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9:35 AM ET, July 19, 2012

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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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Romney tied with Obama in Virginia  —  A new survey shows Mitt Romney tied with President Barack Obama in the battleground state of Virginia, exciting news for a Republican challenger who has consistently trailed in recent polling of the state.  —  The survey, released Thursday …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama, Romney in dead heat in presidential race
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead in New Mexico declining
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
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: Slate, Guardian and Towleroad News #gay
Tarini Partiand Scott Wong / Politico:
Dems look to keep heat on Romney over tax returns
Discussion: CNN, Riehl World View and ABCNEWS
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Morgan Freeman gives $1 million to Obama super PAC  —  Actor Morgan Freeman is the newest seven-figure donor to the Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, POLITICO has confirmed.  —  In a statement, Freeman lauded both the president's record and Priorities USA for its role in the 2012 campaign.
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New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Is Blamed in Attack on Israeli Tourist Bus in Bulgaria  —  BURGAS, Bulgaria — The attack on a tour bus carrying Israeli vacationers outside the airport here was carried out by a suicide bomber using fake American identification, officials said on Thursday.
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Associated Press:
Bulgaria says suicide attacker in baseball cap, sneakers, shorts attacked Israeli tourist bus
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, World and Jihad Watch
Reuters:
Suicide bomber blew up Bulgaria airport bus
New York Times:
Explosion on Bulgaria Tour Bus Kills at Least Five Israelis
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
McCain defends Clinton aide accused of Muslim Brotherhood ties  —  Sen. John McCain takes to the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whom GOP lawmakers have accused of having ties to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood.  —  “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Edward Rollins / Fox News:
Bachmann's former campaign chief — shame on you, Michele
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
DNC Regrets Offending Ann Romney, No More Horse Videos  —  It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now the Democratic National Committee is offering an apology of sorts to Ann Romney.  —  At issue is a DNC video featuring footage of Ann Romney's dancing show horse.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Voters pick Condi Rice as Romney running mate  —  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the top choice as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate among both American voters overall as well as among Republicans.  —  Thirty percent of voters would like to see Rice …
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
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Jason Zengerle / GQ:   Wanna Be Veep? Okay, but This Is Going to Hurt
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” …
Boston Herald:
Mr. Smooth: Deval Patrick eyes road fixes for Michelle Obama  —  Deval Patrick's office personally asked town officials to dispatch road crews this week to fill potholes near his Berkshires mansion to pave the way for a smooth ride for first lady Michelle Obama when she hits the Bay State …
Politico:
Kelly Ayotte's $120K legal headache  —  A bizarre but little-known lawsuit has caused headaches for freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte and cost her at least $120,000 in legal fees just as her political stock rises and she's being mentioned as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times and Naked Politics
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Expecting Assad's Fall, Washington Plans for a New Syria  —  WASHINGTON — With the growing conviction that the Assad family's 42-year grip on power in Syria is coming to an end, Obama administration officials worked on contingency plans Wednesday for a collapse of the Syrian government …
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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.
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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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Who else, Mr. President?  —  When President Barack Obama hauled off …
Bill Mears / CNN:
Scalia: Criticism of Supreme Court's health care ruling ‘offends me’
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Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
“It Gets Better” producers turn lenses to LGBT politics
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Waxman has a race on his hands
Discussion: Riehl World View
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Schumer urges Justice Department to drop Apple e-books suit
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Families of Americans killed by drones file suit
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Weasel Zippers and Wired
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Governor Brown signs California high-speed rail bill, calls critics ‘NIMBYs,’ ‘fearful men’
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 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Top Dems Push Bill Requiring Candidates To Disclose Offshore Tax Havens
Discussion: Examiner and ThinkProgress
Jessica Mason / YouTube Blog:
Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for July 18, 2012
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and New York Magazine
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney camp: ‘Not true’ he paid $0 in taxes
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Arkansas says Medicaid expansion saves $372 million. Let's break down those numbers.
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Former Navy SEAL Launches PAC To Fight Obama
Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs