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8:10 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.
First Read /
Romney to Olympians: 'You didn't get here solely on your own'  —  Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for his “you didn't build that line,” when it came to businesses.  The president was making an “it takes a village” argument, which the Romney campaign and conservatives have roundly panned.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Romney To Olympians: 'You Didn't Get Here Solely On Your Own'
Discussion: Shakesville
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt's First Foreign Stumble?  —  It's treacherous for a US presidential candidate to travel overseas — lots of opportunities for mis-chosen words and getting drawn into other countries' domestic politics.  With Mitt Romney about to leave on his big trip abroad he may already have had his first big foreign stumble.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
With Bob Carr's permission...
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Erica Ritz /
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Albright recalls Romney thanks for ‘keeping my mouth shut’ on Olympics uniforms  —  Madeleine Albright's circa 2008 book, “Memo to the President Elect,” offers this nugget about her own experience seeing the 2002 Olympics uniforms were made in Burma, which she says she brought to Mitt Romney's attention at the time.
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 …
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 …
Obama ad uses different tone in drawing contrast with Romney
Discussion: Politico
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:   Obama must move beyond negative ads
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 …
John DiStaso /
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Romney-backer's NH business received government-assisted loans; Kevin Smith to air new TV spot this week  —  MONDAY, JULY 23 UPDATE: MONDAY, JULY 23, UPDATE: SMITH'S NEW ADS, CLINTON FOR MAGGIE.  Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith will release …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Star of Romney 'My Hands Didn't Build This' Ad Received Millions in Government Loans and Contracts  —  The Romney campaign has been making much out of an out-of-context President Obama quote.  —  Speaking in Roanoke, Virginia on July 13 about the necessity of government for services such as infrastructure …
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.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Massacre suspect James Holmes' gun-range application drew red flag
Michael Winter / USA Today:
Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies at 61  —  Update at 5:49 p.m. ET: In a 2008 Q & A with Florida Today, Ride reflected on her historic ride aboard STS-7: … She also said she had developed “a more refined view of the danger of the shuttle” after the Challenger's destruction during its Jan. 28 …
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61
Discussion: LA Observed, The Agonist and TechCrunch
Mike Huckabee “Incensed” By Criticism Of Chick-Fil-A  —  Also trying to make August 1 “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.”  —  Image by Rogelio V. Solis / AP  —  Former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee is “incensed” by attacks on fast-food company Chick-Fil-A after its founder …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Report Details $21-$32 Trillion in Untaxed Global Wealth Parked Offshore  —  New study estimates $20-30 trillions in tax shelters (photo: bright strangely)  —  The Tax Justice Network, an organization I frankly had never heard of until this weekend, came out with a study over the weekend alleging …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and emptywheel
Meteor Blades / Daily Kos:
World's elite loots at least $21 trillion and stashes it in tax-avoiding hideaways
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 …
Jason Riley / Courier-Journal:
Contempt motion withdrawn for sexual-assault victim Savannah Dietrich who tweeted attackers' names  —  Defense attorneys for two boys who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich have withdrawn their motion that she be held in contempt for tweeting the names of her attackers in defiance of a court order.
Dustin Ingalls / Public Policy Polling:
Iowa 2016 presidential preference poll  —  Hillary Clinton continues to have a dominant lead in Iowa Democrats' preferences for their 2016 presidential nominee almost three years before actual candidates will begin chowing down on cobs of corn.  The straw poll on the Republican side is much closer …
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
Ryan J. Reilly /
TPMMuckraker  —  Justice Department Investigates Pennsylvania Voter ID Law  —  The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has launched a formal investigation into whether Pennsylvania's voter ID law discriminates against minorities, TPM has learned.  —  In a three-page letter sent …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
McCarthy: Senate, not House, politicizing fiscal cliff by taking no action
Discussion: Politico
Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci reverses course, says he has returned campaign money at issue in FBI probe
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The New Republic
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Gar Alperovitz / New York Times:
Wall Street Is Too Big to Regulate
Julie Watson / Associated Press:
Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Gateway Pundit
Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Porn, stripping get Octomom Nadya Suleman off welfare
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
72% Believe Small Business Owners Primarily Responsible for Their Own Success
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Wake up America
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris Hilton and her company 11:11 Media sign a partnership with X to create four original video content programs per year to promote X's Live Shopping product

Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police say freelance journalist Josh Kruger was shot and killed inside his Philadelphia home at age 39; Kruger wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and others

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Jeff Zucker acquires a minority stake in newsletter startup Front Office Sports; source: the deal values the startup at ~$40M, up from $25M at the end of 2021

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