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11:00 AM ET, August 1, 2012

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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Hits 50% In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll Finds  —  Word format Crosstabs by State  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Clip Information and Download:  —  FLV File - Download For Website (1920x1080 / 125MB)
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New York Times:
Polls Give Obama Edge in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida  —  President Obama is struggling to persuade voters that he deserves to win re-election based on his handling of the economy, but his empathy and personal appeal give him an edge over Mitt Romney in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama leads Romney in three key swing states  —  (CBS News) President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida - and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania - according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.
CNN:
Polls: Obama over 50% in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz wins Republican runoff for Texas Senate seat  —  (Pat Sullivan - AP) Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a tea party-aligned conservative once regarded as a long-shot candidate, has won the Republican runoff in Texas, where he will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in the November election.
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David Weigel / Slate:
The Inescapable Logic of Nominating Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate … - Weigel: Why Romney Is Getting Cozy With Poland - Did Michael Phelps Screw Up in the 200-Meter Butterfly?  An Olympian Explains.  - The Sap-o-Meter Hits a New High With the Sappiest Line of the Olympics …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tonight's second biggest loser  —  David Dewhurst is obviously the biggest loser in the Texas Senate election tonight.  When we first polled a hypothetical runoff match up between him and Ted Cruz the week before the primary, he led 59-34.  In just over two months he managed to turn that into a pretty substantial defeat.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Five Things Everyone Should Know About GOP Senate Candidate Ted Cruz
Kate Alexander / Austin American-Statesman:
Cruz wins big in GOP upset
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Catanese / Politico:
Move over, Marco Rubio: Ted Cruz's star rises
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tea Party favorite wins Texas Senate runoff
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Raw Story
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz wins Texas Senate primary in a victory for tea party
Discussion: Althouse
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer  —  Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy.
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Associated Press:
Celebrated Author Gore Vidal Dies
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Gore Vidal vs. William F. Buckley in 1968
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Dirda / Washington Post:   Gore Vidal dies; imperious gadfly and prolific, graceful writer was 86
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Bain Investor Told Me That Mitt Romney 'Didn't Pay Any Taxes For 10 Years' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Harry Reid , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Taxes, Harry Reid Mitt Romney, Harry Reid Romney Taxes, Mitt Romney 2012, Reid Romney …
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Mitt Romney / National Review:
Culture Does Matter  —  During my recent trip to Israel, I had suggested that the choices a society makes about its culture play a role in creating prosperity, and that the significant disparity between Israeli and Palestinian living standards was powerfully influenced by it.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP leaders yank one-year farm bill  —  House Republicans on Tuesday ended their attempt to vote on a one-year farm bill, opting to move forward with a measure that would only provide drought aid to farmers.  —  The one-year bill was set to come up before the House Rules Commitee on Tuesday night …
Discussion: Politico
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Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama, Palestinians irked by Romney remarks on Jerusalem
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:   GOP: W.H., Messina ‘failed’ on transparency
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Sarah Palin: It's a ‘shame’ about Dick Cheney  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday that it's a “shame” former Vice President Dick Cheney considers her vice presidential selection a misfire, but she might be joining Cheney in skipping the Republican National Convention.
Discussion: CNN
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
An Angry Sarah Palin Responds To Dick Cheney: He Is Buying Into ‘Lamestream Media’ Spin
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nanette Byrnes / Tax Break:
Olympic medals: gold to the IRS too?  —  When the lucky (and good) Americans who medal at the London Games bow their head to receive the gold, silver or bronze, one can only hope the tax man is the last person on their mind.  —  They'd be unwise to forget him altogether, however.
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog:
The Churchill Bust & Charles Krauthammer  —  Yesterday following his column, I sent the following email to Charles Krauthammer.  Charles asked that I make the email public and I have agreed.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Not in Vegas?  —  I'll make this quick.  I have one question and one observation about Mitt Romney's visit to Israel.  The question is this: Since the whole trip was not about learning anything but about how to satisfy the political whims of the right-wing, super pro-Bibi Netanyahu …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Supporters Barraged With Pleas for Cash  —  Each plea for money from President Obama and his allies has become more urgent and desperate than the last.  —  His campaign's chief operating officer said on Monday that “we've gotten our behinds handed to us.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis confirms officer at center of pepper spraying controversy no longer on the force  —  Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who became a focal point of last November's pepper spraying incident during a campus protest, is no longer employed by the university, a spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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