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5:00 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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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 …
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt gives more to charity than President Obama, Joe Biden
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Mitt Romney releases 2011 tax returns
Discussion: American Prospect
Politico:
Paul Ryan campaigning as Mini-Mitt
Discussion: CNN and Election 2012
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Releases 2011 Tax Returns
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Joe. My. God.
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Says He Paid More Taxes Than He Had To
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Shakesville
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Romney Needs a New CEO  —  How to save a listing campaign, the Baker Way.  —  “Nothing is written.”  That was T.E. Lawrence to the Arab tribesmen in Robert Bolt's screenplay, a masterpiece, of “Lawrence of Arabia.”  You write no one off.  Nothing is inevitable.  Life is news—"What happened today?"
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sununu: 'I wouldn't hire Peggy Noonan to run a campaign'
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Booed Throughout AARP Speech (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Obama, Ryan trade charges on Obamacare and Medicare
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 20: Obama's Convention Bounce May Not Be Receding
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's embassy cover story dissolves  —  It is a measure of how skewed the reporting is and how intellectually inconsistent is most of the “analysis” from the mainstream media that while Mitt Romney's comment on the embassy attacks held the attention of the press for days …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Clinton fails to convince Republicans on administration's account of Libya attack
Discussion: Swampland, The PJ Tatler and Politico
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Joe Biden - not Mitt Romney, President Obama, Bill Clinton or Clint Eastwood - most watched convention speaker in landslide!  —  Vice president's speech watched by 14.7% of the 289.7 million people who live in U.S. television homes: Nielsen  —  Vice President Joe Biden makes his point during …
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O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Ann Romney, to critics in GOP: “You want to try it? Get in the ring.” (AUDIO)
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 …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Toward an Iron Law of Gaffes
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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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: Fox News and Politico
 
 
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Jill Biden Inadvertently Makes A Really Long Penis Joke
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Jamie Reno / The Daily Beast:
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Historically, Obama Isn't in Strong Shape
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Controversial ‘Piss Christ’ art back in NY
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Gang that can't lie straight
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Poll shows Obama overtaking Romney in key swing states
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TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney's Son Tagg Signed ‘Abortion’ Clause in His Surrogate Birth Contract
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and US Politics
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Why Does Everybody Hate Mitt Romney?
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Andrew Mitchell insults police at Downing Street by calling them ‘f***ing plebs’
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking