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10:35 AM ET, July 11, 2012


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New York Times:
Mr. Romney's Financial Black Hole  —  Paying taxes forthrightly has long been a matter of civic pride for most American politicians, a demonstration of honesty and of a willingness to share in society's burdens.  Since the Watergate era, presidential candidates have released several years of tax returns …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
While Romney Is Poked, Tax Forms Are Tricky for Democrats, Too  —  When it comes to releasing tax forms, the issue du jour, Democrats have coordinated a campaign to embarrass Mitt Romney, who has refused to disclose more than one year of his taxes.  —  Some of the Democrats participating in the campaign …
Discussion: CNN
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
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senator On Romney: 'It's Really American To Avoid Paying Taxes'
Discussion: Shakesville
Mj Lee / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Mitt Romney needs to set ‘hair on fire’  —  Sarah Palin warned Tuesday that Mitt Romney must do more to energize conservatives before Election Day, saying the Republican presidential candidate should light the base's “hair on fire.”  —  “Romney, he has said before that he doesn't want to have to light his hair on fire.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney's Long, Troubled History With the NAACP  —  The GOP presidential candidate is speaking to the nation's oldest civil rights organization on Wednesday.  Here's what you need to know about their relationship.  —  Mitt Romney deserves a bit of credit for his decision to address …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Poll data shows ad strategy is working, super PAC says
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Palin: Romney won't pick someone like me for Veep
Discussion: Gotcha Media
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney may name running mate early in election race
New York Times:
DNA Said to Link Occupy Wall St. Protest and 2004 Killing  —  DNA recovered from a chain at the site of an Occupy Wall Street protest in March has been matched with DNA linked to the unsolved killing of a Juilliard student in 2004, law enforcement officials familiar with the case said on Tuesday.
Jesse Jackson Jr. mystery deepens  —  The mystery surrounding Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. deepened on Tuesday as speculation swirled around the Illinois Democrat's health and political future.  —  Democratic sources say Jackson — who has not been on Capitol Hill since June 10 …
Chicago Tribune:
Gutierrez says Jackson Jr. should tell voters what's wrong
Discussion: Chicagoist and ABCNEWS
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Questions mount over Jackson Jr.'s absence
Discussion: Hot Air
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
San Bernardino seeks bankruptcy protection  —  San Bernardino, facing the possibility of missing payroll, becomes California's third city in weeks to authorize a bankruptcy filing.  —  San Bernardino is the third California city to seek bankruptcy protection in recent weeks.
Associated Press:
Southern California city of San Bernardino votes to declare bankruptcy  —  SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. - As recently as last month, no city in California had opted for bankruptcy since 2008, and no U.S. city of more than 200,000 people had ever chosen bankruptcy.
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm  —  The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.
Associated Press:
High-powered lesbians launch first-of-its-kind super PAC to champion women's, gay rights  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, her politically active family's sole Democrat, and a sister with three brothers, Laura Ricketts is comfortable being the odd woman out.
Katie Pavlich /
NAACP Requires Photo I.D. to See Holder Speak in State Being Sued Over Voter ID  —  Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.  What did media need in order to attend?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and UrbanGrounds
CBS News:
House GOP set for health care law repeal vote, but offering no alternatives  —  (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - House Republicans generally avoided talk of replacement measures on Tuesday as they mobilized for an election-season vote to repeal the health care law that stands as President Barack Obama's signature domestic accomplishment.
Discussion: Economist's View
Kathleen Sebelius / Washington Post:
The Affordable Care Act has made the U.S. health-care system stronger
Discussion: National Review
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
In 2009, Americans paid lowest tax rates in 30 years to federal government  —  Americans paid the lowest tax rates in 30 years to the federal government in 2009, in part because of tax cuts President Obama sought to combat the Great Recession, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Abraham Riesman / MOTHERBOARD:
Crossdressing, Compression and Colliders: The First Photo on the Web  —  The first photographic image ever uploaded to the Web was a Photoshop disaster.  It was created to sell something, and featured attractive women in a come-hither pose.  —  In short, photo-uploading was born …
Discussion: The Verge
John Steele Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Air Conditioning, Blessed Invention  —  Willis Carrier changed the world for the better—though making Washington, D.C. livable in summer doesn't help the cause of limited government.  —  Many people claim to disdain technology, but in last week's deadly heat wave they were probably doing their disdaining in an air-conditioned room.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bush Speechwriter Gerson Unable to Read Speeches  —  Michael Gerson is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush turned Washington Post columnist, from which perch he has spent the entirety of the Obama administration gleefully predicting a downward spiral into ruin and dysfunction reminiscent of, well, George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Reaction and Washington Post
Les Christie /
The other foreclosure crisis: Losing a home for $400 in back taxes  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — People are losing their homes over unpaid tax bills that, in some cases, add up to just a few hundred dollars.  —  Outdated state laws that allow local governments to sell tax liens on delinquent properties …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Romney to host fundraiser in Jerusalem  —  Republican candidate to arrive in Israel July 29, present Mideast policy at conference in J'lem.  —  Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will host a fundraising event in Jerusalem at $60,000 or more per plate on July 29, The Jerusalem Post learned on Wednesday.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Israel Matzav
CBO's Publications:
The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009  —  The recent recession has had a substantial impact on income, the amount of taxes owed, and average tax rates.  Changes in households' before-tax income and average tax rates in 2008 and 2009 were substantial and differed markedly across the income distribution.
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
On Obama Adviser's Disclosure Form: ‘Bermuda’  —  A lot of attention has been focused lately on Mitt Romney's offshore finances in places like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.  —  But the word Bermuda pops up on the financial disclosure forms of one of President Obama's top advisers too.
Milos Forman / New York Times:
Obama the Socialist?  Not Even Close  —  WHEN I was asked to direct “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” my friends warned me not to go anywhere near it.  —  The story is so American, they argued, that I, an immigrant fresh off the boat, could not do it justice.  They were surprised when I explained why I wanted to make the film.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama in 2010: Raising Taxes Will Lead to ‘More Folks Potentially Losing Jobs’
Center for American Progress:
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New York Times:
Russia Sending Warships on Maneuvers Near Syria
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Martin Robinson / Daily Mail:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
Will Green Party nominee Jill Stein pick Roseanne Barr as running mate?
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
GOP puts biofuels on the chopping block
Discussion: Politico
9/11 accused don't want hearings during Ramadan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Eva Rausing found dead in Belgravia home
Discussion: and Riehl World View
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The strategy behind the Dem attacks on Bain
Discussion: Daily Kos, and Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Opportunity Gap  —  Over the past few months …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Connecting.the.Dots