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12:05 PM ET, July 18, 2012

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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.  —  Image by Win McNamee / Getty Images  —  IRWIN, Penn.  — Standing before hundreds of roaring partisans …
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Latino Decisions:
New poll: After SB1070 decision Obama widens lead over Romney among Latinos  —  Latino Decisions released new national poll of Latino registered voters showing Barack Obama winning 70% of the Latino vote compared to 22% for Mitt Romney.  The poll, commissioned by the Center …
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Romney campaign's attacks on Obama play on ‘birther’ fears  —  Mitt Romney says the Obama administration resembles foreign governments, and a chief surrogate for the GOP candidate says the president needs to ‘learn how to be an American.’  —  IRWIN, Pa. — In remarks that played …
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Medal-winner in Mitt Romney veep stakes won't be known until after Olympic Games  —  Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty head list of likely running mates  —  WASHINGTON — Kicking the vice presidential sweepstakes into overdrive, Mitt Romney Tuesday announced …
CNN:
Americans view Romney's campaign more unfavorably than Obama's  —  (CNN) - After weeks of scathing back-and-forth between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a plurality of the American public views the incumbent Democrat as running a more favorable campaign, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Politicker
National Review:
Release the Returns  —  Mitt Romney is steadfastly resisting calls …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
When Going Negative Becomes A Positive (The Note)
Discussion: Politicker
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Team Romney Becoming Unhinged?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Ticket Talk Is Heating Up
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Guardian
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Memo to Dem press secretary: Probably best not to imply GOP billionaire is a pimp  —  When Jesse Ferguson showed up for work yesterday as a Democrat press secretary on Capitol Hill, he found a three-page FedEx letter waiting.  —  It was from someone named Lewis R. Clayton.
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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.
PolitiFact:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says prostitution money is helping fund groups backing …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney donor Adelson threatens to sue DCCC for libel
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Attack Kills Syrian Defense Minister in Damascus  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and Syria's defense minister were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber attacked a crisis group of senior ministers and security chiefs meeting in central Damascus, according to state television and activists.
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Reuters:
Bomb kills Syrian ministers at heart of Assad rule
Washington Post:   Intense fighting rocks Syrian capital, fueling perceptions of a turning point
Tim Mak / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: Democrats should skip the convention  —  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says that Democratic members should stay home and campaign in their districts rather than go to the party's national convention in North Carolina.  —  “I'm not encouraging anyone to go to the convention …
Christopher Kolk / People.com:
Anthony Weiner Shares a Family Photo  —  What's next for former New York congressman Anthony Weiner?  Baby's first birthday, of course.  —  “I'm very happy in my present life,” Weiner, 47, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview.  “The only next dramatic steps I'm planning on are Jordan's first …
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 …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Who else, Mr. President? … When President Barack Obama hauled off and slapped American small-business owners in the mouth the other day, I wanted to dream of my father.  —  But I didn't have to close my eyes to see my dad.  I could do it with my eyes open.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
Associated Press:
Arpaio: Obama birth record ‘definitely fraudulent’  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is definitely fraudulent.  —  Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse said in March …
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.
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David Boroff / NY Daily News:
Possible serial foot-licker in custody after police bust 49-year-old Anthony Parri for inappropriately touching two young girls in upstate NY library  —  ‘I am being set up by the President Barack Obama and the city and the federal government,’ Parri said outside court.
Discussion: Mediaite and Riehl World View
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Propose Letting All Tax Cuts Expire  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats — holding firm against extending tax cuts for the rich — are proposing a novel way to circumvent the Republican pledge not to vote for any tax increase: Allow all the tax cuts to expire Jan. 1 …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’
Discussion: msnbc.com
ThinkProgress:
Conservatives' New Legal Attack On Health Care Reform: Opposition To Middle-Class Tax Credits
Steve Chaggaris / CBS News:
Poll: VP choice matters to most voters
BuzzFeed:
Obama Official Was Like “A Hooker Dropped Into A Prison Exercise Yard”
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Beltway's Destructive Obsession with the Deficit
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to back bipartisan medical marijuana bill
ansamed.info:
Syria: Now is the decisive battle, Muslim Brotherhood says
 Earlier Items: 
Quinnipiac University:
More Virginia Voters Back Out-And-In UVA President, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds …
Discussion: Politico
Chas Sisk / In Session:
County GOP chapters circulate resolutions condemning Haslam
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama believes success is a gift from government
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics Committee launches probe of Dem Rep. Robert Andrews
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Christie Balancing National Ambitions With Governorship
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Wire and ABCNEWS
Gene Healy / Reason:
Obama Descends into Self-Parody