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3:25 PM ET, August 10, 2012


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Kos / Daily Kos:
It's Jon Huntsman Sr, right Harry?  —  Harry Reid's source.  Probably.  —  Harry Reid has a Republican source who has told him that Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes in 10 years.  Who could he possibly known that would have that information?  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's dad sounds like the likely source.
Fox News:
Reid aide divulges details on source of Romney tax claim — then retracts  —  Aug. 7, 2012: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.AP  —  After days of silence on Harry Reid's disputed claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for a decade …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Was Harry Reid Right?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CANNONFIRE and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention  —  Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who …
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Top NY Homeland Security Cop Sues Napolitano; Alleges Obama DHS Officials' Anti-Straight Discrimination, Demands for Oral Sex - “J-No Appointed Lesbian Girlfriend, ICE Chief of Staff Harassed Male Agents”  —  New York's top Department of Homeland Security cop is suing Department …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano favored women pals for jobs: lawsuit  —  A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who's …
NY Daily News:
Janet Napolitano-run Homeland Security treated male staffers like lapdogs, federal discrimination lawsuit charges
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Lawsuit alleges Janet Napolitano sexism
Discussion: New York Magazine
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
The Case for Gun Control  —  Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.  Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic.  Laws that banned the carrying …
Tim Graham /
Talk About Concealed Carry: Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized Paragraph on History of Gun Control
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
The Case for Gun Control
Top Romney Aide: Obama Has “Lost His Credibility”  —  “I don't think a world champion limbo dancer could get any lower than the Obama campaign right now.”  —  Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom at the campaign's Boston headquarters.  —  Image by JOSH REYNOLDS / AP
Romney Campaign Contests Polling Numbers  —  “You've got to have something precipitate that sort of sea change, and we haven't,” said a top adviser.  Dumbfounded by three bad polls.  —  Image by Mario Tama / Getty Images  —  BOSTON — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is at a loss …
Romney Vetoed Ad Linking Huckabee To Woman's Death
Discussion: Hot Air
Katie Pavlich /
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Cancels ABC “This Week” Appearance  —  After getting caught red handed lying about what she knew about Joe Soptic's story, the man featured in the Obama Super PAC ad essentially accusing Mitt Romney of killing his wife, Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter …
Discussion: Power Line
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Killing  —  The Massachusetts multimillionaire who won …
Chicago Tribune:
Scraping bottom  —  The television ad opens on a grim Joe Soptic …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office  —  I've got my copy of Michael Grunwald's new book on the making of stimulus, The New New Deal, and there are a lot of juicy nuggets in it.  In particular, it may shed new light on the degree to which Republicans …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Economist's View
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Is Ahead, but Is He Winning?  —  The polls put the incumbent in the lead, but there are plenty of reasons for Republicans to be optimistic — and Democrats to be jittery.  —  Reuters  —  Three months remain until election day, and President Obama narrowly leads in nearly every national poll.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Althouse and Brad DeLong
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Nation That Believes Nothing  —  Romney doesn't need to talk about America becoming like Europe—he needs to warn us about America becoming like California.  —  It's been a week marked by mistakes, some new and some continuing.  —  The pro-Obama Super PAC ad that essentially blames Mitt Romney …
Abby Ohlheiser / Slate:
Police say that Abdulrahman Zeitoun offered a fellow inmate $20,000 to carry out a trio of killings.  —  It's safe to say this isn't the happy ending we all had hoped for.  —  The New York Times reports that the protagonist of Dave Eggers' book Zeitoun—who was celebrated as a hero …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Nuns Send Letter To Romney Challenging His ‘Woeful Lack Of Knowledge’ About The Poor  —  The group of Catholic nuns who launched the Nuns On A Bus tour to shed light on the effects the House Republican budget would have on the poor turned its attention to the GOP's presidential candidate this week …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Party Chairman: Americans Who Want Romney To Release More Tax Returns Are The New Birthers  —  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus compared the overwhelming majority of Americans — including a growing number of Republicans — calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns to birthers …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Zimmerman Prosecutors In Huge Screw-Up  —  Photo of dead Trayvon Martin, college docs mistakenly released  —  In an embarrassing screw-up, Florida prosecutors today accidentally distributed a post-mortem photo of Trayvon Martin as well as copies of George Zimmerman's college records …
Major Garrett /
Axelrod's Veep Bet?  Tim Pawlenty  —  Obama's team is focused on a Romney-Pawlenty ticket.  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, left, introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, during a campaign stop in Milford, N.H., Friday, June 15, 2012.
Discussion: The Hill, First Read and Spectator
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
In Real Estate Deal, Romney Made His Loss a Couple's Gain  —  MISSOURI CITY, Tex. — Look closely and it is there, sandwiched between Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners II and D3 Family Bulldog Fund: the mortgage on Timothy and Betty Stamps's modest home on Gentle Bend Drive here.
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Rick Rothacker / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chuck Colbert /
Drag is out at Holy Redeemer
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Romney's Strategy Isn't Working
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
US defense firms could push forward with sending layoff notices
Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Tanyanika Samuels / NY Daily News:
‘Son of Sam’ David Berkowitz speaks to the Daily News, decries violence as ‘senseless’ …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
How Your Water Company May Be Poisoning Your Kids
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
David Rakoff, Mordantly Funny Essayist and Actor, Dies at 47
 Earlier Items: 
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Citing Drought, U.S. Expects Lowest Corn Yield in 17 Years
John Fund / National Review:
The Great VP Fake-Out
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Dismal Science Deserves Federal Funding
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and AEIdeas
Matt Katz /
Christie calls anti-Muslim conservatives “bigots”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The case against reelection
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Romney's Side Course of Culture
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney May Have No Choice But to Pick Paul Ryan
Associated Press:
Justice Dept. says it won't prosecute Goldman Sachs or its employees in financial fraud probe