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2:55 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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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
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows  —  The Romney campaign is grappling with an unexpected swell of Republican complaints about the former Massachusetts governor's political operation, at least temporarily disrupting the legendarily disciplined message of the presumptive GOP nominee.
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama's Super-PAC Advantage
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Tax Confusion
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  —  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 …
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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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Curbing the cost of health care
Bloomberg:
Mandate Not the Only Health Tax Republicans Backed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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 …
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
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
Economist:
Banksters  —  How Britain's rate-fixing scandal might spread—and what to do about it  —  “SINCE we have not more power of knowing the future than any other men, we have made many mistakes (who has not during the past five years?), but our mistakes have been errors of judgment and not of principle.”
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, msnbc.com and Gawker
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!
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
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:
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Napolitano on weird weather and climate change: 'There's a pattern here'  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week linked climate change with the wildfires hitting Colorado.  —  Napolitano said “there's a pattern here” as she noted the summer wildfires as well as the East Coast heat wave …
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 …
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 UPDATE: I scooped yesterday that HBO had done a secret deal for an Untitled Roger Ailes Project being executive produced by Fox News rivals from MSNBC.
 
 
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
New York Times:
The Most Sensible Tax of All  —  ON Sunday, the best climate policy …
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Financial Times:
France: Ready to jump ship
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
John Stossel Panhandles To Prove 'You Really Shouldn't Give To These Street People'
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Partisans Agree: Presidential Election Will Be Exhausting