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9:30 PM ET, July 20, 2012

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Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Aurora ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting Suspect Identified: James Holmes  —  The young man who is in custody after allegedly gunning down 12 people in a mass shooting spree overnight in Aurora, Colorado has been identified as local resident James Holmes, according to federal authorities.
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Louie Gohmert: Aurora Shootings Result Of ‘Ongoing Attacks On Judeo-Christian Beliefs’ … FOLLOW:  —  Denver News, Aurora Shooting, Colorado Shooting, Dark Knight Shooting, James Holmes, Louie Gohmert, Aurora, Aurora News, Aurora Shooting 2012, Aurora Shootings, Aurora Theater Shooting …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
THE USUAL SUSPECTS: ABC'S ROSS, STEPHANOLPOULOS POINT TO TEA PARTY IN DARK KNIGHT SHOOTING  —  On Good Morning America, ABC News' Brian Ross and George Stephanolpoulos suggested that the Tea Party might be connected to the mass shootings early this morning in an Aurora, CO theater during …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News apologizes for ‘incorrect’ Tea party report  —  ABC News and Brian Ross are apologizing for an “incorrect” report that James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting, may have had connections to the Tea Party.  —  “An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested …
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CONTRA ABC NEWS, DARK KNIGHT AURORA, CO SHOOTING SUSPECT JAMES HOLMES COULD BE REGISTERED DEMOCRAT  —  James Holmes, the suspect arrested in connection with the mass shootings at a screening of the new Batman movie early this morning in Aurora, CO, could be a registered Democrat …
Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There's Nothing Wrong with Politicizing a Tragedy  —  Aurora Police respond to the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday morning, July 20, 2012.  A 24-year-old man was arrested in a car park nearby in possession of a rifle and handgun and reportedly told police that explosives were at his home.
Dennis de Groot / Twitchy:
Left blames Aurora shooting on Rush Limbaugh … Some Twitter users are speculating that the Aurora, Colo., shooter was inspired by comments made by Rush Limbaugh.  The shooting occurred at a midnight premiere of the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”  On Tuesday July 17, Limbaugh …
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
One More Massacre  —  The murders—it dignifies them to call them a “tragedy”—in Aurora, Colorado, have hit us all hard, though the grief of the friends and families of the victims is unimaginable.  Still, it hits home, or someplace worse than home, for any parent who (as I did, as so many did) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Skschust / CBS New York:
Local Theaters Step Up Security In Response To Colorado Theater Massacre
Denver Post:
AURORA — A gunman burst through the emergency exit door …
Michael Pearson / CNN:
12 killed, 38 hurt in Colorado theater
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and alicublog
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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?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama out-raises Romney in direct contributions for month of June
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Pro-Romney super PAC brings in almost $21 million in June
Discussion: Politico
Jim Davis / Boston Globe:
Romney kept reins, bargained hard on severance  —  Shortly after Mitt Romney took a leave of absence from Bain Capital to run the Olympics in February 1999, he made a trip to Palm Beach, Fla. The firm Romney founded was meeting to celebrate its 15th anniversary as well as the men he had helped make extraordinarily wealthy.
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Aurora Shooting / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Avoided Major Tax Hit By Shifting Stock Of Offshoring Firm
Discussion: Start Making Sense
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pathos of the Plutocrat
Discussion: The Right Coast and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Daily Mail:
Teenager shouts ‘Allah is great’ in Arabic as he tries to grab the Olympic flame from hands of terrified torch bearer  — Boy runs from crowd and attempts to wrestle flame from torch bearer shouting Arabic for ‘God is Great’  — Kent police say the relay continued ‘without disruption’ as Ms Skora passes torch on to next bearer
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.
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Top tea partier demands Obama prove he doesn't smoke crack and have gay sex  —  The president of Tea Party Nation declared on Thursday that if Mitt Romney is to release his tax returns, President Barack Obama should release medical records to prove he's not a drug addict who smoked crack and had gay sex with a lifelong con-man.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Keith Ellison: Michele Bachmann Thinks Muslims ‘Are Evil’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood, Video, Huma Abedin, Keith Ellison, Bachmann Huma Abedin, Bachmann Muslim Brotherhood, Ellison Muslim Brotherhood, Huma Abedin Muslim Brotherhood, Politics News
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Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann's baseless attack on Huma Abedin
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org and Politico
 
 
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
NRA Magazine Sends Insensitive Tweet Hours After Colorado Shooting, Then Deletes Social Media Accounts
Jamie Grierson / The Independent:
Blow to George Osborne as borrowing rises
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jon Campbell / Albany Watch:
Cuomo's Office Releases 2,200-Word Letter on Lobbying Group
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rises in Six of 10 Battleground States
Discussion: The Rightnewz
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Expired Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Covered Rifle Used In Colorado Shooting
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
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Bloomberg:
How the Elites Built America's Economic Wall
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Wire
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Are the Polls Skewed Toward Obama?
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