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3:04 AM ET, July 11, 2012

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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
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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.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senator On Romney: 'It's Really American To Avoid Paying Taxes'  —  Though every candidate in the past 30 years has released multiple years of tax returns, Mitt Romney is refusing to do so, reducing surrogates to telling the press to simply “get over it.”
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Aleister / American Glob:
Journalists Required To Show IDs at Eric Holder's Talk On The Evil of IDs  —  If you think it's fine for the government to force you to buy something but you're insulted by the idea of having to prove your citizenship in order to vote... you might be a liberal.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Eric Holder revs up NAACP meeting
Associated Press:   Eric Holder: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Poll 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.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida: Romney 46%, Obama 45%  —  Florida's a key swing state in this year's presidential contest, and it remains in play with President Obama and Mitt Romney still running almost even there.  —  Florida is considered a Toss-Up State in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   No, Romney Didn't Leave Bain in 1999
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
GOP looks to paint Obama as outsourcer of stimulus dollars
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.
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Opportunity Gap  —  Over the past few months, writers from Charles Murray to Timothy Noah have produced alarming work on the growing bifurcation of American society.  Now the eminent Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam and his team are coming out with research that's more horrifying.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Connecting.the.Dots
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 …
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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Lauren Tara LaCapra / Reuters:
Many Wall Street executives say wrongdoing is necessary: survey
Joel Schectman / The CIO Report:
San Francisco Officials Plan to Block Apple Procurement
Discussion: BBC, The Snitch and Power Line
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Chief Justice Neville Chamberlain
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like
Discussion: Althouse
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
Exclusive: Darpa Gets a New Boss, and Solyndra Is in Her Past
Discussion: AllThingsD
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Wall Streeters Lose $2 Billion In 401(K) Bet On Own Firms
Discussion: AEIdeas and Felix Salmon
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Cut Taxes or Restore Services? Maryland and Kansas Differ on Path
Clint Bolick / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Rep: I Don't Think Someone Who Is Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor Should Have Health Care Provided
Wall Street Journal:
Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations