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5:35 PM ET, July 11, 2012


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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney to NAACP: Obama made it worse for you ‘in almost every way’  —  Mitt Romney will tell the NAACP on Wednesday that President Obama has made it worse for African-Americans “in almost every way.”  —  “If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
NAACP Reacts To Mitt Romney: ‘Patronizing,’ ‘Totally Disconnected,’ ‘A Serious Misjudgment’  —  HOUSTON, Texas — Mitt Romney addressed the national convention of the NAACP Wednesday morning, the nation's largest civil rights organization.  He was cordially received by the audience …
Romney Booed At NAACP Convention  —  After saying he would repeal Obamacare, and then for criticizing the president.  —  HOUSTON, Texas — Mitt Romney was repeatedly booed during a speech at the NAACP convention Wednesday, as the Republican stuck to his standard campaign message …
NAACP Leaders: Romney Can't Connect With Black Audiences  —  “It's such a big gap,” says Manning.  Romney's message, an aide says: “He's going to be president of the entire United States.  —  Image by Eric Kayne / Getty Images  —  HOUSTON, Texas — Black leaders here blamed Mitt Romney …
Reaction Faces From The Crowd At Mitt Romney's NAACP Speech  —  This is every single photo available on AP or Getty (as of this writing) of the audience at the GOP hopeful's NAACP speech today.  —  Jack Moore  —  a few minutes ago  —  1 response
Discussion: Colorlines
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Booed At NAACP Convention For Saying He Would Eliminate ObamaCare
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 6 in Wisconsin  —  Barack Obama's considerably weaker in Wisconsin than he was in 2008, but he still looks like the clear favorite to win the state again.  We find him with 50% to 44% for Mitt Romney.  —  Obama actually has under water approval numbers in the state.
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.
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds tighter U.S. Senate race and GOP primary
PA & NM  —  Our “Big 10″ series continues today …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Romney strikes back at Obama's transparency calls: What about the Fast and Furious documents?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Poll data shows ad strategy is working, super PAC says
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes 244-185 to repeal Obama healthcare reform law  —  The House voted again Wednesday to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law, giving Republicans some revenge against the late June Supreme Court ruling that found the law to be constitutional.  —  Members approved the bill in a 244-185 vote …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Now Estimated to Cost $2.6 Trillion in First Decade
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Spend 89 Hours Trying To Take Away Health Coverage From 30 Million Americans
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Go On Offense On Obamacare, Hit GOP For Pushing Repeal Of Popular Provisions
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
6 charts that show the Welfare State run amok  —  The original purpose of Medicaid was to provide improved healthcare access for poor people, while not turning the safety net into a trap.  Under President Obama's Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will be greatly exapnded beyond what Congress originally intended.
Discussion: The Conservatory
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Seeks To Stop Doctors From Talking About Abortion
Discussion: Unfair Park
Southern governors secede from Medicaid
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Other McCain
DNA from Sarah Fox Murder Scene Linked to Chain Used in Occupy Wall Street Protest  —  DNA evidence collected from the murder scene of Sarah Fox in 2004 has just been linked to DNA off a chain left behind by Occupy Wall Street protesters at a subway station in March
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
On the heels of The Weekly Standard's report yesterday that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz — a vocal critic of Mitt Romney's investing practices, had herself dabbled in the foreign markets — we can add Nancy Pelosi to the list of prominent Democrats to profit from overseas investments.
New York Times:
Mr. Romney's Financial Black Hole
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Rielle book tour on shelf  —  Rielle Hunter has gone quiet after less than hoped-for sales of her memoir — she's scheduled no additional tour dates to promote her tell-all about her relationship with John Edwards, “What Really Happened.”  After a serious media blitz, which included interviews …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rachel Quigley / Daily Mail:   Rielle Hunter's book tour about affair with John Edwards comes to an end after just 6,000 copies are sold
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pro-Tip, as They Say  —  There's been a lot of chatter over the last few days about whether super-wealthy candidates get a hard rap in US politics or whether Mitt Romney is being held to a higher or harder standard.  Romney is probably the wealthiest man ever to run for President, even in inflation adjusted dollars.
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.
Orthodox activists urge Facebook ban over gay wedding icons  —  Facebook icons for same-sex marriage  —  Russian religious activists have demanded Facebook be banned in the country over “gay propaganda” among minors and have launched a campaign to criminalize homosexuality.
Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Housing Bust Is Over  —  The housing market has turned—at last.  —  The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming.  The numbers are now convincing.  —  Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Roll Call:
American Crossroads' $70 Million Senate Blitz  —  American Crossroads and its sister organization are poised to inject up to  —  $70 million into the battle for the Senate on behalf of Republicans.  —  The GOP-aligned super PAC and its affiliated issue-advocacy arm, Crossroads GPS …
The Somewhat Valiant Return Of Robert Gibbs  —  Obama's favorite flak is done with his “cooling off period.”  Bonus: He doesn't have to deal with Michelle Obama or Valerie Jarrett anymore.  —  Image by Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  —  On Monday morning, Robert Gibbs unleashed a verbal barrage …
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Spain Piles On Austerity Measures
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Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Voters sick and tired of health care debate
Discussion: National Review
Carson Holloway / Public Discourse:
In Defense of John Roberts
Discussion: National Review and protein wisdom
Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:
Pro-Obama super-PAC, SEIU to launch third round of Spanish-language ads
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
UN arms treaty could put U.S. gun owners in foreign sights, say critics
Discussion: CNN, Examiner, Hot Air and Riehl World View
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
R.I.P. Newscore: News Corp.'s Weird News Wire Goes Dark, Sheds Staff
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Mack (R) 46%, Nelson (D) 37%
Discussion: American Spectator
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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Let's Not Launch A Draft To Save Money
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Romney Struggles To Lock Down Rowdy Delegates
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's Mike Lee takes on HBO over ‘Newsroom’ jab
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
The Spreading Scourge of Corporate Corruption
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