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5:50 PM ET, August 26, 2012

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Charlie Crist / Tampa Bay Times:
Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here's why I'm backing Barack Obama  —  I've studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life.  Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I've watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crist endorses Obama (Updated)  —  His hug of President Obama got him in trouble during his senate run as a Republican, and now former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is making the most of it, endorsing the president in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed in which he excoriates his own former party …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
A conversation with Jeb Bush, Florida's most respected Republican
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Florida GOP chairman on Crist's Obama endorsement: A ‘repugnant display from a self-centered, career politician’
Discussion: Naked Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Former GOP Gov. Crist endorses Obama
CNN:
CNN Poll: Which candidate cares more about you?  —  Tampa (CNN) - A new national survey illustrates the challenge Mitt Romney faces at the Republican convention as the GOP presidential challenger gets re-introduced to the American public.  —  While a CNN/ORC International poll indicates …
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Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Priebus On Romney's Birther Joke: Can't We Have ‘Levity’ In Politics?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
TMZ.com:
Mitt Romney Event — Drops $500k on Journey Concert
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and Gothamist
Brendan Sasso / Blog Summaries:
Romney says Obama gave up on economy, has ‘admitted defeat’
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MITT ROMNEY'S AUDIO REMARKS ON THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Operative: Republicans ‘Will Run A Write-In’ To Defeat Todd Akin  —  Republicans are desperate for Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race after his controversial comments about legitimate rape.  Nearly every top Republican, including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, have publicly called for him to quit.
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Masaccio / Firedoglake:
Todd Akin and the People He Represents  —  GPS Sattelite simulation; Special Relativity in action  —  Peterr, our resident expert on things Missouri, tells us that Todd Akin represents a significant slice of Missourians. … Akin and people like him have always populated our state legislatures.
ABCNEWS:
On ‘This Week’: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Bob McDonnell
Discussion: Politico
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Paul: I don't fully endorse Romney  —  In an interview with the New York Times, Ron Paul details the ask from GOP officials in return for a convention speaking slot, and explains why he declined. … Paul's refusal to play ball stands in contrast to his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Romney defends Swiss bank account  —  Mitt Romney defended his foreign investments in an interview aired Sunday, noting that his personal finances have followed all U.S. laws and he got no special tax savings from a Swiss bank account.  —  “Well, first of all, there was no reduction …
Discussion: American Power and bustardblog
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush: GOP ‘Needs To Change... Reach Out To A Much Broader Audience Than We Do Today’  —  This morning on NBC, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush delivered a pointed critique of the modern Republican party.  Bush acknowledged that that the GOP “needs to change” and “reach out to a much broader audience.”
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Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Jeb Bush on White House run: 'I'm not there yet in my life'
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Romney Touts Romneycare: I'm The Guy That Got ‘Health Care For All The Women And Men In My State’  —  Just two weeks after a Romney spokesperson faced a barrage of conservative criticism for highlighting the success of the governor's Massachusetts health care law, Romney himself bragged …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Romney cites Mass. law to defend stance on women's health issues
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Los Angeles Times:
Despite working-class image, Ryan comes from family of wealth  —  Paul Ryan was born into one of the most prominent families in Janesville, Wis., and his rise to political power and financial stability was boosted by family money and connections.  —  Paul Ryan, speaking in Ohio …
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes  —  Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey - often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.  —  In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures …
Discussion: Riehl World News
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll results: Tight races put undecided voters in control  —  10 percent up for grabs in presidential race; Senate struggle has 12 percent of wiggle room  —  The closest Dispatch Poll in modern history shows the races for president and U.S. Senate in a dead heat in battleground Ohio.
Discussion: Hot Air and Ballot Box
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC eyes tax on Internet service  —  The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service.  —  The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fund, a subsidy the agency created last year to expand Internet access.  —  The FCC issued a request for comments on the proposal in April.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At RNC, Michael Steele is man who doesn't exist  —  TAMPA — Republicans gathered at the University Club in downtown Tampa Saturday night to honor GOP chairman Reince Priebus.  The event was sponsored by the Wisconsin delegation, which of course represents Priebus' home state …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Ann Romney has Secret Service detail  —  Ann Romney has received her own Secret Service detail, according to media reports.  —  The wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was assigned protection late Friday afternoon, a campaign aide confirmed to ABC News, which first reported the detail.
Discussion: CNN
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
RNC chairman: Convention will go ‘full steam ahead on Tuesday’
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney pulls '08 clip for Medicare pushback  —  It's the weekend before a political convention in Florida and both presidential campaigns are escalating the air war over — what else?  — Medicare.  —  After the Obama campaign released its second attack ad yesterday accusing Mitt Romney …
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Politico:   Obama, Romney camps see eye to eye on shape of race
 
 
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Rules Changes Could Spark GOP Convention Floor Fight
Discussion: Hot Air and Addicting Info
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Rupert Murdoch Tweets His Support for Prince Harry
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Gullibility in Politics and in Film
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
O'Malley dismisses GOP as a ‘party of exclusion’
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:
1 dead, 16 wounded in shootings across the city
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ALLEN WEST: OBAMA IS ‘SERVING UP A CRAP SANDWICH WITH A SMILE’ |
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Romney Adopts Harder Message for Last Stretch
Brendan Sasso / Blog Summaries:
Obama: Neil Armstrong ‘among the greatest of American heroes’