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12:15 AM ET, July 10, 2012

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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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Haley Barbour / CNN:
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.
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House would veto full Bush tax cut extension  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that President Obama would veto a full, across-the-board extension of the Bush tax cuts that included no tax increases on upper earners.  —  “He would not support it.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Wonkette
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: Weasel Zippers and Firedoglake
Alexander Burns / Politico:
It's a repeat: Romney tops Obama in June by $35 million  —  In an email to supporters, the Obama campaign announces raising $71 million in June — trailing Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee for the second consecutive month, this time by $35 million: … The next question is: who has more cash on hand?
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Again Logs Big Lead in Fundraising
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:   Obama Trails Romney Again in Battle for Campaign Cash
WMUR:
Obama calls for extending middle-class tax cuts
CNN:
Middle class taxes may rise anyway
Discussion: Politico and Algemeiner.com
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Extending Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Families
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.
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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 …
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
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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Are Federal-State Grant Programs “Progressive?”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
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
Congressman Ed Markey, Massachusetts 7th District:
Markey: Law Enforcement Collecting Information on Millions of Americans from Mobile Phone Carriers  —  Congressman releases first-ever accounting of responses from wireless carriers that indicate sweeping personal data requests from law enforcement agencies  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. …
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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 and Guardian
Associated Press:
Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid, set up online service to shop for insurance  —  DALLAS — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that Texas won't establish an online marketplace for patients to shop for insurance or expand Medicaid, two key elements of the federal health care overhaul.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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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 …
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.
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Water torture  —  IDF confiscates water containers from Palestinians and Bedouins in Jordan Valley.  —  Avi is an inspection coordinator for the “Civil Administration” - the occupation regime, to speak without euphemisms.  Presumably Avi likes his job.  Maybe he's even proud of it.
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez says “totally free” of cancer, again  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez declared himself fully recovered from cancer on Monday, three months before an election in which he is seeking another six-year term.  —  “Free, free, totally free,” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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” …
 
 
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Adriano Espaillat Concedes To Charlie Rangel
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Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Liberal media reports saying I am equating Social Security of hardworking Americans to a form …
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Ali Best / ninemsn:
Family slugged with ‘carbon tax fee’ for funeral
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP unnerved by Democrats' candid camera techniques
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Conor Pope / The Irish Times:
Consumer finances continue to worsen
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and Eschaton
Tamara Keith / NPR:
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Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
America Already Is Europe
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus: Limbaugh boycott cost ‘millions’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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