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3:45 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 …
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: The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:   Obama praises Olympic athletes
CNN:   Cantor accuses Obama, Democrats of supporting a ‘tax hike’
Dwayne Landry / Fox News:
House lawmakers invite Chick-fil-A to roost in their districts  —  For all those politicians who were piling on Chick-fil-A last week, there are a bunch more rolling out the red carpet for the chicken chain.  —  A letter drafted by Mississippi Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee praises …
Discussion: Examiner and The Gateway Pundit
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
Does Mitt Romney Have a Problem Being Wealthy?  —  Having money, on balance, is a net positive in life, but studies of happiness caution that great wealth doesn't necessarily improve well-being.  —  For Mitt Romney, it may actually be an impediment.  In his campaign for president …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Kim Chandler / The Birmingham:
Updated: Former Gov. Don Siegelman sentenced to 78 months in prison (slideshow and video)  —  MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A federal judge this afternoon sentenced former Gov. Don Siegelman to 78 months in prison.  —  U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller handed down the sentence …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Agence France Presse:
Double amputee Pistorius makes Olympic history  —  South Africa's Oscar Pistorius made history on Saturday when he became the first double amputee to compete in an athletics event at the Olympics.  —  The 25-year-old qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metres by running a season's best of 45.44 seconds in finishing second.
Discussion: Althouse
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Biden tells disabled vets that looming defense cuts are GOP's fault  —  Vice President Joe Biden promised to fight for veterans' benefits and blamed looming defense cuts on House Republicans at the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Nevada.  —  Biden accused the GOP of …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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