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8:15 PM ET, July 31, 2012

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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Harry Reid , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Taxes, Harry Reid Mitt Romney, Harry Reid Romney Taxes, Mitt Romney 2012, Reid Romney …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Government funding deal reached  —  House and Senate leaders have reached a deal to keep federal agencies running into next year, sources say, a move that would avoid a partisan government shutdown fight before the November elections.  —  The agreement in principle by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Delays DOMA Deadline
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette: You have to ‘hand over your wallet and your voting card’ to extremes
CNN:
Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland  —  Warsaw, Poland (CNN) - The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.
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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Romney aide to reporters: ‘Shove it!’  —  WARSAW—A Mitt Romney aide told reporters to “shove it” Tuesday morning after the American press corps here shouted questions at the presidential candidate.  —  As Romney was walking away from Pilsudski Square toward his vehicle …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Brings Up ‘Felons’ in Latest Ad  —  The latest web ad from Barack Obama's campaign goes after Mitt Romney for not releasing more tax returns than he already has.  The ad, titled “Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean?,” at one point flashes two words onscreen, “FELONS” and “TAX RECORDS.”
CNN:
First on CNN: Romney preps swing state blitz, stirring V.P. speculation  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is quietly laying the groundwork for a high-profile blitz of several key battleground states in the run-up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Go Gorka!  —  Listen to the audio of the media horde screaming …
Discussion: Politico and theGrio
Rush Limbaugh:
Romney's Trip Has Been So Successful Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Endorsed Obama
Discussion: Politico
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Obama Adviser Calls Romney's Foreign Trip An “Embarrassing Disaster”
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Romney: I “did not speak about” Palestinian culture  —  (CBS News) Under fire from Palestinian leaders for recent comments suggesting that Israel's economic success is borne out of its “culture,” Mitt Romney on Tuesday attempted to clarify his remarks, telling Fox News in an interview …
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Matthew Shelley / NationalJournal.com:
Romney on Gaffes: It's the Media's Fault  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earlier this month.  —  In his first comments addressing multiple gaffes during his overseas trip, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday fell back on a staple of troubled political campaigns: Blame the media.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says press focusing on overseas stumbles to aid Obama
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Romney Photo Spurs Domestic Abuse Incident  —  Suspect mistook Republican pol for live-in girlfriend's sidepiece  —  Suspicious that his live-in girlfriend was planning an affair, a Tennessee man confronted the woman after spotting a photo of an unknown guy on her Facebook page, according to a police report.
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Dog Fighting  —  Left: Rep. Steve King (R-IA).  Right: Dogfighting victim.  —  If you believe that the United States should legalize dogfighting because we allow humans to fight, fear not.  You've got an ally in the United States Congress.
Twitter Blog:
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information  —  We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don't address matters pertaining …
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Amy Willis / Telegraph:
London Olympics 2012: Twitter 'alerted NBC to British journalist's critical tweets'
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Daily Lays Off a Third of Its Staff  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a digital newspaper for the iPad age, is laying off nearly a third of its staff.  —  The publisher plans to tell its workers today that it will fire 50 of its 170 employees, according to people familiar with The Daily's plans.
Paul Krugman:
Fire Ed DeMarco  —  Do it now.  —  Who? you ask.  DeMarco heads the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.  And he has just rejected a request from the Treasury Department that he offer debt relief to troubled homeowners — a request backed by an offer by Treasury …
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie, Freddie Won't Cut Loan Balances
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
NPR'S COKIE ROBERTS: ROMNEY POLAND TRIP RACIALLY MOTIVATED  —  What's important about the NPR excerpt below, which broadcast this morning, is that this is everything NPR's Cokie Roberts has to say about Romney's motives for going to Poland.  This is the entirety of it.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Romney's Warsaw Speech
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Chad Brady / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller Gun Giveaway Week 11: Find Our Hacker  —  The Daily Caller will be giving away one gun per week until Election Day: November 6, 2012.  —  The FMK 9C1 is an American-made high capacity 9mm designed by Jim Pontillo and manufactured in California.  Each gun is engraved with the Bill of Rights.
