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9:45 AM ET, July 24, 2012


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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 …
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Sally Ride |  1951-2012: Sally Ride, Trailblazing Astronaut, Dies at 61  —  Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Monday at her home in San Diego.  She was 61.  —  The cause was pancreatic cancer, her company, Sally Ride Science, announced on its Web site.
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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill  —  The White House on Monday waved the veto pen at a House GOP bill that would require vastly wider offshore oil-and-gas leasing.  —  “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 6082, which would undermine the targeted, science-based …
Discussion: Politicker
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Betsy's Page
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
“The Context Is Worse Than the Quote”  —  Many conservatives didn't think Mitt Romney was a good spokesman for our movement, but the fact is that right now, he, more than anyone else, is lifting high the banner of free enterprise and American tradition.  Democrats have tried to defend …
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
President Criticizes Romney Over Foreign Policy
Discussion: The Caucus and The Hill
TRENDING: Obama ad uses different tone in drawing contrast with Romney
Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
McConnell promises busy Senate if GOP retakes upper chamber  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said the Senate will be “much busier” in 2013 should the GOP take control of the upper chamber, criticizing what he said is the Democrats' penchant for closing up shop at 6 p.m.
Discussion: Influence Alley
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Ahead of votes on extending Bush-era tax rates, parties jockey for advantage
Discussion: Politico
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
OK, Let's Debate Gun Control!  —  A second Obama term could kill the Second Amendment.  —  Last week's horrific crime in Aurora, Colo., has, predictably enough, prompted many leftist politicians and commentators to call for more antigun laws.  Actually, that's not quite right.
David Weigel / Slate:
“Jettison Some of the Crap”  —  Rand Paul's quiet war against more defense spending.  —  Shortly after noon last Tuesday, Dick Cheney slipped out of an elevator and into the Lyndon Baines Johnson room where Republican senators hold a weekly lunch.  His mission: convince them that $700 billion …
Discussion: Mediaite, Southern Beale and Hit & Run
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Penn State hit with unprecedented penalties for Sandusky scandal  —  (Reuters) - The governing body of U.S. college sports fined Penn State University $60 million and voided its football victories for the past 14 seasons in an unprecedented rebuke for the school's failure to stop coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
It is ‘morally wrong’ to pay tradesmen cash in hand, says David Gauke  —  People who pay cash in hand to tradesmen are “morally wrong”, damaging the economy and helping tax evaders, a minister has warned.  —  So far cash-in-hand builders, hospital consultants, home tutors …
Discussion: and BBC
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.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Federal Government's Debt Jumps More Than $1T for 5th Straight Fiscal Year  —  ( - By the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the new debt accumulated in this fiscal year by the federal government had already exceeded $1 trillion, making this fiscal year the fifth straight …
Legislator pulled gun during road incident  —  Shea charged with having a loaded pistol  —  A Spokane Valley legislator pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident.  He was cited for two violations of state firearms law.
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds investigating Pennsylvania voter ID law  —  The Justice Department is investigating Pennsylvania's new voter identification law, a letter sent to the state government Monday indicates.  —  The letter from Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez seeks a variety of records related …
Discussion: American Prospect
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Alleged Colorado Gunman's Family Stands by Son  —  The family of suspected gunman James Holmes said they will support the Ph.D student accused of entering a movie theatre last Friday and not leaving until he had killed 12 people and wounded another 58.  —  Asked if they stand by Holmes …
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Lobbyists, GOP get cracking on ‘embryonic’ energy platform  —  State of Play: GOP lawmakers, aides and an array of energy industry lobbyists huddled at Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters Monday to lay the groundwork for the party's official energy platform at August's national convention.
Discussion: CNN
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Austerity's Big Winners Prove To Be Wall Street And The Wealthy
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Government Wins Right to Pretend That Cables Released by WikiLeaks Are Still Secret
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Report Details $21-$32 Trillion in Untaxed Global Wealth Parked Offshore
Discussion: Hullabaloo and emptywheel
Jason Riley / Courier-Journal:
Contempt motion withdrawn for sexual-assault victim Savannah Dietrich who tweeted attackers' names
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