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8:50 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 …
Garrett Haake / msnbc.com:
The first place for news and analysis from the NBC News Political Unit.  Follow us on Twitter.  —  Romney on NBC: Changing gun laws won't ‘make all bad things go away’  —  In an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and GOP 12
First Read / msnbc.com:
NBC exclusive: Romney talks with Brian Williams
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate passes bill to keep tax cuts for the middle class  —  The Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a plan to preserve tax cuts for the middle class while letting them expire for the wealthy, a powerful if largely symbolic victory for Democrats who have been pushing to raise taxes on the rich for more than a decade.
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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.
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
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  House GOP Flirts With Government Shutdown Over ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
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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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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Brendan Farrington / MiamiHerald.com:
Jeb Bush wants Rubio for VP  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush thinks Sen. Marco Rubio is ready to be vice president and he shared those thoughts with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, he said Wednesday.  —  Bush said he has been a huge fan of Rubio's for years and hopes that Romney chooses him.
Discussion: The Hill and Donklephant
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.
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Business Owners Now Among Least Approving of Obama  —  Professional workers are the most approving  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. business owners' approval of President Barack Obama fell in the second quarter of 2012 to 35%, essentially tying farmers and fishers for the lowest approval among major occupational groups.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politico
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 …
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Fall Presidential Debate Schedule Set
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
House passes Ron Paul's Fed audit measure  —  Bernanke opposes ‘nightmare’  —  In a move that serves as a capstone to Rep. Ron Paul's colorful career, the House on Wednesday voted to have Congress' chief investigators conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve's shrouded decision-making process.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Obama: AK-47s belong on battlefield, not streets  —  NEW ORLEANS - President Obama touched the sensitive issue of guns here on Wednesday, pivoting off last week's Colorado movie theater shootings to call for a “consensus around violence reduction” in the country.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and BBC
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Portman pushes bill to end shutdowns  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at ending the threat of a government shutdown once and for all.  —  The bill would automatically extend government spending at current levels for 120 days when funding expires.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, BuzzFeed, Politico and Reuters
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Negative Ads Hit at Identity to Shape Race for Presidency  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The man looks incredulous, his voice rising in exasperation as he tells President Obama to stop demonizing small-business owners.  “We need somebody who believes in America,” he says, right before viewers hear, “I'm Mitt Romney, and I approved this message.”
 
 
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Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm welcomes help from Farrakahn, ignores anti-Semitic remarks
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Caucus, Prairie Weather and CNN
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Right-Wing Gun Group: Was Aurora an Inside Job?
Discussion: 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:
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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Kenneth Anderson / Hoover Institution:
Why Does the UN Still Exist?
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
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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