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1:10 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'
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 …
TimothyJMcL / CBS Philly:
NCAA Announces Major, Unprecedented Sanctions Against Penn State  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) - The NCAA has announced unprecedented sanctions against Penn State's football program for the alleged cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.  —  “What we can do is impose sanctions …
Pete Thamel / New York Times:
N.C.A.A. Gives Penn State $60 Million Fine and Bowl Ban
Discussion: JustOneMinute and American Power
NCAA gives Penn State ‘stark wake-up call’ with $60 million fine
Discussion: This Just In and 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Burn Rate Worries Some Democrats
Dave Helling /
People's minds are made up, unlikely to change
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Massacre suspect James Holmes' gun-range application drew red flag  —  BYERS, COLO. - Less than a month before carrying out the midnight movie massacre that left 12 dead, suspected shooter James Holmes applied for membership at a private gun range, unnerving the club's owner whose calls …
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Online Ammunition Sales Highlighted by Aurora Shootings  —  DENVER — Unhindered by federal background checks or government oversight, the 24-year-old man accused of killing a dozen people inside a Colorado movie theater was able to build what the police called a 6,000-round arsenal legally …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Sen. Ron Johnson: 100-round rifle magazine is a ‘basic freedom’
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 …
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.
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 …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Weiner's wife under police protection after receiving threat  —  Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has been placed under police protection after receiving a threat, according to a report in the New York Post.
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.
Bungled Bank Bailout Leaves Behind Righteous Anger  —  In the year since I stepped down as the special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the sadly predictable consequences of the government's disparate treatment of Wall Street and Main Street have only become worse.
Discussion: Firedoglake
First Read /
Candidates lightly tread back on the campaign trail
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Loading the Climate Dice  —  A couple of weeks ago the Northeast was in the grip of a severe heat wave.  As I write this, however, it's a fairly cool day in New Jersey, considering that it's late July.  Weather is like that; it fluctuates.  —  And this banal observation may be what dooms us to climate catastrophe, in two ways.
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 …
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Tells Tall Tales About The Bush Years  —  A key attack line in President Obama's campaign stump speech these days is to claim that the country has tried Mitt Romney's economic policies already, and they were a dismal failure.  —  Romney, he says, wants to do two things …
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden gives emotional speech to police in wake of shootings in Colorado theater  —  Vice President Biden touted the heroism of authorities who first responded to the Colorado shootings in an emotional speech in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday to the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).
Discussion: CNN
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John Ingold / Denver Post:
Aurora movie theater shooting suspect makes first court appearance
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Geithner set to defend actions on Libor, Wall Street reform before Congress
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
GOP makes room for Rep. Ron Paul at Tampa convention
Discussion: Texas on the Potomac
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Liberal pundits always rush to blame the Tea Party
Discussion: Hit & Run and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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The Politics of Anything Goes
New York Times:
Iraq Insurgents Kill Nearly 100 After Declaring New Offensive
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Up Slightly in 14th Quarter
Discussion: Firedoglake
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Mormons on cusp of new powerful era
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Helen Lewis Published / New Statesman:
How the media shouldn't cover a mass murder