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9:15 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 …
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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: Mediaite
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Expert: Romney may have paid less in taxes over 20 years than it appears  —  So Mitt Romney is releasing his 2011 tax returns.  The top line is that the Romneys' effective tax rate last year was 14.1 percent.  —  The Romney campaign also released new info on how much he paid from the years 1990-2009 …
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 …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Real Effective Tax Rate  —  Mitt Romney's 14.1 percent effective federal tax rate in 2011 would've been lower if he'd deducted all of his charitable contributions from his nearly $13.7 million in income.  But after estimating that he paid at least 13 percent of his income …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt gives more to charity than President Obama, Joe Biden
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
Ann Romney / CNN:
BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and The Right Scoop
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Paul Ryan Obamacare criticisms booed at AARP
Discussion: Politico
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Says He Paid More Taxes Than He Had To
Discussion: The Caucus, The Daily Beast and Gawker
Politico:
Paul Ryan campaigning as Mini-Mitt
Discussion: CNN
Paul Sakuma / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration”  —  Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
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.
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
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.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Anti-Obama Movie Mailed To 1 Million Ohioians  —  The film claiming President Obama's true father is a Chicago Communist is being distributed for free all over the country.  —  An anti-Obama movie claiming — without evidence — that President Barack Obama's real father …
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
WH Silent Over Demands to Denounce ‘Piss Christ’ Artwork  —  Religious groups are blasting President Obama for not condemning am anti-Christian art display set to appear in New York City and one Republican lawmaker said he is “fed up with the administration's double standard and religious hypocrisy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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New York Post:
Controversial ‘Piss Christ’ art back in NY
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: WH team members may have been involved with prostitutes  —  Two members of the White House team may have been involved with prostitutes during President Obama's April trip to Colombia, according to a report Friday from Fox News.  —  Fox said it was in possession of a letter …
Discussion: Politico
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Jana Winter / Fox News:   EXCLUSIVE: Federal investigator: White House personnel may have been involved in Colombia prostitution scandal
Politico:
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.
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 …
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 …
Jamie Reno / The Daily Beast:
Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic  —  After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of MormonThink.com says he faces excommunication.  Is the Church on a witch hunt?  Jamie Reno reports.  —  David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist …
Scott Warras / 620 WTMJ:
WALKER'S ADVICE ON HOW BEST TO UTILIZE RYAN  —  Governor Scott Walker discusses last Friday's ruling on ‘Act 10’ by a Dane County judge and what his administration will be doing to seek a stay and, ultimately, appeal of the decision.  Plus, with polls showing President Obama widening his lead …
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
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama Knew About Benghazi Terror Attacks 90 Minutes After They Began... Went to Bed (Video)  —  Barack Obama knew about the Benghazi Consulate terror attacks 90 minutes after they began on 9-11.  The attack in Benghazi took place in two waves at the consulate and lasted several hours.
 
 
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