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4:20 PM ET, July 23, 2012


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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Quote of the Day: Mitt Romney Told Olympians They Didn't Get There Alone  —  Our political Quote of the Day gives us one more strand in the heaping-plate-of-spaghetti-of- hyocrisy called American partisan politics, where the accuracy of an assertion is not what matters.
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Olympic Archive Still Off-Limits  —  More than a decade has passed since Mitt Romney presided over the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but the archival records from those games that were donated to the University of Utah to provide an unprecedented level of transparency …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Romney To Olympians: 'You Didn't Get Here Solely On Your Own'  —  Mitt Romney and the conservative blogosphere are pushing a selectively edited Obama campaign speech to suggest that the president believes that the government is responsible for the successes of small businesses.
Discussion: Shakesville
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Majority of voters blame president for bad economy  —  Two-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington's fault, and more blame President Obama than anybody else, according to a new poll for The Hill.  —  It found that 66 percent believe paltry job growth …
Penn State sanctions: $60M, bowl ban  —  The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million sanction, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins dating to 1998, the organization said Monday morning.  —  The career record of former head football coach Joe Paterno will reflect …
Pete Thamel / New York Times:
N.C.A.A. Gives Penn State $60 Million Fine and Bowl Ban
TimothyJMcL / CBS Philly:
NCAA Announces Unprecedented Sanctions Against Penn State
Jason Sickles / Associated Press:
Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears dazed in court  —  CENTENNIAL, Colo.—James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater massacre, appeared in a Colorado courtroom on Monday, three days after one of the deadliest shooting sprees in modern American history.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Massacre suspect James Holmes' gun-range application drew red flag
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Aurora movie theater shooting suspect makes first court appearance
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Romney preferred over Obama to handle the economy  —  WASHINGTON - Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Scott Brown gets in on the Big Lie  —  Look, ma, I can lie about Obama's quote, too!  —  Obama's now infamous “didn't build that” speech is similar to Elizabeth Warren's viral remarks about how the rich didn't get rich on their own.  So it's not surprising that Senator Scott Brown …
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Politics of Anything Goes  —  Barack Obama first captured the national spotlight with a speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston in which he called for an end to the politics of division.  The audience roared back its applause at the end of almost every line: … Americans, Obama declared, are
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
False Equivalency Watch
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Mother Jones
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Praises Self for Ending War in Iraq on Bloodiest Day of the Year in That Country  —  Is it bad timing or irrelevant?  —  President Obama's campaign today released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq.  It turns out that today has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that country.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Republicans Seek a Turnaround  —  LOS ANGELES — This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans.  The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government.
Wall Street Journal:
Gordon Crovitz: Who Really Invented the Internet?  —  Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war.  —  A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: “If you've got a business, you didn't build that.
Curtis M. Wong / The Huffington Post:
Tripp Palin Gay Slur: Bristol's Son Calls Aunt Willow A ‘Faggot’ On Reality Show … FOLLOW:  —  Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin, Video, Tripp Palin Faggot, Tripp Palin Gay Slur, Tripp Palin Homophobic Slur, Anti-Gay Slurs, Bristol Palin Life's a Tripp, Tripp Palin, Gay Voices News
Discussion: Mediaite
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Former State Senator Claims Colorado Shooting Victims Lacked Courage To Stop Gunman  —  Though the alleged gunman at the theater shooting last Friday was armed to the teeth, able to fire off 60 rounds in a minute, and dressed fully in bulletproof gear, former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce thinks …
Erica Ritz /
‘AMERICA IN DECLINE’: MITT ROMNEY GETS GRIM WARNING FROM AUSTRALIAN LEADER  —  The Australian foreign minister has privately warned Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that foreign leaders see “America in decline.”  —  That's according to Romney, who says he met with Foreign Minister Bob Carr …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Energy-efficient CFL bulbs cause skin damage, say researchers  —  New research funded by the National Science Foundation has scientists warning consumers about the potentially harmful effects energy-saving CFL light bulbs can have on skin.  —  The warning comes based on a study conducted …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Vodkapundit
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
Disrupting the Infamy Game: How to Change the Coverage of Mass Shootings  —  “I think if I squint I can just about make out the face of a killer.  Isn't the news brilliant?”  —  Anyone remember a fourth-century-BC Greek named Herostratus?  He's the guy whose name history has recorded solely …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Democrats shun Pelosi's plea for cash  —  One by one, the pictures of House members adorning the lobby of Democratic Party headquarters have come down, turning neat rows of framed photos into a disjointed mess — “splattered,” as one aide described it.  —  The half-dozen or so lawmakers whose mugs …
Rasmussen Reports:
72% Believe Small Business Owners Primarily Responsible for Their Own Success  —  Most Americans believe entrepreneurs who start businesses do more to create jobs and economic growth than big businesses or government.  They also believe overwhelmingly that small business owners work harder …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Wake up America
Michelle Knoll / KSTP-TV:
Survey USA Poll: Obama's Lead Cut in Half Since Last Poll  —  RESULTS OF SURVEY USA/KSTP Poll  —  In an election for President of the United States in Minnesota today, 07/20/12, three months till voting begins, Barack Obama captures the North Star State's 10 electoral votes …
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Julie Watson / Associated Press:
Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and BLACKFIVE
Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Porn, stripping get Octomom Nadya Suleman off welfare
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Profitable Caterpillar Pushes Workers for Concessions
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gawker and Taking Note
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama will visit Israel in second term, says campaign aide
Discussion: CNN
Dan Frosch / New York Times:
Suspect in Colorado Shooting Appears in Court
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Traynor / Texas on the Potomac:
TexMessage: Louie Gohmert says his comments on Colorado shooting ‘grossly taken out of context’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden gives emotional speech to police in wake of shootings in Colorado theater
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Bungled Bank Bailout Leaves Behind Righteous Anger
Discussion: Firedoglake and
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Tells Tall Tales About The Bush Years
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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