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1:25 AM ET, July 20, 2012

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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Ann Romney: We've given enough  —  Ann Romney dismissed concerns about her husband's tax returns Thursday, contending that the two of them have “given all you people need to know.”  —  “You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he's been financially,” …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Most say Romney should release additional tax returns  —  WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans, including almost a third of Republicans, say GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney should release more tax returns than the two years he has promised to disclose, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
We Don't Think Ann Romney Said ‘You People’  —  Ann Romney.  —  As a rule of thumb, “you people” is not a very nice way to address a group of people.  Sometimes, it comes off as racist.  Or it can seem scornful and condescending when the utterer is, say, extraordinarily wealthy and “you people” refers to the American public.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is the FBAR FUBAR?  —  Through the last week of tax return follies, Mitt Romney has repeatedly stated that he's released two years of tax returns and he'll release no more.  In fact, he's yet to release even a single complete tax return.  He filed for an extension for his 2011 returns …
Pat Sajak / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Defining Moments  —  It's as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day.  It's fun to imagine the hand-wringing that must …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The mother of all defining moments?  —  Pat Sajak on President Obama's anti-entrepenurial riff: … Sajak argues that “defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes.”  Anyone can make an unguarded remark or a slip of the tongue.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Right Coast
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Thank you Elizabeth Warren (for possibly costing Obama the election)  —  Obama has stepped in it big time, and we have Elizabeth Warren to thank.  —  Obama gave voice to his political creed in the form of parroting Warren's famous rant about factory owners:  —  Here's Obama's rendition (and a Romney response):
The Times of Israel:
Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali  —  Terrorist said to have been a Swedish citizen with a history of Muslim extremist activities  —  Mehdi Ghezali (screen capture, Channel 10)  —  Bulgarian media on Thursday named the suicide bomber who blew up a bus full of Israeli tourists …
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William Bigelow / BREITBART.COM:
ANTI-ISRAEL BOMBER IN BULGARIA WAS RELEASED FROM GITMO THANKS TO LEFT  —  Leftists who hate Israel can rejoice; their efforts at securing the release of a Gitmo detainee and their subsequent lionizing of him allowed him to murder five Israelis in the bombing Wednesday in Burgas, Bulgarian.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Obama's 'you didn't build that' comment not a gaffe, it's his ideology  —  Mitt Romney made an impromptu swing by a Massachusetts body shop Thursday afternoon to again hammer President Obama over the president's suggestion last week that the success of private enterprises in the United States …
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Matt Taylor / Salon:
Obama's pot problem  —  Will the president's tough stance on marijuana cost him the crucial swing state of Colorado?  —  A crowd of people all exhale marijuana simultaneously at the University of Colorado in Boulder on April 20, 2010.  —  President Barack Obama has disappointed drug-reform advocates across …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads  —  Have you eaten at White Castle recently?  Or caught a movie at Regal Cinemas?  —  If so, you may be unwittingly helping finance right-wing attack ads.  —  That's because many of the country's most common brands are run …
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CNN:   Super PAC donors may keep opening wallets, but public may not see it
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide ‘pretty dangerous’  —  At a press conference Thursday, Boehner (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).  —  Boehner said he did not know Abedin well …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Boehner Blasts Bachmann, Says Her Unfounded Accusations Are ‘Pretty Dangerous’
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Aaron Sorkin versus reality  —  The increasingly unpleasant superiority complex of America's most prominent liberal screenwriter … Aaron Sorkin is why people hate liberals.  He's a smug, condescending know-it-all who isn't as smart as he thinks he is.  His feints toward open-mindedness …
Rolling Stone:
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math  —  Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is  —  If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
GOP senators block top Obama jobs initiative  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional “to-do-list,” refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that “insource” jobs to the U.S. from overseas …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Reid Can't Explain Why Dems Didn't Raise Taxes When They Had the Chance
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: I'll release my tax returns when I run for president
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Explaining Obama's Ressentiment  —  Unearned success is the central theme of his life story.  —  The Romney campaign is out with a very effective new ad illuminating and responding to President Obama's disparagement of individual achievement.  The ad constructs a dialogue between Obama and Jack Gilchrist …
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Romney video deceptively edits Obama speech to make it sound anti-business  —  So here's where this is going.  The Romney campaign is out with a new Web video hitting Obama over the “don't build that” quote.  It features a business owners who is angry at Obama for supposedly insulting his hard work.
David Weigel / Slate:
“You Didn't Build That” … - Yglesias: If Pot Were Truly Legal, It Would Be Really Cheap—Like a Few Cents a Joint - U.S. Student Debt Is Growing at a Scary, Insane Rate  — Why Do So Many Syrians Wear Mustaches?  - How a Linebacker on a Delta Flight Shot the Best Photo Yet …
BuzzFeed:
The Internet Photoshops Mitt Romney Into Batman Villain  —  Mitt Romney was involved in Bain Capital and Bane is the villain for The Dark Knight Rises .  I wonder if anyone's going to make a joke about that.  —  Bane, Batman Villain (L), Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate (R)
Discussion: National Review
TMZ.com:
Fred Willard Arrested for Lewd Conduct  —  ARRESTED  —  for Lewd Conduct  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater ... TMZ has learned.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Legal Battles Erupt Over Tough Voter ID Laws  —  PHILADELPHIA — Four years ago as Viviette Applewhite, now 93, was making her way through her local Acme supermarket, her pocketbook hanging from her shoulder, a thief sliced the bag from its straps.  —  A former hotel housekeeper, Ms. Applewhite …
Discussion: theGrio and Red Alert Politics
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Timothy Geithner Peppered TARP Inspector General Barofsky With F-Bombs: Book … FOLLOW:  —  Video, TARP Money, Tim Geithner, Bank Bailout, Bank Bailouts, Books, Geithner Barofsky, Neil Barofsky, Sigtarp, Slideexpand, TARP, Wall Street Bailout, Business News
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
The left's lost donors  —  Democrats have spent months praying for the liberal answer to Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers.  —  For the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, there are plenty of potential recruits who can write multimillion-dollar checks — just few who have stepped forward.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Wire
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation  —  The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.  —  USDA has an agreement with Mexico …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Adviser: ‘Real Americans’ Don't Care About Candidate's Afghanistan Policy … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Romney Campaign, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Afghanistan, Tara Wall, Politics News
David Rogers / Reuters:
House approves $606B defense budget  —  The House approved a nearly $606 billion Pentagon budget bill Thursday evening after agreeing to cap core defense appropriations at 2012 levels — $1.1 billion below what had been recommended by the Republican leadership.
Discussion: Georgia Tipsheet
 
 
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Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
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Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
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Financial Times:
World braced for new food crisis
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Drumsticks and violins: GSA event costs taxpayers $270,000
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Kate Nocera / Politico:
King tries to ban gay marriages on military bases
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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