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11:50 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 …
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.
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
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Senior Obama adviser: Romney backers trying to ‘purchase’ election
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chicago keeps up Romney tax attacks
CNN:
RNC chairman to ‘bracket’ Obama Iowa visit
CNN:
Barbour: If in Romney's position, I would release tax docs
Discussion: Politico, Michelle Malkin and The Page
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
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
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Rep: I Don't Think Someone Who Is Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor Should Have Health Care Provided  —  On Monday evening, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) said that insurance companies should be allowed to discriminate against people with brain tumors during a House Rules Committee debate …
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’
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.
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.
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: Swampland, The Maddow Blog and Wonkette
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations  —  Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, a finding that shines a light on an aspect of labor's political activity that has often been overlooked.
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
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
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Reality Series Intrudes on Silicon Valley, and Finds It Cringing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley is finally getting the treatment once reserved for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series.  But the tech world is not quite ready for its close-up.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney rips Obama's proposal on tax rates  —  Mitt Romney blasted President Obama's push to repeal the Bush-era tax rates on incomes over $250,000 per year, saying it “will kill jobs.”  —  In an interview with WHKT-AM, a Virginia radio station, on Tuesday morning Romney said the proposal would impose …
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Reuters:
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