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7:30 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
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette
CNN:
Middle class taxes may rise anyway
Discussion: Politico and Algemeiner.com
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to call for Bush tax cut extensions for those making less than $250,000
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
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
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's misleading tweet on Romney's taxes  —  “FACT: In 2010 and 2011, Romney paid less than 15% in taxes on $42.5 million in income—much less than what many middle-class families pay.”  —  We are avid readers of tweets by @BarackObama, though of course it is not the president himself but his campaign team that posts them.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Jeb Bush not being vetted for VP, son says  —  (CNN) - Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is not being vetted for the job of vice president by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his son said in a Monday interview.  —  “He's not being vetted right now,” George P. Bush said on CNN's …
 
 
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Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
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Seth Doane / CBS News:
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: Ballot Box and Politicker
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Control of the Senate Depends on Obama
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form …
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