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6:40 PM ET, August 1, 2012


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Brookings Institute:
On the Distributional Effects of Base-Broadening Income Tax Reform  —  This paper examines the tradeoffs among three competing goals that are inherent in a revenue-neutral income tax reform—maintaining tax revenues, ensuring a progressive tax system, and lowering marginal tax rates.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Study: Romney tax plan would result in cuts for rich, higher burden for others  —  View Photo Gallery — Romney continues overseas tour: After stopping in London to visit with British leaders and attend the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Republican presidential candidate continues …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama hammers Romney tax plan in Ohio
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Benjy Sarlin / Livewire:
Romney Camp Cited Same Think Tank They Now Denounce As ‘Liberal’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Chicagoans hungry to flip the bird to Rahm, nicely  —  Some of you asked just what the scene's like on Chick-fil-A appreciation day in Chicago, home to #ChicagoValues, and the city at the heart of the controversy over Chick-fil-A after our mayor congratulated an alderman in shutting the company …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
FLIPPING THE BIRD TO RAHM: Chicago Chick-Fil-A Mobbed.  —  More here.  And John Lucas sends this picture of the Chick-Fil-A in Maryville, TN.  I saw a similar traffic jam outside another Chick-Fil-A near my house.  —  And Lucas adds: “As I watched this phenomenon, I was struck by two related thoughts.
Martinsburg Journa:
Chick-fil-A in Martinsburg deemed safe after bomb threat
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)
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 …
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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Andrea Mitchell Taught a Lesson
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
There was no Romney gaffe in Israel
Discussion: AEIdeas and protein wisdom
Washington Free Beacon:   Senor 1, Mitchell 0  —  Romney senior adviser defended …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers equate birth-control mandate with Pearl Harbor, 9/11  —  House Republicans called the Obama administration's birth-control mandate “religious bigotry” and compared it to the events of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, 2001.  —  The heated remarks came at a press conference marking the mandate's first day.
First Read /
Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11  —  By NBC's Michael O'Brien and Frank Thorp  —  Follow @mpoindc Follow @FrankThorpNBC  —  A House Republican lawmaker likened the implementation of a new mandate that insurers offer coverage for contraceptive services …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Five Things Everyone Should Know About GOP Senate Candidate Ted Cruz  —  Ted Cruz will protect this golf course from the United Nations and George Soros  —  Today, Texas Republican primary voters selected Ted Cruz as their candidate to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Better Move to Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party
Fox News:
Palin fires back at Cheney: ‘The mistake would have been not answering the call’ to be VP
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.
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Rubio: Don't tax Olympic medals
Discussion: DCist and The Daily Caller
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Rubio bill outlaws taxes on gold medals
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Gore Vidal vs. William F. Buckley in 1968
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Badminton Players Disqualified for Throwing Matches  —  LONDON — Badminton officials took the extraordinary step of tossing out four pairs of women — two from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia — for deliberately trying to lose their preliminary matches Tuesday night …
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Bravo to the Chinese badminton players - they're just trying to win medals | Simon Jenkins
Discussion: Asia, normblog and The Daily Dish
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
‘Culture,’ Prosperity, and Political IQ  —  I accept the idea that “culture” has a legitimate part in explaining national or regional success.  In the late 1980s, after living in Japan, I wrote a book examining cultural differences between U.S. and Japan — and arguing that America would do best …
Mitt Romney / National Review:
Culture Does Matter
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
W.H. declines to address off-site meetings  —  MANSFIELD, Ohio — President Obama's campaign manager regularly used his personal email account while working in the White House but was diligent in copying his official email address to preserve records of the emails, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June suggests that economic activity decelerated somewhat over the first half of this year.  Growth in employment has been slow in recent months, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Twitter Launches Political Index: The Twitter Pulse Of The Election  —  The Twitter Political Index could be one of the most powerful social media tools of the election.  —  Right now, if you want to know how the country feels about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have to rely …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics Committee finds Rep. Laura Richardson guilty on seven counts  —  The House Ethics Committee issued a report on Wednesday finding Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) guilty on seven counts of violating the chamber's rules by improperly pressuring her staff to campaign for her, destroying evidence and tampering with witness testimony.
Discussion: Politico
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. King Goes Birther: Suggests Obama's Parents Telegrammed Fake Hawaii Birth Announcement From Kenya  —  Try as they may, Republicans just can't seem to kick their birther habit.  —  The latest GOPer to dabble in the ridiculous fantasy that President Obama wasn't actually born in the United States: Rep. Steve King (R-IA).
Jim Hand / The Sun Chronicle:
Brown promoted to full colonel  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the National Guard.  —  The Wrentham resident was “pinned” by U.S. Senator John McCain Wednesday, in a ceremony that involved the Arizona Republican and Vietnam War veteran pinning the colonel insignia on Brown.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Mediaite
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Pro-Obama super-PAC reserving $30M in airtime
Discussion: CNN
Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
U.S. Manufacturing Unexpectedly Shrinks For Second Month
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Weasel Zippers and AEIdeas
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
2012 Election Gaffes Fuel Media Obsession, Leading To Scripted Campaigns
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
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Juan / Informed Comment:
The Collapse of the Climate Change Contrarians and the End of Coal
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A City Employee Is Fired, and His Ferret May Be to Blame
Discussion: ANIMAL, Gothamist and New York Magazine
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Burn Down the Suburbs?  —  Editor's Note: This article is adapted …