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12:40 AM ET, August 2, 2012


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rick Warren: Chick-fil-A's owner told me they set a new world record in sales today  —  And the day's not over yet.  —  Somewhere, a Burger King ad man's toying with the idea of having “The King” declare himself “100% pro-life.” … Not a word about today's activities has been whispered …
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Chicagoans hungry to flip the bird to Rahm, nicely  —  Some of you asked just what the scene's like on Chick-fil-A appreciation day in Chicago, home to #ChicagoValues, and the city at the heart of the controversy over Chick-fil-A after our mayor congratulated an alderman in shutting the company …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Chick-fil-A gets a lesson on corporate outspokenness  —  No one should begrudge Dan Cathy his right to describe his personal views on gay marriage.  But he crossed a line when he injected himself and his company into politics.  —  Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta moved to distinguish …
Martinsburg Journa:
Chick-fil-A in Martinsburg deemed safe after bomb threat  —  MARTINSBURG - Police and fire crews closed down the Chick-fil-A on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg for nearly three hours following a bomb threat that was called in just before 1 p.m. today.  —  The caller mentioned that a “device” had been placed within the restaurant.
Chick-fil-A restaurants become rallying points for supporters  —  (CNN) — Throngs of people weighed in on the Chick-fil-A debate at stores across the United States on Wednesday, buying chicken sandwiches to show their support for the restaurant chain and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.
Jackie Wellfonder / Twitchy:
Boycott fail redux: Citizens, Santa unite for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day; Photos show huge success … Today is “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and, boy, is it ever!  As Twitchy reported last week, the Left's attempted boycott of Chick-fil-A has been a huge fail.  That failure got even bigger today.
Brookings Institute:
On the Distributional Effects of Base-Broadening Income Tax Reform  —  This paper examines the tradeoffs among three competing goals that are inherent in a revenue-neutral income tax reform—maintaining tax revenues, ensuring a progressive tax system, and lowering marginal tax rates.
Benjy Sarlin / Livewire:
Romney Camp Cited Same Think Tank They Now Denounce As ‘Liberal’  —  The Romney campaign is pushing back against a new study from researchers at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center suggesting Mitt Romney's tax proposals would actually increase taxes for a whopping a 95% of Americans …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama hammers Romney tax plan in Ohio
Discussion: CNN
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Better Move to Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party  —  The stunning Texas victory of Ted Cruz, a young Tea Party-backed Republican over an establishment candidate vying for a Senate seat, has already so emboldened the insurgent conservative movement that activists are warning Mitt Romney he had better get on board.
Discussion: The Brody File, BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
James Rosen / Fox News:
With Cruz victory in Texas, is the Tea Party the new ‘Establishment?’
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, and Hot Air
Fox News:
Palin fires back at Cheney: ‘The mistake would have been not answering the call’ to be VP
Washington Free Beacon:
Senor 1, Mitchell 0  —  Romney senior adviser defended Gov. Mitt Romney's comments about the effect of culture on Palestine — rather than economics — in an exchange with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday on “Morning Joe.”  —  ANDREA MITCHELL: Dan, if Gov. Romney had made those points in that speech …
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Andrea Mitchell Taught a Lesson  —  Dan Senor, a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney, explained to MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell what the Republican presidential candidate said about the Palestinians and culture:  —  Here's the transcript, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
There was no Romney gaffe in Israel
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Obama Campaign: Like Demagoguery, Only Dumber  —  We have been writing for quite a while about the desperate tone of the Obama campaign's fundraising emails.  Lately, it has gotten to the point where even the New York Times has tut-tutted a bit.  The latest came today from Nancy Pelosi.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
Anne-Marie Slaughter / Financial Times:
We will pay a high price if we do not arm Syria's rebels
Discussion: National Review and The Agonist
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers equate birth-control mandate with Pearl Harbor, 9/11  —  House Republicans called the Obama administration's birth-control mandate “religious bigotry” and compared it to the events of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, 2001.  —  The heated remarks came at a press conference marking the mandate's first day.
First Read /   Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11
Wendy's Sign Angers Liberals; Wendy's Tweet Angers Conservatives  —  Moderates remain uninsulted, but give it a few hours.  —  This message was displayed on numerous North Carolina Wendy's signs this morning.  —  Source:  —  The sign, and its implied support of Chick-fil-A's stance …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Thirteen States and D.C. Give Obama Majority Approval  —  Highest ratings in Hawaii, Rhode Island; Lowest in Utah, Wyoming, Alaska  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of residents in 13 states and the District of Columbia approved of the job Barack Obama did as president during the first six months of 2012.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June suggests that economic activity decelerated somewhat over the first half of this year.  Growth in employment has been slow in recent months, and the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Ann Romney slammed for $990 Shirt, Michelle Obama praised for $6,800 jacket  —  Back in May, Ann Romney, wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wore a $990 Reed Krakoff silk shirt for a media appearance.  The item of clothing set off a media firestorm, with the Romneys widely accused of being …
Michelle Fields / The Daily Caller:
Michele Bachmann: Dead author Gore Vidal's ‘snotty, mocking attitude’ made me a conservative  —  Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann told The Daily Caller Wednesday that author Gore Vidal's “snotty, mocking attitude” helped her realize she was a conservative.  —  Vidal died on Tuesday of pneumonia.
Discussion: Mediaite, alicublog and The Raw Story
Twitter Launches Political Index: The Twitter Pulse Of The Election  —  The Twitter Political Index could be one of the most powerful social media tools of the election.  —  Right now, if you want to know how the country feels about Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, you have to rely …
Romney Taps Former Paulson Aide, Fannie Mae Vet For Bain Rehab  —  Michele Davis will join the Romney campaign to defend his reputation in the private sector.  She brings her own baggage from Fannie Mae, and has been sympathetic to the Obama Administration.
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Rubio: Don't tax Olympic medals  —  Sen. Marco Rubio is offering the Fab Five, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and all the other American Olympic medalists more than just a pat on the back.  He's trying to keep the IRS off their backs.  —  Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced today The Olympic Tax Elimination Act …
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