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3:55 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
James Rosen / Fox News:
With Cruz victory in Texas, is the Tea Party the new ‘Establishment?’
Discussion:, Politico, CNN and Hot Air
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Better Move to Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party
Discussion: The Brody File, BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
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 …
Brookings Institute:
On the Distributional Effects of Base-Broadening Income Tax Reform
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama hammers Romney tax plan in Ohio
Discussion: CNN
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
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
There was no Romney gaffe in Israel
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
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.
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.
Michelle Quinn / Politico:
Mitt Romney not yet a member of the ‘thumb tribe’  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mitt Romney carries an iPhone and taps his private thoughts on an iPad, but his campaign wants Americans to know he's pro-Android, too.  —  When his campaign announced that it would make an app available to let people …
Discussion: New York Magazine
House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal  —  Posted by CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh  —  Washington (CNN) - A congressional deal announced this week by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: Politico and RADAMISTO
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Union leader strives to ease Obama's “white guy problem”  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made history in his 2008 election victory as the first black U.S. president, but he risks achieving another, less welcome, first if he wins again in November.  —  Obama is on course to become …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Middle of the Road  —  One needs but a glance at Tuesday night's vote …
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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
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
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Pro-Obama super-PAC reserving $30M in airtime
Discussion: CNN
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