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12:05 AM ET, July 12, 2012


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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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Mitt Romney booed at NAACP because white  —  Rush Limbaugh said Mitt Romney's speech Wednesday to the NAACP fell flat because it was “over these people's heads” and that the group booed the Republican candidate, who “sounded like Snow White with testicles,” simply because he's white.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Mitt Romney's Successful Speech to the NAACP  —  As an attempt to persuade, Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP this morning was an exercise in futility.  African Americans are loyal Democratic voters, and aren't particularly interested in an agenda of tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for everyone else.
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
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 …
Joe Williams Sees Vindication In NAACP Boos  —  The former Politico reporter was ousted after saying Romney was only comfortable with “white folks.”  —  Source:  —  HOUSTON, Texas — The Politico reporter who resigned amid controversy last month after claiming …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Romney: I expected to be booed by the NAACP when I mentioned ObamaCare  —  Everyone expected it, no?  When you're addressing a group that's supporting the other guy to the tune of 95 percent, bet on there being a few awkward moments.  —  I doubt he'll win any votes for showing up but it's worth …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says he ‘expected’ negative response at NAACP speech  —  Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he “expected” the negative response to his address earlier in the morning at the NAACP convention in Houston, where he was booed after vowing to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare law.
Rush Limbaugh:   Romney Addresses the NAALCP
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 …
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
House Obamacare Repeal: Thirty-Third Time's the Charm?
Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite and Hit & Run
New York Times:
DNA Match Tying Protest to 2004 Killing Is Doubted  —  By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN  —  A link between DNA from the unsolved killing of Sarah Fox, a Juilliard student, in 2004 and DNA taken from a chain placed at the site of an Occupy Wall Street action in March may be the result …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Hot Air and Gawker
DNA from Sarah Fox Murder Scene Linked to Chain Used in Occupy Wall Street Protest
Elizabeth Hewitt / Slate:
The new CBO report shows Americans paid historic low tax rates during Obama's first year in office.  —  Americans paid the lowest federal tax rate in three decades during President Obama's first year in office, according to a new government report out this week.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
For Most, Tax Rates Hit Lows in 2009
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds tighter U.S. Senate race and GOP primary  —  Obama continues to lead Romney in latest poll  —  Milwaukee, Wis. - A new Marquette Law School poll finds the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination has tightened since mid-June.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads by 6 in Wisconsin
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.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
On the heels of The Weekly Standard's report yesterday …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Soros-Backed SuperPAC Targeting Allen West Confidential Memo Leaked  —  The ‘Dump West’ Super PAC, backed by George Soros himself, is taking aim at conservative Congressman Allen West.  As we reported earlier, a “top national Democrat operative has been retained by a new George Soros-backed super-PAC …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Soros-Backed Super PAC Targets Allen West
Ronald Brownstein / 2012 Decoded:
Obama Sinks to Historic Lows Among Blue-Collar Men  —  The new Quinnipiac University and ABC/Washington Post national surveys out this week converge on one key conclusion: as the election nears, President Obama is sinking to historic lows among the group most consistently hostile to him.
Dems split of what Jackson Jr. should do  —  Washington (CNN) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is “receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by the congressman's office, which attributed the quote to an unidentified doctor.
Discussion: Daily Ardmoreite
Associated Press:
Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law  —  By By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS - 29 minutes ago  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday decided to continue to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state.
Jackson Free Press:
Clinic Remains Open
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Liberty Street Economics:
The Puzzling Pre-FOMC Announcement Drift  —  For many years, economists have struggled to explain the “equity premium puzzle”—the fact that the average return on stocks is larger than what would be expected to compensate for their riskiness.  In this post, which draws on our recent …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
A Political Users Guide To The Trolls Of Twitter  —  They've come slouching out of the comments section and blogs to destroy the social web.  Some have jobs.  —  Graphic by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed  —  The trolls have come to Twitter.  —  The social service, which has become …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
America's Falling Corruption Rankings … - Why Is Ralph Lauren Making America's Olympic Heroes Wear Hideous Frenchy Berets?  - Bloomberg Thinks Hot-Dog-Eating Contests Are Fun but Burgers and Soda Are Shameful - If Tom and Katie Share Custody of Suri, Will She Practice Scientology or Catholicism?
Discussion: Eschaton and New York Times
John Richardson / Portland Press-Herald:
Press Herald Poll: 57 percent would back same-sex marriage  —  A political expert says the issue has momentum, but the margin will likely be closer by Election Day.  —  PORTLAND — Mainers support legalizing same-sex marriage, 57 percent to 35 percent, according to a statewide poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald.
Pastor Steven Andrew / USA Christian Ministries:
“God Wants Ron Paul to Be President” - Nebraska Republican Delegates Should Obey God  —  “God wants Ron Paul to be President.  Paul is the only Christian still running who beat Obama in polls, but will Christians and pastors obey God?” says Pastor Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Fox News:
UN arms treaty could put U.S. gun owners in foreign sights, say critics  —  A United Nations treaty on the trade of conventional arms could give enemies of the U.S. access to the records of American gun owners, say critics.  (AP)  —  UNITED NATIONS - A treaty being hammered out this month …
Carson Holloway / Public Discourse:
In Defense of John Roberts  —  Conservatives do not usually support Orwellian political tactics, but many of them are evidently willing to make an exception for John Roberts, judging from the “two minutes hate” to which the chief justice is being subjected in the wake of his decisive vote …
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Sharon Sheridan / Episcopal News Service:
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New York Times:
Obama Policy on Immigrants Is Challenged by Chicago
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Interior blocks uranium mining near Grand Canyon for 20 years
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
House has voted 32 times to repeal all or part of health-care reform law. Here's the full list.
Wall Street Journal:
Claw Is Out for ‘Whale’ Officials
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
NYPD Spokesman Pwned in ProPublica's Comments
Discussion: Truthdig, ProPublica and The Raw Story
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Voters sick and tired of health care debate
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Seeks To Stop Doctors From Talking About Abortion
Discussion: Unfair Park and Taylor Marsh
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
6 charts that show the Welfare State run amok
Discussion: The Conservatory
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Rielle book tour on shelf
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Housing Bust Is Over
Discussion: Calculated Risk