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8:20 PM ET, August 2, 2012

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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Personal Image Remains Negative  —  Obama Leads Nationwide, But Closer Race in Swing States  —  OVERVIEW  —  By a 52% to 37% margin, more voters say they have an unfavorable than favorable view of Mitt Romney.  The poll, conducted prior to Romney's recent overseas trip …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pew: Obama has big lead; Romney favorability drops  —  New polling data out from Pew Research Center finds President Obama with a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney nationally: … The poll also finds that Romney's favorability has taken a hit this summer:
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 49%, Obama 44%
Discussion: GOP 12
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid doubles down on Romney tax charge … WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid caused a stir this week when he told an interviewer that Mitt Romney hasn't released more of his tax returns because “he didn't pay taxes for 10 years.”  On Wednesday, Reid doubled down on the charge.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart: ‘You, Harry Reid, Are Really, Really Terrible’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Reid: Romney is guilty of my evidence-free accusations until he proves himself innocent; Update …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Cybersecurity Act fails Senate vote
Jim Romenesko:
Reporter pulls rant about Chick-fil-A customers  —  Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos' Facebook post about Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day customers had nearly 100 shares before it was pulled earlier today.  ("The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad," he wrote.
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Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Chick-fil-A manager goes rogue, sponsors New Hampshire gay pride fest
Bridget Doyle / Chicago Tribune:
Cardinal wades into fray about Chick-fil-A
Sam Jones / Guardian:
Ann Romney's horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British  —  Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich  —  Short of mocking Shetland ponies over their lack of stature or laying into zebras for their failure …
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
MoveOn speaks for ‘pampered’ Romney horse Rafalca in TV ad
Discussion: Ballot Box, USA Today and Mediaite
Mary Pilon / New York Times:
A Toast, but No Rain, for the Olympic Debut of Romney's Horse
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Watch Ann Romney's Horse “Dance” In The Olympics
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and The Daily Dish
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Nine takeaways on Romney's tax plan  —  1) The Tax Policy Center bent over backwards to make Romney's promises add up.  They assumed a Romney administration wouldn't cut a dollar of tax preferences for anyone making less than $200,000 until they had cut every dollar of tax preferences for everyone making over $200,000.
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UPI:
Romney vows 12 million new jobs
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Impolitic
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN SUES TO RESTRICT MILITARY VOTING  —  Obama, like many Democrats, like to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney's Comeback Plan  —  After the deluge.  “This campaign is not like a baseball game,” says Fehrnstrom.  —  Image by Carsten Koall / Getty Images  —  Mitt Romney has lost each of the last 40 days, each day in its own way.  Now his campaign, finally reckoning with a summer …
Market Wire:
Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO  —  Employee Has Left the Company  —  TUCSON, AZ—(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - The following is a statement from Vante:  —  Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith …
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Reuters:
Psychiatrist Called Threat Team About Aurora Shooting Suspect James Holmes
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Conyers Speaks Spanish At ‘English-Only’ Hearing (VIDEO)  —  Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) delivered his opening statement in Spanish at a hearing on Thursday about an English-only bill proposed by House Republicans.  —  Republicans at the panel said Conyers' speech actually supported their point.
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Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
New York Yankees Facebook Page Announces Derek Jeter To Miss Rest Of Season Due To Sex Change [UPDATE: A Bunch Of Other Teams Hacked Too]  —  It's gone now, but it seems the Yankees' Facebook was hacked just now as it posted this breaking news about Derek Jeter's upcoming sexual reassignment surgery.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 1: Obama Extends Electoral College Advantage  —  Barack Obama's standing in the FiveThirtyEight forecast reached its strongest position to date on Tuesday as a result of favorable polls in a set of swing states.  The forecast model now gives Mr. Obama a 70.8 percent chance of winning …
BuzzFeed:
White House On Solyndra Failure: “Ugh”  —  Emails between White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer and then-Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter reveal concern, frustration as former poster-child for clean energy investment failed.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee peels back the curtain on Solyndra in a new report.
Kofi Annan / Financial Times:
My departing advice on how to save Syria  —  Aleppo is under siege and the prospect of the loss of thousands more civilian lives in Syria is very high.  The UN has condemned the further descent to civil war but the fighting goes on with no sign of relief for Syrians.  Jihadist elements have been drawn into the conflict.
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CNN:
First on CNN: Massive $77 million ad time buy for Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama campaign has taken the extraordinary step of booking $77 million in additional ad time starting Friday and running through Election Day, a Republican ad buying source told CNN.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Goldman to Invest in City Jail Program, Profiting if Recidivism Falls Sharply  —  New York City, embracing an experimental mechanism for financing social services that has excited and worried government reformers around the world, will allow Goldman Sachs to invest nearly $10 million in a jail program …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Economic forecasting model predicts Obama will lose in near-landslide  —  Political scientist Douglas Hibbs looks at two factors when forecasting presidential elections: a) per capita real disposable personal income over the incumbent president's term, and b) cumulative U.S. military fatalities in overseas conflicts.
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Two planes taking off from National put on collision course with plane trying to land  —  Three commuter jets came within seconds of a midair collision at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday after confused air traffic controllers launched two outbound flights directly at another plane coming in to land …
Joanna Paraszczuk / Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad: World forces must strive to annihilate Israel  —  In Ramadan speech to ambassadors from Islamic countries, Iranian president says “horrible Zionist current” has been managing world affairs for 400 years, adds that liberating Palestine would solve all world problems.
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney stumps with GOP governors, including VP candidates
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Obama wants Florida for a birthday present
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
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BBC:
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
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Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Reuters and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Romney Spokesman Suggests Obama Campaign Manager Broke The Law
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Associated Press:
Romney's CEO style rankled Mass. lawmakers