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9:50 AM ET, July 10, 2012

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Obama Trails Romney Again in Battle for Campaign Cash  —  In the battle for political cash, President Obama is finding himself in an unaccustomed place during the final months of the 2012 campaign: he is losing.  —  Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee easily outraised …
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CNN:
Indiana abortion law ruled illegal  —  (CNN) - A controversial Indiana law that would keep low-income women from using federal Medicaid benefits to receive any kind of reproductive medical care from Planned Parenthood is unacceptable because it denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
CNN:
Barbour: If in Romney's position, I would release tax docs  —  (CNN) - Were he in presidential candidate Mitt Romney's shoes, former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour said he would release more than two years' tax documents, something Democrats have repeatedly called on Romney to do.
Discussion: Politico, Michelle Malkin and The Page
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chicago keeps up Romney tax attacks
CNN:
RNC chairman to ‘bracket’ Obama Iowa visit
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Again Logs Big Lead in Fundraising
Alexander Burns / Politico:
It's a repeat: Romney tops Obama in June by $35 million
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  One Chart That Shows What The Bush Tax Cut Battle Is All About  —  Considering all the Sturm und Drang over President Obama's plan to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on income over $250,000 you'd think that Republicans and Democrats had hugely different ideas about where to set tax policy in 2013.
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
On tax cuts, Obama decides to fight
WMUR:
Obama calls for extending middle-class tax cuts
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House would veto full Bush tax cut extension
Rochelle Olson / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Scorned Cottage Grove mom sets self ablaze  —  Police say the Cottage Grove woman, described as “vodka mom” on TV, was despondent over the asphyxiation death of her infant son.  —  A 29-year-old Cottage Grove woman set herself afire and died just weeks after being ridiculed as “vodka mom” …
Discussion: Wizbang
Jack Minor / WND:
BRAD PITT'S MOM IN FEAR AFTER SLAMMING OBAMA  —  Quaking after being attacked for opposing same-sex marriage  —  Jane Pitt, mother of actor Brad Pitt, has been scared into silence by the hate-filled, vulgar and even violent reaction to her public assertion that Barack Obama is …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Repealing health law would mean more benefits for members of Congress  —  Repealing President Obama's healthcare law would let members of Congress keep their government-subsidized insurance coverage after they retire — a benefit they lost under the health law.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare  —  Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama's health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
Robert Frank / CNBC.com Links List Headlines:
In Maryland, Higher Taxes Chase Out Rich: Study  —  A new report says wealthy Maryland residents may be moving out due to recent tax hikes - a finding that is sure to escalate the battle over taxing the American rich.  —  The study, by the anti-tax group Change Maryland …
Washington Post:
President Obama, Mitt Romney deadlocked in race, poll finds  —  AP - A pair of tepid jobs reports, landmark Supreme Court decisions on health-care and immigration laws, and an unprecedented barrage of negative ads have shaped the opening months of the fall presidential campaign.
Christopher Andersen / NY Daily News:
Mick Jagger's affair with David Bowie revealed in new book: They ‘were really sexually obsessed with each other’  —  Bowie's wife found them in bed, backup singer and Playboy model claimed to share their bed  —  David Bowie's “Ziggy Stardust” era had Jagger wondering if this was the future.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. West denies equating Social Security to slavery  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Monday blasted reports that he equated the Social Security program to “21st-century slavery,” writing on his Facebook page that he is “committed to protecting social security retirement benefits for retirees and future retirees.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form …
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and The Hill
Al Baker / New York Times:
70 Students to Retake Exams After Cheating Case  —  Seventy students were involved in a pattern of smartphone-enabled cheating last month at Stuyvesant High School, New York City officials said Monday, describing an episode that has blemished one of the country's most prestigious public schools.
Discussion: Unfogged and New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Obama's record on outsourcing draws criticism from the left  —  Barack Obama promised voters four years ago that he would work to slow the outflow of American jobs to other countries, proposing to revamp a federal tax code that encourages companies to maintain overseas operations.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Power Line
Bloomberg:
China'S Import Growth Misses Estimates For June  —  China's imports rose less than anticipated in June, pushing the trade surplus to a three-year high and adding pressure on the government to support demand as the global economy slows.  —  Inbound shipments increased 6.3 percent from a year earlier …
Howard Berkes / NPR:
As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge … Coal miners are tested for black lung at a clinic in West Virginia.  —  Part one of a two-part series.  —  It wasn't supposed to happen to coal miners in Mark McCowan's generation.  It wasn't supposed to strike so early and so hard.
Chris Frates / Influence Alley:
White Trash Reception Hits the Hill  —  Yeah, you read that headline right.  The lobbying and policy shop Strategic Health Care is hosting a “White Trash Reception on the Hill” next week.  We get forwarded a lot of reception invites here at the Alley and we've never seen one quite like this before.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:   Lobbying Group Holds ‘White Trash Reception’ On Capitol Hill
 
 
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O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Romney calls Obama tax plan a “job killer” (audio)
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Caucus
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
AFL-CIO Curbs Democratic Convention Involvement As Part Of New Strategy, Memo States
Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez says “totally free” of cancer, again
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Water torture  —  IDF confiscates water containers from Palestinians …
Congressman Ed Markey, Massachusetts 7th District:
Markey: Law Enforcement Collecting Information on Millions of Americans from Mobile Phone Carriers
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's misleading tweet on Romney's taxes
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
The New Republic:
New Data on Obama's Massive Demographic Advantage
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP unnerved by Democrats' candid camera techniques
Lynnley Browning / Reuters:
Socialite Denise Rich dumps U.S. passport
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
America Already Is Europe