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10:45 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 …
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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 …
CNN:   Chick-fil-A restaurants become rallying points for supporters
Karl Warden / Twitchy:
Libs support Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day ... because ‘Bible thumpers’ might choke on their food
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jackie Wellfonder / Twitchy:
Boycott fail redux: Citizens, Santa unite for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day; Photos show huge success
Martinsburg Journa:
Chick-fil-A in Martinsburg deemed safe after bomb threat
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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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Reid doubles down on tax claims
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Political Memo: Tea Party Influence Could Reshape Senate Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — The Tea Party is very much alive in the drive for Republican control of the Senate, portending a potential shake-up in the mind-set of the chamber.  The easy Republican primary victory in Texas on Tuesday of Ted Cruz …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Thompson locked in a three-way fight for Wisconsin's GOP Senate nomination
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Better Move to Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party
Discussion: The Brody File and ABCNEWS
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Hits Obama on Lobbyist Meetings at ‘Caribou’  —  In an election-year effort to cast President Obama as a “typical politician,” Republicans are highlighting the administration's alleged hypocrisy on transparency in holding meetings with lobbyists off White House grounds in order to keep them secret.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Free Beacon
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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.
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 …
bfi.org.uk:
The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time  —  846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted - and the 50-year reign of Kane is over.  Our critics' poll has a new number one.  —  Image courtesy Kobal Collection  —  Introduction  —  Ian Christie rings in the changes in our biggest-ever poll.
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.
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Missile Defense Staff Warned To Stop Surfing Porn Sites  —  The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency warned its employees and contractors last week to stop using their government computers to surf the Internet for pornographic sites, according to the agency's executive director.
Ace / minx.cc:
CBS MarketWatch Writer: It's a Depression, Not a Recession  —  And therefore — he doesn't say this; this is the implication of it, as I read it — Barack Obama didn't “save” us from any damn thing. … And then he lists the grim tidings that are easily seen by anyone with the eyes brave enough to look.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Romney, in his own words  —  The art of spin, I suppose, involves making the best of what you've got and managing to deliver it with a straight face, no matter how preposterous.  But the argument that Mitt Romney's flubs on his overseas trip reflected the candidate's compulsive penchant …
Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Increase  —  The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits rose last week, continuing an uneven pattern that suggests job creation was likely modest in July.  —  Initial jobless claims, an indication of layoffs, increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 365,000 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Adviser Draws Attention to Romney Mideast Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Moments after making remarks in Jerusalem about Middle East culture that enraged Palestinians and undermined the public relations value of his trip to Israel, Mitt Romney looked around the room for Dan Senor, one of his campaign's top foreign policy advisers.
Jared Diamond / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Mitt Romney's Search for Simple Answers  —  MITT ROMNEY'S latest controversial remark, about the role of culture in explaining why some countries are rich and powerful while others are poor and weak, has attracted much comment.  I was especially interested in his remark …
BuzzFeed:
Israel Group To Attack Obama In Florida  —  A new ad campaign from the conservative Emergency Committee for Israel aims at older Jewish voters and revives an Obama bumble from the last campaign.  “Next year...President Mitt Romney in Jerusalem.”  —  Source: youtube.com
BuzzFeed:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Wary Fed Is Poised to Act  —  Central Bank Officials Keep Powder Dry but Cite Dimming Economic Outlook  —  Live announcement and instant analysis of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.  Jon Hilsenrath reports from the Federal Reserve.  Video: Getty Images.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rubio bill eliminates federal tax on Olympic medals  —  Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate the federal government's tax on Olympic medals, saying the levy amounted to yet another way the government tries to punish those who succeed.  —  Athletes who win a gold medal …
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Los Angeles Times:
Former leader of major California union faces theft, tax charges
Peter Jackson / The Republic:
Philly official says new voter ID law likely to create Election Day ‘mess’ in city
Michelle Quinn / Politico:
Mitt Romney not yet a member of the ‘thumb tribe’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Union leader strives to ease Obama's “white guy problem”
CNN:
House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal
Discussion: Politico and RADAMISTO
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Thirteen States and D.C. Give Obama Majority Approval
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Michelle Fields / The Daily Caller:
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Rush Limbaugh:
How Many Things Last 24 Years?  —  RUSH: Cookie also went …
Jim Hand / The Sun Chronicle:
Brown promoted to full colonel