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5:55 PM ET, August 2, 2012

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Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid doubles down on Romney tax charge … WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid caused a stir this week when he told an interviewer that Mitt Romney hasn't released more of his tax returns because “he didn't pay taxes for 10 years.”  On Wednesday, Reid doubled down on the charge.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart: ‘You, Harry Reid, Are Really, Really Terrible’  —  Jon Stewart very thoroughly ripped into Senator Harry Reid for not just claiming that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for ten years without caring about whether it is true or not, but for his unbelievable statement that Romney's father would be …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Reid: Romney is guilty of my evidence-free accusations until he proves himself innocent; Update: Repeats accusation on floor of Senate  —  Let's see if we can get the Democratic Party philosophy of late correct.  Unless a business owner foots the entire bill for his employees' contraceptives …
Sam Jones / Guardian:
Ann Romney's horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British  —  Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich  —  Short of mocking Shetland ponies over their lack of stature or laying into zebras for their failure …
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CNN:
Horserace turns (almost) literal in London
CNN:
Looking a dressage horse in the mouth
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
MoveOn speaks for ‘pampered’ Romney horse Rafalca in TV ad
Discussion: USA Today and Mediaite
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
A Toast, but No Rain, for the Olympic Debut of Romney's Horse
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Watch Ann Romney's Horse “Dance” In The Olympics
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Chick-fil-A manager goes rogue, sponsors New Hampshire gay pride fest  —  Many customers, gay and straight, have boycotted the restaurant chain because of its antigay stance, but the company reported ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ brought record sales Wednesday.
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Jim Romenesko:
Reporter pulls rant about Chick-fil-A customers
BuzzFeed:
White House On Solyndra Failure: “Ugh”  —  Emails between White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer and then-Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter reveal concern, frustration as former poster-child for clean energy investment failed.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee peels back the curtain on Solyndra in a new report.
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Washington Post:
White House analyst warned saving Solyndra could cost more than letting it fail  —  As the Obama administration moved last year to bail out Solyndra, the embattled flagship of the president's initiative to promote alternative energy, a White House budget analyst calculated that millions …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Nine takeaways on Romney's tax plan  —  1) The Tax Policy Center bent over backwards to make Romney's promises add up.  They assumed a Romney administration wouldn't cut a dollar of tax preferences for anyone making less than $200,000 until they had cut every dollar of tax preferences for everyone making over $200,000.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Comeback Plan  —  After the deluge.  “This campaign is not like a baseball game,” says Fehrnstrom.  —  Image by Carsten Koall / Getty Images  —  Mitt Romney has lost each of the last 40 days, each day in its own way.  Now his campaign, finally reckoning with a summer …
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Reuters:
Psychiatrist Called Threat Team About Aurora Shooting Suspect James Holmes
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Conyers Speaks Spanish At ‘English-Only’ Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) delivered his opening statement in Spanish at a hearing on Thursday about an English-only bill proposed by House Republicans.  —  Republicans at the panel said Conyers' speech actually supported their point.
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David W. Chen / New York Times:
Goldman to Invest in City Jail Program, Profiting if Recidivism Falls Sharply  —  New York City, embracing an experimental mechanism for financing social services that has excited and worried government reformers around the world, will allow Goldman Sachs to invest nearly $10 million in a jail program …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Personal Image Remains Negative  —  Obama Leads Nationwide, But Closer Race in Swing States  —  OVERVIEW  —  By a 52% to 37% margin, more voters say they have an unfavorable than favorable view of Mitt Romney.  The poll, conducted prior to Romney's recent overseas trip …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 1: Obama Extends Electoral College Advantage  —  Barack Obama's standing in the FiveThirtyEight forecast reached its strongest position to date on Tuesday as a result of favorable polls in a set of swing states.  The forecast model now gives Mr. Obama a 70.8 percent chance of winning …
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN SUES TO RESTRICT MILITARY VOTING  —  Obama, like many Democrats, like to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Two planes taking off from National put on collision course with plane trying to land  —  Three commuter jets came within seconds of a midair collision at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday after confused air traffic controllers launched two outbound flights directly at another plane coming in to land …
Joanna Paraszczuk / Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad: World forces must strive to annihilate Israel  —  In Ramadan speech to ambassadors from Islamic countries, Iranian president says “horrible Zionist current” has been managing world affairs for 400 years, adds that liberating Palestine would solve all world problems.
bfi.org.uk:
The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time  —  846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted - and the 50-year reign of Kane is over.  Our critics' poll has a new number one.  —  Image courtesy Kobal Collection  —  Introduction  —  Ian Christie rings in the changes in our biggest-ever poll.
BBC:
Sex gang man jailed for 22 years  —  The jailed leader of a Rochdale sex ring has received a further term of 22 years for 30 child rape charges.  —  Shabir Ahmed, 59, of Oldham, was one of nine men convicted of sex offences against children at Liverpool Crown Court in May.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Marco Rubio Is Wrong on Olympic Winnings  —  He and Mitt Romney want to exempt medalists from taxes.  But such loopholes are exactly what makes the tax code a complicated mess.  —  Reuters  —  Senator Marco Rubio has long made tax simplification one of his talking points.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Olympic Medal Tax Pander
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Missile Defense Staff Warned To Stop Surfing Porn Sites  —  The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency warned its employees and contractors last week to stop using their government computers to surf the Internet for pornographic sites, according to the agency's executive director.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Michael Moore: 'I Wouldn't Say I Support' Obama  —  TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Liberal stalwarts Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore said Wednesday they're not thrilled with President Barack Obama's performance but hope he gets four more years.  —  “I wouldn't say I support him.
Discussion: Reuters, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
 
 
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Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Tax Scam: IRS Pays Out Billions in Fraudulent Refunds
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Gretawire
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Palin will campaign in Missouri for Steelman
Discussion: CNN
Nathaniel Popper / DealBook:
Knight Capital Says Trading Glitch Cost It $440 Million
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Will Consider Gay Couples' Marriages In Deportation Decisions
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Towleroad
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
15 Minutes of Meaning for Jonah Lehrer
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 49%, Obama 44%
Discussion: GOP 12
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Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Boehner ‘feeling better’ about GOP retaining majority in the House
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Ad Blitz Isn't Working
John R. Lott Jr / Wall Street Journal:
What Mayor Bloomberg Doesn't Know About Police and Guns
Discussion: Betsy's Page
BuzzFeed:
Romney Spokesman Suggests Obama Campaign Manager Broke The Law
Discussion: Mediaite, AEIdeas and Politico
Associated Press:
Romney's CEO style rankled Mass. lawmakers
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee, arrested