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8:45 PM ET, August 1, 2012


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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.
CNN:   Chick-fil-A restaurants become rallying points for supporters
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 …
Benjy Sarlin / Livewire:
Romney Camp Cited Same Think Tank They Now Denounce As ‘Liberal’  —  The Romney campaign is pushing back against a new study from researchers at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center suggesting Mitt Romney's tax proposals would actually increase taxes for a whopping a 95% of Americans …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama hammers Romney tax plan in Ohio
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Free Beacon:
Senor 1, Mitchell 0  —  Romney senior adviser defended Gov. Mitt Romney's comments about the effect of culture on Palestine — rather than economics — in an exchange with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday on “Morning Joe.”  —  ANDREA MITCHELL: Dan, if Gov. Romney had made those points in that speech …
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Andrea Mitchell Taught a Lesson
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
There was no Romney gaffe in Israel
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
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.
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
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Rubio: Don't tax Olympic medals  —  Sen. Marco Rubio is offering the Fab Five, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and all the other American Olympic medalists more than just a pat on the back.  He's trying to keep the IRS off their backs.  —  Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced today The Olympic Tax Elimination Act …
Hugh Johnson / Americans for Tax Reform …:
Win Olympic Gold, Pay the IRS
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Rubio bill outlaws taxes on gold medals
Wendy's Sign Angers Liberals; Wendy's Tweet Angers Conservatives  —  Moderates remain uninsulted, but give it a few hours.  —  This message was displayed on numerous North Carolina Wendy's signs this morning.  —  Source:  —  The sign, and its implied support of Chick-fil-A's stance …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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).
Rush Limbaugh:
How Many Things Last 24 Years?  —  RUSH: Cookie also went back to our audio sound bite archive, and I have the cue sheet here, and she has a sound bite from my grandfather back in the early nineties, and from my old speech teacher in High School, Irene Wright.
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: CNN, The Hill and Mediaite
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Middle of the Road  —  One needs but a glance at Tuesday night's vote …
NY Daily News:
Leiby Kletzky's suspected killer, Levi Aron, to plead guilty, sources say
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:
No Internet Taxation Without Representation
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics Committee finds Rep. Laura Richardson guilty on seven counts
Discussion: Politico
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Burn Down the Suburbs?  —  Editor's Note: This article is adapted …