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11:45 AM 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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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Reid doubles down on tax claims  —  We noted yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Huffington Post that what he claimed was a Bain Capital investor had called him to say Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for ten years - without saying who told him this, or what basis there was for the claim.
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart: ‘You, Harry Reid, Are Really, Really Terrible’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Raw Story
David Rogers / Politico:
CR snubs appropriators, endangers federal programs
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid stands by Bain Capital investor story
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
TRENDING: Horserace turns (almost) literal in London  —  (CNN) - The political horserace turned into an actual horserace Thursday in London.  Or at least a horse ballet.  —  Rafalca, the mare co-owned by Ann Romney, made her Olympics debut at Greenwich Park, competing in the individual …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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Associated Press:
Ann Romney ‘thrilled’ by Rafalca performance  —  LONDON (AP) — Ann Romney, the wife of the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, says she was “thrilled do death” by the performance her horse Rafalca turned in at the Olympics dressage competition.  —  Romney, who is part-owner of Rafalca …
Discussion: CNN
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rick Warren: Chick-fil-A's owner told me they set a new world record in sales today  —  And the day's not over yet.  —  Somewhere, a Burger King ad man's toying with the idea of having “The King” declare himself “100% pro-life.” … Not a word about today's activities has been whispered …
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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 …
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 …
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Hits Obama on Lobbyist Meetings at ‘Caribou’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Free Beacon
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Syrian Fighting Intensifies in Battle for Control of Aleppo
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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.
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.
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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Reuters:
Spain arrests three alleged al-Qaida terrorists carrying explosives  —  According to Spanish reports, two Chechens, and a Turkish suspect were arrested in Cadiz and Ciudad Real.  —  A Cadiz train station Photo by Google Street View … Send to friend  —  Three suspected al-Qaida members …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Algemeiner.com
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BBC:
Armed ‘al-Qaeda’ trio arrested in southern Spain
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Increase  —  The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits rose last week, continuing an uneven pattern that suggests job creation was likely modest in July.  —  Initial jobless claims, an indication of layoffs, increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000 …
Jared Diamond / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Mitt Romney's Search for Simple Answers  —  MITT ROMNEY'S latest controversial remark, about the role of culture in explaining why some countries are rich and powerful while others are poor and weak, has attracted much comment.  I was especially interested in his remark …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee, arrested  —  The Green Party's presidential nominee was arrested Wednesday in Philadelphia and charged with trespassing during a protest against Fannie Mae.  —  Jill Stein, a Massachusetts resident and Harvard-educated doctor …
Ace / minx.cc:
CBS MarketWatch Writer: It's a Depression, Not a Recession  —  And therefore — he doesn't say this; this is the implication of it, as I read it — Barack Obama didn't “save” us from any damn thing. … And then he lists the grim tidings that are easily seen by anyone with the eyes brave enough to look.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Egypt denies Morsi sent letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres  —  Egyptian president's spokesman says reports of Morsi letter to Peres, in which he wished stability and security for all of the region's nations, including Israel, did ‘not correspond to reality.’
Frank Bruni:
Hopeful News from Maryland  —  A new poll of Maryland voters, who will get to decide in November whether to overrule recently signed legislation establishing same-sex marriage in the state, shows that 54 percent favor the law, while 40 percent oppose it.  These findings, by Hart Research Associates …
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
United Nations:
LATEST STATEMENTS  —  New York, 2 August 2012 - Statement by the Secretary-General on the Joint Special Envoy for Syria  —  It is with deep regret that I have to announce the resignation of the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Kofi Annan.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Political Memo: Tea Party Influence Could Reshape Senate Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — The Tea Party is very much alive in the drive for Republican control of the Senate, portending a potential shake-up in the mind-set of the chamber.  The easy Republican primary victory in Texas on Tuesday of Ted Cruz …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
WWII vet Sen. Inouye: Obama's birth-control mandate is no Pearl Harbor  —  The Senate's most senior member called out a Republican congressman for comparing the federal birth-control mandate to the events of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, 2001.  —  Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Wonkette and theGrio
 
 
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Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Congress isn't gridlocked — it's just totally irresponsible
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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