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7:05 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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Blasts Obama For Talking ‘Incessantly’ About The Middle Class
Ginger Gibson / Politico:   Romney slams Obama on security leaks
Associated Press:
Democratic Sen. Feinstein suggests some leaked info came from the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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  —  Tea Party Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) lashed out at Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for criticizing him and his fellow conservative members for suggesting that a senior aide to Secretary …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Million-dollar donors account for nearly half of GOP super PAC fundraising
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
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and USA Today
CBO's Publications:
Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision  —  On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a decision that essentially made the expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a state option.
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.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Romney Leads on the Economy, Trails Elsewhere
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Obama attacks on taxes and Bain hit Romney ratings
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
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: CNN and 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
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
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid says he has no plans to bring gun bill to Senate floor
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in Hawaii Senate race
Discussion: Politico
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The VP's remarks will not be tweeted
 Earlier Items: 
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Did Some Political Figures Have Secret Swiss Accounts?
Wall Street Journal:
Libor Probe Expands to Bank Traders
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
GOP Operatives Praise Scott Brown's Latest Ad
Gabriel Malor / New York Post:
Of massacres & media myths
Discussion: Hot Air
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Jackson Lee will seek meeting with NRA about response to Colo. shootings