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2:35 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie 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.”
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH JAMES MICHAEL HOLMES, HISPANIC TEA PARTY MEMBER FALSELY ACCUSED BY ABC  —  Breitbart News spoke to James Michael Holmes, the Tea Party member falsely identified this morning by ABC News' Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America as the possible suspect …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Template of Our Grief  —  The way mass casualty stories unfold in America has taken on a chilling familiarity.  —  As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg again calls for gun-control efforts from our national leaders and critic Anthony Lane examines whether the shooter in Aurora, Colorado …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There's Nothing Wrong With Politicizing a Tragedy
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
ABC Corrects Report: ABC News' Brian Ross Links Colorado Shooter To Local Tea Party
Discussion: TVNewser and Hit & Run
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Liveblog: 24-year-old suspect ID'd in ‘Dark Knight’ shooting
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Mahablog
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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
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Politics takes a back seat
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why the Aurora shootings won't likely change the gun control debate
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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.
Politico:
Campaigns pause after shootings  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — President Barack Obama on Friday called the Colorado movie theater shooting “senseless” and said his administration “stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”
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CNN:
Campaigns pull ads after shooting
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 …
 
 
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