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8:20 PM ET, July 24, 2012


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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Feinstein: Someone at White House is behind recent intel leaks  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.  —  “I think the White House …
Romney Advisor Who Hit Obama On Leaks Was Involved In Scooter Libby Scandal  —  Special advisor Eric Edelman sent out a statement today attacking the White House over national security leaks.  Not the ideal point man: Edelman was the first to suggest leaking info about Joe Wilson's CIA-sponsored trip …
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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Goes After Obama on Defense Cuts and Information Leaks
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Romney slams Obama on security leaks
CBO's Publications:
Letter to the Honorable John Boehner providing an estimate for H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act  —  CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have estimated the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on July 11, 2012.
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Deloitte: One in 10 U.S. Employers to Drop Health Coverage
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 …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Obama to run ads pushing back on 'you didn't build that' (Updated)
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Million-dollar donors account for nearly half of GOP super PAC fundraising
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Congressman Calls McCain ‘Numb Nuts’ For Criticizing Bachmann's Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
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.
Hoover Institution:
Will Banning Guns Prevent Another Aurora?
Discussion: National Review
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Mayor Bloomberg Flirts With Violating the Taylor Law
Jeff Oravitz / CBS DC:
James Holmes Received $26K Grant From Bethesda-Based National Institutes of Health  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - James Holmes, the alleged gunman in the recent theater shooting that left 12 dead in Aurora, Colo., was previously awarded a $26,000 federal grant.  —  PHOTOS: James Holmes First Court Appearance
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Clayton Cramer's Blog:
You Didn't Build That Massacre...Someone Else Did It For You
Joe Trippi / Fox News:
Why Gary Johnson could cost Obama or Romney a win in 2012  —  Back in May, when Americans Elect, the group formed to put a bipartisan third party ticket on the 2012 presidential ballot, closed shop, everyone stopped talking about whether a third party candidate would enter the race in 2012 …
Discussion: American Prospect and Althouse
Christian Smith / Chronicle of Higher Education:
An Academic Auto-da-Fé  —  A sociologist whose data find fault with same-sex relationships is savaged by the progressive orthodoxy  —  Whoever said inquisitions and witch hunts were things of the past?  A big one is going on now.  The sociologist Mark Regnerus …
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Endorse Democrats in Senate Races  —  With majority control of the Senate within reach for Republicans this November, one might presume that conservative party elders are doing everything within their power to elect GOP senators this fall.  You'd be wrong.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hotline On Call
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in Hawaii Senate race
Discussion: Politico
Greg Hengler /
Victim's Brother To MSNBC: The Families Won't “Politicize This” For Your Gun Restriction Agenda … Note how Michael Eric “Where's My (Black) Thesaurus” Dyson sets up the gun control question with a question about the “inspiring” appearance by The Doer Of All Good Things.  —  Sign-Up to receive Updates from TH
Discussion: Hot Air
Dennis Romero / The Informer:
Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in L.A. Per City Council Vote  —  The L.A. City Council today voted to put an end to the city's infamous and numerous marijuana dispensaries, citing neighborhood concerns and court rulings that have questioned a city's right to regulate the retailers.
Discussion: The Snitch, Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
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 …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Justice Department investigating Pa. voter ID law
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
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.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC President: Ross report hurts coverage  —  ABC News president Ben Sherwood told staff today that last Friday's incorrect report by Brian Ross detracts from the network's otherwise excellent coverage of the Colarado theater shooting, network sources tell POLITICO.
Wells Tower / GQ:
Desperately Seeking Mitt  —  They say Mitt Romney is a robot.  They say he is an unusually handsome cyborg.  They say if you opened up his chest, you'd see a pile of crackling circuitry or maybe a bale of old straw.  And as we prepare (finally!) to crown him the Republican nominee in Tampa …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian and Wonkette
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Republicans blast Pentagon for allowing military uniforms in gay pride parade  —  Republican lawmakers are blasting the Pentagon's decision to allow troops to march in uniform at a San Diego gay pride parade last week.  —  Two senior Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TBogg
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Myth of the Libertarian Internet … - Yglesias: The Flaw in Obama's Idea To Tax the Rich To “Invest in Manufacturing”  — Sally Ride Was Amazing, but She Should Not Have Been the First U.S. Woman in Space  — Has the Sex Industry Finally Learned To Cater to Women?  — What's That Thing?
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Eschaton
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Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Obama administration announces solar energy projects
Discussion: Hot Air
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
New Obama Ad Was Filmed In the West Wing
Warren Throckmorton:
Porn in the Strangest Places: Reparative Therapy and Pornography
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Romney's VP Search Head Keeps Secrets, Even at the Dinner Table
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Washington Post
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Romney Leads on the Economy, Trails Elsewhere
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Did Some Political Figures Have Secret Swiss Accounts?
Wall Street Journal:
Libor Probe Expands to Bank Traders
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
GOP Operatives Praise Scott Brown's Latest Ad
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Most Say They Already Know Enough about the Candidates
Gabriel Malor / New York Post:
Of massacres & media myths
Discussion: Hot Air
Jack Abramoff / The Atlantic Online:
I Know the Congressional Culture of Corruption
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Blasts Obama For Talking ‘Incessantly’ About The Middle Class