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8:10 PM ET, July 8, 2012


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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 …
Discussion: Politico
Byron Tau / Politico:
Gibbs: ‘Nobody knows’ if Romney is a tax dodge
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill 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: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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: Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
David Singleton / The Times-Tribune:
Scranton moves ahead with minimum wage pay for city workers despite injunction  —  In defiance of an injunction issued in Lackawanna County Court, hundreds of city employees will open their checks today to find they were paid only minimum wage for their work.
Travis Andersen / Boston Globe:
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez arrested on domestic assault charges  —  A Dorchester state representative was arrested this morning on domestic assault charges after an altercation with a woman as they were driving near a Northeastern University dormitory, Boston police said.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math  —  This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart  —  You walk into a Starbucks and see two deals for a cup of coffee.  The first deal offers 33% extra coffee.  The second takes 33% off the regular price.  What's the better deal?
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Barney Frank Weds Jim Ready  —  IT was perhaps fitting that Representative Barney Frank met his future husband, Jim Ready, at a political fund-raiser in 2005.  —  “I told him I had a crush on him for 20 years,” said Mr. Ready, recalling that meeting.  —  And what did Mr. Frank make of that?
Tim McLaughlin / Reuters:
Congressman Barney Frank weds in same-sex marriage
Discussion: New York Magazine
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Barney Frank marries longtime partner
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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