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4:35 PM ET, July 9, 2012

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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Seeks 2013 Tax Cuts Within Limits  —  WASHINGTON — With a torpid job market and a fragile economy threatening his re-election chances, President Obama is changing the subject to tax fairness, calling for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000.
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Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Perry: TX Won't Implement Key Elements of Health Reform … Texas will not expand Medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange, two major tenets of the federal health reform that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last month, Gov. Rick Perry said in an early morning announcement.
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Should Liberals Be Mad at Kagan and Breyer?
Kathryn Smith / Politico:   Rick Perry rejects health care exchanges, Medicaid expansion
Rick Perry / CNN:
Perry: Texas will stand against ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Report: Mitt Romney protesters crash into cop boat
Discussion: RedState and msnbc.com
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Two arrested trying to crash Romney fundraiser, police say
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Majority feel Obama has changed country for worse  —  Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it's changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority.  —  A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP unnerved by Democrats' candid camera techniques  —  Politicians recognize they give up a degree of privacy when they run for office.  —  But Democrats are testing the outer limits of that understanding with a practice that raises questions about when campaign tracking becomes something more like stalking.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP unnerved by Democrats' candid camera techniques
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Junod / Esquire:
Obama's Administration Killed a 16-Year-Old American and Didn't Say Anything About It.  This Is Justice?  —  Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was 16 on the day he was killed.  “I tried every legal means to stop the targeted killing of my son,” says his grandfather Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki.
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
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Tom Junod / Esquire:
The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
America Already Is Europe  —  In spending, debt and progressivity of taxes, the U.S. is as much a social-welfare state as Spain.  —  I'm often asked if I think America is trending toward becoming a European-style social democracy.  My answer is: “No, because we already are a European-style social democracy.”
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Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals  —  WHO is happier about life — liberals or conservatives?  The answer might seem straightforward.  After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic …
William La Jeunesse / Fox News:
Justice unseals indictment charging 5 in Brian Terry's death, offers $1M reward for leads on fugitives  —  The Justice Department on Monday unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death, and announced a reward of up to $1 million …
Eric Holder / CNN:
CNN Poll: Was politics behind Holder contempt vote?  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Americans approve of the decision by the House of Representatives to censure Attorney General Eric Holder, but a new national poll also indicates that a majority of the public thinks that House Republicans …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign raises $71 million in June  —  In an email to donors, the Obama campaign announces that it has raised $71 million in June.  —  From Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw: … To recap, that's a $35 million gap between Mitt Romney and Obama in June …
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.
Patrick Gavin / Reuters:
Donald Trump gets ‘statesman of year’ award  —  Real estate mogul.  Political pundit.  “Apprentice” host.  Birther.  Sometime presidential candidate teaser.  —  Also: “Statesman.”  —  That's the latest title to be bestowed upon Donald Trump when he receives the 2012 “Statesman of the Year” …
Discussion: Mediaite and Pundit & Pundette
Tamara Keith / NPR:
GOP To Make 31st Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Act … The House Rules Committee takes up a bill Monday called the “Repeal of Obamacare Act.”  And just like it says, the bill would wipe away the president's Affordable Care Act.  A vote of the full House is planned for Wednesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Addicting Info
BuzzFeed:
Romney Set to Counterattack on Bain  —  The L word.  —  Image by JASON REED / Reuters  —  The Romney campaign will begin to aggressively push back against President Obama's accusations that the Republican was an “outsourcing pioneer” today, a source privy to the the campaign's strategy told BuzzFeed.
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Daily Kos
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus: Limbaugh boycott cost ‘millions’  —  Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey said yesterday that the advertiser boycott against Rush Limbaugh cost his company millions of dollars in revenue for the first two quarters of the year.  —  “It hit us pretty hard,” Dickey said during a call with financial analysts yesterday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Warren banks $8.6 million in second-quarter fundraising  —  Elizabeth Warren raised $8.6 million in the second quarter, her campaign announced Monday, offering further evidence of the Massachusetts candidate's fundraising prowess.  —  Warren's total outpaced her first-quarter haul by $1.7 million, and has $13.5 million cash on hand.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Jammie Wearing Fools
Stacey Singer / Palm Beach Post:
Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret  —  State rushes closure of its only TB hospital in Lantana  —  Lilla Charline Burkhalter, 60, comes to the Clara White center for breakfast most mornings.  It was here, in the soup kitchen, that a man with active, coughing TB was recently identified …
Dan Rather / Gawker:
The Newsroom's Third Episode Is Something ‘Every American Should See and Ponder’  —  Dan Rather is reviewing HBO's The Newsroom for Gawker throughout the show's first season.  —  Episode 3 of HBO's “The Newsroom” is deeper, broader and better than the two previous installments.
Discussion: Reuters and Guardian
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Wireless Firms Are Flooded by Requests to Aid Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a daunting 1.3 million demands for subscriber data last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages …
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Hollowing Out  —  It has become a campaign ritual.  Immediately after the release of unemployment figures on the first Friday of every month, Democratic and Republican spin shifts into high gear.  —  “Our mission is not just to get back to where we were before the crisis.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Tom Daschle / Politico:
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
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