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8:35 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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Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Taxes For 2010 Not Fully Disclosed … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Politics, Taxes , Video, Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Mitt Romney Taxes, Election 2012, Fbar, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Taxes 2010, Politics News
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Abby Huntsman / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Never Thought He'd Have To Release Tax Returns: Bain Sources … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Bain Capital, Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Mitt Romney Taxes, Bain Capital, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Quit, Politics News
Discussion: Reuters, ABCNEWS, Daily Kos, AEIdeas and Guardian
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney camp: ‘Not true’ he paid $0 in taxes  —  With Mitt Romney declining to release additional years of personal tax returns, the Obama campaign and an array of commentators have floated the possibility that Romney may not have paid any taxes at all in one year or another.
CNN:
Why won't Romney release more tax returns?  —  Editor's note: Edward D. Kleinbard is a professor at Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California.  He is the former chief of staff of Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation.  Peter C. Canellos, a lawyer, is former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section.
Discussion: Guardian and Towleroad News #gay
BuzzFeed:
Olympics Documents, Intro Described Romney As Bain CEO
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Team Romney Becoming Unhinged?
Discussion: BuzzFeed, msnbc.com and The Mahablog
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 …
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New York Times:
Poll Shows Economic Fears Undercutting Obama Support  —  Declining confidence in the nation's economic prospects appears to be the most powerful force influencing voters as the presidential election gears up, undercutting key measures of support for President Obama and helping give his Republican challenger …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in New Mexico declining  —  PPP's newest New Mexico poll finds the race for President there getting a lot more competitive.  Barack Obama continues to lead but his advantage is down to 5 points at 49-44, a far cry from the leads of 14 and 15 points he had on our previous two polls of the state.
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 and Wonkette
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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CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 18, 2012  — n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle  —  JUST IN ... TIM PAWLENTY MAKES HIS CASE, SAYS FLASHINESS DOESN'T GAS UP YOUR CAR:  —  Neil Cavuto: How would you defend yourself from that criticism that maybe Mitt Romney needs a flashy running mate?
Discussion: Politico and The Huffington Post
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   White House: Obama's plate too full for Jobs Council
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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Hubble Smith / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Amonix closes North Las Vegas solar plant after 14 months, heavy federal subsidies  —  The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened.
Russ Burlingame / ComicBook.com:
Rush Limbaugh: Bane's Creator Weighs In  —  Not long after Rush Limbaugh was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter this afternoon as asserting that the use of longtime DC Comics villain Bane in the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight Rises was in fact a subtle jab at Bain Capital co-founder Mitt Romney …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mack says Smith not a real journalist  —  The war between Rep. Connie Mack and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith continued today when the Republican representative told Smith to his face that he wasn't a real journalist.  —  As my colleage Charlie Mahtesian has reported …
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Hacker evades British cops in ‘climate-gate’ probe  —  British police say their investigation of the 2009 theft of climate scientists' emails from a prominent U.K. research institute will end without catching the hacker.  —  The hacking from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) …
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Norfolk Constabulary:
Police closes UEA investigation
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 …
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
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Former Navy SEAL Launches PAC To Fight Obama  —  Ryan Zinke in his Navy days.  (Photo: IraqVetsForCongress.com)  —  Today, Ryan Zinke, an ex-Navy SEAL and Montana State Senator, announced the launch of Special Operations for America, a political action committee dedicated to “the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Robert Krulwich / NPR:
Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb
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Jessica Mason / YouTube Blog:
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney Agrees With Obama: Government Does ‘Help You In A Business’
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Arkansas says Medicaid expansion saves $372 million. Let's break down those numbers.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Matthews: Obama Is The Perfect Man
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Bernanke to Economy: Drop Dead
Meg Handley / US News:
For the First Time, Canadians Now Richer Than Americans
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Likely Voter Polls: Mitt Romney's Hidden Edge?
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’
Discussion: msnbc.com