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6:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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: CNN, ABCNEWS, Reuters and Forbes
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns  —  Mitt Romney released his most recent tax return filing Friday afternoon, making public a second year of documents after months of criticism for failing to reveal his taxes.  —  The newest documents show that the GOP presidential nominee paid …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Castellanos on tax summary: Is this a joke?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney: What About Your Gaffes?  —  Mitt Romney's campaign …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Releases 2011 Tax Returns
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney's Real Effective Tax Rate
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Wonkette
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Expert: Romney may have paid less in taxes over 20 years than it appears
Ann Romney / CNN:
BREAKING: Ann Romney plane makes emergency landing
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Right Scoop
Paul Ryan campaigning as Mini-Mitt
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Says He Paid More Taxes Than He Had To
Discussion: The Caucus, Gawker and The Daily Beast
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.
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.
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
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Cash Low, Romney Striving to Find New Large Donors  —  Mitt Romney entered the final months of the presidential campaign with a cash balance of just $35 million, racing to find new large donors and rally low-dollar contributors in August even while he raised tens of millions of dollars for the Republican Party.
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
Jana Winter / Fox News:   EXCLUSIVE: Federal investigator: White House personnel may have been involved in Colombia prostitution scandal
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Disdain for Workers  —  By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people.  I'll never convince them that they should take …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The poll result that explains the election  —  Washington has been a bit perplexed by President Obama's small but persistent lead in the polls.  His administration would seem to fail the “Are you better off than you were four years ago” text.  And presidents who fail that test lose, right?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What John McLaughlin Sees in the Polls Right Now  —  I reached out to Republican pollster John McLaughlin for yesterday's piece on how undecided voters are likely to break, and he made some separate comments about polls, their impact on motivation for each side, and how the campaigns …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Herman Cain: I'd be beating President Obama  —  Herman Cain says that if he were the Republican nominee, he would have a “substantial lead” over President Barack Obama right now.  —  “The reason is quite simple,” Cain told reporters on Thursday, according to the Gainesville Sun.
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
Jill Biden Inadvertently Makes A Really Long Penis Joke  —  The crowd starts cracking up at an unintentional euphemism, then the Bidens themselves can't stop laughing.  Looks like John Hamm has competition.  —  Dorsey Shaw  —  an hour ago  —  59 responses
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
An ideology without promise
Discussion: The Week and Greg's Opinion
Jamie Reno / The Daily Beast:
Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic
Discussion: The Raw Story
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Historically, Obama Isn't in Strong Shape
New York Post:
Controversial ‘Piss Christ’ art back in NY
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's embassy cover story dissolves
New York Post:
Gang that can't lie straight
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Poll shows Obama overtaking Romney in key swing states
Discussion: Politico
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David Weigel / Slate:
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Joe Biden - not Mitt Romney, President Obama, Bill Clinton or Clint Eastwood - most watched …