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7:55 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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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 …
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.
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama's Super-PAC Advantage
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dukakis, Kerry ... Romney?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP official: Romney raised $100 million for the month of June
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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: 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
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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A.W. / Allergic to Bull:
Today in Circuit Court, Brett Kimberlin Lost and the First Amendment Won...  ...and the Army of Davids is scary!  —  Update: Talking with friends tonight, something came back to me that I forgot about.  At one point in the hearing Kimberlin made an odd statement.
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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
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
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh gets into shouting match with CNN host over ‘true hero’ remark  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) refused to apologize again Thursday for his attacks on his Democratic challenger, an Iraq war vet he accused of not being a “true hero.”  —  “I'm not going to back out of anything,” Walsh said to CNN's Ashleigh Banfield.
Discussion: Politico
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Joe Walsh / CNN:
Walsh says opponent talks too much about military service
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
Discussion: Gothamist and New Yorkers …
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?
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, Gawker and msnbc.com
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 Riehl World View
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.Grappling With ‘Physical and Emotional Ailments’
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
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