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9:30 AM ET, July 6, 2012

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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.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
American Bridge hits Mitt's jobs rhetoric  —  Turns out it's not just health care where President Barack Obama sounds a lot like Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  —  Ahead of the June unemployment numbers release this morning, the Democratic reserach group American Bridge is circulating video …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Reuters:
Exclusive: Romney weighs foreign-policy tour  —  Mitt Romney's campaign is considering a major foreign policy offensive at the end of the month that would take him to five countries over three continents and mark his first move away from a campaign message devoted almost singularly …
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama's Super-PAC Advantage
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP official: Romney raised $100 million for the month of June
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
June Job Creation at 80,000; Rate Holds Steady at 8.2%  —  The U.S. economy created just 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent, reflecting continued slow growth in the economy with the presidential election just four months away.
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Eric Platt / Business Insider:
JUNE JOBS REPORT MISSES EXPECTATIONS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8.2%  —  UPDATE:  —  U.S. payrolls expanded by 80,000 net jobs in June keeping the unemployment rate flat at 8.2 percent, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.  —  The report, which follows several months of weak economic gains …
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 …
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NPR:
Morgan Freeman: No Black President For U.S. Yet … Morgan Freeman is an Oscar-winning actor, philanthropist and recent recipient of the Lincoln Medal of Honor.  —  Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin to discuss his new movie, The Magic of Belle Isle.
Discussion: theGrio and New York Magazine
Brandon Blackwell / Plain Dealer:
Clash breaks out at GOP rally supporting Mitt Romney in Parma  —  PARMA, Ohio — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sent two GOP heavyweights to northern Ohio Thursday to beat President Barack Obama's similar bus tour to the punch.  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota …
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Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's VP Short List: It May Be Down to Four
Politico:
Sobbing woman thanks Obama for health care law  —  SANDUSKY, Ohio — An emotional Ohio voter personally thanked President Obama for passing a health care overhaul, relating the story of her late sister's battle with cancer.  —  After Obama's speech in Sandusky, he encountered a sobbing Stephanie Miller …
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BuzzFeed:
Obama: Turn Off Fox News  —  Obama suggests patron ask bar owner to switch off the conservative-leaning cable network.  —  Image by KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters  —  PARMA, Ohio — At an unscheduled stop at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant, an Amherst, Ohio bar, President Barack Obama suggested …
David Hogberg / Capital Hill:
‘Great Day For The First Amendment’: Walker Wins Appeal Vs. Kimberlin Peace Order  —  Back on May 29, Judge C.J. Vaughey of District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County signed a peace order against attorney Aaron Walker, preventing him from writing anything about convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin.
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Santigold's ‘The Keepers,’ ‘Mad Men’ and Race  —  This last season of Mad Men heightened the debate about the show's approach to race and the 1960s, bringing Dawn, a young secretary, into the office as Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's first African-American employee.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Three Makes A Trend … - If Paul Clement Is So Good, How Did He Lose the Term's Two Biggest Supreme Court Cases?
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
'Polonium found on Arafat's clothing was planted'  —  Analyst tells ‘Post’ high levels of radioactive poison reportedly found on Arafat's belongings likely placed there much later.  —  The high levels of the radioactive poison polonium reportedly found on the belongings …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
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 Makes Its Case
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Texas Lawmakers Try To Criminalize ‘Intrusive’ Patdowns But Mandate Ultrasounds  —  One bill criminalizes workers who touch people in inappropriate places as part of their job.  One bill mandates they do exactly that.  In Texas, they even have the same sponsor.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
‘Next Lebanon war will be different’  —  As IDF marks six years since Second Lebanon War, officials say future conflict will entail ground operation, ‘incredible damage’ to Beirut  —  IDF officials painted a bleak picture of a future conflict between Lebanon, saying that it will probably entail …
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Journal Critique of Romney Shows Murdoch Doubt on Candidacy  —  To hear Rupert Murdoch tell it lately, Mitt Romney lacks stomach and heart.  He “seems to play everything safe.”  And he is not nearly as tough as he needs to be on President Obama.  —  Mr. Murdoch's thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate's prospects?
 
 
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Kate Andersen Brower / Bloomberg:
Obama To Hammer Romney'S Bain Record On Campaign Bus Trip
Discussion: Reuters, USA Today, Plain Dealer and ABCNEWS
Joshua Miller / Roll Call:
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Napolitano on weird weather and climate change: 'There's a pattern here'
Discussion: Associated Press
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh gets into shouting match with CNN host over ‘true hero’ remark
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Agents stir outcry by detaining former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro, 96
Discussion: The Raw Story, Gawker and msnbc.com
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 and Whiskey Fire
Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
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