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3:45 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” …
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:
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Vetting” Genie Out of the Bottle  —  I don't want to over-react to John Sunnunu's bizarre outburst yesterday, or put too much weight on McKay Coppins' report today that it represented a Romney campaign decision to “take the gloves off” and go nuclear on the president.
CNN:
Another day on the trail: Dancing horses, cronyism
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Oops!... Obama's Top Bundler Jonathan Lavine Was In Charge of Bain During GST Steel Layoffs
Discussion: American Power and National Review
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative elites club Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
When Going Negative Becomes A Positive (The Note)
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Poll: Obama winning 70 percent of Hispanics
Discussion: Politicker
Haaretz:
7 reported killed in terror attack against Israelis in Bulgaria  —  Haaretz brings you minute-by-minute updates on the deadly attack; Israeli rescue services en route to country; Terror attack occurs on 18th anniversary of attack on Jewish community in Buenos Aires.
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Fox News:
Israel blames Iran for deadly bus explosion targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria
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 …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann: Letter on Clinton aide was ‘distorted’
Discussion: Politico
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Anthony Weiner: Not running for office - for now
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
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New York Times:
Blast Kills Core Syrian Security Officials  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — An explosion that Syria state television called a suicide bomb attack killed at least three top aides to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Wednesday including the defense minister and Mr. Assad's powerful brother-in-law.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
A Brief Reminder: Suicide Bombing is Not a Hopeful Sign
Discussion: National Review
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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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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Romney ‘can do well without me’  —  Former President George W. Bush said that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney “can do well without me” and indicated he would not get involved in the 2012 campaign in an interview released Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN
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Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Medal-winner in Mitt Romney veep stakes won't be known until after Olympic Games
Eric Lach / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Tennessee Tea Partiers To GOP Gov: Stop Employing Muslims, Gays, Democrats!  —  Conservatives and Tea Party activists in Tennessee have recently pushed several Republican Party county organizations to pass resolutions criticizing the state's Republican governor for …
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The chart that shows just how much reelection trouble Obama is in  —  A daisy chain of political disaster seems to be forming for President Obama, says political analyst Dan Clifton at Strategas Research.  Clifton suggests that “there seems to be a relationship between consumer confidence and whether a president gets reelected.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Brennan Center for Justice:
The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification  —  PUBLICATIONS  —  Ten states now have unprecedented restrictive voter ID laws.  Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all require citizens to produce specific types …
Callum Borchers / The Boston Globe:
Web campaign targets Romney's ‘extreme anti-LGBT agenda’  —  A pair of liberal super PACs are teaming up on a new Web campaign that accuses Mitt Romney of advancing an “extreme anti-LGBT agenda” that would make life worse for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
Obama Official Was Like “A Hooker Dropped Into A Prison Exercise Yard”
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Who else, Mr. President? … When President Barack Obama hauled off …
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David Boroff / NY Daily News:
Possible serial foot-licker in custody after police bust 49-year-old Anthony Parri for …