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9:20 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
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Romney Shifts Tone, Saying Health Care Mandate Is a Tax  —  WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney declared on Wednesday that President Obama's health care mandate was in fact a tax, shifting his campaign's characterization of the law and aligning himself with the conservative voices in his party.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama for a fourth straight Fourth of July plans to spend an evening of barbecue and fireworks watching with military families on the White House lawn, but this year he began the day presiding over a citizenship ceremony …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
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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
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
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NY Daily News:
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Conrad Black / National Review:
Post-Colonial Killing Fields
Mj Lee / Politico:
Fast and Furious: Grassley presses Holder on ‘false letter’
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The Declaration of Independence Annotated