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12:35 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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Senior Obama adviser: Romney backers trying to ‘purchase’ election
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney rips Obama's tax proposal
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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: Politico and ThinkProgress
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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Barack Obama's Brother to Make Film Debut in Anti-Obama Documentary (Exclusive Video)  —  An interview with George Obama, who lives in a hut in Kenya “like something out of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’” is featured in the upcoming movie “2016: Obama's America.”  —  Barack Obama's half-brother …
Discussion: Reuters and Jammie Wearing Fools
 
 
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