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8:35 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:
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.
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 …
CNN:
RNC chairman to ‘bracket’ Obama Iowa visit  —  (CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus plans to visit the Iowa town where President Barack Obama will campaign on Tuesday, continuing a GOP strategy of “bracketing” Obama's public appearances in battleground states.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chicago keeps up Romney tax attacks  —  While the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee begin their counteroffensive on outsourcing today, Team Obama is continuing to grind away on the issue of Mitt Romney's personal finances.  —  “Mitt Romney is defying calls to release …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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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WMUR:
Obama calls for extending middle-class tax cuts  —  President says NH shouldn't reject Medicaid increase  —  Obama: Romney should release financial records  —  WASHINGTON -  —  President Barack Obama on Monday called for extending tax cuts for the middle class while letting tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans.
Byron Tau / Politico:
White House would veto full Bush tax cut extension
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Extending Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Families
CNN:
Middle class taxes may rise anyway
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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” …
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
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
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: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
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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.
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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
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 …
BBC:
Egypt parliament defies military  —  The interim constitutional declaration of 17 June gives the Scaf complete legislative power until a new parliament is elected and gives it a strong voice in the constitution-writing process.  The decree makes the military free from civilian oversight …
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 …
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
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
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Howard Berkes / NPR:
As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge
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
Associated Press:
Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid, set up online service to shop for insurance
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
 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
Jeff Wilson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Corn Growers Farming in Hell as Midwest Heat Spreads
Discussion: Infowars, E2-Wire and ThinkProgress
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
America Already Is Europe