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4:40 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, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Matt Vasilogambros / NationalJournal.com:
DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney for Horse Videos
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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Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
Frank Gaffney's Latest Boogeyman Inspired Bachmann's Witch Hunt  —  Senator John McCain deserves congratulations for his remarks on the Senate floor yesterday defending Huma Abedin — top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — against charges that she is part of a “Muslim brotherhood conspiracy …
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, JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Hill
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:
TRENDING: Boehner calls Bachmann accusations ‘pretty dangerous’
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Bachmann charge against Clinton aide ‘pretty dangerous’
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Boehner: Huma Abedin allegations ‘pretty dangerous’
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org 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 …
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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: Mediaite, Hit & Run and Eschaton
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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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
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.”
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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.
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
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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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
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:
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.
Associated Press:
CFPB: Capital One Bank must pay $210 million  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Capital One Bank will pay $210 million to settle federal charges that it tricked credit card customers into buying costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring.  —  Most of the money will go directly …
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Drumsticks and violins: GSA event costs taxpayers $270,000  —  The inspector general for the General Services Administration has launched an investigation into a one-day award ceremony that cost taxpayers nearly $270,000.  —  More than $20,000 was spent by the scandal-ridden GSA on 4,000 drumsticks …
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schweizer / Politico:
Hard facts vs. mind over fiscal matters  —  President Barack Obama has admitted to being obsessed with seeking a solution to the nation's economic woes.  “You should know,” the president recently told UPS workers, “that keeping the economy growing and making sure jobs are available …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
 
 
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Jason Stein / JSOnline:
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
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Ted Robbins / NPR:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Politico:
Kelly Ayotte's $120K legal headache
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Right Wing News
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Waxman has a race on his hands