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8:35 AM ET, July 21, 2012

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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
NRA Magazine Sends Insensitive Tweet Hours After Colorado Shooting, Then Deletes Social Media Accounts  —  The theater where the shooting took place  —  Just after 9:00 am EST, as most of the country was just learning about the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the National Rifle …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gun control calls follow shooting, but few expect major changes  —  A handful of Democrats are pressing for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Colorado movie theater shootings that left 12 people dead.  —  Moving such bills has become extraordinarily difficult on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Politico
Adam Gopnik / News Desk:
One More Massacre  —  The murders—it dignifies them to call them a …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rips Obama and Romney on gun control
Discussion: Politico and Algemeiner.com
Roger Ebert / New York Times:
We've Seen This Movie Before  —  JAMES HOLMES, who opened fire before the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” could not have seen the movie.  Like many whose misery is reflected in violence, he may simply have been drawn to a highly publicized event with a big crowd.
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Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Expired Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Covered Rifle Used In Colorado Shooting  —  An AR-15 rifle.  —  One of the principal weapons used by James Eagan Holmes in the horrific Dark Knight Rises shooting would have been subject to a series of sharp restrictions under the now-expired federal Assault Weapons ban.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Colorado tea partier describes ‘surreal’ day of wrongly being linked to theater massacre  —  Colorado Tea Party Patriots member Jim Holmes told The Daily Caller in a Friday interview that his day has been “surreal” after falsely being linked to the movie theater massacre in Colorado by an on-air ABC News reporter.
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 …
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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?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Obama Spends the Most, but Romney Raises More  —  President Obama outspent Mitt Romney 2 to 1 in June even as Mr. Romney far outraised him, according to campaign reports filed on Friday with the Federal Election Commission, leaving Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party with significantly less cash …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama out-raises Romney in direct contributions for month of June
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Pro-Romney super PAC brings in almost $21 million in June
Discussion: Politico
Jason Sickles / Reuters:
Movie theater gunman had been stockpiling arsenal  —  AURORA, Colo. — The gunman who blasted his way through a packed movie house early on Friday, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others, had apparently been planning his attack for weeks.  —  “In the last 60 days he purchased four guns …
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Skschust / CBS New York:
Colorado Theater Massacre Suspect Remains Jailed
CBS News:
Colo. shooting suspect James Holmes' apartment booby trapped, police say
Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Cher criticizes Mitt's response to shooting  —  Both President Obama and Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney addressed the tragic Colorado movie theater shooting on Friday.  Comparing their responses, Cher - who has already made her feelings about Romney quite clear - implied that Obama's speech was more sincere.
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.
David Weigel / Slate:
Could A Brave Citizen With a Concealed Weapon Have Prevented the Aurora Shootings? … - Weigel: Three Rules for Anyone Trying To Politicize the Colorado Shooting  — Why the Internet Won't Tell Us Anything About the Alleged Dark Knight Shooter - The Huge Mormon Pageant That Always Gets Evangelicals All Riled Up
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Louie Gohmert: Aurora Shootings Result Of ‘Ongoing Attacks On Judeo-Christian Beliefs’
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: New York police link nine 2012 plots to Iran, proxies  —  (Reuters) - New York police believe Iranian Revolutionary Guards or their proxies have been involved so far this year in nine plots against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world, according to restricted police documents obtained by Reuters.
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Jon Campbell / Albany Watch:
Cuomo's Office Releases 2,200-Word Letter on Lobbying Group  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office this afternoon released a 2,200-word letter objecting to coverage of the governor's relationship with a major lobbying group, repeatedly denying the group has any influence over him or his positions.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Unemployment rates rise in 27 states as more look for work  —  WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates rose in 27 states last month, the most in almost a year.  —  The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 11 states and Washington, D.C. — the fewest declines since August.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Shootings in Aurora, Colorado  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here, and how much we appreciate everything that you've done.  I know that there are a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign …
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CNN:
Obama, after shooting, tells supporters ‘Such evil is senseless’
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
In Wake of Colorado Shooting, Bloomberg Bashes Both Presidential Candidates
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.
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org and Politico
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defense.gov:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Statement from George Little …
Discussion: Firedoglake and FP Passport
Jamie Grierson / The Independent:
Blow to George Osborne as borrowing rises
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rises in Six of 10 Battleground States
Discussion: The Rightnewz
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once
 Earlier Items: 
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Top tea partier demands Obama prove he doesn't smoke crack and have gay sex
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Justice Scalia: Money Is Speech
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News apologizes for ‘incorrect’ Tea party report