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2:35 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.
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 and Washington Post
CNN:
TRENDING: Biden to Romney: ‘Show your papers’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden: 'Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his'
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney rips Obama's tax proposal
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rep. Chaffetz: No need for Romney to release more tax records
Discussion: CNN
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
Veepstakes: Portman Met with Romney Aides
Discussion: GOP 12, Ballot Box and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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.
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Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
THIS IS WHAT RIGHT-WINGERS DO.  THIS IS ALL THEY DO.  —  Lead story at Drudge around 7:00 last night:  —  The link goes to a Daily Caller story posted yesterday afternoon: … “A non-partisan association of doctors and patients”?  Really?  —  Not really: … So this is a blatantly partisan survey.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem.  Chair Invested in Swiss Banks, Foreign Drug Companies, and the State Bank of India  —  Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Senior Obama adviser: Romney backers trying to ‘purchase’ election  —  Senior White House adviser David Plouffe on Tuesday accused wealthy Mitt Romney supporters of trying to “purchase the White House,” one day after the presumptive GOP nominee announced a $106 million June fundraising haul that stunned the Obama campaign.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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 …
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.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Chicago Mayor Appeals to Gangsters' ‘Values’: ‘Get Away From That Kid’  —  (CNSNews.com) - If Chicago's street thugs are going to attack each other, they should take their fight away from innocent children, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the CBS Evening News on Monday.
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Associated Press:
As homicides spike, Chicago mayor defends tactics
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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
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 …
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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Jordy Yager / The Hill:   Ethics panel clears Buchanan on charge of misleading Congress
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.
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.
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.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama holding serve in the upper South  —  In 2008 Barack Obama put North Carolina and Virginia in the Democratic column for the first time in decades.  PPP's newest poll in those two states finds him running very close to his performance four years ago.  In Virginia he leads Mitt Romney by 8 points …
 
 
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