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8:05 AM ET, July 21, 2012

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Roger Ebert / New York Times:
We've Seen This Movie Before  —  JAMES HOLMES, who opened fire before the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” could not have seen the movie.  Like many whose misery is reflected in violence, he may simply have been drawn to a highly publicized event with a big crowd.
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Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Expired Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Covered Rifle Used In Colorado Shooting  —  An AR-15 rifle.  —  One of the principal weapons used by James Eagan Holmes in the horrific Dark Knight Rises shooting would have been subject to a series of sharp restrictions under the now-expired federal Assault Weapons ban.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Colorado tea partier describes ‘surreal’ day of wrongly being linked to theater massacre  —  Colorado Tea Party Patriots member Jim Holmes told The Daily Caller in a Friday interview that his day has been “surreal” after falsely being linked to the movie theater massacre in Colorado by an on-air ABC News reporter.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH JAMES MICHAEL HOLMES, HISPANIC TEA PARTY MEMBER FALSELY ACCUSED BY ABC
Gary Silverman / Financial Times:
America, I'm so in love with you  —  I think it's fair to say that Mitt Romney is one of the best-preserved 65-year-old men in the history of US politics.  His full head of mostly dark hair and trim physique make him look much younger.  —  However, Mr Romney is a bona fide senior citizen …
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Paul Krugman:
Al Green, Threat to the American Way of Life  —  Gary Silverman makes a remarkable catch.  He asks why the Romney counter-attack on the “America the Beautiful” ad featured Obama singing Al Green, and pretty well too.  Well, it turns out that this is how the other .01% think: … How “other” is Al Green?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Obama Spends the Most, but Romney Raises More  —  President Obama outspent Mitt Romney 2 to 1 in June even as Mr. Romney far outraised him, according to campaign reports filed on Friday with the Federal Election Commission, leaving Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party with significantly less cash …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama out-raises Romney in direct contributions for month of June  —  President Obama out-raised Mitt Romney in direct donations in June, bringing in $46 million for the month compared to $33 million for his Republican challenger.  —  Obama won more direct donations even as the Romney …
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Pro-Romney super PAC brings in almost $21 million in June  —  Washington (CNN) - The major super PAC backing Mitt Romney saw its largest monthly haul in June - thanks in large part to one generous Nevada couple.  —  Restore Our Future brought in $20.7 million in last month …
Discussion: Politico
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
NRA Magazine Sends Insensitive Tweet Hours After Colorado Shooting, Then Deletes Social Media Accounts  —  The theater where the shooting took place  —  Just after 9:00 am EST, as most of the country was just learning about the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the National Rifle …
Jessica Fender / Denver Post:
Aurora shooting suspect left apartment “booby trapped,” music blaring  —  AURORA —The 24-year-old accused of shooting 71 people early Friday morning was a quiet and studious recent graduate school dropout who apparently booby trapped his apartment and left the stereo blaring non-stop techno music …
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Skschust / CBS New York:
Colorado Theater Massacre Suspect Remains Jailed; Officials Vexed On How To Enter Gunman's Apartment
CNN:
Obama, after shooting, tells supporters ‘Such evil is senseless’
Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There's Nothing Wrong with Politicizing a Tragedy
Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Cher criticizes Mitt's response to shooting  —  Both President Obama and Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney addressed the tragic Colorado movie theater shooting on Friday.  Comparing their responses, Cher - who has already made her feelings about Romney quite clear - implied that Obama's speech was more sincere.
David Weigel / Slate:
Could A Brave Citizen With a Concealed Weapon Have Prevented the Aurora Shootings? … - Weigel: Three Rules for Anyone Trying To Politicize the Colorado Shooting  — Why the Internet Won't Tell Us Anything About the Alleged Dark Knight Shooter - The Huge Mormon Pageant That Always Gets Evangelicals All Riled Up
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Louie Gohmert: Aurora Shootings Result Of ‘Ongoing Attacks On Judeo-Christian Beliefs’
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
George W. Bush skipping Republican National Convention  —  Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned.  —  “President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: New York police link nine 2012 plots to Iran, proxies  —  (Reuters) - New York police believe Iranian Revolutionary Guards or their proxies have been involved so far this year in nine plots against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world, according to restricted police documents obtained by Reuters.
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Jon Campbell / Albany Watch:
Cuomo's Office Releases 2,200-Word Letter on Lobbying Group  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office this afternoon released a 2,200-word letter objecting to coverage of the governor's relationship with a major lobbying group, repeatedly denying the group has any influence over him or his positions.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Unemployment rates rise in 27 states as more look for work  —  WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates rose in 27 states last month, the most in almost a year.  —  The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 11 states and Washington, D.C. — the fewest declines since August.
Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann's baseless attack on Huma Abedin  —  TO CONSPIRACY theorists like Rep. ­Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the Obama administration's approach to the Arab world is the product not of considered diplomacy but of wicked “influence operations,” traceable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its agents.
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org and Politico
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had sharp words for President Obama and Mitt Romney in the wake of Friday's massacre in Colorado, saying the “soothing words” from the presidential contenders are not enough.
Discussion: Politico and Algemeiner.com
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Colin Campbell / Politicker:
In Wake of Colorado Shooting, Bloomberg Bashes Both Presidential Candidates
 
 
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defense.gov:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement from George Little …
Discussion: Firedoglake and FP Passport
Jamie Grierson / The Independent:
Blow to George Osborne as borrowing rises
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rises in Six of 10 Battleground States
Discussion: The Rightnewz
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Top tea partier demands Obama prove he doesn't smoke crack and have gay sex
 Earlier Items: 
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Justice Scalia: Money Is Speech
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
One More Massacre  —  The murders—it dignifies them to call them a …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News apologizes for ‘incorrect’ Tea party report