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11:15 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: Mediaite and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid stands by Bain Capital investor story
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
David Rogers / Politico:   CR snubs appropriators, endangers federal programs
CNN:
House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal
Discussion: Politico and RADAMISTO
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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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Hits Obama on Lobbyist Meetings at ‘Caribou’  —  In an election-year effort to cast President Obama as a “typical politician,” Republicans are highlighting the administration's alleged hypocrisy on transparency in holding meetings with lobbyists off White House grounds in order to keep them secret.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Free Beacon
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Obama Campaign: Like Demagoguery, Only Dumber
Washington Post:
White House analyst warned saving Solyndra could cost more than letting it fail
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
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
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 …
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: Politico
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Associated Press:
Ann Romney ‘thrilled’ by Rafalca performance
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Thompson locked in a three-way fight for Wisconsin's GOP Senate nomination
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.
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
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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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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Adviser Draws Attention to Romney Mideast Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Moments after making remarks in Jerusalem about Middle East culture that enraged Palestinians and undermined the public relations value of his trip to Israel, Mitt Romney looked around the room for Dan Senor, one of his campaign's top foreign policy advisers.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Romney, in his own words  —  The art of spin, I suppose, involves making the best of what you've got and managing to deliver it with a straight face, no matter how preposterous.  But the argument that Mitt Romney's flubs on his overseas trip reflected the candidate's compulsive penchant …
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
 
 
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Megan Ruyle / The Hill:
Congress isn't gridlocked — it's just totally irresponsible
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Islamophobe Primary  —  Tennessee holds its primary elections today …
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Israel Group To Attack Obama In Florida
Los Angeles Times:
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Michelle Quinn / Politico:
Mitt Romney not yet a member of the ‘thumb tribe’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Union leader strives to ease Obama's “white guy problem”
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Romney Taps Former Paulson Aide, Fannie Mae Vet For Bain Rehab
Michelle Fields / The Daily Caller:
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