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1:45 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.
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.”
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box and msnbc.com
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 …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
McCain defends Clinton aide accused of Muslim Brotherhood ties
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Agonist
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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 …
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New York Times:
Economic Fears Hurting Obama, Poll Indicates
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
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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CNN:
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT  —  Interview with Antonin Scalia  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  PIERS MORGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, inside the Supreme Court, a rare and exclusive interview with the longest serving justice, Antonin Scalia.
Washington Post:
Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria as shelling in Damascus continues  —  BEIRUT —Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening the Syrian government with sanctions, upending four months of diplomacy aimed at stemming a crisis that has left more than 14,000 people dead.
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Joe Lauria / Wall Street Journal:
Russia, China Veto Syria Resolution at U.N.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The PJ Tatler
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
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 …
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Kennedy family acting like crime clan after Kerry's alleged drugged-driving crash: cops  —  They're playing by mob rules.  —  The Kennedy clan's ramped-up reaction to Kerry Kennedy's alleged drugged-driving smashup has upstate authorities likening the brood to a bunch of wiseguys, sources said yesterday.
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.”
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Waxman has a race on his hands  —  Henry Waxman hasn't faced a tough campaign since Lyndon B. Johnson was president and the Beatles topped the Billboard charts.  —  This year, the powerful Los Angeles congressman believes, could be different.  —  Running in a drastically redrawn district …
NWCN:
N. Idaho bar stops carrying brands that endorse gay organizations  —  WAHA, ID - The owners of a popular Waha restaurant no longer sell MillerCoors or Pepsico products because the values of the companies do not meet with their own.  —  Waha Bar and Grill, owners Mike and Mari Fuller …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Don't Like Blacks?  You'll Love Voter ID  —  Despite the rhetoric of GOP officials, it's more than clear that voter ID laws are designed to depress turnout among traditionally Democratic groups.  Attorney General Eric Holder has even gone so far as to attack the laws as glorified “poll taxes” …
Discussion: EurekAlert! and ThinkProgress
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Jokes About Fox News Creep Into Obama's Comments as the Campaign Heats Up