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5:40 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 …
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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Romney slams Obama on security leaks
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Feinstein backtracks on statement that White House leaked secrets
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and JustOneMinute
TRENDING: Celebs open their wallets in White House race, mostly for Obama
Discussion: E2-Wire and Weasel Zippers
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill
Discussion: Politicker
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 …
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.
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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Most Say They Already Know Enough about the Candidates  —  Democrats Want to Hear More about Romney's Tax Returns  —  OVERVIEW  —  With more than three months to go before Election Day, most voters already feel that there's little left to learn about the presidential candidates.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Obama attacks on taxes and Bain hit Romney ratings
Discussion: American Prospect
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Romney Leads on the Economy, Trails Elsewhere
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: NOM Blog
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin and Engadget
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.”
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.
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 …
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
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Romney's VP Search Head Keeps Secrets, Even at the Dinner Table  —  Beth Myers, who is leading Mitt Romney's search for a running mate, rallied about 55 Republican women at a Mexican restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia, on Tuesday.  —  While Myers gave few details on the search process and took …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
GOP Operatives Praise Scott Brown's Latest Ad  —  Republican operatives in Washington are praising Scott Brown's latest campaign ad.  The ad, a contrast spot being run by the Republican Massachusetts senator, shows that Brown's Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, is to the left …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The VP's remarks will not be tweeted
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Did Some Political Figures Have Secret Swiss Accounts?
Wall Street Journal:
Libor Probe Expands to Bank Traders
Gabriel Malor / New York Post:
Of massacres & media myths
Discussion: Hot Air
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Is Editing His Years as State Attorney General
Discussion: Politicker and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Jackson Lee will seek meeting with NRA about response to Colo. shootings
Andy Marso / Topeka Capital-Journal:
House hopeful changes name to Thomas Jefferson
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Ice-T Defends Gun Rights: “The Last Form Of Defense Against Tyranny”
Discussion: Wonkette, Hot Air and UrbanGrounds
Lawrence K. Altman / New York Times:
Hasty and Ruinous 1972 Pick Colors Today's Hunt for a No. 2
Discussion: The Caucus, ABCNEWS and
David Leonhardt / Economix:
A Closer Look at Middle-Class Decline