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4:40 PM ET, August 22, 2012

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Angelakdka / CBS Pittsburgh:
In Exclusive Interview, Paul Ryan Distances Self From Todd Akin  —  CARNEGIE (KDKA) — In Congressman Paul Ryan's first interview in Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick reacted strongly to Congressman Todd Akin's comment than women who are raped rarely get pregnant.
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum: Here Are the Reasons That Romney Might Lose  —  The former senator is heading to Tampa to speak on behalf of his former rival.  He tells Howard Kurtz what Romney must avoid if he is to beat Obama.  —  Rick Santorum has a simple formulation for how the 2012 election will turn out.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Just Think No  —  There's something trying about an unforgiving man suddenly in need of forgiveness.  —  Yet Todd Akin is right.  He shouldn't have to get out of the United States Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes.  He reflects a severe stance on abortion …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Ryan Refuses To Say Abortions Should Be Available To Women Who Are Raped … This morning, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) revealed that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan urged him to drop out of his U.S. Senate race after Akin's “legitimate rape” comments made him a liability to Republicans nationally.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Walsh ‘bothered’ GOP did not ‘stand up for’ Akin
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Ryan Refuses to Explain “Forcible” Rape as Dems Attempt More Akin-izing of the GOP Ticket
Bloomberg:
Ryan's Record Of Abortion Opposition Consistent With Akin's
Discussion: Mother Jones and PERRspectives
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Signs of divine intervention for Republicans?  —  Has God forsaken the Republican Party?  —  Well, sit in judgment of what's happened in the past few days:  —  A report comes out that a couple dozen House Republicans engaged in an alcohol-induced frolic, in one case nude, in the Sea of Galilee …
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Washington Post:
Could Hurricane Isaac derail the GOP convention?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert ‘fiscal cliff’  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday warned the economy will enter a recession next year if the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.  —  In its most dire warning yet about the fiscal cliff …
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
CBO warns of significant recession if Congress doesn't act to avoid fiscal cliff
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Like a Boss  —  When it comes to being a rich guy, Mitt Romney should own it  —  What do women want?  The conventional biological wisdom is that men select mates for fertility, while women select for status — thus the commonness of younger women's pairing with well-established older men but the rarity of the converse.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Costs Seen in Romney's Medicare Savings Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney's promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Networks may miss Ann Romney speech  —  Ann Romney may not make primetime during next week's Republican National Convention.  —  The three major television networks — NBC, ABC, and CBS — are not airing primetime coverage of the RNC on Monday, the opening night of the convention and the night …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Team Romney calls out Obama for misspelling ‘Ohio’ at campaign stop  —  President Obama needed a do-over to spell “Ohio” correctly on the campus of Ohio State University this week.  —  Although Obama and several students at a campaign stop Tuesday morning at Sloopy's Diner on the campus …
Discussion: The Ulsterman Report
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Judge Suggests He Will Join ‘Civil Unrest, Civil Disobedience, Civil War Maybe’ If Obama Is Reelected  —  Judge Tom Head, a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, announced on a local television station that he would personally join the resistance against a United Nations' takeover of American sovereignty …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Advice Regarding Akin  —  My advice, for what it's worth, to conservatives and Republicans desperate to see Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri: You've made your point.  You've bewailed and denounced and threatened.  Now it's time to hearken to the words of Lincoln, in his great Temperance Address …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Moe Lane
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City  —  Already the No. 2 grossing documentary of the year, “2016: Obama's America” expands nationwide this weekend.  —  An anti-Obama documentary based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage …
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds tighter presidential race after Ryan selection  —  Thompson has lead in U.S. Senate race following primary win  —  Milwaukee, Wis. - A new Marquette Law School Poll finds the presidential race is tightening in Wisconsin following the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Michelle Obama ‘Guest Editor’ for Website Featuring Sex Tips—Including from Prostitutes  —  Michelle Obama is identified as a “Guest Editor” on all of the website's pages, including several titled “Love & Sex.”  Video clips of iVillage interviews with Mrs. Obama appear on some of those …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Need a ‘Conservative’ Party  —  There has been lots of talk that Paul Ryan's nomination ensures that we'll now have a “real” debate about the role of government.  That's actually funny.  The bar for this campaign is so low that we celebrate the fact that it might include a serious debate …
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Seniors  —  Grandma isn't scared of Paul Ryan.  —  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans view the new GOP vice presidential nominee favorably, while 37 percent rate him unfavorably — slightly improved from last week's polling.  —  Among seniors, though …
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Dempsey ‘disappointed’ by anti-Obama campaign by ex-military members  —  The United States' top military official criticized a group of former military and intelligence operatives for its aggressive campaign against President Obama, telling Fox News that he is “disappointed” by such political activity, which he called “not useful.”
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ledbetter, Baldwin, Longoria to address Dem convention  —  The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday to speak at party's upcoming convention in Charlotte, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Lilly Ledbetter …
Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
Obama leads big with Latinos, but enthusiasm still lags  —  President Barack Obama continues to lead presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney by wide margins with Latinos, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll.  —  Hispanics, the largest-growing segment …
 
 
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POLL: Obama, Romney neck and neck
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