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1:05 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.”
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
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
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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 …
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.
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
McCain defends Clinton aide accused of Muslim Brotherhood ties
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Agonist
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.
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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
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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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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Associated Press:   Bulgaria says suicide attacker in baseball cap, sneakers, shorts attacked Israeli tourist bus
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
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 …
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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 …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
House Republicans urge more votes against health law  —  A large bloc of House Republicans urged their leaders to hold more votes to block funding for the healthcare law.  —  Joined by roughly half of the House GOP, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stated that efforts to subvert …
Discussion: Politico
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Ron Elving / NPR:
A Majority Of Voters In NPR Poll Favor Amending, Not Repealing, Health Care Act
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
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
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.
Trymaine Lee / The Huffington Post:
Zimmerman Apology: Trayvon Martin Shooter Tells Parents He's Sorry During ‘Hannity’ Interview … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Sean Hannity, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman Apology, George Zimmerman Fox News, Zimmerman Apology, Zimmerman Fox News, Zimmerman Hannity, Zimmerman Trayvon Martin, Black Voices News
Discussion: Firedoglake and theGrio
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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 …
 
 
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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Insurance Not On Congressional Radar
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
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Charles Murray / AEIdeas:
Un-American  —  President Obama's horrendous political gaffe …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Jokes About Fox News Creep Into Obama's Comments as the Campaign Heats Up
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Who else, Mr. President?  —  When President Barack Obama hauled off …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Governor Brown signs California high-speed rail bill, calls critics ‘NIMBYs,’ ‘fearful men’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hit & Run