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10:40 PM ET, July 8, 2012


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Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Donors arrive at Hamptons fundraisers with advice for Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event June 27 in Sterling, Va. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)  —  EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - As protesters assembled on a beach in advance of Mitt Romney's evening event at the home …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Rumproast
The Caucus:
Romney Donors Out in Force in Hamptons  —  EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover here on Sunday afternoon and yelled to an aide to Mitt Romney, “Is there a V.I.P. entrance.  We are V.I.P.”  —  No such entrance existed.
TRENDING: Protesters demonstrate outside of Koch fund-raiser for Romney  —  Southampton, New York (CNN) - Some 200 protesters, according to local law enforcement officials, gathered Sunday near the residence of billionaire David Koch, who held a private fund-raiser attended by Mitt Romney at his home in Southampton.
Discussion: Power Line, Newsday and Politico
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It Must Have Been Grand  —  This weekend Team Romney held a round of big dollar fundraisers out in the Hamptons, where New York's rich and super-rich spend their weekends and summers.  And if the word went out not to conform to stereotype, well ... apparently no one got the word.
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Romney Donor Says ‘Lower Income’ People 'Don't Understand What's Going On'
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Bill Kristol: Romney camp has reason to ‘worry’  —  Political analyst Bill Kristol on Sunday added to conservative criticism of Mitt Romney's campaign, saying it was a troubling sign that Obama was still ahead in the polls despite a still weak economy.  —  “President Obama has had three …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Gibbs: ‘Nobody knows’ if Romney is a tax dodge
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Taylor Marsh
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman presses Romney to release additional tax returns
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Robert Gibbs / CNN:
Gibbs blasts Romney for overseas accounts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney
Jonathan Krohn / Salon:
I was a right-wing child star  —  At 13, I gave a speech at CPAC.  Four years later, I renounced conservatives — and they attacked me for it  —  Four years ago, at the age of 13, I gave a speech at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference).  To be honest, I had no idea how big …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
We're getting wildly differing assessments  —  The announcement of the Supreme Court's decision largely upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Thursday, June 28 precipitated a genuine media drama.  Millions tuned in to get the result in real time, and were rewarded …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing states poll: Amid barrage of ads, Obama has edge  —  When it comes to campaign ads in the presidential race, there are two Americas.  —  In most of the country, just about the only time campaign ads for the presidential candidates are on TV is when there's a news story about the ads.
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
On This Week, George Will Scoffs At Global Warming: 'It's Summer, Get Over It'  —  This is how broken, distorted and hackish our public political dialogue has become: George Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist (his record for coasting on that one accomplishment continues) …
Brian Vastag / Washington Post:
U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren't there  —  Michelle Amaral wanted to be a brain scientist to help cure diseases.  She planned a traditional academic science career: PhD, university professorship and, eventually, her own lab.  —  But three years after earning a doctorate …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Jeremiah Wright: We need control  —  President Barack Obama's former spiritual adviser spoke just a few miles from the White House on Sunday, and politics and controversy weren't far from what Rev. Jeremiah Wright had to say.  —  “As we celebrate the foundations of our future …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95  —  Ernest Borgnine died on Sunday, July 8, at age 95.  He's pictured here in 1973.  In his greatest acting achievement, he won an Academy Award for his role in 1955's “Marty.”  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Borgnine through the years
Robert Elliott / Examiner:
New Republican governors rapidly bringing down unemployment in their states  —  Voters in 17 states elected new Republican governors in November 2010.  This new breed of fiscally-conservative, tea party-supported Republican governors took office in January 2011.
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Census, registration paint picture of Colorado's unaffiliated voters  —  They are middle-income 46-year-olds.  Men slightly outnumber women.  Their exact racial and ethnic breakdown is unknown, but most live in cities that are predominantly white and non-Latino.
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Ben Geman / The Hill:
McConnell sees 50-50 chance of GOP winning back Senate majority  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans have even odds of winning back the Senate majority in this fall's elections.  —  “Fifty-fifty.  I think it is going to be a very close, competitive election,” McConnell said on CNN.
Discussion: CNN, The PJ Tatler and Politico
Siobhan Hughes / Washington Wire:   Fight Renewed Over Bush Tax Cuts
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate Applauds Romney For Not Laying Out Specific Policies
Discussion: The Raw Story
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Party Led by Pro-Western Official Claims Lead in Libya
Travis Andersen / Boston Globe:
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez arrested on domestic assault charges
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman: Romney ‘most extreme’ on immigration
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Byron Tau / Politico:
McCain: How many more have to die in Syria?
Discussion: CNN
David Singleton / The Times-Tribune:
Scranton moves ahead with minimum wage pay for city workers despite injunction
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Allen West: Social Security Benefits Are ‘A Form Of Modern 21st Century Slavery’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Tim McLaughlin / Reuters:
Congressman Barney Frank weds in same-sex marriage
Discussion: New York Magazine
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Organic Food Purists Worry About Big Companies' Influence
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
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Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama and Romney Gamble on Wealth Divide
Maggie Habermanand Alexander Burns / Reuters:
The Gary Johnson factor
New York Times:
Tax-Exempt Groups Shield Political Gifts of Businesses