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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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.”
Discussion: Politico and Freedom's Lighthouse
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 …
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
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
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 and ABCNEWS
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony
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Washington Post:
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
Chuck Neubauer / Washington Times:
Lights go dim on another energy project
Katherine Eban / Fortune:
Fast and Furious follow up: The ATF and gun stores
Discussion: National Review
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Obama launches bus tour in key swings states Ohio and Pa.
Discussion: CNN
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
 Earlier Items: 
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
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