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4:35 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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Jon Huntsman Sr., longtime Romney backer, calls on him to release tax returns  —  The internet is alive with speculation that the secret source Harry Reid claims to have on Mitt Romney's tax returns is Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. He is the founder of Hunstman Corporation and the father …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Was Harry Reid Right?  —  The Huntsman is now the... wait, this metaphor isn't working.  —  On several occasions, I've been poised to join the crowd of liberal commentators ritually denouncing Harry Reid for passing on his anonymously sourced claim that Mitt Romney may have paid on the order of no taxes for ten years.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Is Ahead, but Is He Winning?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Brad DeLong and Althouse
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
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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 and NPR
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Lawsuit alleges Janet Napolitano sexism
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
Fareed Zakaria's Take on Gun Control Strikingly Similar to The New Yorker's  —  Fareed Zakaria reads The New Yorker.  We can only assume that because his latest column for Time on gun control, reads a lot like Jill Lepore's lengthy New Yorker article on the NRA from April.
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Talk About Concealed Carry: Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized Paragraph on History of Gun Control  —  When CNN host and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria wrote a new piece called “The Case for Gun Control,” it ended with a bang: “So when people throw up their hands and say we can't do anything about guns …
Fareed Zakaria / Time:   The Case for Gun Control
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
The Case for Gun Control
Wall Street Journal:
The Postmodern President  —  The challenge is finding anything his campaign says that is true.  —  President Obama spent his formative years in academia, so he's no doubt familiar with postmodernism, the literary theory that rejects objective reality and insists instead that everything …
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Cancels ABC “This Week” Appearance
Discussion: Power Line and American Power
Chicago Tribune:
Scraping bottom  —  The television ad opens on a grim Joe Soptic …
BuzzFeed:
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
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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
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Romney's Strategy Isn't Working  —  The line from Romney headquarters last month was “every day we're not talking about the economy is a day we lose.”  This line, which came from the highest reaches of the campaign, was proffered to explain the unwillingness to provide substantive details on a host of policies besides the economy.
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
Erica Orden / Washington Wire:
White House Approached Schwarzenegger in 2011  —  Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting back into the movie business with a lineup of six film projects-but at one point, things might have gone a very different way.  —  Mr. Schwarzenegger was approached by White House officials …
Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
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: Hot Air, First Read, The Hill and Spectator
 
 
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Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
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Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Tanyanika Samuels / NY Daily News:
‘Son of Sam’ David Berkowitz speaks to the Daily News, decries violence as ‘senseless’ …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
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