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7:20 PM ET, July 5, 2012

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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 …
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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
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.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt Romney sets GOP fund-raising record  —  The Romney campaign, along with its Romney Victory fund, raised more than $100 million in June, obliterating the campaign's goal and setting the one-month record for any Republican campaign, according to a GOP official.
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.”
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Business Insider
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP official: Romney raised $100 million for the month of June
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Intern / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare Is A Major Tax Cut For Middle Class Families  —  Following the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling, Republicans — including Mitt Romney — have vigorously insisted that the Affordable Care Act is a tax on the American people.  But instead of being a tax increase …
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Curbing the cost of health care
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Mandate Not the Only Health Tax Republicans Backed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.”
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WECT-TV:
Flier for whites only pastors' conference has residents upset
Discussion: theGrio
Jack Madison / WSFA-TV:
Pastor's conference for ‘White Christians’ underway
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chicago Tribune:
Office says Rep. Jackson being treated for ‘physical and emotional ailments’ … Staff report  —  A week after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced he was taking a leave of absence, his office released a statement today saying his condition is “more serious than initially believed” and he is being treated in an “in-patient facility.”
Discussion: CBS News and Guardian
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.Grappling With ‘Physical and Emotional Ailments’
Discussion: CNN
Letitia James / The Huffington Post:
Why the Soda Ban Won't Work  —  Michael Bloomberg , Childhood Obesity , New York Politics , Bloomberg Soda Ban , Soda Ban , New York News  —  There are few who would criticize Mayor Bloomberg for working towards the goal of a healthier New York.  Unfortunately, there are many who would …
Discussion: New Yorkers …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
At Movies and Beaches, Soda Industry Fights Back
Discussion: Gothamist and New Yorkers …
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!
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Agents stir outcry by detaining former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, 96  —  Ex-governor had trace of medical radiation  —  The wife and a friend of former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro are calling for changes in Border Patrol procedures after agents recently detained the frail 96-year-old in 100-degree heat for more than a half-hour.
Discussion: The Raw Story and msnbc.com
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%) …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
UPDATED: Brad Pitt's Mother DID Write Anti-Gay Letter  —  UPDATE (4:30 PM): The Springfield News-Leader has changed its story again, including deleting the Opinion Page editor's previous comment.  According to a new editorial note posted on the letter:
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Health care law ‘is here to stay’  —  MAUMEE, Ohio — President Obama said that repealing his signature health care law is not an option.  —  “I'll work with anybody who wants to work with me to continue to improve our health care system and our health care laws …
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.
Rhonda Cook / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Innocent woman spends 53 days in jail  —  Fifty-three days.  —  From Aug. 21 until Oct. 12, Teresa Culpepper was locked in the Fulton County Jail.  —  And all that time she insisted she was not the woman police wanted for throwing hot water on Angelo Boyd — a man she had never met, a man who said he had never met her either.
Discussion: The Agitator and Instapundit
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West Called a “Bought Mother F*cker”  —  After finishing his recitation of the Declaration of Independence during the city of Delray Beach's Independence Day festivities, Congressman Allen West was verbally accosted in front of a small group of constituents and media.
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
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Morgan Freeman: Obama Isn't America's First Black President  —  President Barack Obama told his compelling life story during the campaign leading up to his election in 2008.  Upon his inauguration, many Americans took pride in their country having elected their first black president …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsBusters.org
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's VP Short List: It May Be Down to Four  —  Mitt Romney may be tight-lipped about his vice presidential short list, warning that only he and longtime aide Beth Myers know who is on it, but a close examination of the campaign's activity suggests four contenders have risen through the ranks …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
HBO Not Proceeding With Fox News' Roger Ailes TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals: “CNN Affiliation” Cited As The Reason  —  EXCLUSIVE: I scooped yesterday that HBO had done a secret deal for an Untitled Roger Ailes Project being eecutive produced by Fox News rivals from MSNBC.
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.
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.”
 
 
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Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh gets into shouting match with CNN host over ‘true hero’ remark
Discussion: Politico
Jamie Dettmer / Telegraph:
Libya elections: Muslim Brotherhood set to lead government
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Claims Obama Might Bomb Iran To Win Election
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
E. J. Graff Responds with a Question
Discussion: Good As You
Financial Times:
France: Ready to jump ship
Stuart Jeffries / Guardian:
Why Marxism is on the rise again
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Consider Seizing Mortgages
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Bloomberg:
The Other Big Case the Supreme Court Got Right
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
John Stossel Panhandles To Prove 'You Really Shouldn't Give To These Street People'
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
New York Post:
Corzine is having no fun in the shun