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5:25 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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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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Candidates trade barbs on taxes
Discussion: Politico
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rep. Chaffetz: No need for Romney to release more tax records  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) agrued Tuesday that Mitt Romney shouldn't release additional tax records.  —  “No, no I don't,” Chaffetz said on CNN's “Starting Point,” when asked if he thought the presumptive GOP nominee should make available the records available.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and TBogg
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CNN:
TRENDING: Biden to Romney: ‘Show your papers’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: ‘Nothing hidden’ in withheld tax returns
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden: 'Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his'
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Biden: Romney wants Hispanics ‘to show your papers,’ but 'won't show his'
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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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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.
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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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Attorney General Holder On State Voter ID Laws: ‘We Call This A Poll Tax’
Discussion: NPR and The Hope For America
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
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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.
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Sally Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:   Explaining the Federal Reserve's Complacency
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Streeters Lose $2 Billion In 401(K) Bet On Own Firms  —  401K Heartbreaker for Big Bank Employees  —  Wall Street employees, who dispense financial advice to individuals and companies, aren't following a basic investing tenet with their own money: diversification.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Felix Salmon
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.
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
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
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Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Medical Marijuana On The Ballot In Massachusetts
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ProPublica:
Fact-Check: How the NYPD Overstated Its Counterterrorism Record
Discussion: emptywheel and New York Magazine
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
As State Revenues Begin to Comeback, Maryland and Kansas Choose Different Paths
Clint Bolick / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012
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Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
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Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
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