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2:45 PM ET, July 24, 2012


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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House warns of $1,600 tax hike on 114M middle-class families  —  The White House has launched a new offensive in its fight with congressional Republicans over taxes, arguing 114 million middle-class families will see their taxes rise without action by Congress.
Associated Press:
Democratic Sen. Feinstein suggests some leaked info came from the White House  —  House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  (L to R) Reps. C.A. Ruppersberger, and Mike Rogers; Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Dianne Feinstein.  —  WASHINGTON - The Democratic leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill
Discussion: Politicker
Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama
Discussion: E2-Wire and Weasel Zippers
Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Romney to knock Obama on intel leaks
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Divine Miss M  —  What I find most fascinating about Michele Bachmann — and there are many, many more where she came from — is that she presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith.  I'd like to meet that god, and I'd like to understand that Christianity.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Newt defends Bachmann on Huma Abedin allegations  —  Newt Gingrich, appearing with Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen on POLITICO Live's Driving the Day this morning, defended Rep. Michele Bachmann for asking questions about the Muslim Brotherhood - and declined to hit his former presidential rival …
Amy Walter / ABCNEWS:
Obama Fights Back Against 'You Didn't Build That' Attacks  —  Ten days after Mitt Romney turned President Obama's remarks about public investment in infrastructure into an attack on the president's support for American free enterprise system, Team Obama is finally pushing back.
Washington Post:
How super PACs are saving Mitt Romney  —  Republican-aligned super PACs and other outside conservative groups have spent more than $144 million on general election ads in swing presidential states, a huge outlay of cash that has allowed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to not only combat …
First Female U.S. Astronaut, Sally Ride, Comes Out In Obituary  —  “I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay that they know that another one of their heroes was like them,” Sally Ride's sister, Bear Ride, said.  —  Astronaut Sally Ride, mission specialist on STS-7 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Obama attacks on taxes and Bain hit Romney ratings  —  (Reuters) - Sustained attacks by President Barack Obama's campaign on Republican rival Mitt Romney's business history and refusal to release more tax records appear to be working, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
Discussion: American Prospect
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Most Say They Already Know Enough about the Candidates
Steve Benen /
If the first six months don't count...  Mitt Romney sat down with CNBC's Larry Kudlow, and made a curious observation.  He said voters who want a strong economy should vote for him, but Americans “ought to give, whichever president is going to be elected, at least six months or a year to get those policies in place.”
Jack Abramoff / The Atlantic Online:
I Know the Congressional Culture of Corruption  —  Congressmen accept donations and solemnly recite their oath of office: My vote is not for sale for a mere contribution.  They are wrong.  —  Though democracy is not perfect, it is certainly the most effective polity; as Winston Churchill averred …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Blasts Obama For Talking ‘Incessantly’ About The Middle Class  —  President Obama's plan to allow the Bush tax cuts for incomes above $250,000 to expire at the end of the year has revived the Republican talking point that he is waging “class warfare” against the wealthy …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Face Risks Over Proposal on Tax Cuts
The Times of Israel:
Actor slaps and fells female host, denounces Israelis, in Egyptian TV ‘prank’ gone wrong  —  Second guest in Al-Nahar candid camera fiasco declares he ‘hates the Jews to death’  —  Two Egyptian actors, “pranked” by an Egyptian TV station over the weekend into thinking that they were being interviewed …
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Worst Prank You Can Play on an Egyptian?
Ryan J. Reilly /
TPMMuckraker  —  Ahead Of Voter ID Trial, Pennsylvania Admits There's No In-Person Voter Fraud  —  As the Justice Department investigates Pennsylvania's voter ID law on the federal level, a coalition of civil rights groups is gearing up for a state trial starting Wednesday examining whether …
Sara Burnett / Denver Post:
Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy  —  Firearm interest spikes as some seek protection  —  Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Governor Romney: “The Context Is Worse Than The Quote”  —  Location  —  “This is an ideology which says hey, we're all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past.
New York Post:
Bloomberg's gun-control idea: Cops go on strike  —  By GERRY SHIELDS in DC and BETH DEFALCO in NY  —  Mayor Bloomberg ramped up his gun-control rhetoric to a whole new level last night, saying he's surprised cops don't walk off their jobs until the public forces lawmakers to get guns off the streets.
The U.S. Economic Policy Debate Is a Sham  —  Watching Democrats and Republicans hash out their differences in the public arena, it's easy to get the impression that there's a deep disagreement among reasonable people about how to manage the U.S. economy.  —  Nothing could be further from the truth.
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
Philadelphia Church Official Sentenced to at Least 3 Years in Prison  —  PHILADELPHIA — Msgr.  William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic official in the United States to be convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Joe. My. God.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mindy Meyer's ‘State Senate Campaign’ Website Explodes On Twitter, Is Truly Awful  —  On Monday afternoon, the Twitter-verse came alive after a campaign website by Republican state senate candidate in New York's 21st district went viral.  Her site, complete with sparkly letters that let visitors know …
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A Closer Look at Middle-Class Decline  —  No one can accuse the presidential campaign of ignoring the American economy or the plight of the middle class.  Yet the scale and the complexity of the problem are typically lost amid the charged back-and-forth between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Is Editing His Years as State Attorney General  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration, already drawing attention for its focus on secrecy, has now begun editing his record as New York attorney general, sending aides to the state archives to remove key documents from public view.
Discussion: Politicker and The Raw Story
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Gabriel Malor / New York Post:
Of massacres & media myths
Discussion: Hot Air
Steven C. Johnson / Reuters:
Manufacturing growth slowest in 19 months: Markit
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Carol Browner joins BloombergGov board
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: IAC takes control of Newsweek Daily Beast from Harmans
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
George and Laura Bush Drop by Romney HQ
Discussion: USA Today
Andy Marso / Topeka Capital-Journal:
House hopeful changes name to Thomas Jefferson
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and Hotline On Call
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The End of the Campaign Silly Season? Maybe Not
 Earlier Items: 
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Ice-T Defends Gun Rights: “The Last Form Of Defense Against Tyranny”
Discussion: Hot Air and UrbanGrounds
Lawrence K. Altman / New York Times:
Hasty and Ruinous 1972 Pick Colors Today's Hunt for a No. 2
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Caucus and
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Penn State hit with unprecedented penalties for Sandusky scandal
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
It is ‘morally wrong’ to pay tradesmen cash in hand, says David Gauke
Discussion: and BBC
Karol / Alarming News:
34 glorious, American years