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7:50 AM ET, July 26, 2012

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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Movie massacre suspect sent chilling notebook to psychiatrist before attack  —  Three days after he allegedly shot up a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and injuring scores, suspect James Holmes appeared in court, where he seemed disheveled and disoriented.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Falsely Claims Colorado Gunman Obtained Weapons Illegally  —  Mitt Romney revealed that he is unfamiliar with the details of the largest mass shooting in American history, during an interview with NBC's Brian Williams.  The former Massachusetts governor claimed that alleged gunman in the Aurora …
msnbc.com:
Romney talks with NBC's Brian Williams in exclusive interview  —  In a wide ranging interview NBC's Brian Williams asked Republican presidential candidate about a number of topics including gun control in the wake of the Aurora shootings.  —  In an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams …
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Jeb Bush told Romney to pick Rubio  —  Jeb Bush launched a campaign of his own on Wednesday — to get fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio on the GOP ticket.  —  The former Florida governor is making a big public and private push for Rubio to become the Republican vice presidential nominee …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
NBC exclusive: Romney talks with Brian Williams  —  “Political implications, legal implications are something which will be sorted out down the road,” Romney told NBC's Brian Williams during an exclusive interview here in London.  “But I don't happen to believe that America needs new gun laws.
Brendan Farrington / MiamiHerald.com:
Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Donklephant and Politico
Garrett Haake / msnbc.com:
Romney on NBC: Changing gun laws won't ‘make all bad things go away’
Discussion: GOP 12
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Senate Dems Jam House Republicans, Pass Bush Tax-Cut Extension For Middle Class  —  Senate Democrats have accomplished a feat they were unable to muster back in 2009 and 2010, when they had a much larger majority: On Wednesday, they passed a bill to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone's first $250,000 in income.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate passes bill to keep tax cuts for the middle class
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives urge Cantor to push spending fight into 2013
Discussion: Politico
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Billionaires May Win As Democrats Split Over Estate Tax
Discussion: ThinkProgress and cbpp.org
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Battle for Ballot Integrity in Pennsylvania  —  Pennsylvania is, for the moment, ground zero in the battle over voter fraud.  In March, Pennsylvania's legislature enacted a law that requires identification for voting.  The ACLU has sued to enjoin enforcement of the law …
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Daniel Denvir / Philadelphia City Paper:
A whopping 43 percent of Philly voters may not have voter ID, according to new data  —  The number of Pennsylvanians who might not have the photo identification necessary to vote this November has more than doubled: at least 1,636,168 registered voters, or 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters …
Alyssa Newcomb / ABCNEWS:
Chicago Latest to Oppose Chick-Fil-A  —  A Chicago politician said he will block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in his ward, following anti-gay marriage remarks by the fast food chain's president.  —  Alderman Joe Moreno, who represents Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rahm: Chick-fil-A disrespects us
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Voting Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2004, 2008  —  Republicans more enthusiastic than in 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democrats are significantly less likely now (39%) than they were in the summers of 2004 and 2008 to say they are “more enthusiastic about voting than usual” in the coming presidential election.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Story So Far  —  History may someday settle on one of the competing and contradictory narratives now running rampant within the virtual Beltway to explain the decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to save the Affordable Care Act.  Since that day seems far off, here in quick summary are the emerging story lines.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown seeks to calm Newsweek staff  —  Newsweek & Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown sought to calm her staff today following remarks from majority owner Barry Diller suggesting that the magazine could cease publication of its print edition as early as this year.
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Washington Post:
Skype makes chats and user data more available to police  —  Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
How I was Cory Booker'd into submission  —  “How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission” is the alternate title of “A Simple Desultory Philippic,” the jokey Paul Simon song that appears on Simon and Garfunkel's 1966 album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.  This year the Democrats …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Michael Van Sickler / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Romney campaign has  —  TAMPA — Two local business owners the Mitt Romney campaign tapped on Wednesday to speak out against President Barack Obama and government interference couldn't have been more contradictory choices to speak out on the topic.  —  The point of the 11 a.m. news conference …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Small Businessmen Push Back Against Obama
Discussion: WTVD-TV
Reid Cherlin / GQ:
“We Do Absolutely Anything They Ask”: How the NRA's Grading System Keeps Congress on Lockdown  —  Mere hours after we woke up to the horrendous, terrifying news of the Aurora shooting, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to the airwaves to criticize the candidates for their relative silence on gun policy.
Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Director Peter Bogdanovich: What If Movies Are Part of the Problem?  —  The director of “Targets” says: “People go to a movie to have a good time, and they get killed. ...  It makes me sick that I made a movie about it.” … People go to a movie to have a good time, and they get killed.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Presidential debate formats announced  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the formats for the 2012 presidential and vice presidential debates, each of which will be 90-minutes long.  Moderators will be selected in August.  —  First presidential debate: October 3 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Shifting Dynamics Favor G.O.P. House Majority  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2006, members of the House have faced electoral waves that swept away scores of incumbents.  —  But the 2012 struggle for control of the House is shaping up less as a partisan surge than as a series of squalls …
Discussion: The Caucus, Prairie Weather and CNN
 
 
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Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job?
Discussion: BBC, Obsidian Wings and Hullabaloo
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Romney's ‘We Did Build This’ Events Feature Businesses Built With Government Subsidies And Contracts
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
John McCaherty, Missouri Lawmaker, Raffles Off AR15 Rifle
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Reliance on imports leaves U.S. vulnerable to disasters, report says
Discussion: EconLog and Instapundit
Kenneth Anderson / Hoover Institution:
Why Does the UN Still Exist?
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Romney readying for low-key European turn
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  House GOP Flirts With Government Shutdown Over ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Foreign Policy Aide Refers To Russia As ‘The Soviet Union’
Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Jacksonville's Democratic mayor won't back Barack Obama
Discussion: Florida Times Union and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Heroes of Aurora  —  A mea culpa for an errant tweet.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
That Mystery Woman in North Korea? Turns Out She's First Lady