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10:30 PM ET, July 18, 2012

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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
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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
BuzzFeed:
Olympics Documents, Intro Described Romney As Bain CEO  —  Mitt Romney has spent much of the last week arguing that, despite some public records, he was effectively gone from Bain Capital in February 1999.  But in February 2000, Romney was introduced as the “founder and CEO of Capital” …
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
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.
Tarini Partiand Scott Wong / Politico:
Dems look to keep heat on Romney over tax returns
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Romney campaign's attacks on Obama play on ‘birther’ fears
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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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
New York Times:
Economic Fears Hurting Obama, Poll Indicates  —  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 areas of support for President Obama and helping give his Republican challenger …
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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 …
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: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Politico and Wonkette
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 …
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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Associated Press:
6 die in Bulgaria as bus carrying Israelis bombed
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Bombing Kills Key Assad Aides as Syria Fighting Rages  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The killing on Wednesday of President Bashar al-Assad's key security aides in a brazen bombing attack, close to Mr. Assad's own residence, called into question the ability of a government that depends on an insular group …
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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: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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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
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 …
Jessica Mason / YouTube Blog:
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity  —  As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them.  According to the international human rights organization WITNESS …
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
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Hannity Gets First Interview with George Zimmerman  —  Sean Hannity has secured the first interview with George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.  The hour-long exclusive will air on Hannity's Fox News Channel program tonight at 9pmET.
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Sununu (Sort Of) Apologizes For Attacking Obama's American Roots  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu told CNN that he misspoke when he said President Obama needs to “learn to be an American” Tuesday.  But he let stand his comments that Obama doesn't understand America …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Obama Campaign Detectives Hunt For Foreclosed Florida Voters  —  By day, Lynnette Acosta, a 34-year- old mother of two, is an information-technology manager in Orlando, Florida.  By night, she's a sleuth for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, scouring for potential voters.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Political Capital
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Top Dems Push Bill Requiring Candidates To Disclose Offshore Tax Havens
Discussion: Examiner and ThinkProgress
Robert Krulwich / NPR:
Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and BuzzFeed
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 18, 2012
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.
Norfolk Constabulary:
Police closes UEA investigation
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Matthews: Obama Is The Perfect Man
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Bernanke to Economy: Drop Dead
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Likely Voter Polls: Mitt Romney's Hidden Edge?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’
Discussion: msnbc.com