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8:20 PM ET, August 25, 2012

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Sandra Maler / Reuters:
First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82: NBC  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, U.S. media reported on Saturday.  —  Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5 …
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82  —  Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday.  —  His family reported the death at 2:45 p.m. ET.  A statement said he died following …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Neil Alden Armstrong, 1930-2012: Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82  —  Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday.  —  He was 82 and lived in Cincinnati.  His death was announced by his family in a statement, but it did not say where Mr. Armstrong died.
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Neil Armstrong, first man to step on the moon, dies at 82
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Associated Press:   Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at 82
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
“Republican” In Obama Ad Is A Democrat  —  A Democrat for Obama.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  One of the women in the Obama campaign's new video of Republicans supporting the president because of GOP positions on women's rights appears not to be a Republican at all.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's second, harder Medicare attack
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Poll shows Akin's slide in Missouri Senate race  —  U.S. Senate challenger Todd Akin's support in Missouri has plummeted since his remarks a week ago about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy, putting him 9 points behind Sen. Claire McCaskill in a race he was previously winning, according to a new Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll.
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Nick Carey / Reuters:
Missouri conservatives rally to Akin, blast Republican “establishment”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Economist:
So, Mitt, what do you really believe?  —  Too much about the Republican candidate for the presidency is far too mysterious  —  WHEN Mitt Romney was governor of liberal Massachusetts, he supported abortion, gun control, tackling climate change and a requirement that everyone should buy health insurance …
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Obama on Romney's ‘extreme’ views  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Hurricane impending, Republicans cancel first day of convention  —  Updated 7:10 p.m. - TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans announced Saturday that they had effectively canceled the first day of its convention for safety concerns associated with an impending hurricane.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hot Air and The Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Nathan Lane Compares Paul Ryan To Wicked Witch Of The West … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Joe Biden , Elections 2012, Paul Ryan, 2012 Election Blog, Mitt Rmoney, Nathan Lane Fundraiser, Nathan Lane Mitt Romney, Nathan Lane Obama Fundraiser, Nathan Lane Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan Medicare …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and The Raw Story
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Rohma Abbas / 27east.com:   Biden Visits For Fundraiser, Says Election Is Choice Of ‘Fundamentally Different Paths’
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The End of the Line  —  Al and Tipper Gore at a rally in Boston after a presidential debate in October 2000.  The toll of the campaign was difficult for the family but ultimately set the stage for a reinvention.  More Photos »  —  AL GORE lives alone now, in a 10,000-square-foot colonial …
Andrew Potts / Gay Star News:
Lawmaker who thinks gays a threat to children crashes boat into children  —  A Maryland lawmaker who thinks same-sex marriage will lead to the teaching of homosexuality in schools has injured four children in a drunken boating accident  —  A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted …
Politico:
Sources: Tampa convention start could be delayed  —  Republicans are weighing a delayed start to the Tampa convention due to Tropical Storm Isaac, GOP sources said Saturday.  —  No final decision has been made but anxiety is running high as the storm churns northward.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden cancels Tampa trip due to storm
New York Times:
Police Decision to Shoot in Midtown Left 9 Wounded  —  As the two officers confronted a gunman in front of the Empire State Building on a busy Friday morning, they had to make a snap decision: Do they open fire in the middle of Midtown?  —  From a distance of less than 10 feet, the officers …
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Guardian:
Empire State Building shooting victims say NYPD fired ‘randomly’ into street
Discussion: PJ Media and Gawker
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Success and Risk as The Times Transforms  —  “WHY on earth would you want this job?”  —  Two years ago, I set out to answer this question in my inaugural public editor column — if only because so many people at The New York Times had asked it.  Now, as I complete my term and hand the baton …
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / Ballot Box:
Romney invokes Massachusetts health law ahead of Republican convention
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Learning to Like Mitt  —  Andrew Ferguson, reluctant Romneyite
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Damian Thompson / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Radical Islam revives an ancient hatred
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood's Action Fund planning revenge on Mitt Romney
Fox News:
Christians victims of rising ‘hostility’ from gov't and secular groups, report says
Discussion: Right Wing News
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Why the next two weeks may be make-or-break for Romney-Ryan
Discussion: Saint Petersblog