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12:30 AM ET, July 15, 2012

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David Taintor / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Iowa GOP State Senate Candidate Joins ‘Alternative’ U.S. Government  —  A Republican state Senate candidate in Iowa has decided to bow out of the race and become a U.S. senator of an alternative form of government.  —  In a letter released Friday, Randi Shannon informs supporters …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Eastern Iowa state Senate candidate drops bid; says she has been appointed ‘Republic’ Senator instead  —  The Republican candidate for a state Senate seat in eastern Iowa has ended her campaign and instead declared herself a U.S. Senator for the state of Iowa.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Malkin Slams Obama's Supporters: Romney Supporters Sign Front Of Paychecks, Obama's Sign The Back  —  On Fox & Friends Weekend on Saturday, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin took on President Barack Obama's campaign strategy of attacking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Obama May Be Safe in Virginia  —  The president's chances to win this Southern swing state look surprisingly strong, even as other states trend away from him.  —  HAMPTON, Virginia — At first glance, this former Confederate stronghold might seem like one of the harder swing states for the president to hang onto in 2012.
Discussion: Politico
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:   ‘Ground Zero’ in Fairfax County
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Alert: Scammers Out to Trick Consumers Using the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling  —  It's enough to make you sick.  No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones.  They say they're from the government and that …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
FTC: Health ruling is prompting scams  —  Federal trade regulators warned Friday that scam artists are using the healthcare law to ask for consumers' personal information over the phone.  —  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the illegal activity began after the Supreme Court ruled …
Discussion: American Glob
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ron Paul: Romney campaign scared to let me speak at GOP convention  —  Rep. Ron Paul said that the Republican Party is scared to let him speak at the national convention in Florida next month.  —  The Texas Republican candidate for president said he thinks the prospects of him having …
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Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum buries hatchet with Romney in high-profile event
Discussion: Ballot Box
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mitt's Political Vortex
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney At Leisure: 12 Pictures From His Day Off  —  The Republican presidential nominee took a day off from campaigning at his home in New Hampshire Saturday on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.  He seems to be enjoying himself.
Discussion: The Impolitic
BuzzFeed:
Alabama Governor: I Didn't Call On Romney To Release His Tax Returns  —  “I just think that everyone should do that.”  One Republican's attempt to avoid running afoul of his party's nominee.  —  Image by JONATHAN BACHMAN / Reuters  —  WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — Alabama Governor Robert …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Roanoke, Virginia  —  Roanoke Fire Station #1, Roanoke, Virginia  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Roanoke!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Roanoke!  Good to be back in Virginia.  (Applause.)  Back in the Star City.
New York Times:
F.D.A. Surveillance of Scientists Spread to Outside Critics  —  WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Obama ad hits Romney on outsourcing, offshore investments  —  The Obama campaign is out with a new ad this morning, “Firms,” that hits Mitt Romney on outsourcing jobs over audio of Romney singing “America the Beautiful.”  —  “In business, Mitt Romney's firm shipped jobs to Mexico.
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney says he will release no more than two years of federal tax returns
Discussion: The Reaction and PERRspectives
BuzzFeed:
Anthony Weiner Is Back On Facebook  —  And on a mobile device.  It's a return to social media for a Congressman felled by over sharing.
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
U.S. to Let Florida Use Its Data for Voter Check  —  The federal government has granted Florida election officials access to a database of noncitizen residents for use in Republican-backed efforts to remove people who are not American citizens from voter registration rolls.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Liberal Non-Profit Group Sending Out Pre-Filled Voter Registarion Cards To Dogs, Dead People, Non-Citizens...  But . . . but . . . but . . . voter ID laws are raaaaacist! … HT: Jon
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Dogs, dead people get election docs from nonprofit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
New York Fed's Libor Documents Reveal Cozy Relationship Between Regulators, Banks … FOLLOW:  —  The Fed, Timothy Geithner, Libor Manipulation, New York Fed, Tim Geithner, LIBOR, Libor Rate-Rigging Scandal, New York Fed Libor Documents, New York Federal Reserve, Business News
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Ben Chu / The Independent:
Libor: They all knew - and no one acted
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Clinton Pledges Support of U.S. in Egypt Transition
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New York Post:
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Robert L. Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
George Shultz: Memo to Romney — Expand the Pie
Discussion: EconLog
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
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Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
Iran vows to back any nation that fights America, Israel
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Hamas says Egypt's Mursi will end Gaza blockade
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reuters:
Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Presidential race in Florida is a ‘coin toss’
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
Jo Becker / New York Times:
Joe Paterno Got Richer Contract Amid Jerry Sandusky Inquiry
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama uses the ‘tax’ word to describe mandate