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12:45 PM ET, August 4, 2012


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Weekly Standard:
Go for the Gold, Mitt!  —  Mitt Romney will have many opportunities over the next three months to demonstrate to voters that they should choose him over Barack Obama: his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, the three presidential debates, major policy addresses, and more.
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Jenna Jameson Endorses Mitt Romney: 'When You're Rich, You Want A Republican In Office' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Jenna Jameson, Mitt Romney Endorsements, Election 2012, Jenna Jameson Mitt Romney, Jenna Jameson Romney …
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.
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Chick-fil-A ‘Kiss in’ protest small compared to appreciation day  —  A week of debate over the issue of gay marriage ended Friday with a “Kiss Off” organized by gay rights activists at Chick-fil-A restaurants.  —  Couples sent in photos of themselves kissing at restaurants around the nation to various gay-rights websites.
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Allen / Politico:
David Plouffe: Dems have momentum going into recess  —  David Plouffe, White House senior adviser, sent a fiery memo to House and Senate Democrats late Friday urging them to use the August recess to echo President Barack Obama's message to middle-class families that “he is on their side …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama praises Olympic athletes  —  President Barack Obama morphed into the first fan in his weekly radio address broadcast Saturday, praising the nation's Olympic athletes competing in London.  —  The flag-waving continues the president's effort to tether himself to popular winning Olympians …
CNN:   Cantor accuses Obama, Democrats of supporting a ‘tax hike’
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.
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: The PJ Tatler and Mediaite
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Cass Sunstein to Leave Top Regulatory Post  —  WASHINGTON — Cass R. Sunstein, who wielded enormous power as the White House overseer of federal regulation, came to Washington to test his theories of human behavior and economic efficiency in the laboratory of the federal government.
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
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is Obama Slipping?  —  The media-formerly-known-as-mainstream are doing their best -as a commentator who is more outspoken than I am put it-to “drag Barack Obama's sorry ass across the finish line.”  We see this every day; a particularly egregious example was the press coverage of Mitt Romney's excellent trip overseas.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Jobs Sequester
Discussion: “The Lid”
Did NBC Just Air A Racist Commercial?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
FNC Contrib Explains Difference Between ‘Conservative,’ ‘Leftist’ Protesters: Liberals ‘Maim’ And ‘Rape’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Mike Heid / Economy & Budget:
Getting housing right
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 3: A Good Week for Obama in Forecast
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
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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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Rafalca Delays VP Pick
Harvey Rice / Houston Chronicle:
Judge guts vote registration law
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and ThinkProgress