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8:20 AM ET, July 17, 2012


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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Ad Taken Down Over Copyright Claim … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Romney Campaign, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Ad, Mitt Romney Singing Ad, Mitt Romney Web Ad, Obama Singing, Politics News
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
TRENDING: Hillary Clinton: Romney ads featuring her a ‘waste of money’  —  (CNN) - She's been featured in two negative television ads from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the spots would have little effect on voters who already know the story of the 2008 Democratic primaries.
Obama ad continues to hammer Romney over taxes  —  The 30-second spot, “Makes You Wonder,” will run in Pennsylvania the same day Romney travels to the Keystone State.  — Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker  — Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Romney says waiters at fundraiser “aren't having a good year”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
A Yahoo Search Calls Up a Chief From Google  —  Updated  —  Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next chief of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.  —  The appointment of Ms. Mayer is consider a coup for Yahoo …
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant  —  She told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due in October.  —  FORTUNE —Marissa Mayer, the Google (GOOG) executive who today was named Yahoo's (YHOO) new chief executive, is pregnant.  —  Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7.
Washington Examiner:
Romney's new foe: Batman's ‘Bane’ … This summer's much-anticipated Hollywood blockbuster, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is getting an unusual boost from Democrats and other foes of Mitt Romney who are eager to tie the Gotham crushing villain to the GOP presidential candidate.
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:   Dems Keep Up Romney Bain Attacks
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Politifact: Mitt Romney's companies sent jobs overseas
Associated Press:   Romney says Obama attacking him because he prefers not to defend his own record
His Man in Macau: Inside the Investigation Into Sheldon Adelson's Empire  —  A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls.  —  Where competitors saw obstacles …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘hates this country’  —  President Barack Obama “hates this country,” and his philosophy appeals to “people with miserable, meaningless lives” and “people who don't count,” Rush Limbaugh said Monday.  —  “I think it can now be said, without equivocation …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Dick Cheney to talk sequester with House GOP  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is flying to Washington from Wyoming to talk to top House Republicans about automatic cuts to defense spending, according to senior GOP sources.  —  Cheney will speak to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's (Calif.) …
Discussion: CNN
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Democrats Want Leverage From Sequester
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Burnett: Release tax returns, Romney  —  In a move that departed from CNN's traditional brand of journalism, host Erin Burnett called on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns tonight.  —  “It's time, Mitt.  Time to put them on the table,” she said during tonight's edition of OutFront.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Andy Campbell / The Huffington Post:
Jonah Falcon, Man With World's Largest Penis, Frisked By TSA At California Airport … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Anatomical Wonders, TSA, Video, 13.5 Inches, Jonah Falcon, San Francisco International Airport, Stop And Frisk, X-Ray Body Scanners, Airport Screening, Largest Penis …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Turn Against John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court  —  Democrats now positive about both  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are now much more negative than they were seven years ago, with the most recent reading coming soon …
Bill Friskics-Warren / New York Times:
Kitty Wells, Trailblazing Country Singer, Dies at 92  —  The cause was complications of a stroke, said her grandson John Sturdivant Jr.  —  Ms. Wells was an unlikely and unassuming pioneer.  When she recorded “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” she was a 33-year-old wife …
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
Hardheaded Socialism Makes Canada Richer Than U.S.  —  On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American.  —  According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama switches off teleprompter  —  President Obama is weaning himself off his teleprompter.  —  At recent campaign events in Pennsylvania, Virginia and again Monday in Ohio, Obama spoke to crowds in high school gymnasiums and at crowded outdoor events without his teleprompter, instead using written notes.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Hope, Growth and Opportunity Shows Limits of Disclosure Rules  —  WASHINGTON — In early 2010, a new organization called the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity filed for nonprofit, tax-exempt status, telling the Internal Revenue Service it was not going to spend any money on campaigns.
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Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Let's try to stick to the real world when we talk about Medicaid
Top Dem Leaves Fundraising Debate To Attend Fundraiser
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New York Times:
U.S. Priorities in Drug War Debated as Pill Abuse Rises
Xinhua News Agency:
3 cops killed, 3 injured in police station attack in NW Pakistan
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Writing With Antonin Scalia, Grammar Nerd
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 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama misses new budget deadline
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Wall Street Journal:
It's True: Corporations Are People
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
JPMorgan just gave a calamitous economic forecast for Obama
Orlando Sentinel:
‘Witness 9’ tells prosecutors Zimmerman molested her for years
Tammie Fields / Tampa Bay Fl News:
Lt. Governor speaks out about sex scandal accusations