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9:30 AM ET, August 3, 2012


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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Romney: Harry Reid needs to ‘put up or shut up’ on charges about taxes  —  Mitt Romney on Thursday said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) needs to “put up or shut up” when it comes to charges the presumptive GOP nominee did not pay his taxes.  —  Romney also accused the White House of being behind the allegation.
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.
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Jon Stewart tells Harry Reid to ‘shut up’ after ‘bullsh*t’ shot on Mitt Romney … Popular in Politics  —  Jon Stewart ridiculed Senate Majority leader Harry Reid last night for accusing Mitt Romney of not paying any taxes for 10 years.  —  “Here's a rule of thumb, if you have to follow …
Bill Clinton / CNN:
Clinton to headline event for pro-Obama super PAC
Discussion: Politico
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Cybersecurity Act fails Senate vote
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 …
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:
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
What Makes Him Tick?  —  Americans want to feel they know the person they're electing president—but Mitt Romney seems determined to keep himself a secret.  —  Mitt Romney's contention in Jerusalem that “culture makes all the difference” in determining national economic strength caused …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Personal Image Remains Negative  —  Obama Leads Nationwide, But Closer Race in Swing States  —  ABOUT THE SURVEY  —  The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted July 16-26, 2012 among a national sample of 2,508 adults, 18 years of age or older …
Tony Merevick / Chicago Phoenix:
The Civil Rights Agenda files complaints against Chick-fil-A  —  Protesters at Chicago Chick-fil-A Aug. 1, 2012.  Photo: Tony Merevick.  —  The Civil Rights Agenda, a local LGBT rights advocacy group, filed multiple complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights Thursday …
The Daily Beast:
A Gay Chick-fil-A Employee Speaks Out
Discussion: SFist and Gawker
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.
Sir John Keegan  —  Sir John Keegan, who has died aged 78, achieved an international reputation as a military historian, then discovered a talent for writing rapid analyses of international crises as the defence editor of The Daily Telegraph.  —  He had been on the teaching staff …
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
The Life of the Party  —  What Bill Clinton could add to the Obama re-election effort.  —  From a friend watching the Olympics: “How about that Michael Phelps?  But let's remember he didn't win all those medals, someone else did.  After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
DCCC apologizes to Adelson for ‘Chinese prostitution’ comments  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued an apology to casino mogul and prominent Republican donor Sheldon Adelson on Thursday, after the billionaire threatened to sue the organization over comments insinuating …
Anna Palmerand John Bresnahan / Reuters:
DCCC apologizes to Sheldon Adelson
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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: ‘Regulatory czar’ Cass Sunstein returning to Harvard  —  Cass Sunstein, administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return later this month to his previous post at Harvard Law School, the White House will announce Friday.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The BLT
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.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Obama's problems in the South  —  Ever since his national debut at the 2004 Democratic convention, Barack Obama's calling card has been that he practices consensus-oriented politics that transcend traditional divisions.  But four years after his historic presidential election …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Creates 163,000 New Jobs but Rate Rises to 8.3%  —  The U.S. economy closed out an otherwise weak second quarter by creating more jobs than expected, with 163,000 new positions added, but the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent.  —  Markets reacted positively to the announcement …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Arab Spring?  Egyptian Media Deny and Glorify Holocaust  —  ( - In the wake of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt, which led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak and the election of a parliament dominated by Islamist parties, expressions of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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New York Times:
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Wells Tower / GQ:
Desperately Seeking Mitt
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Lebanon news:
Egypt demands release of Guantanamo inmate
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Hamas slams Palestinian visit to “alleged” Holocaust site
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney stumps with GOP governors, including VP candidates
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