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8:10 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Colorado tea partier describes ‘surreal’ day of wrongly being linked to theater massacre
Discussion: Poynter and Jammie Wearing Fools
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why the Aurora shootings won't likely change the gun control debate
CBS News:
Colo. shooting suspect James Holmes' apartment booby trapped, police say
Discussion: Associated Press
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
ABC Corrects Report: ABC News' Brian Ross Links Colorado Shooter To Local Tea Party
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
Discussion: The Right Coast and Daily Kos
Aurora Shooting / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Avoided Major Tax Hit By Shifting Stock Of Offshoring Firm
Discussion: Start Making Sense
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 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: alicublog
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
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama out-raises Romney in direct contributions for month of June  —  President Obama out-raised Mitt Romney in direct donations in June, bringing in $46 million for the month compared to $33 million for his Republican challenger.  —  Obama won more direct donations even as the Romney …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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