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1:20 PM ET, July 18, 2012

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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” …
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 …
CNN:
Another day on the trail: Dancing horses, cronyism  —  (CNN) - On July 18, a dancing horse officially became a part of the 2012 presidential campaign.  —  A web video from national Democrats uses an equine performer to suggest GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “dancing around the issues …
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
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
When Going Negative Becomes A Positive (The Note)
Discussion: Politicker
National Review:
Release the Returns  —  Mitt Romney is steadfastly resisting calls …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Poll: Obama winning 70 percent of Hispanics
Discussion: Politicker
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Ticket Talk Is Heating Up
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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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 …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’  —  “I am ashamed to say that we're seeing our President hand out money to the businesses of campaign contributors, when he gave money, $500 million in loans to a company called Fisker that makes high end electric cars, and they make the cars now in Finland.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Likely Voter Polls: Mitt Romney's Hidden Edge? … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Polls, Obama Romney Polls, Likely Voters, Mitt Romney 2012, Polls 2012, Pollster Analysis, Presidential Polls, Politics News
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Steve Chaggaris / CBS News:   Poll: VP choice matters to most voters
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 …
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
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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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
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 …
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Boehner defends Romney on tax returns, calls issue a ‘sideshow’  —  House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday gave Rep. Paul Ryan a brief lesson on presidential surrogacy.  —  Boehner (R-Ohio) leapt to Mitt Romney's defense at a press conference after Ryan (R-Wis.), a vice presidential contender …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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Conservatives' New Legal Attack On Health Care Reform: Opposition To Middle-Class Tax Credits
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Obama Descends into Self-Parody