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6:45 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,” …
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 /
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.”
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is the FBAR FUBAR?  —  Through the last week of tax return follies …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide ‘pretty dangerous’  —  At a press conference Thursday, Boehner (R-Ohio) defended Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).  —  Boehner said he did not know Abedin well …
Michele Bachmann / CNN:
TRENDING: Boehner calls Bachmann accusations ‘pretty dangerous’
Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
Frank Gaffney's Latest Boogeyman Inspired Bachmann's Witch Hunt
Edward Rollins / Fox News:
Bachmann's former campaign chief — shame on you, Michele
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
Michelle Bachmann refuses to back down on claims about Huma Abedin
Discussion: Mondoweiss, JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Hill
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Boehner: Huma Abedin allegations ‘pretty dangerous’
Discussion: and CNN
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 …
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 …
First Read /
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.
The Internet Photoshops Mitt Romney Into Batman Villain
Discussion: National Review
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Republican senators block ‘insourcing’ bill championed by Obama  —  Washington (CNN) — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional “to-do-list,” refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that “insource” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Reid Can't Explain Why Dems Didn't Raise Taxes When They Had the Chance
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: I'll release my tax returns when I run for president
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Politico and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Glenn Greenwald to move to The Guardian  —  Glenn Greenwald, the political columnist who joined 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Home news  —  I'll be writing in a new venue beginning next month
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Drought Conditions Send Commodity Prices Skyrocketing  —  It's time to really focus on this major US drought, which has sent commodity prices for corn and soybeans soaring, leading to a likely jump in global food prices.  You know it's bad when the Financial Times gets on the case.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Financial Times:
World braced for new food crisis
Discussion: Business Insider
David Weigel / Slate:
“You Didn't Build That” … - Yglesias: If Pot Were Truly Legal, It Would Be Really Cheap—Like a Few Cents a Joint - U.S. Student Debt Is Growing at a Scary, Insane Rate  — Why Do So Many Syrians Wear Mustaches?  - How a Linebacker on a Delta Flight Shot the Best Photo Yet …
Discussion: The Right Coast and Mother Jones
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:
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads  —  Have you eaten at White Castle recently?  Or caught a movie at Regal Cinemas?  —  If so, you may be unwittingly helping finance right-wing attack ads.  —  That's because many of the country's most common brands are run …
John Harwood / New York Times:
More News Reports Show Up in Campaign Ads, to Journalists' Chagrin  —  WASHINGTON — While hiking the Appalachian Trail the other day, I became part of a Republican campaign attack on President Obama.  —  Save the Mark Sanford jokes; I was (really) chaperoning a church youth group.
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Timothy Geithner Peppered TARP Inspector General Barofsky With F-Bombs: Book … FOLLOW:  —  Video, TARP Money, Tim Geithner, Bank Bailout, Bank Bailouts, Books, Geithner Barofsky, Neil Barofsky, Sigtarp, Slideexpand, TARP, Wall Street Bailout, Business News
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims In U.S. Rise As Auto Layoff Effects Ease
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Drumsticks and violins: GSA event costs taxpayers $270,000
Discussion: Politico
Kate Nocera / Politico:
King tries to ban gay marriages on military bases
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
While on NPR, Sen. Rubio Questions Usefulness of NPR
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
D.C. Abortion Ban Passed By House Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Taking Note and ThinkProgress
Brendan Greeley / Business Week:
Krugmenistan vs. Estonia
Discussion: News Desk and New York Magazine
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Don't Like Blacks? You'll Love Voter ID
Discussion: EurekAlert! and ThinkProgress
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
What voters are really choosing in November