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6:45 PM ET, August 4, 2012


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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: The Hill, Politico and ABCNEWS
Kim Bhasin / Business Insider:
Exec Who Got Fired For Bullying Chick-fil-A Worker Explains What Happened That Day  —  Former Vante CFO Adam Smith struck a nerve when he put up a video of himself bullying a worker at the Chick-fil-A drive-thru window.  —  There was widespread criticism, and he was promptly fired from his position at Vante for how he acted.
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Chick-fil-A ‘Kiss in’ protest small compared to appreciation day
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
Dwayne Landry / Fox News:
House lawmakers invite Chick-fil-A to roost in their districts
Discussion: Examiner and The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
James E. Hansen / Washington Post:
Climate change is here — and worse than we thought  —  James E. Hansen directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  —  When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet.
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 and Scared Monkeys
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Jenna Jameson Endorses Mitt Romney: 'When You're Rich, You Want A Republican In Office'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hullabaloo
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 and Weasel Zippers
Mike Allen / Politico:
David Plouffe: Dems have momentum going into recess
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney: Obama trying to limit military voters' rights, calls Ohio lawsuit ‘outrage’  —  Earlier this week the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit to block a new Ohio state law allowing men and women in uniform to vote up until the Monday right before an election …
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
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
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 …
Daily Mail:
NBC forced to apologise after ill-timed ad features a monkey doing gymnastics - right after showing Gabby Douglas' gold medal victory  — More woes for NBC after it shows ad featuring monkey doing gymnastics, right after Gabby Douglas' big win  — She's now an international celebrity …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Pundit
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
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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Agence France Presse:
Double amputee Pistorius makes Olympic history
Discussion: Althouse
Kj Dell'Antonia / Motherlode:
Why the Backlash on Bloomberg's Breastfeeding Initiative?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politicker
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Jobs Sequester
Discussion: “The Lid”
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Liberal Supervillains
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
FNC Contrib Explains Difference Between ‘Conservative,’ ‘Leftist’ Protesters: Liberals ‘Maim’ And ‘Rape’
Discussion: The Raw Story