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8:30 PM ET, July 10, 2012

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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Romney Courts Black Vote, an Obama Strength in '08  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama captured 96 percent of the black vote.  But this year, in an election in which every vote may matter, Mitt Romney is not giving up on that front.  —  On Wednesday, Mr. Romney will make a pitch …
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Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Holder Calls Voter ID Laws ‘Poll Taxes’
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like
Tim Mak / Politico:
Eric Holder revs up NAACP meeting
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
No, Romney Didn't Leave Bain in 1999  —  A central element of the 2012 campaign cycle has become just when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital.  The Romney campaign says he left in early 1999 — in time to get him off the hook for some controversial investments.  Factcheck.org backs up Mitt …
Discussion: Treasure Islands
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida: Romney 46%, Obama 45%
Matt Welch / Reason:
The Dark Side of Anti-"Swiss Bank Account" Politics  —  Democratic Swissophobia is hurting patriotic, middle-class Americans.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) may be too busy to pass a budget more than every 1,168 days or so, but he can always spare time for passing judgments …
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney may name running mate early in election race  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney acknowledged on Tuesday he is considering naming his choice to serve as vice presidential running mate earlier than usual to better compete with President Barack Obama.
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Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Americans' Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low  —  Liberals' and moderates' views are now similar to conservatives'  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in television news is at a new low by one percentage point, with 21% of adults expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in it.
Robinson / nation.foxnews.com:
James Earl Jones: Tea Party Is ‘Racist’  —  From Sunday's edition of the syndicated Smiley & West show:  —  JAMES EARL JONES: I think I have figured out the Tea Party I think I I do understand racism because I was taught to be one by my grandmother.  My grandmother was part [tribal affiliation] …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:   James Earl Jones: I Can't Get Enough MSNBC
aina.org:
Calls to Destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids Begin  —  According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt's Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi'i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt's Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.
Allison Sherry / Denver Post:
Obama directs that wildland firefighters be offered health insurance  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, White House officials told The Denver Post Tuesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney urges tourism after Colorado wildfires
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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 …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Brett Kimberlin versus right-wing bloggers  —  Why are right-wing blogs obsessed with a convicted felon famous for once claiming he sold Dan Quayle drugs?  —  So there is this guy named Brett Kimberlin.  He is a true American weirdo from way back, and he's fairly brilliant at self-promotion and is involved in various liberal causes.
Benjamin R. Freed / DCist:
Cheh Shelves Uber Amendment After Backlash from CEO and Customers  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick introducing the company's D.C. service last December.  (Via Facebook)  —  At a breakfast meeting with her colleagues today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) reversed her plans to introduce …
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Anna Palmerand Dave Levinthal / Politico:
POLITICO Influence: Cab fight
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The strategy behind the Dem attacks on Bain  —  Many commentators view the attacks on Mitt Romney's Bain years as little more than an effort to paint him as a heartless plutocrat.  But the strategy is a good deal more complex than that.  The goal is twofold: First, to undermine Romney's principle case …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham: 'It's Really American' To Avoid Taxes Like Mitt Romney Does … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Lindsey Graham Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney Taxes, Sen. Lindsey Graham, It's Really American, Lindsey Graham Taxes, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Tax Havens, Politics News
BBC:
Eva Rausing found dead in Belgravia home  —  Mr and Mrs Rausing were arrested over drugs in 2008  —  One of the UK's richest women has been found dead in west London, Scotland Yard has confirmed.  —  The body of US national Eva Rausing, 48, a member of the family behind the Tetra-Pak cartons empire …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Riehl World View
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.
International Business Times:
HP, Deere, CVS, MillerCoors, BestBuy Exit Controversial ALEC Post-Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  By DAVID ZIELENZIGER: Subscribe to David's RSS feed  —  Five more companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), the No. 1 computer maker, have left the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council …
 
 
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Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Medical Marijuana On The Ballot In Massachusetts
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