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10:45 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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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? …
Rose Gordon Sala / msnbc.com:
It's a penalty, it's a tax ... it's more Romney flip-flopping on health care  —  Just two days after Mitt Romney's top spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said the former governor agrees with President Obama that the health insurance mandate does not represent a tax, the candidate reversed that positioning.
Discussion: The Agonist
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:   Romney: Individual mandate “is a tax”
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”
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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” …
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Hopeful signs emerge for struggling jobs market  —  (Reuters) - U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in June and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits last week fell by the most in two months, hopeful signs for the struggling labor market.
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 …
Reuters:
“It's a boson:” Higgs quest bears new particle  —  (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.
Discussion: his vorpal sword
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to the Universe
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama uses July 4th to defend DREAM decree, push immigration reform  —  Popular in Politics  —  President Obama marked the Independence Day holiday with a naturalization ceremony for immigrants who are serving in the United States military.  “This is one of my favorite things to do,” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
 
 
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Discussion: National Review
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Discussion: CNN
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