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8:50 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.
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.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Harry Reid: This might not be true, but some Bain investor who I won't name told me Romney …
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
The Inescapable Logic of Nominating Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits 50% In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll Finds  —  Word format Crosstabs by State  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - Download For Website (1920x1080 / 125MB)
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New York Times:
Polls Give Obama Edge in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida  —  President Obama is struggling to persuade voters that he deserves to win re-election based on his handling of the economy, but his empathy and personal appeal give him an edge over Mitt Romney in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania …
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer  —  Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy.
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Associated Press:
Gore Vidal, Celebrated Author, Playwright, Dies  —  In this Dec. 9, 1974 file photo, author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles.  Vidal died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles.
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 …
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Rush Limbaugh:
Romney's Trip Has Been So Successful Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Endorsed Obama
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
BuzzFeed:
Romney App Crushes Obama's In App Store Both launched today, Romney is at #14 on the top free apps …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Balloon Juice
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.
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Clarke is tipped to make way for IDS: Welfare reformer may get justice post in reshuffle  —  Iain Duncan Smith is being tipped to take Kenneth Clarke's job as Justice Secretary in an autumn reshuffle.  —  David Cameron is planning to shake up his top team and has already met his inner circle to prepare the ground.
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.
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
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama, Palestinians irked by Romney remarks on Jerusalem  —  The Obama White House and the Palestinian Authority this week expressed dissatisfaction, frustration and anger over Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's very public recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Hugh Johnson / Americans for Tax Reform …:
Win Olympic Gold, Pay the IRS  —  U.S. Olympic medal winners will owe up to $9,000 to the IRS.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — While 529 hardworking athletes proudly represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, any medals and money they earn wearing red, white and blue will be taxed by the IRS.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Not in Vegas?  —  I'll make this quick.  I have one question and one observation about Mitt Romney's visit to Israel.  The question is this: Since the whole trip was not about learning anything but about how to satisfy the political whims of the right-wing, super pro-Bibi Netanyahu …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
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 …
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage  —  Washington (CNN) - A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink …
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 …
 
 
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Pa. Top Election Official Disputes Negative Impact of New Voter ID Law
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren calls her Wall Street claim ‘silly’
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.’
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Both party conventions snub Lieberman
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BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Delays DOMA Deadline
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Paul Krugman:
Fire Ed DeMarco
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
David Chalian / Associated Press:
Is Antonio Villaraigosa poised to be America's first Latino president?
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