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5:55 PM ET, July 17, 2012


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Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Palin was ‘better candidate’ than Romney  —  Mitt Romney's tax returns had nothing to do with Sen. John McCain's decision to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, according to the Arizona Republican, saying he chose the former Alaska governor because she was a “better candidate.”
Robert Costa / National Review:
Romney on Tax Returns: 'I'm Simply Not Enthusiastic about Giving Them Hundreds or Thousands of More Pages to Pick Through, Distort, and Lie About'  —  Earlier today, Mitt Romney spoke with National Review Online about life on the trail, his meeting with Dick Cheney,and his upcoming trip to Europe.
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,” …
Joshua Green / Business Week:
What's Romney Hiding in His Tax Returns?  —  As George Will and many others have noted, there must be something truly damaging in Romney's pre-2010 tax returns for him to willingly endure the criticism and scrutiny that has accompanied his refusal to release them — a refusal he reiterated on Friday …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Michael Tomasky on Romney's Veep and Convention-Speaker Trap
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 …
Romney surrogate Sununu: ‘I wish this president would learn how to be an American’  —  By NBC's Garrett Haake and Michael O'Brien  —  Follow @GarrettNBCNews Follow @mpoindc  —  The Romney campaign ratcheted up its language on Tuesday in a conference call on which former New Hampshire governor …
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Sununu Unleashed: Obama Needs To ‘Learn How To Be An American’  —  A top Mitt Romney supporter went on a rampage against President Obama Tuesday morning, bringing up his teenage drug use and urging him to “learn how to be an American.”  —  John Sununu, the former governor …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney surrogate: Obama spent youth ‘in Hawaii smoking something’
Discussion: Politico and Indecision Forever
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign: Obama Can't Create Jobs ‘Because He Spent His Early Years In Hawaii Smoking Something’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
John Sununu: ‘I Wish This President Would Learn How To Be An American’
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Rumproast
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney surrogate: Obama should ‘learn how to be an American’
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
George W. Bush: ‘Eight years was awesome’  —  In case there was any doubt, George W. Bush made it abundantly clear in a recent interview that although it was “awesome” being president for eight years, he doesn't miss life in political office.  —  “Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Romney Knocks It Out of the Park  —  By all accounts, Mitt Romney was sensational today in Pennsylvania.  His theme was Barack Obama's revelatory “you didn't build that” speech.  Over the lunch hour (here in the Midwest), Twitter was burning up with commentary from those who were watching Romney's speech live.
Discussion: Wake up America
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Iowa
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
Daniel W. Drezner:
You campaign in mercantilism. You govern as a free trader.
Stephanie Warsmith / Akron Beacon Journal:
Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting restrictions  —  President Barack Obama's campaign filed a lawsuit in Columbus this afternoon, seeking to restore the three days of early voting prior to Election Day that the GOP-controlled legislature eliminated, the campaign announced in an exclusive interview with the Beacon Journal today.
Discussion: The Hill, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign, DNC sue Ohio over early voting
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How did vaunted Romney Death Star break down?  —  More Photos  —  Popular in Politics  —  A few days before the January 31 Florida Republican primary, a number of Mitt Romney's top aides took to the pages of the New York Times to brag about how they had destroyed Newt Gingrich.
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.”
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 …
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.
Poll shows race tightening for president  —  Presidential approval rating slips in NH  —  Despite more Granite Staters disapproving of the job he has done, President Barack Obama still holds a slim lead over Republican Mitt Romney in a new poll.  —  The WMUR Granite State Poll shows …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
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 …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
John Rocker is still throwing heat  —  Look out, George Will.  Watch your back, Charles Krauthammer.  There's a new conservative columnist in town: former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker.  —  Rocker, who last pitched in the majors in 2003, was known more for his talk off the field …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Outsports
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
Mike Elk / Working In These Times:
Laid Off Steelworker in Anti-Romney Ad Says He Is Not Voting for Obama  —  “We didn't know who the hell Mitt Romney was when all that stuff started,” says former GS Technologies steelworker Donnie Box of Kansas City, Missouri.  “It wasn't until later we found out who Romney was.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Mediaite and theGrio
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.
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Orator Obama offers fainting crowd advice on how to stand listening to him
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep Drives Away From Constituent Asking About Minimum Wage Increase
Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Harry Reid promises filibuster reform if Dems win the election
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Obama administration gives healthcare to seasonal firefighters
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Fracking in U.S. Lifts Guar Farmers in India
Discussion: AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Shibani Mahtani / Wall Street Journal:
Singapore's Venture With Yale to Limit Protests
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
U.Va. and 11 others become latest to plan MOOCs
Discussion: New York Times, Guardian and AllThingsD
The Voice:
ACCESS DENIED: Voice Readers Furious Over Olympic Snub
Discussion: ThinkProgress, theGrio and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's IRS Snoops Abroad
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Could one word take down Obamacare?
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant