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10:25 AM ET, July 21, 2012

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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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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.
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.
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
CNN:
Obama, after shooting, tells supporters ‘Such evil is senseless’
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, USA Today and NO QUARTER
Jim Merlino / Politico:
Post Aurora: Don't expect new gun laws  —  I served as Democratic policy director for the Colorado Senate minority in 2003 — when the state legislature passed the gun law package that is now the law in Colorado.  —  These bills had been delayed since the 1999 Columbine shootings.
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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 …
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
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 and Prairie Weather
CNN:
Pro-Romney super PAC brings in almost $21 million in June
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration Backs Bankruptcy Option for Some Student Debt
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Colorado: Our Odd Focus
Discussion: American Prospect and Sadly, No!
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
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Unemployment rates rise in 27 states as more look for work
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Top tea partier demands Obama prove he doesn't smoke crack and have gay sex
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Justice Scalia: Money Is Speech