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5:20 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.
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
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Biden tells vets GOP using ‘scare tactics’ in fight over defense cuts  —  Vice President Joe Biden pledged to fight for veterans' benefits and blamed looming sequestration cuts on House Republicans in an address to the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Nevada on Saturday.
Discussion: CNN
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
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
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney: “The country needs a boost”  —  Barack Obama may have George Clooney.  But Mitt Romney's now got Clint Eastwood in his camp.  —  Eastwood appeared at a Sun Valley fundraiser for Romney on Friday night, telling reporters that he's behind …
Discussion: Hot Air
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Jenna Jameson Endorses Mitt Romney: 'When You're Rich, You Want A Republican In Office'
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
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Olympic Spectacle  —  I scrammed out of London a few days before the Olympics began, but after getting an earful on what the locals make of it.  On the whole, the residents of that great city would rather the honor of hosting the world's most disruptive sporting event had gone to some joint …
David Bailey / Reuters:
Michigan attorney general knocks unions' bargaining-rights ballot bid  —  (Reuters) - A proposed referendum that would enshrine the right to collective bargaining in the Michigan state constitution is too complicated for the ballot, the state's top legal official said, dealing a major blow …
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Congressmen John Conyers, Gary Peters score big leads in latest poll  —  With four days left before Tuesday's primary elections, Democratic U.S. Reps. John Conyers of Detroit and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township are poised to score significant victories, according to polls done for the Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. ‘completely debilitated by depression,’ wife says  —  The Jackson Story ...  The wife of ailing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is finally talking.  —  In an exclusive interview, Ald.  Sandi Jackson (7th) walked Sneed through the dark days since her husband's “collapse.”
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Mother Jones:
Charts: Just How Small Is the Super-PAC Gazillionaire Club?  —  A mere 47 people are responsible for more than half of all super-PAC cash.  —  The 2012 elections are on track to be the nastiest in recent memory.  By the tail end of primary season, in May, 70 percent of all presidential campaign ads …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Buying up all the free speech they can find
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
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’
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Kj Dell'Antonia / Motherlode:
Why the Backlash on Bloomberg's Breastfeeding Initiative?
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Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Jobs Sequester
Discussion: “The Lid”
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Liberal Supervillains
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Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Tenn. Democratic Party disavows its own US Senate nominee
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
FNC Contrib Explains Difference Between ‘Conservative,’ ‘Leftist’ Protesters: Liberals ‘Maim’ And ‘Rape’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 3: A Good Week for Obama in Forecast