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8:35 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 …
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP official: Romney raised $100 million for the month of June
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama's Super-PAC Advantage
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
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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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
Bloomberg:
Mandate Not the Only Health Tax Republicans Backed
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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
Joshua Miller / Roll Call:
Roll Call - The Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955 At the Races  —  Vote counting continued today in New York's 13th Congressional district to determine who won the close Democratic primary race between Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.
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
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Florida lifeguard fired after saving drowning man
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
HBO Not Proceeding With Fox News' Roger Ailes TV Movie Produced By MSNBC Rivals: “CNN Affiliation” Cited As The Reason
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Claims Obama Might Bomb Iran To Win Election
Letitia James / The Huffington Post:
Why the Soda Ban Won't Work
Discussion: New Yorkers …
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E. J. Graff Responds with a Question
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New York Times:
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Robert Wright / The Atlantic Online:
What This Higgs Boson Thing Really Means
Chicago Tribune:
Office says Rep. Jackson being treated for ‘physical and emotional ailments’
Discussion: CBS News and Riehl World View
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
John Stossel Panhandles To Prove 'You Really Shouldn't Give To These Street People'
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story