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4:55 AM ET, August 4, 2012


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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.
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:
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.
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?
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
A tough new Obama ad that — surprise! — is accurate
Sam Youngman / Reuters:   Romney says paid “a lot of taxes” every year
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney rips Reid, says he's paid ‘a lot of taxes’
Discussion: CNN, National Review and Politico
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Tenn. Democratic Party disavows its own US Senate nominee  —  The Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed its own U.S. Senate nominee Friday, announcing that he is “associated with a known hate group” — in this case, a conservative advocacy organization.  —  Mark Clayton won Tuesday's Democratic primary …
Discussion: Mediaite
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) …
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.”
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Republicans deliver 'You Didn't Bake This' Obama cake
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Buying up all the free speech they can find  —  This story in Mother Jones about the small handful of gazillionares who are trying to buy the election is astonishing.  I honestly don't know how anyone can call this democracy anymore.  —  Click over to read the story, but here are the accompanying charts.
Discussion: Mother Jones
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Carbonite CEO admits dropping Limbaugh hurt growth more than expected  —  Carbonite famously dropped Rush Limbaugh on a Saturday Night at the height of the Sandra Fluke controversy.  Carbonite became the poster child for the Rush boycott movement organized by Media Matters …
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
The Looking Spoon Blog:
Liberal Supervillains  —  A while back I posted some match-ups for conservative women and superheroines (see them here) with the promise to follow up with liberal super villains.  The premise is simple (and in this case, easy to make), match up a liberal to a villain in pop culture.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Veterans' Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level In More Than Three Years  —  Even as the national unemployment rate ticked up ever so slightly in July, the unemployment rate for veterans fell to its lowest level in more than three years, dropping to 6.9 percent.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
July jobs report: America's labor market depression continues
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Creates 163,000 New Jobs but Rate Rises to 8.3%
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
FNC Contrib Explains Difference Between ‘Conservative,’ ‘Leftist’ Protesters: Liberals ‘Maim’ And ‘Rape’  —  On Friday, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade spoke with Fox News contributor Steven Crowder about differences in demonstrations, specifically concerning the nation-wide Chick-fil-A and Occupy Wall Street protests.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
Did NBC Just Air A Racist Commercial?  —  After Gabby Douglas won the gold and Bob Costas spoke about how amazing this was for the first African-American to win the women's all-around gymnastics title, NBC aired a commercial of a Monkey doing gymnastics which has caused quite a stir.
Discussion: Power Line
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
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Mike Heid / Economy & Budget:
Getting housing right
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ruchir Sharma / The Atlantic Online:
Comeback Nation: Why the U.S. Economy Is Much Stronger Than You Think
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Right to privacy predates the Constitution, comes from God
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Politics & Elections Blog:
All Politics is Local: Introducing Congressional District Targeting for Google AdWords
Discussion: TechCrunch and Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Rafalca Delays VP Pick
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama heralds jobs gains but admits there's ‘more work to do’
 Earlier Items: 
John F. Burns / New York Times:
After Warnings of an Olympic Crush, Businesses Suffer in a Deserted London
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Can Obama's “Chemical Warfare” Keep The White Vote Down?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Wonkette and Mother Jones
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama's Magic Number: 316,000
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
Nonie Darwish / American Thinker:
Why Muslims Must Hate Jews
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Roseanne Barr: Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate
The Bad History Behind 'You Didn't Build That'
Discussion: The New Editor