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2:55 PM ET, July 19, 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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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.
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.
Igor Bobic / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Ann Romney On Tax Returns: 'We've Given All You People Need To Know'  —  Ann Romney reaffirmed her husband's insistence that no additional years of tax returns would be released to the public on Thursday morning, arguing that they have already “given all you people need to know.”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: I'll release my tax returns when I run for president
Discussion: Politico
Matt Vasilogambros / NationalJournal.com:
DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney for Horse Videos
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Ann Romney on tax returns: 'We've given all you people need to know'
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Mediaite, TBogg and Liberty Street
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Boehner Blasts Bachmann, Says Her Unfounded Accusations Are ‘Pretty Dangerous’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has joined a growing list of Republicans in condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) unsubstantiated Islamophobic attacks against top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Michelle Bachmann refuses to back down on claims about Huma Abedin  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and four other conservative members of Congress are charging that people with ties to Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Edward Rollins / Fox News:
Bachmann's former campaign chief — shame on you, Michele  —  I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades.  There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me.  I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's outrageous and false charges against a top aide …
Michele Bachmann / CNN:
Boehner calls Bachmann accusations ‘pretty dangerous’
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
McCain defends Clinton aide accused of Muslim Brotherhood ties
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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First Read / msnbc.com:
Obama unleashes Medicare attack on Romney  —  *** Here comes Medicare: The past few weeks on the presidential campaign trail have featured aggressive attacks and counterattacks.  On outsourcing by Bain Capital.  On Mitt Romney's post-1999 association with that firm, as well has his tax returns.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Glenn Greenwald to move to The Guardian  —  Glenn Greenwald, the political columnist who joined Salon.com in 2007, is moving to The Guardian.  —  Greenwald, a former constitutional and civil rights lawyer based in Rio de Janeiro, will move his blog en masse to the Guardian's website on August 20 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Home news  —  I'll be writing in a new venue beginning next month
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.
CNN:
Scalia: Criticism of Court ‘offends me’  —  (CNN) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia downplayed reports of personal and ideological rifts stemming from the recent landmark health care reform ruling, telling CNN in an exclusive interview “it offends me” to hear criticism of his colleagues over how they ruled.
Discussion: Law Blog and Business Insider
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Jokes About Fox News Creep Into Obama's Comments as the Campaign Heats Up  —  Few things seem to pique President Obama like Fox News.  —  Consider some recent barbs from the campaign trail.  At a bar in Ohio where a television was tuned to Fox News, the president joked that one of the customers should ask to change the channel.
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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 …
BuzzFeed:
Atheists: Obama Administration Out Of Line To Pray For Rain  —  The Council for Secular Humanism attacks Obama official for saying he is praying for rain to end nation's draught.  —  VINCENNES, IN - JULY 18: Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field on July 18, 2012 near Vincennes, Indiana.
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Mediaite and Eschaton
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: ABCNEWS and Right Wing News
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren backs President on business success  —  Elizabeth Warren yesterday came to the defense her former boss President Obama's controversial statement that businesses' owners can't take credit for their success, repeating her own campaign line that, “nobody got rich on their own.”
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
What voters are really choosing in November  —  The presidential campaign has gotten so heated over the attacks and counterattacks from the Obama and Romney campaigns that it's easy to forget that larger issues are at stake in November.  That's unfortunate because, beneath the froth …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Ad Accuses Romney of ‘Launching a False Attack’ for Quoting Obama  —  President Obama's reelection campaign accuses Mitt Romney of distorting the president's words, by showing a side by side comparison of the Obama's words and Romney's quotation of those words:
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House: Obama should detail cuts
Discussion: Firedoglake
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Data shows economy mired in weakness
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
Existing Home Sales: Inventory and NSA Sales Graph
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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Brendan Greeley / Business Week:
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Twitchy:
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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