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9:05 AM ET, July 18, 2012

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National Review:
Release the Returns  —  Mitt Romney is steadfastly resisting calls to release additional years of his personal tax returns, arguing — not without good reason — that this demand is part of a fishing expedition by the Obama campaign, which hopes to exploit Romney's personal wealth …
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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.
CNN:
McCain: Palin was better VP choice than Romney in 2008
NY Daily News:
Top Romney surrogate John Sununu, the fomer N.H. Gov., apologizes after charging that Obama needs ‘to learn how to be an American’  —  Sununu also said the President doesn't understand the economy because he spent his youth ‘smoking something’  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu …
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BuzzFeed:
How The Romney Campaign Decided To Take The Gloves Off  —  Surrogates will bring up cocaine, Fast and Furious, and ties to Blagojevich, one aide says.  What Romneyland is thinking.  —  Romney's top aides in Florida in January.  —  Image by Joe Raedle / Getty Images  —  IRWIN, Penn.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and ABCNEWS
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative elites club Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN
msnbc.com:
Romney surrogate Sununu: ‘I wish this president would learn how to be an American’
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Adelson to DCCC: Retract your “Chinese prostitution money” comments or I'll sue  —  In a scathing letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Sheldon Adelson's lawyer accused the organization of “maliciously branding Mr. Adelson as a pimp” and demanded the DCCC either retract and apologize or be sued.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney donor Adelson threatens to sue DCCC for libel
Rob Bluey / Hot Air:
Schumer calls for “limits on First Amendment rights” during Senate debate  —  The Senate has gone 1,175 days without passing a budget.  Taxmageddon and sequestration are threatening the economic livelihood of millions of Americans.  And yet the top order of business for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: Cheney motivated to stop defense cuts because of Halliburton ties
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.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Star of Pro-Obama Super PAC Ad Unleashed: ‘Obama Is a Jerk, a Pantywaist, a Lightweight, a Blowhard’  —  The star of a pro-Obama super PAC ad is speaking out against ... President Barack Obama.  —  “I could really care less about Obama,” Donnie Box says of President Obama, according to In These Times.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama jobs panel lays low  —  President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hasn't met publicly for six months, even as the issue of job creation dominates the 2012 election.  —  At this point, the hiatus — which reached the half-year mark Tuesday — might be less awkward than an official meeting …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obama has investments in companies that ship jobs overseas
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Wasserman Schultz Has Unreported Second Home in NH, Lives Large on the High Seas  —  DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama's re-election campaign team have been waging a coordinated effort against Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney by repeatedly casting aspersion …
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Bill Lawrence / BLOG.BILLLAWRENCEONLINE.COM:
DNC Head Gets Heckled At Synagogue Rally
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Says Syria Pulls Troops from Golan to Suppress Revolt Elsewhere  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's military intelligence chief said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria had moved forces to Damascus from along the Golan Heights region, bordering on Israeli-controlled territory …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Israel Matzav
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Washington Post:   Intense fighting rocks Syrian capital, fueling perceptions of a turning point
Rush Limbaugh:
The Batman Campaign?  —  RUSH: Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is.  That's right, Dark Knight Rises.  Lights Up, same thing.  Do you know the name of the villain in this movie?  Bane.  The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e.
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Christie keynote tip  —  The word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey: If you're going to the GOP convention in Tampa next month, be sure to be there by Tuesday night, Aug. 28, because Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech that night.
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics Committee launches probe of Dem Rep. Robert Andrews  —  The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it was probing allegations that Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) violated House ethics rules.  —  The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) referred the case to the secretive ethics panel …
WMUR:
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: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Iowa
Discussion: Ballot Box
Reuters:
Bernanke offers few hints on further Fed easing  —  (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday offered few new clues on whether the U.S. central bank was moving closer to a fresh round of monetary stimulus, repeating the Fed's pledge to act if needed.
Discussion: Vodkapundit, Bloomberg and Firedoglake
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Christopher Kolk / People.com:
Anthony Weiner Shares a Family Photo
Discussion: CNN
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Balancing National Ambitions With Governorship
Reuters:
New cyber espionage virus found targeting Iran
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Gene Healy / Reason:
Obama Descends into Self-Parody
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Propose Letting All Tax Cuts Expire
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
New York Times:
Inside Romney's Search for a Vice President
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
National Review Writer Stands By Racial Slur
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Tyler Cowen on me on Medicaid Wars
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
William Raspberry dies at 76: Washington Post columnist wrote about social issues including race, poverty
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: New welfare changes are ‘trap’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How did vaunted Romney Death Star break down?