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Morning Maddow: July 18

Senate Democrats propose letting all the Bush tax cuts expire.

President Obama proposes a $1 billion program to create an elite teacher corps.

The hidden costs associated with free voter IDs.

The Romney campaign threatens to take the gloves off.

Syrian state tv: Syria's defense minister is killed by a suicide bomber. Also, Assad's brother-in-law.

Greenland loses a big chunk of ice.

What it takes to transport an elephant by air.