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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
POLITICO-GW Battleground Poll: Tied up  —  The race for the White House remained in a dead heat just before Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll finds.  —  The poll, conducted in the days leading up to the Ryan announcement …
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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - and their Wives!  - Open Up to PEOPLE  —  However tough and tight the race against President Obama gets this fall, Janna Ryan predicts that her husband Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney can count on one thing: fun.  —  PEOPLE was first to sit down with the freshly minted …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION — YOU SEE IT FIRST RIGHT HERE  —  “...Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer's plans to …
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Understanding the Ryan plan  —  The striking thing about Paul Ryan's ascent is the gulf between his proposals and the way the media have characterized them.  Since Mitt Romney named Ryan to the ticket on Saturday, the news has been filled with talk of the “ fiscal conservative ” (NPR) " …
Christine Delargy / CBS News:
“60 Minutes”: Romney, Ryan answer critics of Medicare position  —  CBS News chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer sat down with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Sunday for their first interview since the Republican presidential nominee announced Ryan as his running mate.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Paul Ryan gets low marks for VP  —  Americans don't believe Mitt Romney hit a home run with his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, with more of the public giving him lower marks than high ones.  —  Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman …
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The first place for news and analysis from the NBC News Political Unit.  Follow us on Twitter.  —  First Thoughts: Shake it up … Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney claps as vice president select Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., gives the thumbs up to supporters during …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan  —  For all that Paul Ryan is seen in the political media as a gamechanging pick that instantly and sharply defines the choice in this election, the truth is that most Americans don't know much about Ryan.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Game-changing pick for Romney, worst nightmare for Obama  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Well, that didn't take long.  —  By 11 a.m. Saturday, shortly after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared with his newly picked running mate, the Senate Democratic leader fired out a bitter e-mail.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Paul Ryan: The Next President of the United States?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Paul Ryan / CNN:
New Romney TV ad second straight to attack Obama on welfare
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Downie / Washington Post:
No, Paul Ryan is not ‘courageous’
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
Ryan Could Make Wisconsin a True Battleground
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Presidential debate moderators announced  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided on the moderators for this year's debates, sources confirm to POLITICO.  —  PBS's Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate on October 3 in Denver, Colo. CNN's Candy Crowley will host the second …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Barack's not a ‘superhero’  —  “He's not a superhero; he's a human.  So he needs your help,” the First Lady said.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  First Lady Michelle Obama says her husband isn't a “superhero” and that President Barack Obama will need all the help he can get in order to be reelected.
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama camp: 1,000 attended ‘half-full’ fundraiser
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Paul Krugman:
The Ryan Role  —  Mark Kleiman points us to a lamentable but revealing column by William Saletan, which illustrates perfectly how the essentially ludicrous Paul Ryan has gotten so far - namely, by playing to the gullibility of self-proclaimed centrists, who want to show their “balance” by finding a conservative to praise.
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.  —  “The committee expects to file …
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:   Book: Holder went on 'Reefer Madness'-like campaign to distract from Fast and Furious
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:   GOP-led House Oversight Committee to file contempt suit against AG Eric Holder
David Weigel / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Reader: Lesson One … - One Thing the 2012 Dream Team Has On the 1992 Dream Team - Yglesias: Is Taco Bell Trying To Turn Itself Into Chipotle?  - From Glenn Beck to Ira Glass: Great Magazine Stories About Talk Radio - You Won't Believe the Nasty Things Guys Say to Women Playing Video Games
Ed Hammond / Financial Times:
Spanish commercial property on the brink  —  The Spanish and Italian commercial property markets have all but collapsed with the number of transactions in both countries falling more than 90 per cent in the three months to July as investors worry about the future of the eurozone.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Muslims Are ‘Trying To Kill Americans Every Week’  —  On Friday night, there were two pellet-gun shots on a mosque in the Chicago suburb Morton Grove.  No one was injured, and 51-year-old David Conrad has been charged for shooting on the outer wall of the building as people prayed inside.
 
 
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