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4:30 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 …
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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CNN:
Looking a dressage horse in the mouth  —  (CNN) - The liberal group MoveOn.org will run a thirty-second television spot in battleground states mocking Rafalca, the dressage horse competing at the London Olympics that is co-owned by Ann Romney.  —  The group said the total buy amounted to five figures …
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
A Toast, but No Rain, for the Olympic Debut of Romney's Horse
Sam Jones / Guardian:
Ann Romney's horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British
Discussion: TBogg and Gawker
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
MoveOn speaks for ‘pampered’ Romney horse Rafalca in TV ad
Discussion: USA Today
Associated Press:
Ann Romney ‘thrilled’ by Rafalca performance
Discussion: CNN
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Watch Ann Romney's Horse “Dance” In The Olympics
Discussion: The Daily Dish
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Romney to Chick-fil-A?  —  Mitt Romney's hosting a campaign event at Jeffco Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado around lunchtime today, and a quick scan of Chick-fil-A's website shows several locations within fifteen miles or so of the Romney event.  So it should be easy for Romney to stop …
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Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Chick-fil-A manager goes rogue, sponsors New Hampshire gay pride fest
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rick Warren: Chick-fil-A's owner told me they set a new world record in sales today
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Psychiatrist Called Threat Team About Aurora Shooting Suspect James Holmes
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Romney's CEO style rankled Mass. lawmakers  —  BOSTON (AP) — What worked for Mitt Romney in the corporate boardroom didn't fly in the more raucous corridors of the Massachusetts Legislature.  —  Now the Republican candidate for president, Romney took over as governor in 2003 after a long …
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, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Will Consider Gay Couples' Marriages In Deportation Decisions  —  Another step toward recognition on a high-stakes issue for many couples.  Nancy Pelosi had pressed for clarification.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  —  Image by T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images
Discussion: Towleroad and ThinkProgress
BuzzFeed:
Romney Spokesman Suggests Obama Campaign Manager Broke The Law  —  Eric Fehrnstrom hits Jim Messina for personal email use in the White House.  —  Image by JOHN GRESS / Reuters  —  A top adviser Eric Fehrnstrom charged Thursday that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina appears …
Discussion: Mediaite, AEIdeas and Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 49%, Obama 44%  —  Mitt Romney has a five-point edge over President Obama in the battleground state of North Carolina.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State finds Romney with 49% support, while the president earns 44% of the vote.
Discussion: GOP 12
 
 
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