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
The Other Barbarians at the Gates  —  The Hamptons are Romney territory.  But billionaire Jeff Greene thinks his neighbors would be wise to buy a little democracy insurance.  —  t's incredible, right?" shouts Jeff Greene over the roar of the two-seater dune buggy's motor. “  It's 55 acres!
Forbes:
President Obama vs. My Grandfather  —  My grandfather, a gruff and uneducated but whip-smart guy, started out poor.  Following a stint in the Army, he spent a few years working and scrimped together enough money to start his own restaurant in a small town near Philadelphia.
BuzzFeed:
Federal Trial Court In Connecticut Strikes Down DOMA's Marriage Definition  —  On DOMA's definition of “marriage,” court finds “that no conceivable rational basis exists for the provision.”  —  Janet Geller & Joanne Marquis, two of the plaintiffs in the Connecticut case.
BuzzFeed:
Proposition 8 Supporters Ask Supreme Court To Keep Marriage Ban  —  At issue: Whether amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying is constitutional.  Appeals court had struck down the amendment.  —  Another hot issue could be headed for the Supreme Court.  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Exiting LaTourette Sees ‘Progressively Worse’ Partisanship  —  Rep. Steve LaTourette (R., Ohio), who announced Tuesday he wouldn't seek re-election after two decades in office, said partisanship in Washington was getting “progressively worse” and that redistricting in many states was exacerbating the problem.
mansfieldnewsjournal.com:
Air Force One to land at threatened Mansfield base  —  MANSFIELD — The 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard base where Air Force One will land Wednesday morning remains threatened by President Barack Obama's proposed cuts to the military budget.
David Chalian / Associated Press:
Is Antonio Villaraigosa poised to be America's first Latino president?  —  (J. Scott ...  LOS ANGELES — When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gavels the 2012 Democratic National Convention into session in Charlotte this September, his role as prominent cheerleader for President Obama will be clear.
Discussion: L.A. NOW and 24Ahead
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Saved Capitalism  —  Milton Friedman, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday, helped to make free markets popular again in the 20th century.  His ideas are even more important today.  —  It's a tragedy that Milton Friedman—born 100 years ago on July 31—did not live long enough …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Freshman Republican says House GOP ‘angry,’ ‘incapable of governing’  —  Freshman Republican Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) compares the parties in Congress to sports teams only interested in “winning” and this week credited Democrats in Congress with having “less anger” than Republicans toward the other side.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's foreign trip didn't go well.  Does it matter?  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney later today wraps up his foreign tour, a trip that drew a series of negative headlines and has left many Republicans wondering what exactly the GOP presidential nominee was hoping to accomplish.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Exclusive Pics: The Navy's Unmanned, Autonomous ‘UFO’  —  The Navy's next-generation drone, the X-47B, on display Tuesday at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.  —  NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland — If you saw it in person, you'd probably think it was a UFO, too.
Discussion: Gothamist
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Of course, Obama related to first black slave on his, um, mother's side  —  CNN is hyping this story, but when you dig into it, there's no firm evidence, only piecing together assumptions and conjecture.  —  Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave (emphasis mine):
Discussion: The 1600 Report
 
 
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
House GOP Tax Plan Raises Taxes On 10 Times As Many People As Democratic Proposal
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Stanley Reed / New York Times:
BP Posts Unexpectedly Large Loss
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren calls her Wall Street claim ‘silly’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: July 2012
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Firedoglake
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Rahm Emanuel, Chick-fil-A, and the easy slide into fascism
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Punctuation Nerds Stopped by Obama Slogan, ‘Forward.’
Discussion: Mediaite
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP blocks judicial nomination, says it's too close to presidential election
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Both party conventions snub Lieberman
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Tim Croft / The Star:
Port St. Joe man shot in what authorities label ‘hate’ crime
Discussion: WJHG-TV and Crooks and Liars
David Brooks / New York Times:
Dullest Campaign Ever
Discussion: Financial Times, Wonkette and Politico
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama donates to himself
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
The Atlantic Online:
Statistical Probability That Mitt Romney's New Twitter Followers Are Just Normal Users: 0%
Discussion: TechCrunch and Prairie Weather
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Reporters Know What the ‘Voter ID’ Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So?
Discussion: Bloomberg