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12:45 PM 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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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.
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney rips Obama's tax proposal  —  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, the presumptive GOP nominee …
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Senior Obama adviser: Romney backers trying to ‘purchase’ election
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Chicago keeps up Romney tax attacks
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 …
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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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: ‘Nothing hidden’ in withheld tax returns  —  Mitt Romney insisted in an interview airing Tuesday that there was “nothing hidden” in his tax returns, amid new calls from President Obama and other top Democrats for the Republican challenger to release more details about his financial holdings.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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WMUR:
Obama calls for extending middle-class tax cuts
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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
THIS IS WHAT RIGHT-WINGERS DO. THIS IS ALL THEY DO.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Impolitic
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:
Formal ethics investigation likely to dog Berkley for duration of Senate campaign  —  Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley was always going to have to face some tough music on the Senate campaign trail over allegations she used her seat in Congress to push for policies and programs that benefited her family's bottom line.
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Shelley Berkley faces formal ethics investigation
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’
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
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Ex-GOP lawmaker says conservatives must end ‘denial’ on climate  —  Former South Carolina GOP Rep. Bob Inglis, who was vanquished by a Tea Party insurgent in 2010, is urging conservatives to stop denying that humans are contributing to global warming.  —  Inglis, who will lead a new initiative …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary  —  Technical information: (202) 691-5870  • www.bls.gov/jlt Media contact: (202) 691-5902  Job Openings and Labor Turnover - May 2012  —  There were 3.6 million job openings on the last business day of May, little changed …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Barack Obama's Brother to Make Film Debut in Anti-Obama Documentary (Exclusive Video)
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Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
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Bloomberg:
Fed Harms Itself by Missing Goals
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Appears With Disney Characters on North Korean TV
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and BBC
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries
Thomas E. Ricks / New York Times:
Let's Draft Our Kids
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70 Students to Retake Exams After Cheating Case
Discussion: New York Magazine and Unfogged
CNN:
Indiana abortion law ruled illegal
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Robert Frank / CNBC.com Links List Headlines:
In Maryland, Higher Taxes Chase Out Rich: Study