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2:38 AM ET, August 1, 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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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Calling BS on Reid's Bain tax claims  —  Harry Reid is either a liar or a lousy critical thinker.  —  FORTUNE — Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) made political waves today by claiming that a Bain Capital investor told him that Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes for a 10-year period.
Discussion: Moe Lane, Politico and ABCNEWS
Datechguy / Datechguy's Blog:
Can we stop calling the Washington Post a “newspaper” now?  —  ...and officially declare it a propaganda organ? … Mind you the Washington post isn't citing an unnamed source that has talked to them, they are reporting that someone else (Harry Reid) claims that an unnamed source said something.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Harry Reid: This might not be true, but some Bain investor who I won't name told me Romney …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Government funding deal reached
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz wins Republican runoff for Texas Senate seat  —  (Pat Sullivan - AP) Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a tea party-aligned conservative once regarded as a long-shot candidate, has won the Republican runoff in Texas, where he will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in the November election.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tea Party favorite wins Texas Senate runoff  —  Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) has won the state's Senate primary runoff election, all but guaranteeing him a spot in the upper chamber and giving the Tea Party one of its biggest victories of the election cycle.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Raw Story
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Cruz Defeats Dewhurst for G.O.P. Nomination in Texas Senate Race  —  HOUSTON — Ted Cruz, an insurgent backed by the Tea Party, defeated the candidate favored by Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday in a runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination that revealed a wide rift in Texas between …
Mitt Romney / National Review:
Culture Does Matter  —  During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Romney: I “did not speak about” Palestinian culture
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.”
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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 …
BuzzFeed:
Romney App Crushes Obama's In App Store Both launched today, Romney is at #14 on the top free apps …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Riehl World View
Rush Limbaugh:
Romney's Trip Has Been So Successful Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Endorsed Obama
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and Reuters
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
The Churchill Bust & Charles Krauthammer  —  Yesterday following his column, I sent the following email to Charles Krauthammer.  Charles asked that I make the email public and I have agreed.
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Kelly Keisling, Tennessee Legislator, Mass Emailed Obama ‘Staged Assassination’ Rumor … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Video, Department Of Homeland Security, Canada Free Press, Doug Hammon, Email, Frankie Anderson, Holt Whitt, Joe Aglione, Kelly Keisling, Obama Conspiracy Theories, Tennessee Politics, Politics News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Delays DOMA Deadline
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
House GOP Tax Plan Raises Taxes On 10 Times As Many People As Democratic Proposal  —  Senate Republicans last week proposed a plan that would raise taxes on more than 20 million Americans, while maintaining the high-end Bush tax cuts.  Letting those tax cuts on income in excess of $250,000 expire …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Report cites killings blamed on non-deported illegals  —  The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report Tuesday.
Discussion: Doug Ross and The PJ Tatler
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.
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie, Freddie Won't Cut Loan Balances
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
House to consider eliminating Senate confirmation for presidential appointees  —  The House of Representatives is set to consider legislation Tuesday that would exempt certain presidential appointees from having to be confirmed by the Senate.  —  But a number of conservative groups are arguing that the …
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: July 2012  —  July's second Health Tracking Poll reports in further depth on public opinion toward the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of last month's key Supreme Court decision.  When it comes to the individual mandate, the Court's verdict …
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
Pa. Top Election Official Disputes Negative Impact of New Voter ID Law  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Commonwealth was on the witness stand today, during day five of the court hearing on Pennsylvania's new voter ID law.  —  And her testimony just added …
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren calls her Wall Street claim ‘silly’  —  Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is copping out of her claim that Wall Street executives are supporting her because she'll “save capitalism,” saying she made a “silly” gaffe.  —  “I passed along a comment that was over the top …
Tim Croft / The Star:
Port St. Joe man shot in what authorities label ‘hate’ crime  —  A Port St. Joe man was shot in the head late Monday night in what Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent is labeling a hate crime.  —  Walton Henry Butler, a 59-year-old white male, was arrested after he admitted shooting Everett Gant with a .22 rifle.
 
 
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
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Associated Press:
UK experts to help Iraq destroy chemical residues
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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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Both party conventions snub Lieberman
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Of course, Obama related to first black slave on his, um, mother's side
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Forbes:
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