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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off  —  A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.  —  Fifty-two percent of likely voters …
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KKTV-TV:
11 News Anchor Dianne Derby Interviews President Obama  —  11 News Interview President Obama & Romney Sr. Campaign Advisor  —  It's President Obama's second trip to Colorado within a week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions before he took the stage at CU-Boulder.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Democrats Say U.S. Is Better Off Than Four Years Ago  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A day after fumbling a predictable and straightforward question posed by Mitt Romney last week — are Americans better off than they were four years ago — the Obama campaign provided a response on Monday …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
President says Romney camp running against ‘fictional’ Obama  —  President Obama accused Republicans of distorting his record, claiming that Mitt Romney was running against a “fictional Barack Obama.”  —  Republicans “have spent a lot of time creating a fictional Barack Obama who is supposedly taking …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Madeleine Albright: 'I Can't Understand Why Any Woman Would Want To Vote For Mitt Romney' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Ann Romney, DNC Convention, Madeleine Albright, RNC Convention, Romney Campaign, Secretary Albright, Women's Voices, Albright, Mitt Romney 2012, Romney Gender Gap …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:   Blast from the past: Dukakis to attack Romney's gubernatorial record at DNC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up by 3 in Colorado
Discussion: Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
'64 or Bust  —  In a Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru makes an argument for Mitt Romney's election that you are going to hear a lot more of soon: it's the only way that partisan gridlock in Washington can be broken.  The basic theory is that Republicans will not change from their current …
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
If You Think Obama's First Term Was Bad, Imagine a Second  —  Ben Feller of the Associated Press asked President Barack Obama a good question recently.  If Obama wins re-election, Feller said, Republicans are still likely to have a majority in the House.  “How is that any different from what we have now?
Discussion: National Review
Boston Herald:
Indian delegates seek sit-down with Elizabeth Warren  —  Tribal activist:'Shame on her'  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Elizabeth Warren can't escape her Cherokee heritage controversy even at this gathering of loyal Democrats, as a contingent of skeptical American Indian delegates …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Video: Unaccountable - Elizabeth Warren and the Cherokee
Discussion: Boston Herald and Riehl World News
David Catanese / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren DNC speech: Charlotte star, Massachusetts underdog
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Mak / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama didn't close the plant  —  Rep. Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he wasn't suggesting that President Barack Obama was responsible for the closure of an auto plant in Janesville, Wis., during his convention speech last week.  —  “What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Janesville story was about 'Obama's broken promises'
Discussion: CNN
David Hill / Washington Times:
Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels  —  Charlotte seeing an uptick in pest reports  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You think incumbent politicians are hard to get rid of?  Try bedbugs.  —  The blood-sucking insects have made a resurgence in recent years, including reports of them at nine …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Moe Lane
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John Fund / National Review:
The Crack Hotels of the DNC
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Ed Driscoll
Business Week:
Exclusive: How Karl Rove's Super PAC Plays the Senate  —  On Thursday, Aug. 30, the final day of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove gave a breakfast briefing to a group of about 70 of the Republican Party's most influential donors.  As Bloomberg Businessweek reported …
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Chris Good / ABCNEWS:   Pro-Obama Super PAC Announces Best Fundraising Month
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Priorities USA Action Reports Record Monthly Donations
Discussion: Ballot Box
Associated Press:
Michelle Obama aims to draw a contrast with Romney, even if she never mentions his name  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michelle Obama rarely mentions Mitt Romney by name.  But everything she says during this presidential campaign is meant to draw a contrast between her husband and his Republican challenger.
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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Michelle Obama tops 5 things to watch at the DNC
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Jewish Democrats on the defensive
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Reporters scolded by Democratic garbage police
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
CEPR:
“Are Americans Better Off Today Than They Were Four Years Ago?”  The Question That Exposes Incompetent Reporters  —  While the source is not clear, someone developed a simple way to identify incompetent news reporters.  If you hear a reporter ask people in President Obama's administration …
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Daniel J. Mitchell / Townhall.com:
Johnny Depp Flees France Over Tax Hikes  —  I'm a bad person.  I know it's not nice to take joy in the misery of others, but I can't help but smile when I see a story about bad news in France.  —  In my defense, this is not because of hostility to French people, who have always been friendly to me.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Mike Zapler / Politico:
Debt to hit $16 trillion as DNC kicks off  —  Bad timing for Democrats: The gross national debt is set to hit $16 trillion Tuesday as the party's convention gets underway, and Republicans are pouncing.  —  “This is a grim landmark for the United States,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Democratic Platform Endorses Taxpayer-Funded Abortions  —  And the Democratic party doesn't want to make abortions “rare.”  —  Charlotte  —  The 2012 Democratic party will officially adopt an extreme position on the issue of abortion on Tuesday.  According to a copy of the party platform …
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Democratic platform focuses on fixing the economy
Discussion: Advocate
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: GQ Reveals Paul Ryan's Secret Service Code Name!  —  According to a campaign official, it's “Bowhunter.”  —  His wife, Janna, is “Buttercup.”  —  Where some candidates choose evocative names—President Obama sees himself as a “Renegade,” while George W. Bush was a “Trailblazer.”
Discussion: The Hill
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Food-Stamp Use Climbs To Record, Reviving Campaign Issue  —  Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million in June, the government said, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Supports Life Sentences For Rape Victims Who Obtain Abortions  —  Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), the candidate for Senate from North Dakota, once voted for a bill that would have made any woman who obtained an abortion guilty of a homicide crime — even if it were in the case of rape or incest.
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and BuzzFeed
 
 
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