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11:45 AM ET, July 20, 2012


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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 …
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, dozens wounded at Aurora movie theater  —  AURORA — About 50 people were shot — 12 fatally — early Friday when a gunman opened fire 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 …
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.
Rebecca Leffler / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Dark Knight Rises’ Paris Premiere Cancelled Due to Colorado Shootings  —  Christopher Nolan and cast members Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman also scrapped press interviews after learning of the Denver movie theater attack.  —  Plans for The Dark Knight Rises have fallen through …
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC draws possible Tea Party connection with alleged Aurora shooter  —  ABC News has suggested that James Holmes — the suspect in today's shooting in Aurora, Colorado — may have a connection to the Tea Party.  —  ABC's Brian Ross reported this morning that there is “a Jim Holmes of Aurora …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
ABC News' Brian Ross Links Colorado Shooter To Local Tea Party
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gawker
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
Aurora Shooting: Suspect Opens Fire At Colorado Movie Theater, Killing 14
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
12 shot dead at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screening in Aurora, Colorado
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why the Aurora shootings won't likely change the gun control debate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
12 dead in Colorado theater shooting
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Liveblog: 24-year-old suspect ID'd in ‘Dark Knight’ shooting
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:   Obama Responds to Colo. Shooting, Cancels Second Event
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Aurora Shooting / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Avoided Major Tax Hit By Shifting Stock Of Offshoring Firm
Discussion: Start Making Sense
Campaigns pull ads after shooting  —  (CNN) - The campaigns for the two presidential candidates said Friday they were asking television stations to discontinue airing some political advertisements following a deadly shooting in Colorado.  —  Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's campaign …
Discussion: The Rightnewz
Dylan Byers / Politico:
After Aurora, campaigns pull Colorado ads
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama, Romney offer support to victims of Colorado shootings
Discussion: Politico
Matt Taylor / Salon:
Obama's pot problem
Discussion: TalkLeft and Unqualified Offerings
Obama cancels second campaign stop following Colorado shooting
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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 …
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: Hot Air
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The mother of all defining moments?
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
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 …
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
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Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There's Nothing Wrong With Politicizing a Tragedy
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney hopes overseas trip will show him as statesman
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Presidential campaign fundraising surpasses $1 billion
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Analysis: Romney's secrecy becomes focus of Obama's attack strategy
 Earlier Items: 
David Brooks / New York Times:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Betsy's Page and Althouse
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GHEI: Crop cronyism
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
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Discussion: theGrio and Red Alert Politics
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Explaining Obama's Ressentiment