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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever?  —  You're going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan's speech on Wednesday night.  And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan's speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A not-very-truthful speech in a not-very-truthful campaign  —  Honestly?  I didn't want us to write this piece.  —  The original pitch was for “the five biggest lies in Paul Ryan's speech.”  I said no. It's not that the speech didn't include some lies.  It's that I wanted us to bend …
Sally Kohn / Fox News:
Paul Ryan's speech in 3 words  —  Aug. 29, 2012: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.AP  —  At least a quarter of Americans still don't know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
The true, the false, and the misleading: grading Paul Ryan's convention speech.
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Mr. Ryan's misleading speech
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Two Paul Ryans  —  To hear the conservative chatter this morning …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney takes lead over Obama with convention “bounce”: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Mitt Romney has moved into a narrow lead over U.S. President Barack Obama in a small bounce for him from the Republican National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
50 Person Poll: RNC Delegate Edition  —  Man wearing hat.  —  Thousands of delegates have assembled in Tampa this week to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, vote on the party rules, and wear ridiculous hats in a socially acceptable setting.  But what do they think about, you know …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Fact-checking the factcheckers on Ryan's speech  —  Seems like fact checkers need to do some fact checking of their own assumptions.  Paul Ryan's speech last night included a reference to a GM plant in Janesville that closed, which Ryan used to criticize Barack Obama for failing to meet his campaign promises.
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BuzzFeed:   Paul Ryan Sent Out 2008 Press Release On Decision To Close GM Plant
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Thrice Mentioned Janesville GM Plant In 2008
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
Close Friend of Romney: Clint Eastwood Is Thursday's ‘Mystery Speaker’  —  A close friend of Mitt and Ann Romney confirmed to Whispers Wednesday night that Clint Eastwood is indeed Thursday's mystery speaker at the Republican National Convention.  —  “It's him,” said Paul Gilbert …
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Jeb Bush / CNN:
Excerpts: Jeb Bush remarks at Republican National Convention
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Okay, That's the Stupidest Thing I Ever Heard  —  I like Chuck Todd.  He's one of the more knowledgable and sensible people in political journalism.  But this has to rank as one of the stupidest things I've ever heard anyone say.  From this morning on Morning Joe, Todd explains that Democrats wish …
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Judges Question Whether South Carolina's Voter ID Law Is Ready For Primetime
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Citing Racial Impact
Discussion: ACS Blog and Philly.com
Washington Post:
Texas voter ID law is blocked
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Say Anything
Colleen Curry / ABCNEWS:
Priest Defends Sex Abusers, Then Apologizes  —  A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense.  But the comments were removed …
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Victoria Cavaliere / NY Daily News:
Sympathy for ‘this poor guy’ Jerry Sandusky and other pedophiles? …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP's stance on gay marriage …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What He Knows Now: Obama on Popularity, Partisanship and Getting Things Done in Washington  —  White House correspondent Michael Scherer spoke with President Obama aboard Air Force One on Aug. 21 for the new issue of TIME, now available online to subscribers.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney: Obama's Reelection Means The Future Will Not Be Better Than The Past  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney's campaign released excerpts of his big address to the Republican National Convention ahead of his address Thursday night.  —  The excerpts in full:
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney To Defend Bain Capital Record In Acceptance Speech
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daily Mail:
Revealed: Paul Ryan's cheerleader ‘college sweetheart’ who made him the victim of ‘racist views’ from his supposed friends  — Deneeta Pope, 40, dated Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan after they met at college  — Pope, now a Barack Obama supporter …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Still a toss up in Missouri  —  PPP's newest poll of the Missouri Senate race finds that Todd Akin is weathering the storm and the contest remains a toss up.  Claire McCaskill leads 45-44, just a small change from our poll last week which found Akin ahead by a 44-43 margin.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 29: So Much Depends Upon Ohio
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Romney shown closing the gap on Obama in latest Michigan poll  —  TAMPA - A new Michigan poll shows Mitt Romney apparently closing the gap on President Barack Obama in the state.  —  Lansing-based EPIC-MRA did an automated survey of 1,200 likely voters on Tuesday and found Obama leading Romney 49%-46% …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and GOP 12
The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education:
CNN Camerawoman “Not Surprised” by Peanut-Throwing  —  “People Think We've Gone Further Than We Have”  —  Yahoo's D.C. Bureau Chief Fired After Romney Remark  —  Hurricane Isaac Destroys Melissa Harris-Perry Home  —  Disconnect Between GOP and Latino Journalists
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Republican Convention Address  —  Here are the remarks Marco Rubio plans to deliver this evening at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:  —  In 1980, I watched my first Republican Convention with my grandfather.  —  He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Report Details Iran's Progress at Fordow Nuclear Site  —  WASHINGTON — Iran has installed three-quarters of the nuclear centrifuges it needs to complete a site deep underground for the production of nuclear fuel, international inspectors reported Thursday, a finding that led the White House to warn that …
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Herb Keinon / Reuters:
IAEA: Iran has doubled underground nuclear capacity
Democracy Now:
Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now!  Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC … When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention …
Discussion: The Caucus and Politico
 
 
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