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1:20 PM ET, July 8, 2012


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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 …
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
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Barney Frank marries longtime partner
Discussion: Gay Star News
Barney Frank / CNN:   Barney Frank marries longtime partner
Stevesaleeba / CBS Boston:
Rep. Barney Frank Marries Longtime Partner In Newton
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Byron Tau / Politico:
Gibbs: ‘Nobody knows’ if Romney is a tax dodge  —  Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Americans simply don't know enough about Mitt Romney's finances to determine if he's doing anything illegal.  —  “We don't know.  Nobody knows,” the former White House press secretary …
Discussion: CNN
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman presses Romney to release additional tax returns  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Mitt Romney to release more than one year of tax returns, following a report that detailed the presumptive GOP nominee's use of offshore accounts.
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?
Maggie Habermanand Alexander Burns / Reuters:
The Gary Johnson factor  —  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson's chances of becoming president haven't changed much over the course of the 2012 cycle, during which he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, participated in two national debates, dropped out of the primaries and reentered …
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
US Airways plane gets stuck in ‘soft spot’ on pavement at Reagan National  —  View Photo Gallery — D.C. region sweats its way through heat wave: First came the record-setting heat, then the storm that knocked out power.  Without air conditioning, residents are doing their best to stay cool.
Steve Mistler / Portland Press-Herald:
LePage says IRS ‘new Gestapo’ in radio address  —  Gov. Paul LePage used his weekly radio address to blast President Obama's health care law and described the Internal Revenue Service as the “new Gestapo.”  —  The IRS description was a reference to a provision in the Affordable Care Act …
David Barrett / Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda terror suspect caught at Olympic Park  —  A suspected terrorist who MI5 believe is a would-be suicide bomber was found repeatedly near the Olympic Games venue.  —  The alleged al-Qaeda militant was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times, breaking a ban imposed by the Home Secretary …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Organic Food Purists Worry About Big Companies' Influence  —  Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food.  —  More than 40 years ago, Mr. Potter bought into a hippie cafe and “whole earth” grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods.
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 and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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David Boaz / The Huffington Post:
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Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
Political Memo: Obama and Romney Gamble on Wealth Divide
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Groups Shield Political Gifts of Businesses
Matina Stevis / Wall Street Journal:
Doubts Emerge in Bloc's Rescue Deal
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Mark Shields: Republicans Haven't Raised Taxes in 21 Years ‘And That Is Irresponsible’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Anna Peirano / dot429:
Google wants the world to “Legalize Love”
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ThinkProgress
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The New Obama Typeface: Revolution Gothic
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