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9:20 AM ET, July 20, 2012


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Denver Post:
12 killed, 50 wounded at Aurora movie theater  —  AURORA — About 50 people were shot — 12 fatally — early Friday when shots rang out at an Aurora movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie.  —  A 24-year-old man in is custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected …
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Aurora ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting Suspect Identified: James Holmes  —  The young man who is in custody after allegedly gunning down 12 people in a mass shooting spree overnight in Aurora, Colorado has been identified as local resident James Holmes, according to federal authorities.
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 14 … FOLLOW:  —  Crime, Video, Aurora Shooting, Century 16 Movie Theater, Dark Knight Shooting, Batman, Batman Shooting, Movie Theater Shooting, Movie Theater Shooting Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises, Denver News
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:
Police: 14 dead in Colorado theater shooting  —  AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver theater at a midnight opening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama, Romney offer support to victims of Colorado shootings  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney released separate statements on Friday saying they were “saddened” by the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early this morning, and pledged to bring those responsible to justice.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
The Internet Photoshops Mitt Romney Into Batman Villain
Discussion: National Review
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pathos of the Plutocrat
Discussion: Daily Kos and Los Angeles Times
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is the FBAR FUBAR?  —  Through the last week of tax return follies …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Remedial Communication Class  —  Lessons from three recent failures, at the Olympics and on the campaign trail.  —  Thoughts on three recent failures to communicate:  —  In the controversy surrounding the uniforms of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, the problem isn't China.
The Washington / Washington Times:
GHEI: Crop cronyism  —  Trillion-dollar farm bill is the latest example of what's wrong with our economy  —  Combine a Midwestern drought with pointless ethanol mandates, and the supplies of corn inevitably dwindle, driving prices sky high.  Politicians like Sen. Claire McCaskill …
Super PAC donors may keep opening wallets, but public may not see it  —  Washington (CNN) - When the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, files its June donation report on Friday with the Federal Election Commission, it is expected to show a six-figure contribution …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads
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
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: TalkLeft and Unqualified Offerings
K.T. Arasu / Reuters:
GRAINS-Corn and soybeans hit record highs, stir food crisis fear  —  * Corn front-month hits record top, off peak  —  * U.S. govt forecasts hot, dry weather to continue (Adds analyst quotes, updates market action at the close)  —  Corn and soybeans soared to record highs on Thursday …
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 …
Robert P. George / Public Discourse:
Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the “Grand Bargain”  —  It was only yesterday, was it not, that we were being assured that the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex partnerships would have no impact on persons and institutions that hold to the traditional view of marriage as a conjugal union?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NOM Blog
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.
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans pouncing on Obama's 'you didn't build that' remark
Discussion: American Thinker
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama support for GE, Boeing, JPMorgan doesn't always go both ways
Discussion: Power Line
David Rogers / Reuters:
House approves $606B defense budget
Discussion: Georgia Tipsheet
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Adviser: ‘Real Americans’ Don't Care About Candidate's Afghanistan Policy
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Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
The left's lost donors
Discussion: CNN and Washington Wire
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Romney campaign quietly promised ‘vigorous’ porn crackdown, Reagan prosecutor says
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Timothy Geithner Peppered TARP Inspector General Barofsky With F-Bombs: Book
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
While on NPR, Sen. Rubio Questions Usefulness of NPR
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard