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11:35 PM ET, August 2, 2012


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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Romney: Harry Reid needs to ‘put up or shut up’ on my 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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Cybersecurity Act fails Senate vote
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Reid: Romney is guilty of my evidence-free accusations until he proves himself innocent; Update …
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid doubles down on Romney tax charge
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Jon Stewart tells Harry Reid to ‘shut up’ after ‘bullsh*t’ shot on Mitt Romney
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Ad Blitz Isn't Working
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:
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 …
Mollie / GetReligion:
When hating on Chick-fil-A, try to hide it better (UPDATED)  —  The Facebook page of Mark Krzos is like many others.  He's married to a beautiful woman.  He really likes the band Ween.  He posted an awesome Wilco performance from Jimmy Fallon the other night.
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.
Bridget Doyle / Chicago Tribune:
Cardinal wades into fray about Chick-fil-A
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.
Glenn Hubbard / Wall Street Journal:
The Romney Plan for Economic Recovery  —  Tax cuts, spending restraint and repeal of Obama's regulatory excesses would mean 12 million new jobs in his first term alone.  —  We are currently in the most anemic economic recovery in the memory of most Americans.
Romney vows 12 million new jobs
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Impolitic
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Nice Deb and Weasel Zippers
Anna Palmerand John Bresnahan / Reuters:
DCCC apologizes to Sheldon Adelson
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 …
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Watch Ann Romney's Horse “Dance” In The Olympics
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Dish and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney stumps with GOP governors, including VP candidates
Discussion: CNN
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Cybersecurity Bill Is Blocked by G.O.P. Filibuster
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Verge
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Aging power grid on overload as U.S. demands more electricity
Discussion: Via Meadia and The Verge
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama wants Florida for a birthday present
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Tax Scam: IRS Pays Out Billions in Fraudulent Refunds
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Gretawire
Sex gang man jailed for 22 years
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Velvet Roper / The New York Observer:
Changes at The New York Observer
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
15 Minutes of Meaning for Jonah Lehrer
Discussion: The New York Observer and Poynter
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina: Romney 49%, Obama 44%
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and GOP 12
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Michael Moore: 'I Wouldn't Say I Support' Obama
Discussion: Mediaite, Reuters and Weasel Zippers