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7:55 PM ET, September 21, 2012


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Brad Malt / Mitt Romney for President …:
NOTE FROM TRUSTEE BRAD MALT  —  This morning, Gov. and Mrs. Romney filed their 2011 tax return with the IRS.  At 3:00pm today, the Romney for President campaign will be posting the 2011 return online.  —  The complete 2011 tax return, with full schedules, statements, and attachments …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
By Romney's Own Standard, His Tax Returns Would Disqualify Him From The Presidency  —  Mitt Romney will disclose his 2011 tax on Friday, along with a summary going back 20 years.  The campaign has published the following summary: … Romney has previously defended his low tax rate …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Castellanos on tax summary: Is this a joke?  —  Alex Castellanos, the former Mitt Romney strategist from 2008 who has alternately been critical and praising of the current campaign, left no doubt where he stands on the decision to release a summary of the candidate's tax rates over 20 years.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Condemns Mitt Romney's ‘Creative Accounting’  —  Harry Reid's famously unsubsantiated theory that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade seems to be contradicted by Mitt Romney's latest disclosure, but he said Romney's decision to artificially inflate his tax rate in his 2011 returns …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mediaite
Guy Benson /
Democrats, Media Get Punk'd: Romney Releases Tax Returns  —  It's official: The Romney campaign possesses a wicked sense of humor and an enviable degree of patience.  After months of caterwauling, breathless innuendo and baseless slander, the Democrats and their media allies are being treated to a Friday feast of piping hot crow.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt gives more to charity than President Obama, Joe Biden  —  Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was far more generous to charities than President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden last year, both in dollar terms and as a percentage of income …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
What Romney's Taxes Reveal — And What They Don't  —  Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax returns Friday, along with a brief summary of his 1990-2009 tax returns.  —  The Romney campaign is asking voters to take its word on the details of his previous returns, but the new information helps address …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney to release 20-year tax rate ‘summary,’ 2011 taxes today  —  In a Friday afternoon news dump, Mitt Romney's campaign is preparing to release his 2011 tax return, along with a 20-year summary of his tax rates from 1990 through 2009, his team just said.  —  The 20-year piece is a new plan …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, Reuters and Forbes
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why Mitt Romney's Effective Tax Rate Is So Low And Why It Probably Should Be
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Beast
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Reid To Romney On Tax Returns: Not Good Enough
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Real Effective Tax Rate
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Wonkette
Ann Romney / CNN:
BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and The Right Scoop
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Says He Paid More Taxes Than He Had To
Discussion: The Caucus, Gawker and The Daily Beast
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ryan Gets Booed At The AARP  —  On Friday afternoon, Paul Ryan addressed the AARP's National Annual Conference in New Orleans.  The GOP vice presidential candidate attacked Obamacare for taking $716 billion out of Medicare — the very same cuts he included in his budget …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Paul Ryan Obamacare criticisms booed at AARP
Discussion: Politico
Scott Warras / 620 WTMJ:
Discussion: ABCNEWS, First Read and Election 2012
Paul Ryan campaigning as Mini-Mitt
Discussion: CNN
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run
Emily Ekins / Reason:
Obama Leads Romney 52-45 In New Reason-Rupe Poll; In Three-Way Race Obama Leads Romney 49-42, Johnson Gets 6 Percent  —  A new national Reason-Rupe poll of likely voters finds President Barack Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney 48 percent to 43 percent in the presidential race.
Ronald Brownstein /
Heartland Monitor Poll: Obama Leads 50 Percent to 43 Percent
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High  —  Fewer Americans closely following political news now than in previous election years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.
Chris Wallace doubts Noonan's conservatism  —  In an interview with POLITICO today, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace questioned Peggy Noonan's “conservative bona fides,” following her recent editorials criticizing of Mitt Romney's campaign.  —  “Peggy Noonan has bashed George W. Bush, based Mitt Romney, wasn't crazy about McCain.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Why America Can't Have Nice Things  —  WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), questions Attorney General Eric Holder, during a hearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.  —  Perhaps the least-controversial issue …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Firedoglake
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Bill to Keep Graduates in U.S. Fails in the House
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney: What About Your Gaffes?  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has been notable for its reliance on President Obama's gaffes.  It built its entire convention theme around Obama's slightly disjointed disquisition about infrastructure ("You didn't build that") and has, at other points …
David Weigel / Slate:
Toward an Iron Law of Gaffes
Mike Huckabee:
Chick fil-A Statement  —  I talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil-A about the new reports that Chick Fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage.  This is not true.  The company continues to focus on the fair treatment of all of its customers …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Until Republicans Fix This Problem, They Can't Fix Any Problems  —  The inability to judge arguments on their merits and separate fact from fantasy is what ails the conservative movement.  —  Reuters  —  After years spent reporting on the Bush Administration, Ron Suskind began to understand …
Jamie Reno / The Daily Beast:
Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic  —  After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of says he faces excommunication.  Is the Church on a witch hunt?  Jamie Reno reports.  —  David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Gary Johnson Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit To Get Into Presidential Debates  —  Both parties and the debate commission are trying to “hoodwink” the American people.  —  Image by Joe Burbank, Pool, File / AP  —  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson filed an anti-trust lawsuit …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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