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3:25 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 …
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 …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Booed At NAACP Convention For Saying He Would Eliminate ObamaCare
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Romney booed at NAACP after vow to crush healthcare reform - live
Discussion: Advocate, Politico and The Right Sphere
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Romney booed at NAACP for vowing to repeal ‘ObamaCare’
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Romney booed by NAACP as he jabs Obama, health care
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Romney strikes back at Obama's transparency calls: What about the Fast and Furious documents?
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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 Negrin / ABCNEWS:
While Romney Is Poked, Tax Forms Are Tricky for Democrats, Too
Discussion: TBogg, CNN and The Impolitic
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.
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
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
New York Times:
DNA Said to Link Occupy Wall St. Protest and 2004 Killing
New York Post:   OWS shock in unsolved '04 Sarah slay
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.
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
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
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.
Sarah / LPAC:
LPAC - First of Its Kind Lesbian Political Action Committee - Launches Today  —  PAC to elect pro-lesbian, pro-women candidates to public office in 2012  —  July 11, 2012—Today a group of activists and donors launched LPAC, the first of its kind lesbian political action committee.
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Now Estimated to Cost $2.6 Trillion in First Decade  —  The Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee will later today release the following chart, detailing the rising projected cost of President Obama's signature legislation, Obamacare:  —  The latest estimate …
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 …
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.
Spain unveils new austerity under European pressure  —  (Reuters) - Recession-plagued Spain unveiled new austerity measures on Wednesday designed to slash 65 billion euros from the public deficit by 2014 as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yielded to EU pressure to try to avoid a full state bailout.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Let's Not Launch A Draft To Save Money
Discussion: Hit & Run, Eschaton and New York Times
PA & NM  —  Our “Big 10″ series continues today …
Discussion: GOP 12, The Hill and Ballot Box
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Green Party Candidate Jill Stein's Running Mate Is Not Roseanne Barr
Report: States Enacted 39 Abortion Restrictions So Far In 2012
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Biden Considers his $379K Income Middle Class
Fox News:
Holder compares Texas voter ID law to post slavery poll taxes
Romney Struggles To Lock Down Rowdy Delegates
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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The Spreading Scourge of Corporate Corruption
Milos Forman / New York Times:
Obama the Socialist? Not Even Close
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Palin: Romney won't pick someone like me for Veep
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