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10:30 AM 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.
Denver Post:
12 killed, 50 wounded at Aurora movie theater  —  AURORA — About 50 people were shot — 12 fatally — early Friday when shots rang out at an Aurora movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie.  —  A 24-year-old man in is custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected …
12 killed, 38 wounded in Colorado theater  —  (CNN) — A heavily armed gunman attacked an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater early Friday, tossing tear gas before opening fire on the terrified audience and killing 12 and wounding 38, authorities said.  The theater was showing the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Bloomberg: What will Obama, Mitt do?  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has emerged as one of the nation's highest-profile supporters of gun control, demanded on Friday that the presidential candidates “stand up and tell us what they're going to do about” mass shootings.
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 …
Associated Press:
Police: 14 dead in Colorado theater shooting  —  AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver theater at a midnight opening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.
New York Times:
12 Killed in Shooting at Colorado Theater  —  A gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater in the Denver suburbs early Friday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 50 others, the local police and federal officials said.  —  The shooting erupted during midnight showings of …
Clayton Sandell / ABCNEWS:
Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: 12 Dead  —  A lone gunman dressed in riot gear burst into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” and methodically began shooting patrons, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50.
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 14
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Firedoglake
Obama cancels second campaign stop in wake of Colorado shooting
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Obama, Romney offer support to victims of Colorado shootings
The Internet Photoshops Mitt Romney Into Batman Villain
Discussion: National Review
Pat Sajak / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Defining Moments  —  It's as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day.  It's fun to imagine the hand-wringing that must …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The mother of all defining moments?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Right Coast
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.
First Read /
First Thoughts: Politics takes a back seat  —  Politics takes a back seat to the tragic shooting in Colorado... With so much at stake in this election, the presidential contest has been so small as of late... Latest Romney TV ad hits Obama for “you didn't build that” remark …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Remedial Communication Class  —  Lessons from three recent failures, at the Olympics and on the campaign trail.  —  Thoughts on three recent failures to communicate:  —  In the controversy surrounding the uniforms of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, the problem isn't China.
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Presidential campaign fundraising surpasses $1 billion  —  WASHINGTON - Less than four months until Election Day, the battle for the White House already has crossed the $1 billion mark — as the presidential candidates, political parties and the two super PACs closely aligned with President Obama …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CNN:   Super PAC donors may keep opening wallets, but public may not see it
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
A Guide To Consumer Brands Helping Bankroll Right-Wing Attack Ads
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pathos of the Plutocrat  —  “Let me tell you about the very rich.  They are different from you and me.”  So wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald — and he didn't just mean that they have more money.  What he meant instead, at least in part, was that many of the very rich expect a level of deference …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Los Angeles Times
David Weigel / Slate:
Say the Magic Word  —  How partisans gave special meaning to Obama's words, “you didn't build that.”  —  President Obama speaking in Roanoke, Va. on July 13.  In the following days, conservatives jumped on his remarks.  —  Why did it take so long for Mitt Romney's campaign to realize …
The Washington / Washington Times:
GHEI: Crop cronyism  —  Trillion-dollar farm bill is the latest example of what's wrong with our economy  —  Combine a Midwestern drought with pointless ethanol mandates, and the supplies of corn inevitably dwindle, driving prices sky high.  Politicians like Sen. Claire McCaskill …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Legal Battles Erupt Over Tough Voter ID Laws  —  PHILADELPHIA — Four years ago as Viviette Applewhite, now 93, was making her way through her local Acme supermarket, her pocketbook hanging from her shoulder, a thief sliced the bag from its straps.  —  A former hotel housekeeper, Ms. Applewhite …
Discussion: theGrio and Red Alert Politics
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Explaining Obama's Ressentiment  —  Unearned success is the central theme of his life story.  —  The Romney campaign is out with a very effective new ad illuminating and responding to President Obama's disparagement of individual achievement.  The ad constructs a dialogue between Obama and Jack Gilchrist …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Did the state make you great?  —  “If you've got a business — you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”  — Barack Obama,  —  Roanoke, Va., July 13  —  And who might that somebody else be?  Government, says Obama.  It built the roads you drive on.  It provided the teacher who inspired you.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Obama Shines  —  It won't help him win many votes this year, but it should be noted that Barack Obama has been a good foreign policy president.  He, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the rest of his team have created a style of policy making that is flexible …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Are the Polls Skewed Toward Obama?  —  A topic that inevitably receives a lot of focus during election season is the partisan spread of the major media polls.  Conservatives regularly complain that the polls are tilted against their side, and thus favor the Democrats.  —  They have a point.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and FiveThirtyEight
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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Analysis: Romney's secrecy becomes focus of Obama's attack strategy
K.T. Arasu / Reuters:
GRAINS-Corn and soybeans hit record highs, stir food crisis fear
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans pouncing on Obama's 'you didn't build that' remark
Discussion: American Thinker
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama support for GE, Boeing, JPMorgan doesn't always go both ways
Discussion: Power Line
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Adviser: ‘Real Americans’ Don't Care About Candidate's Afghanistan Policy
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Matt Taylor / Salon:
Obama's pot problem
Discussion: TalkLeft and Unqualified Offerings
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is the FBAR FUBAR?  —  Through the last week of tax return follies …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
The left's lost donors
Discussion: CNN
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