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9:55 AM ET, August 6, 2012


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Los Angeles Times:
Gunman's tattoos lead officials to deem Sikh shooting terrorism  —  Police work outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where a suspected gunman stormed the mass and opened fire, killing six and injuring three, including the police officer who then shot the gunman dead.  (Scott Olson / Associated Press / August 5, 2012)
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Gunman in Sikh temple identified, was former soldier  —  CUDAHY, WIS. - The man authorities say killed six in a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple before police shot him was a heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier, sources told Fox News, but what triggered his rampage remains unclear.
7 Dead at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.; Officials Believe ‘White Supremacist’ Behind ‘Domestic Terrorism’  —  Seven people were shot and killed today at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in what officials are treating as a case of domestic terrorism.  —  Though police have not given …
Mike Johnson / JSOnline:
FBI: Motive in Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting unclear  —  By Mike Johnson, Karen Herzog and Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel  —  The shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek that left seven people dead, including the shooter, is being looked at as a possible domestic terrorism incident …
CBS News:
Sikh temple shooting suspect identified as Wade Michael Page; Motivation unclear
Suspect named in Sikh temple shooting
Gunman, six others dead at Wisconsin Sikh temple
Historic Curiosity probe lands safely on Mars  —  (Reuters) - NASA's Mars science rover Curiosity landed safely late on Sunday after hurtling through the pink Martian skies at the start of a two-year quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted key ingredients for life.
Marc S. Kaufman / Washington Post:
NASA mission to Mars: Rover Curiosity touches down  —  PASADENA, Calif. — NASA's rover Curiosity touched down deep in a Martian crater early Monday after a picture-perfect descent and landing, beginning what promises to be one of the most ambitious planetary missions in history.
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
GOP to Reid: You're next  —  The Sunday news shows featured a rare spectacle that at once revealed the decline of civility in Washington and the depth of GOP outrage over Harry Reid's unproven claim that Mitt Romney didn't pay income taxes for an entire decade: two of the nation's top GOP officials flat …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
David Krone, Harry Reid's chief of staff, denounces GOP ‘cowards’  —  The war over Mitt Romney's tax returns is getting more bitter by the moment, with a top aide to Senate Majority Harry Reid blasting Republicans as “cowards” and “henchmen” for their attacks on the Nevada Democrat.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Romney camp, RNC announce $101.3M July fundraising total  —  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign announced Monday that they had raised $101.3 million dollars in July.  —  The fundraising haul, from joint efforts between Team Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Reince Priebus: Sen. Harry Reid Is a ‘Dirty Liar’
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
RNC speakers include Rick Scott, John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Susana Martinez  —  TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among seven headline speakers announced today for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Santorum eager for Romney to grant him role at GOP convention
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
$1 million for gay marriage efforts  —  The Human Rights Campaign is directing $1 million in cash to four states with gay marriage ballot initiatives this November, a new chunk of funding for efforts to make history with a statewide win among voters an issue on which polls show public opinion shifting.
GOP steers clear of gay marriage issue
Discussion: First Read
Washington Post:
Obama associate got $100,000 fee from affiliate of firm doing business with Iran  —  David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama's 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran's government.
Obama Campaign Called Ohio Decision On Early Military Voting “Appropriate” In Lawsuit  —  In a complex and controversial lawsuit, the Democrats are not in fact trying to limit Ohio military voting.  A more subtle objection from military groups and — if you read closely enough — Romney.
Axelrod: Military Voters Should Get Special Consideration In Voting
Nyasa / Malawi news, Malawi:
Panic as Clinton jets out of Malawi, bees mystery  —  United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton might have had a tight schedule in Malawi but her first visit to the southern African nation will indubitably remain memorable to her as much as it will be historic to the country.
The New / New York Times:
Times Photographer Is Arrested on Assignment  —  A freelance photographer for The New York Times was arrested on Saturday night while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx.  —  The photographer, Robert Stolarik, 43, who has worked regularly …
New York Times:
Syrian Opposition Claims Prime Minister Defected  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad fired his prime minister on Monday, Syria's official media reported, as activists countered that he had defected with several officials and military commanders in what seemed a further indication …
Syria's prime minister defects
Discussion: Newsy and Outside the Beltway
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Fear of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Has Industry Pulling Back  —  A rising number of manufacturers are canceling new investments and putting off new hires because they fear paralysis in Washington will force hundreds of billions in tax increases and budget cuts in January, undermining economic growth in the coming months.
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Strategist Pushes Romney To Release More Tax Returns: ‘Two Years Is Not Enough, Obviously’
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