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9:50 PM ET, July 21, 2012

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NY Daily News:
Blood on hands of Obama, Mitt and NRA!  —  Condolences are empty words - what actions are you gonna take?  —  Lindsey Revier (2nd left) of Aurora, Colo., is comforted by another mourner during a candelight vigil Friday night at an Aurora park for the victims of the ‘Dark Knight’ movie massacre.
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Christian Bale / The Onion:
Sadly, Nation Knows Exactly How Colorado Shooting's Aftermath Will Play Out  —  WASHINGTON—Americans across the nation confirmed today that, unfortunately, due to their extreme familiarity with the type of tragedy that occurred in a Colorado movie theater last night, they sadly know exactly …
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
AFA News Director Says Liberal Churches, Media Share Responsibility for Colorado Shooting
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Gawker
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gun control calls follow Colorado theater shootings, but few expect major changes
Discussion: Reuters
Jim Merlino / Politico:   Post Aurora: Don't expect new gun laws
Associated Press:
Colorado suspect was brilliant science student  —  DENVER (AP) — James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.  —  Tall and dark-haired …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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David Weigel / Slate:
Could an Armed Person Have Stopped the Aurora Shooting? A Second Opinion.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jason Sickles / Reuters:
Movie theater gunman had been stockpiling arsenal
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org blogs:
RIP Alexander Cockburn; Leftist Global Warming ‘Heretic’  —  It has been announced that Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for The Nation and co-editor of CounterPunch, died yesterday.  Although Cockburn reflected a leftist viewpoint (mandatory if you write for The Nation) …
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Jeffrey St. Clair / CounterPunch:
Farewell, Alex, My Friend  —  Our friend and comrade Alexander Cockburn died last night in Germany, after a fierce two-year long battle against cancer.  His daughter Daisy was at his bedside.  —  Alex kept his illness a tightly guarded secret.  Only a handful of us knew how terribly sick he truly was.
Discussion: Hit & Run, BuzzFeed and The Raw Story
Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times:
Leftist journalist Alexander Cockburn dies at 71
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Is Mitt Romney Buying Twitter Followers?  —  Today we learn that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is apparently buying Twitter followers to inflate his popularity in social media.  The graph from 140Elect.com looks like a hockey stick:  —  For comparison, a graph of Barack Obama's …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Impolitic
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Zach Green / 140elect.com:
IS MITT ROMNEY BUYING TWITTER FOLLOWERS?  —  Update from BuzzFeed: Romney Campaign: We Don't Buy Twitter Followers  —  I'm not saying he bought them, but Romney's follower stats have taken a sharp and sudden rise since Friday 5PM EST. Could it be a weekend blitz?  Twitter noticed.
Discussion: TBogg, Balloon Juice and BuzzFeed
David Taintor / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  MSNBC's Chris Hayes: No Symmetry Between Fox News And MSNBC  —  Can you describe what you read, how you get the news?  —  I subscribe to a number of magazines.  I've always been a magazine lover from the time I was 11 or 12.  My dad subscribed to a bunch of magazines.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
House Intel committee leaders repudiate Bachmann over letter  —  The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee criticized Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) — a member of the panel — for circulating a letter earlier this week urging an investigation into efforts by the Muslim Brotherhood …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Susan Davis / USA Today:
House intel leaders disavow Bachmann allegations
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch steps down from NI boards  —  Rupert Murdoch's grip on UK newspapers is loosening “finger by finger”, as he resigns string of directorships.  —  Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly insisted that he remains committed to his UK newspapers, vowing that he will remain a “very active chairman” of the publishing busines.
Associated Press:
Obama effort spends more in June than it takes in  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a heavy barrage of advertising by opposing “super” political groups, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign spent more than it collected in June.  While outraised again by Republican Mitt Romney …
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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Pro-Obama super-PAC raises $6M in June, hits Romney with ad blitz
Discussion: CNN
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
With Extreme Prejudice  —  How ABC News “investigates” a horrific crime.  —  “An off-duty Los Angeles police officer and three bodybuilder friends have been arrested for allegedly punching and kicking a New York man in an alley near a cafe on West Hollywood's Restaurant Row,” the Los Angeles Times reported July 30, 1991.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn donates to Manchin, says fellow senator not beholden to special interests  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says he supports Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's re-election because he believes Manchin is not beholden to short-sighted political interests.  —  Coburn recently gave $250 to Manchin's re-election campaign.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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