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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Romney camp denies “Anglo-Saxon heritage” comment  —  (CBS News) As Mitt Romney kicks off his European trip Wednesday with a visit in London, the Romney campaign is dismissing a report from the UK's Daily Telegraph that an adviser to the campaign made comments suggesting the Republican …
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Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Mitt Romney would restore ‘Anglo-Saxon’ relations between Britain and America  —  Mitt Romney would restore “Anglo-Saxon” understanding to the special relationship between the US and Britain, and return Sir Winston Churchill's bust to the White House, according to advisers.
BuzzFeed:
Democrats Plan To Go Nuclear On Romney “You Didn't Build This” Attack  —  In a memo, DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse outlines aggressive response to “BS” Romney claim.  —  Image by JAMES GLOVER / Reuters  —  DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse outlined an all-out response …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Mogul's Latest Foray Courts Jews for the G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican group backed by the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is starting a new effort in battleground states to win over Jewish voters who could be persuaded to turn away from President Obama and support Mitt Romney.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Sheldon Adelson May Stop By Romney Jerusalem Fundraiser  —  Mitt Romney may have quite the high-profile guest at his Jerusalem fundraiser.  A donor to Romney who helped plan the presumptive GOP nominee's trip to Israel tells ABC News that Sheldon Adelson will be at his home in Israel and may stop by.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. state senator blames racism for Romney gains
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.
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Alderman to Chick-fil-A: No deal  —  Moreno tries to block restaurant that opposes gay marriage from opening in his Northwest Side ward … A Chicago alderman wants to kill Chick-fil-A's plans to build a restaurant in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward because the fast-food chain's top executive vocally opposes gay marriage.
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage  —  The Chicago Tribune reports: … In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino reportedly took a similar view: … But denying a private business permits because of such speech by its owner is a blatant First Amendment violation.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama has no patience for 'you didn't build that' attacks  —  SEATTLE - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he's losing his patience over the Republican attacks aimed at his “you didn't build that” comment.  —  “I have to tell you, I generally have patience with what the other side says about me …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania  —  PPP's newest Presidential polls in Michigan and Pennsylvania find Barack Obama with healthy leads in both states.  He's up by 14 points, 53-39, in Michigan and by 6 points, 49-43, in Pennsylvania.  We last looked at each of these states in May.
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
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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.
Kris Kitto / The Hill:
The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People  —  Forget the Loaded Potato Skins.  Max Engling was surely the best thing to come out of an Indianapolis TGI Friday's, where he was waiting tables when a diner with ties to the modeling industry discovered him.  —  That's right — Engling …
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WTVD-TV:
Local business owners: ‘We built this’  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — In Raleigh Wednesday, as well as across the country, outraged business owners spoke out against President Barack Obama's comments that if you own a business, “you didn't build that.”  —  “It's almost like someone just slapped me in the face …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Small Businessmen Push Back Against Obama
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Romney Camp Continues 'You Didn't Build That' Attacks with Swing State Events
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Romney-Bain contacts outlasted exit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics bid.
e2.ma:
NEW POLL OF NRA MEMBERS BY FRANK LUNTZ SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR COMMON-SENSE GUN LAWS, EXPOSING SIGNIFICANT DIVIDE BETWEEN RANK-AND-FILE MEMBERS AND NRA LEADERSHIP  —  Gun Owners Believe Protecting Second Amendment Goes Hand-in-Hand with Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Criminals
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Craig R. Whitney / New York Times:
A Way Out of the Gun Stalemate
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Nanny Mike's next target a real boozy  —  The next city health-care crackdown: alcohol abuse.  —  Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse, The Post has learned.  —  The city Health Department …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Heroes of Aurora  —  A mea culpa for an errant tweet.  —  Among the most evocative stories to come out of last week's horror in Aurora, Colo., are those of the three men who died saving the lives of their girlfriends.  The New York Post recounted them on Saturday:
Discussion: New York Magazine, Gawker and ABCNEWS
Wesley P. Hester / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Romney camp asks Va. to probe voter forms  —  The Voter Participation Center, the organization whose mailings are under scrutiny, fired back this afternoon at the Romney campaign.  —  In a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, it charged that what it called attempts …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Bloomberg:
Newsweek Owner Says Magazine Will Eventually Shift Online  —  Newsweek will eventually transition to an online publication, owner IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) said today, marking the beginning of the end for the money-losing magazine's 79-year run as a print weekly.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Syria Is Iraq  —  Lord knows I am rooting for the opposition forces in Syria to quickly prevail on their own and turn out to be as democratically inclined as we hope.  But the chances of this best-of-all-possible outcomes is low.  That's because Syria is a lot like Iraq.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korean Leader Marries  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's state-run news media on Wednesday ended weeks of speculation about the identity of the poised young woman seen with the country's young leader, Kim Jong-un, at various recent public events, announcing that she is his wife.
Associated Press:
Greece expels Olympic athlete over racist tweets  —  ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from Greece's Olympic team Wednesday for her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Billionaires May Win As Democrats Split Over Estate Tax  —  Senate Democrats, who are united in support of higher income tax rates for millionaires and billionaires, are paralyzed by disagreements on how to tax the estates of the wealthiest Americans.  —  Lobbied by business owners and billionaires …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and cbpp.org
Forrest Wilder / The Texas Observer:
Washington Post Reporter Allows College Officials to Alter Story on Controversial Test  —  Reporter breaks journalistic convention by sharing entire drafts with ‘customers’ in University of Texas press office.  —  In February, Daniel de Vise, a reporter for the Washington Post …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Did President Reagan Neglect National Security?  —  The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Mitt Romney is recounting a Jim Baker anecdote in which President Reagan ordered Baker, as White House chief of staff, to hold no national security meetings over a hundred day period early …
Discussion: Politico and Via Meadia
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Laura Bush on Skipping GOP Convention, Commitment to AIDS Initiatives  —  You won't see former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush at the Republican National convention this year.  He's not attending and that's just fine with his wife, who told ABC News' Jonathan Karl today the couple is done with politics.
Discussion: USA Today and ABCNEWS
 
 
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Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Jacksonville's Democratic mayor won't back Barack Obama
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Politico:
Biden to attend Senate tax votes
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Associated Press:
1 Ohio bridge bomb plot suspect pleads guilty
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Fox News:
Rep wants public hearing on Planned Parenthood after woman's death
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Discussion: City Room and Politico
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Scalia Disputes Accuracy Of ‘Leak’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Wire
Helen Carter / Guardian:
Boy, 11, flies to Italy without ticket
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Washington Blade:
Who signed the Md. anti-gay marriage petition?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democrats catch major typo in Republicans' deregulation bill