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6:30 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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Politico:
Schumer drops objection to Obama tax plan  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) — who had pushed hard for letting tax cuts lapse for millionaires at year's end - has agreed to back President Barack Obama's plan to impose hikes on families earning more than $250,000, quashing what might have been an election-year Democratic food fight.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette
Tamara Keith / NPR:
GOP To Make 31st Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Act
Discussion: Addicting Info and ThinkProgress
CNN:
Middle class taxes may rise anyway
Discussion: Politico and Algemeiner.com
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Should Liberals Be Mad at Kagan and Breyer?  —  While the Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act in NFIB v. Sebelius was generally good news, the decision did have one unfortunate side effect.  The Court limited the use of federal spending power with respect to Medicaid …
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Associated Press:
Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid, set up online service to shop for insurance
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Rick Perry / CNN:
Perry: Texas will stand against ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:   Lobbying Group Holds ‘White Trash Reception’ On Capitol Hill
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: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
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 …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
It's a repeat: Romney tops Obama in June by $35 million
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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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.
Lynnley Browning / Reuters:
Socialite Denise Rich dumps U.S. passport  —  (Reuters) - Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship - and, with it, much of her U.S. tax bill.  —  Rich, 68, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and glossy figure …
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 …
The New Republic:
New Data on Obama's Massive Demographic Advantage  —  It's widely acknowledged by political observers that the country's demographic change in the last four years—particularly the increase in minority voters and decline of white non-college voters—favors President Obama's re-election bid.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
TBogg:
Pizza Rat Publicist Simply Does Not Care For Your Class War  —  Amongst the Masters Of The Universe, who are THE ENGINE OF THIS ECONOMY that Nobama is trying to dronekill with his socialist taxes, were the lovely Zambrellis on New York; a couple who once raised money and voted for Obama until …
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Biden fundraises for Sen. McCaskill in Missouri  —  Vice President Joe Biden voiced the administration's strong support for Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo.) at a private fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo. on Monday, calling her the “toughest, most principled person in the United States Senate.”
Discussion: CNN
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
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form of slavery is absolutely false.  —  It seems that there is absolutely no level the attack machine will sink to deliberately distort my comments.  —  I was clearly talking about the number of people …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
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” …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Mysterious fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali  —  In pre-dawn darkness, a ­Toyota Land Cruiser skidded off a bridge in North Africa in the spring, plunging into the Niger River.  When rescuers arrived, they found the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos — alongside three dead women.
 
 
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Seth Doane / CBS News:
Heat blamed for at least 46 deaths, relief on the way
Discussion: UPI, ThinkProgress and AccuWeather.com
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's misleading tweet on Romney's taxes
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Interior touts 1.5M jobs from energy development
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Adriano Espaillat Concedes To Charlie Rangel
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politicker
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Gov. Deval Patrick vetoes budget bill's EBT reforms
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mitt's Gray Areas
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
Believe What You're Saying
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Anti-Romney/Koch Brothers Demonstration Is An Epic Failure
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Wireless Firms Are Flooded by Requests to Aid Surveillance