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6:35 PM ET, August 10, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
UPDATED: Time, CNN Suspend Zakaria |  Talk About Concealed Carry: Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized Paragraph on History of Gun Control  —  [UPDATED below page break: TIME magazine, CNN have suspended Zakaria.]  When CNN host and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria wrote a new piece called …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fareed Zakaria apologizes for plagiarism  —  Time Magazine columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has apologized “unreservedly” to Jill Lepore for plagiarizing her work in The New Yorker.  —  “Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities …
Fareed Zakaria / Time:   The Case for Gun Control
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?
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 …
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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
NY Daily News:
Janet Napolitano-run Homeland Security treated male staffers like lapdogs, federal discrimination lawsuit charges
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and NPR
First Read:
President Barack Obama talks to supporters during a campaign rally at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Aug, 9, 2012.  —  *** It's not an even race - Obama's ahead: The Olympics are wrapping up and, at the end of July, when the Olympics began, we wrote that we were basically …
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Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
Axelrod's Veep Bet? Tim Pawlenty
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Three polls show Obama widening lead over Romney
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney wants his taxes, business record off table  —  Mitt Romney made an unusual suggestion in his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, which First Read previewed thusly: … Talking about candidates' personal finances is hardly novel, nor is it irrelevant — how candidates make their money …
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
Smith becomes first gay general officer to serve openly  —  WASHINGTON — Army reserve officer Tammy Smith calls her recent promotion to brigadier general exciting and humbling, saying it gives her a chance to be a leader in advancing Army values and excellence.
Kevin Cirilli / Reuters:
Spike Lee: Barack Obama is ‘not perfect’  —  Spike Lee said President Barack Obama is “not perfect,” but that expectations for his first term “were way too high.”  —  “He was a savior, black Jesus,” the actor-director told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview airing in its entirety Saturday.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Will Erskine Bowles be our next Treasury Secretary?  —  One of Washington's favorite guessing games — behind Mitt Romney's veepstakes, but way ahead of who will run the Commerce Department — is who will replace Timothy Franz Geithner as Treasury Secretary.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Brad DeLong and Politico
 
 
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