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4:55 PM ET, July 7, 2012


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Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney  —  By now, Republican laments that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is not the most inspiring figure to ever run for president are well-known.  —  “The Republican bench had several candidates stronger than Romney, but they chose not to run …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Boehner: I can't make you love Mitt Romney  —  (CBS News) When House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, endorsed Mitt Romney for president in April, he pledged to do “everything I can to help him win.”  —  In his words, however, the one thing he can't do is make voters “fall in love” with the candidate.
Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
Legislature approves high-speed rail spending  —  Photo: Anonymous, ASSOCIATED PRESS / SF  —  Sacramento —  A divided state Senate approved billions of dollars in funding to start construction on California's ambitious high-speed rail line Friday, handing the controversial project $7.9 billion …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Senate Narrowly Approves Rail Project
Discussion: Via Meadia
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Taliban publicly execute woman near Kabul: officials  —  (Reuters) - A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
American Twilight  —  This weekend, I am thousands of miles from home in a remote and isolated part of the world with erratic communications and lack of basic services.  No, not Washington, D.C. Things aren't that primitive, thank God.  I'm in a rude Highland croft way up a far Scottish brae …
Akron Beacon Journal:
Akron restaurant owner dies hours after meeting President Obama  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son have stopped at Ann's Place.  So have several professional football players.  —  For Josephine “Ann” Harris, however, none came close to President Barack Obama visiting her West Akron restaurant.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
The tax man cometh to police you on health care  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama's health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they'll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance.
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  In Pa., Voter ID Law Already Changing The Electoral Landscape  —  PITTSBURGH — Hundreds of thousands of potential voters here were left scrambling in the wake of Pennsylvania's voter ID law — enough to prompt speculation as to whether the law could change the outcome of the election in November.
Ron Futrell / BREITBART.COM:
ABC: ‘BEST NEWS’ IS GAS PRICES WILL DROP IN TIME FOR NOVEMBER  —  The Activist Old Media is making it very clear who they want to win the White House in 2012.  It's the same guy they were rooting for in 2008.  —  Lowering gas prices is one of the weapons they will use to try to convince …
DNC Scientists Disprove Existence of Roberts' Taxon  —  WASHINGTON DC - Jubilant scientists at the DNC's High Speed Word Collider (HSWC) announced today they have conclusively disproven the existence of Roberts' Taxon, the theoretical radioactive Facton particle that some had worried would lead …
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
MoveOn Is REALLY Sorry For Saying Bad Things About Charles Barron  —  Charles Barron (Photo: Facebook)  —  As the Democratic establishment rallied around Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries' congressional campaign, a number of forces weighed in.  Among them was the progressive advocacy group …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Mixed Message as Republicans Claim Health Law Cuts Medicare  —  WASHINGTON — For much of the past year, Republicans assailed President Obama for resisting the Medicare spending reductions they say are needed to both preserve health benefits for older Americans and avert a Greek-style debt crisis.
Chris Moody / Associated Press:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter resigns from Congress  —  Michigan Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who launched a short-lived White House bid in 2011, announced Friday that he was resigning from Congress, citing personal family issues.  —  “After nearly 26 years in elected office …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and PoliticusUSA
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:   McCotter resigns after ‘nightmarish month’
Afghanistan made ‘major US ally’  —  Nato-led troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014  —  The United States has given Afghanistan the status of “major non-Nato ally”.  —  The designation, which includes countries such as Australia, Egypt and Israel, gives preferential access to US arms exports and defence co-operation.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Newsy
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
White House declares Afghanistan a ‘major non-NATO ally’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Suicide bomber kills 7 of his own family in Iraq
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Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Presidential seal returns to Obama campaign events after change of heart
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Ernest Drucker / The Huffington Post:
Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn't Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds
Discussion: The Raw Story
Patrick Svitek / The Huffington Post:
Grover Norquist Pledge Against Taxes Attracts Fewer Republican Candidates
Discussion: Firedoglake, RedState and Truthdig
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
8.2% unemployment rate unchanged in June
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Ernest Luning / Colorado Statesman:
Dutch lawmaker brings his crusade against Islam to conservative confab
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Some Health Care For All, but not Too Much  —  Tyler Cowen caught …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
There's Battle Lines Being Drawn
Discussion: hogewash
Natalie Wood Death Certificate Changed — Cause of Death Now “Undetermined”
Discussion: LAist