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1:20 PM ET, July 17, 2012


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Romney Backer Wishes Obama “Would Learn How To Be An American”  —  Sununu grabs the third rail.  The Romney campaign lets the dogs out.  —  Source:  —  In a brutal campaign conference call Tuesday organized by Mitt Romney's campaign, several of the candidate's surrogates went …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   The media obsess on Bain while we head to a recession
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney ad pulled from YouTube
David Taintor /
TPM2012  —  Inside The Obama Campaign's New Ad, ‘Firms’
Mj Lee / Politico:
Ron Paul to Mitt Romney: Release tax returns  —  Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday that Mitt Romney should release more of his tax returns, adding to the pressure on the GOP nominee to share personal financial information with the public.  —  “Politically, I think that would help him,” …
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
DNC uses conservatives to hit Romney on tax returns
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Burnett: Release tax returns, Romney
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Romney Overreacting to Bain Attacks?  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has begun to push back against the notion that President Obama's critiques on his tenure at Bain Capital have damaged him.  A memo released by Mr. Romney's pollster, Neil Newhouse, suggests that the margin between Mr. Romney …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Batman villain creator reacts to character's comparison to Romney - ‘Ridiculous’..'Overgrasping Dems'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Vodkapundit
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama switches off his 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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Capitalism Debate  —  Let's say you are president in a time of a sustained economic slowdown.  You initiated a series of big policies that you thought were going to turn the economy around, but they didn't work — either because they were insufficient or ineffective.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney appears in final stages of running-mate decision  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to be in the final stages of deciding who to pick as his vice presidential running mate, with speculation growing that he has narrowed his choice down to a short-list of three.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Raising Taxes on Rich Seen as Good for Economy, Fairness  —  OVERVIEW  —  By two-to-one (44% to 22%), the public says that raising taxes on incomes above $250,00o would help the economy rather than hurt it, while 24% say this would not make a difference.  Moreover, an identical percentage …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Romney and his time machine  —  Mitt Romney is an impressive man, but until now, we didn't know just how impressive.  According to his senior adviser, Ed Gillespie, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is a time traveler.  —  Gillespie made this surprise disclosure to CNN's Candy Crowley …
Agence France Presse:
Romney stands firm: no new tax returns
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Welcome to ‘Panthers Stadium’  —  National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Bachmann defends her witch hunt  —  The Minnesota representative offers “evidence” of Islamic infiltration of the U.S. government in a 16-page letter  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her attempt to root out “deep penetration” by the Muslim Brotherhood into the U.S. government Friday …
Discussion: Rumproast, Jezebel and The Maddow Blog
Matt Bai / New York Times:
How Much Has Citizens United Changed the Political Game?  —  “A hundred million dollars is nothing,” the venture capitalist Andy Rappaport told me back in the summer of 2004.  This was at a moment when wealthy liberals like George Soros and Peter Lewis were looking to influence national politics …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The Super PAC That Aims to End Super PACs
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid: Lack of campaign finance reform turns US over to ‘angry, old white men’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Monday afternoon that if Congress fails to limit campaign donations from the wealthy, a group of “angry, old white men” with billions of dollars to contribute …
Discussion: Power Line
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
The Elton John-Rush Limbaugh bond  —  To the shock of many (given the gap in their political ideologies), Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh's wedding in 2010 and, in a new interview with USA Today, the performer opened up about his friendship with the conservative talk show host.
Discussion: USA Today and Towleroad News #gay
Democracy Corps:
Serious Attack on Ryan Budget Takes Toll on Mitt Romney  —  The most recent survey and focus groups by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps reveal deep opposition to the Ryan budget- and its potential to damage Mitt Romney's candidacy if he embraces it in the coming campaign.
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Could one word take down Obamacare?  —  Section 1401 of the Affordable Care Act is, on the surface, just as exciting as it sounds.  It outlines in excruciating detail the eligibility requirements for an American to receive a tax subsidy to assist in purchasing health insurance.
Discussion: SSRN and The Incidental Economist
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.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Paul Ryan rips Obama's comment that 'if you've got a business — you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen'  —  It was Rep. Paul Ryan's wife, Janna, who first saw — via Twitter — President Obama's recent comments about American entrepreneurs, that “if you've got a business — you didn't build that.
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G-A-Y / Good As You:
Chick-fil-A's flippant response to years of LGBT controversy: ‘Guilty as charged’
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
John F. Burns / New York Times:
For Olympic Athletes, 45-Minute Bus Trip Turns Into Fiasco
Discussion: Gawker, and Guardian
Ariane de Vogue / ABCNEWS:
The Supreme Court: Not Such an Impregnable Fortress Anymore?
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney-Helmed Olympics Outsourced Uniforms To Burma
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Liu Campaign Spending Big on Legal Fees
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
The Incredible Bain Jobs Machine
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Obama Booed When He Won't Kiss On Kiss Cam
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Are Millennials the Screwed Generation?
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Via Meadia
Investor's Business Daily:
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