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12:40 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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Team Romney Becoming Unhinged?  —  It's beginning to look like John Sununu's Day of Rage yesterday wasn't an outlier for the Romney campaign but a sign of things to come.  Here's McKay Coppins' report on where Team Romney seems to be going: … So it's the Obama campaign's “ruthless” …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Moderate Voice
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Romney ‘can do well without me’
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Another day on the trail: Dancing horses, cronyism
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and msnbc.com
National Review:
Release the Returns  —  Mitt Romney is steadfastly resisting calls …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
When Going Negative Becomes A Positive (The Note)
Discussion: Politicker
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Ticket Talk Is Heating Up
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Guardian
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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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.
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
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 …
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 …
David Shepardson / detroitnews.com:
Romney targets Obama, loan for electric vehicle startup in new ad  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is criticizing the Obama administration's decision to loan an electric vehicle startup Fisker $529 million.  —  In a new 30-second advertisement released Wednesday morning …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Awkward: Obama jobs panel MIA  —  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
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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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
O'KEEFE RISES: UNION BOSSES OKAY DIGGING UP-THEN FILLING BACK IN-DITCHES ON TAXPAYERS' DIME  —  James O'Keefe's new Project Veritas video (see below) is a stunning exposé of union corruption surrounding so-called “shovel ready” jobs.  In typically irreverent Project Veritas style …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
BuzzFeed:
Obama Official Was Like “A Hooker Dropped Into A Prison Exercise Yard”  —  Emails show an investor's ties to White House officials Valerie Jarrett and Jim Messina.  With Romney taking fire, the RNC shoots back with allegations that the White House allowed donors to feed at the green energy trough.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
 
 
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Quinnipiac University:
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Discussion: Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama believes success is a gift from government
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics Committee launches probe of Dem Rep. Robert Andrews
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Gene Healy / Reason:
Obama Descends into Self-Parody