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1:45 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 …
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? …
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Obama launches bus tour in key swing states Ohio, Pennsylvania
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Scared Monkeys
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”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WOLFEBORO, N.H — Mitt Romney says Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts erred in his conclusions in upholding the individual mandate in President Obama's signature health care reform law.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Ann Romney: Barack Obama wants to ‘destroy’ Mitt Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney criticizes Chief Justice Roberts on healthcare decision
Discussion: CNN
Rose Gordon Sala / msnbc.com:
It's a penalty, it's a tax ... it's more Romney flip-flopping on health care
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Ann Romney says woman could be VP
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.
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
Office of the United States Trade Representative:
Obama Administration Challenges China's Unfair Imposition of Duties on American-Made Automobiles  —  Washington, D.C. - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States is challenging China's imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on more than $3 billion …
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Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
China to face accusation of unfair trade
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico, ABCNEWS and aflcio.org
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: The Raw Story
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
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 …
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.”
Discussion: WECT-TV, WSFA-TV, Wonkette and The Raw Story
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: Jammie Wearing Fools and DealBook
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.
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
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Palestinians disappointed with Obama  —  President Obama has failed to deliver on the high expectations for Middle East peace that his election engendered three and a half years ago, according to the Palestinians' top envoy to the United States.  —  Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Weasel Zippers
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”.
Discussion: Reuters, Hot Air and National Review
 
 
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Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
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David Rogers / Politico:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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