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6:00 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 …
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 …
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 …
Skschust / CBS New York:
Kelly: Suspected Shooter In Colorado Theater Massacre Claimed To Be ‘The Joker’  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the gunman suspected of attacking a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado resembled Batman's arch-villain “The Joker” at the time of the shocking attack.
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:
AURORA — A gunman burst through the emergency exit door of a movie theater early Friday and shot 71 people, killing at least 12 of them, during a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”  —  Bloodied moviegoers dragged each other from the chaotic smoke-filled Theater 9 …
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  —  The telegenic schoolmarms we call pundits are all denouncing the politicization of the tragedy in Aurora, calling out the crass opportunists who would dare to use human suffering to advance their preferred public policy choices.
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
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Half-Assed Media Speculation About the Batman Shooter  —  Undeterred by how wrong they got the Columbine shootings 13 years ago, or how disgustingly politicized they turned Jared Loughner's 2011 rampage, the humans who work for and talk with journalistic outlets are again rushing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Michael Pearson / CNN:
12 killed, 38 hurt in Colorado theater
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
ABC Corrects Report: ABC News' Brian Ross Links Colorado Shooter To Local Tea Party
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
In Wake of Colorado Shooting, Bloomberg Bashes Both Presidential Candidates
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pathos of the Plutocrat
Aurora Shooting / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Avoided Major Tax Hit By Shifting Stock Of Offshoring Firm
Discussion: Start Making Sense
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.
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
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?
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Gary Silverman / Financial Times:
America, I'm so in love with you  —  I think it's fair …
Discussion: alicublog
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.
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CNN:
CNN exclusive: Congressional insider trading ban might not apply to families
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Justice Scalia: Money Is Speech
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
Barack, Mitt, and Adam Smith
Discussion: National Review
Tim Mak / Politico:
Ron Paul voting for Mitt Romney? Maybe
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
A Bluff or Bad Hand? Labor Fight Threatens Nevada Democrats
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems growing cool to extending payroll tax holiday
Discussion: Firedoglake and Influence Alley
Bloomberg:
How the Elites Built America's Economic Wall
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Wire
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Obama Shines  —  It won't help him win many votes this year …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Weigel / Slate:
Say the Magic Word  —  How partisans gave special meaning …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Are the Polls Skewed Toward Obama?
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Remedial Communication Class