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11:20 AM ET, July 10, 2012

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Washington Post:
President Obama, Mitt Romney deadlocked in race, poll finds  —  AP - A pair of tepid jobs reports, landmark Supreme Court decisions on health-care and immigration laws, and an unprecedented barrage of negative ads have shaped the opening months of the fall presidential campaign.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Washington Post:
Obama's record on outsourcing draws criticism from the left  —  Barack Obama promised voters four years ago that he would work to slow the outflow of American jobs to other countries, proposing to revamp a federal tax code that encourages companies to maintain overseas operations.
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Senior Obama adviser: Romney backers trying to ‘purchase’ election
CNN:
Barbour: If in Romney's position, I would release tax docs
Discussion: Politico, Michelle Malkin and The Page
CNN:
RNC chairman to ‘bracket’ Obama Iowa visit
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
On tax cuts, Obama decides to fight  —  The Obama administration has faced a difficult choice: Does it put off the fiscal crisis looming at the end of the year by capitulating to Republican demands to extend all the Bush tax cuts until 2013 — a move that would infuriate the Democratic base and muddle the campaign's message?
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WMUR:
Obama calls for extending middle-class tax cuts
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Cracks Appear in Republican Unity on Health Law Repeal  —  WASHINGTON — A House vote to fully repeal President Obama's health care law was supposed to be the coup de grâce for “Obamacare,” a final sweeping away of a law that Republicans thought the Supreme Court would gut and leave for dead.
Associated Press:
As homicides spike, Chicago mayor defends tactics  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor and police superintendent publicly defended their new gang-fighting strategy Monday amid growing criticism that the changes are failing and a big reason why the city's homicide rate has soared this year.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Chicago Mayor Appeals to Gangsters' ‘Values’: ‘Get Away From That Kid’
Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare  —  Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama's health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.
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” …
Discussion: Wizbang
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
Bloomberg:
Fed Harms Itself by Missing Goals  —  Ben S. Bernanke has made transparency one of the defining themes of his time at the helm of the Federal Reserve.  The virtue of this transparency is that it's easy to evaluate how well the Fed is conducting monetary policy.
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg launches contest to stir development of tiny 300-square-foot apartments for singles  —  Larger than a jail cell, but smaller than mobile home, ministudios will reflect city's changing demographics.  They'll be big enough for bathroom, kitchen, sleeping and dining areas
Felix Salmon:
How economists get tripped up by statistics  —  Look at this scatter chart.  There will be a quiz.  Another dot is going to be added to this chart, in line with the distribution you see here.  You get to choose what the X value of the dot is — and your aim is to get a Y value of greater than zero.
Politico:
Embattled Dems buck President Obama on taxes  —  President Barack Obama's renewed push to raise taxes on people who make more than $250,000 is facing some strong head winds: Democrats running for Congress in 2012.  —  Several Democrats in critical House and Senate races say they prefer raising taxes …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Wonkette
Thomas E. Ricks / New York Times:
Let's Draft Our Kids  —  IN late June, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former commander of international forces in Afghanistan, called for reinstating the draft.  “I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk,” he said at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Appears With Disney Characters on North Korean TV  —  TOKYO — After a failed missile launching, aborted diplomacy with Washington, and continuing international pressure over the country's nuclear program, North Korea's untested young leader has tried once again to take a dramatic step …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and BBC
Reuters:
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Howard Berkes / NPR:
As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge … Coal miners are tested for black lung at a clinic in West Virginia.  —  Part one of a two-part series.  —  It wasn't supposed to happen to coal miners in Mark McCowan's generation.  It wasn't supposed to strike so early and so hard.
 
 
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Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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Amanda Becker / Roll Call:
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Discussion: RedState
Kristin Brown / Fox News:
Rick Perry: Texas Won't Implement Obamacare
Discussion: American Prospect and Hot Air
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Romney calls Obama tax plan a “job killer” (audio)
Discussion: ThinkProgress, ABCNEWS and The Caucus
Al Baker / New York Times:
70 Students to Retake Exams After Cheating Case
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. West denies equating Social Security to slavery
Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez says “totally free” of cancer, again
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Frank / CNBC.com Links List Headlines:
In Maryland, Higher Taxes Chase Out Rich: Study
Discussion: Hot Air
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
America Already Is Europe