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5:35 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 …
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
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Co-Chair in Ohio Slams Romney's Off-Shore Accounts*  —  MAUMEE, OHIO - At the kick-off rally for President Obama' first campaign bus tour of the election season, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a co-chair of the Obama 2012 campaign, assailed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's off-shore accounts.
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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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney says woman could be VP
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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
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 …
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 …
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Curbing the cost of health care  —  Many liberals believe that the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — is unpopular only because most Americans don't understand it.  There is some truth to this: Studies show that the core provisions of the bill are more popular than the bill itself.
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
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Bloomberg:
Mandate Not the Only Health Tax Republicans Backed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.Grappling With ‘Physical and Emotional Ailments’
Discussion: CNN
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.
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”
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!
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: Wonkette and The Raw Story
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.”
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%) …
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Right Scoop
 
 
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Discussion: Good As You
New York Times:
The Most Sensible Tax of All  —  ON Sunday, the best climate policy …
Financial Times:
France: Ready to jump ship
Stuart Jeffries / Guardian:
Why Marxism is on the rise again
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Cities Consider Seizing Mortgages
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Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Adults Aged 26 to 64 Lose Employer Healthcare; Young Gain It
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