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9:50 PM ET, September 1, 2012

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Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Romney's bounce from convention looks short-lived: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - A modest bump in popularity for U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney from this week's Republican Party convention looks to be short-lived, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney To Flood Victim: ‘Go Home And Call 211’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, 2012 Election Mitt Romney 2012, 211, Hurricane Isaac, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt-Romney-211, Romney 211, Politics News  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Isaac Victim Loses Home; Says Mitt Told Her to Go Home and Call 211  —  I don't know.  When one loses their home in a storm and the GOP nominee for president comes to town with his entourage ostensibly to offer sympathy and rhetoric, I'd think they should maybe do that.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Team Obama downplays expectations, predicts ‘close’ race after Charlotte
Discussion: CNN
Zach Gorelick / The Daily Caller:
Occupy RNC ends in tears, frustration
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
La. Rep. Scalise thanks nation for support in aftermath of Isaac
Discussion: CNN
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rains wash away Mount Obama in Charlotte, N.C.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.
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Sister Toldjah:
DNC2012: Massive Obama sand sculpture on display just steps from #MSDNC stage (SATURDAY UPDATE)  —  Saturday Update - 5:08 PM: Via the Washington Times, the “Sand Obama” has been damaged by the heavy rains experienced earlier today here.  —  Well, today was the big day for the unveiling …
Nickarama / Citizen Journalist:
Obama- sand sculpture Mount Rushmore imitation
Katelyn Sabochik / White House.gov Blog:
Ale to the Chief: White House Beer Recipe  —  Ed. Note: There's been a lot of buzz online recently about the recipe for the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter, including a popular petition on We the People, the White House's online petition platform.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Plays Cornhole  —  At Ohio State v.s.  Miami University of Ohio, the GOP vice presidential candiate flips some burgers hangs with his old frat brothers.  —  Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., plays cornhole during a tailgate party …
Discussion: Election 2012
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Orangeball with Ryan  —  My colleague MJ Lee:
Discussion: New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Obama Embarks on March to Party Convention
Discussion: Politico
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Former congressional aide accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women  —  A former senior congressional aide was indicted this week in D.C. Superior Court on charges that he sexually assaulted two women after drugging them with a sedative that he allegedly put in their drinks.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Former Dem.  Hill Staffer and Obama Admin. Official Accused of Drugging and Sexually Assaulting Women  —  A former Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill who briefly worked in the Obama administration has been accused of “drugging and sexually assaulting women,” the Washington Post reports.
Rasmussen Reports:
Number of Republicans in America Reaches Record High  —  After falling for two straight months, the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August.  —  During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans.  That's up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June.
NY Daily News:
Teen killed after sticking head through party bus roof near George Washington Bridge  —  Sixteen-year-old Daniel Fernandez died when his head smashed into an overpass.  —  Twitter photo showing Daniel Fernandez of Sayreville, N.J. who was killed when he apparently stuck his head through …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Mystery of Paul Ryan's Marathon Time  —  Executive summary: the mystery in this case is why someone just stepping into the spotlight of national attention would risk telling an (a) entirely unnecessary and (b) very easily disprovable lie.  It doesn't make “normal” political sense …
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Sasha Issenberg / Campaign Stops:
Why Campaign Reporters Are Behind the Curve  —  It becomes popular around this time of year to lament the fact that media coverage treats the presidential campaign as little more than a “horse race.”  Journalists, this line of argument goes, choose to fixate on which candidate is a superior campaigner …
Discussion: Politico
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Takes On Dinesh D'Souza Over Anti-Obama Documentary 2016  —  On his show tonight, Bill Maher squared off with Dinesh D'Souza, the face of a new anti-Obama documentary.  Maher challenged D'Souza's claims that Obama holds anti-colonial, anti-capitalist views that he inherited from his father …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DOJ won't file criminal charges against Arpaio  —  The Justice Department (DOJ) closed their investigation into Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's alleged abuses of power on Friday, announcing they are not filing charges against the man known as “America's Toughest Sheriff.”
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Arizona Republic:
Feds shut down criminal investigation of Arpaio, Thomas; no charges to be filed
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Clint and Mitt team up
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7 wounded in shootings, including 2 near United Center and 1 downtown
ABCNEWS:
President Barack Obama is thanking troops for their service …
Discussion: Politico
Ace / minx.cc:
Starting the Final Night Live Blog (in the Comments, I Mean): Thread 1
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air