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10:10 PM ET, August 3, 2012


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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney: Chick-Fil-A, Huma Abedin ‘not ... part of my campaign’  —  POLITICO's Ginger Gibson reports from the Romney press avail in Vegas:
Mike Opelka /
EXCLUSIVE: THEBLAZE INTERVIEWS THE GUY FIRED FOR BERATING A CHICK-FIL-A EMPLOYEE (UPDATED WITH QUOTES)  —  Editor's note: Additional quotes from Adam Smith have been added below the video.  —  Should someone be fired from their job and threatened with violence, torture, even death because they have an opinion different than yours?
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain: Gays Protesting Chick-fil-A Are Just Seeking Attention  —  Herman Cain, the onetime GOP presidential frontrunner, weighed into the Chick-fil-A controversy during an appearance on Fox News on Friday and insisted that gay people are protesting the company's opposition to equality for attention.
Zombie / The PJ Tatler:
Chick-fil-A Kiss-In, Hollywood: The Pictures  —  Ringo of Ringo's Pictures is at the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood this evening, documenting the “kiss-in” called for by gay marriage supporters to protest statements by Chick-fil-A's owners.  —  But you know about that already.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
FNC Contrib Explains Difference Between ‘Conservative,’ ‘Leftist’ Protesters: Liberals ‘Maim’ And ‘Rape’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
RNC sends DNC 'you didn't bake this' Obama birthday cake  —  The Republican National Committee sent a birthday cake to the Democratic National Committee on Friday.  The cake reads, “you didn't bake this” over a picture of President Obama.  Icing text reads, “Happy birthday, Mr. President.”
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
July jobs report: America's labor market depression continues  —  Only in a world of lowered, New Normal expectations was the July jobs report anything less than another disaster for U.S. workers.  Nonfarm payrolls rose 163,000 last month as the unemployment rate rose to 8.3%.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Creates 163,000 New Jobs but Rate Rises to 8.3%
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:   Veterans' Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level In More Than Three Years
Alan B. Krueger / White Blog:
The Employment Situation in July
Binyamin Appelbaum / Economix:
Beware the Jobs Report of July
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Porn star Jenna Jameson endorses Romney  —  “I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” Jameson said while sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the city's South of Market neighborhood.  “When you're rich, you want a Republican in office.”
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
Porn Star Jenna Jameson Endorses Romney As Candidate For Rich In SF
Caitlin McDevitt / Reuters:
Jenna Jameson supporting Mitt Romney
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Althouse
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Dem Lawmakers Want Answers About Romney's Enormous IRA  —  Leading House Democrats want to turn Mitt Romney's enormous IRA into more than just a political problem.  —  Romney's most recent financial disclosure form revealed that his tax-deferred individual retirement account holds upwards …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney rips Reid, says he's paid ‘a lot of taxes’  —  Mitt Romney said he has “paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes” when asked about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) recent accusations that he hadn't paid any.  —  “Categorically, I have paid taxes every year and a lot of taxes …
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Politico
Sam Youngman / Reuters:
Romney says paid “a lot of taxes” every year
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Political Carnival
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
New SuperPAC,, Smears President Obama For ‘Racism Against White Folks’  —, a new Super PAC registered with the Federal Election Commission this week, makes no bones about its aim.  It intends to run an attack ad that it says will hit President Barack Obama for …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Rafalca Delays VP Pick  —  Almost two weeks ago, I speculated on Fox News Sunday that Mitt Romney would announce his vice presidential pick early next week, on August 6 or 7.  It was, if I may say, a reasonably well-informed forecast at the time.  But I didn't take into account the existence …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 3: A Good Week for Obama in Forecast  —  The past week of polling and economic data was relatively newsworthy by our forecast model's standards, and most of the news was good for President Obama.  —  On Tuesday, Mr. Obama was helped in the forecast by a report showing an increase in personal income …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate  —  Update, 2:55 p.m.: Via the Tennessean, the Tennessee Democratic party has condemned Clayton, saying in a statement that he is “associated with a known hate group” (a reference to Public Advocate of the United States) …
Harvey Rice / Houston Chronicle:
Judge guts vote registration law  —  GALVESTON - A federal judge in Galveston on Thursday partially blocked new Texas registration laws that critics say amount to vote suppression because they prevent large voter registration drives.  —  U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa blocked the state …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and ThinkProgress
Ruchir Sharma / The Atlantic Online:
Comeback Nation: Why the U.S. Economy Is Much Stronger Than You Think  —  Quite like an Olympic sport, hand-wringing about “America's decline” is popular, practiced all around the world, and often dominated by Americans, themselves.  Unlike an Olympic event, it's wasted energy.  —  Reuters
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama's Magic Number: 316,000  —  A rhetorical milestone appears to be in reach.  —  With three months to Election Day, today's tepidly positive July jobs report has prompted Republican attacks on an increased unemployment rate and relief from the Administration that it could have been worse.
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Amtrak Lost $834 Million on Food in Last Decade, Audit Finds  —  WASHINGTON — Amtrak lost more than $800 million on its food and beverage services over the last 10 years, largely because of waste, employee theft and lack of proper oversight, government auditors have found.
The Bad History Behind 'You Didn't Build That'  —  The controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's admonishment that “if you've got a business — you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen” has defied the usual election-year pattern.  —  Normally a political faux pas lasts little more than a news cycle.
Discussion: The New Editor
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Right to privacy predates the Constitution, comes from God  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued on Thursday that people have a legal right to privacy that predates the Constitution and comes from God.  —  “I think some conservatives get this thing wrong.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Can Obama's “Chemical Warfare” Keep The White Vote Down?  —  John Ellis on the president's negative campaign.  Romney hasn't figured out an antidote.  —  Image by Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images  —  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has spent more than $100 million on advertising over the last 3 months.
Discussion: Wonkette and Mother Jones
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Peter King: White House leaked Syrian rebel aid news  —  Rep. Peter King alleged Friday that “all the evidence points towards the White House” as the source of recent reports that President Barack Obama signed a secret order to provide U.S. support to Syrian rebels — and that the information was leaked to “enhance” Obama's reputation.
Discussion: CNN and
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Heeding critics, Mitt sharpens pitch for long run
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Obama heralds jobs gains but admits there's ‘more work to do’
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Secret Service Grabs Florida Man in Obama Threat
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After Warnings of an Olympic Crush, Businesses Suffer in a Deserted London
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