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7:55 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 …
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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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.
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: CNN, Politico 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
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.
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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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like
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
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
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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Eric Holder revs up NAACP meeting  —  In a rousing speech at the NAACP convention in Houston, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly defended his efforts to block controversial voter ID laws in some states - including Texas - saying the Justice Department “will not allow political pretexts …
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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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems plan tax offensive
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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