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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Romney Smears Obama, Falsely Claims He Filed Lawsuit To Restrict Military Voting In Ohio  —  Today on Facebook, Mitt Romney claims that the Obama campaign is trying to “undermine” the ability of members of the military to vote in Ohio: … This certainly sounds outrageous, but it is not true.
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama sues Ohio over early voting rules  —  The battle for presidential votes in the key state of Ohio is heading to court.  —  President Obama's campaign has sued the state of Ohio over new rules for early voting designed to benefit members of the military, saying the extra hours should be available to all voters.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Fox News:
Obama campaign sues Ohio over early voting law for military  —  FILE: January 2000: Worker handles Broward County overseas absentee ballots during manual recount, Florida.AP  —  In a move that puts new meaning to the term battleground, President Obama's re-election campaign and members …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Sparring over military voting
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
RNC Chairman Calls Harry Reid A “Dirty Liar”  —  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus today deflected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) calls for Mitt Romney to release more tax returns by resorting to outright name-calling.  —  On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP strategist Ed Rollins: Romney should release more tax returns  —  Mitt Romney needs to release more years of tax returns top GOP strategist Ed Rollins said on Fox News on Sunday morning.  —  “I think at this point of time it's going to dog him all the way and he needs to get it behind him,” Rollins said.
Scott Wong / Politico:
Graham: Reid's ‘lying’ about Romney's taxes
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Team Romney lambasts Obama in two new ads  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released two new television ads Sunday hitting President Barack Obama on two fronts: the United States' ties with Israel and the still-recovering economy.  —  The first ad, “Cherished Relationship,” …
Discussion: Althouse and The Hill
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney ad raps Obama for not visiting Israel in office  —  A week after his foreign trip ended, Mitt Romney's campaign has released an ad, called “Cherished Relationship,” about Israel and the U.S. that seeks to capitalize on the best political parts of his visit abroad.
Mike Allen / Politico:
93 days to election, 22 to GOP convention — On one day, Obama campaign emails 11 pitches targeted to women, Latinos, military families, pet owners — Stuart Stevens and Romney: ‘hyper-literate’ odd c  —  FIRST LOOK - GLENN THRUSH will be out Aug. 20 with “Obama's Last Stand,” …
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Chicago Chick-fil-A Kiss-In protesters “chalk” homeless street preacher  —  I attended Friday night's “Kiss-in” protest outside the only Chick-fil-A location in Chicago.  The small group of between twenty to thirty protesters gathered outside the restaurant around 7pm.
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Jared Loughner to plead guilty in Tucson shooting, sources say  —  Mental health officials reportedly believe he is now competent to understand the charges in the killing of six people and wounding of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others in Tucson last year.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Michael Tomasky on the (Possible) Coming Obama Landslide  —  Liberals don't want to jinx it.  It terrifies the right.  And the press would prefer a nail-biter.  But the fact is that finding Romney's path to victory is getting harder every day.  —  Republican presidential candidate …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Get It Right on Gas  —  WE are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in America that is a potential game changer for the economy, environment and our national security — if we do it right.  —  The enormous stores of natural gas that have been locked away in shale deposits across America …
Discussion: Power Line and Tom Nelson
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Saturday Night Card Game (NBC gets an itsy, bitsy taste of its own medicine)  —  NBC is being accused of racism because it ran a promo for a new series featuring a monkey after a segment in which Bob Costas talked about Gabby Douglas' Gold Medal in gymnastics.  —  Here's the clip:
Discussion: Power Line
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Daily Mail:
NBC forced to apologise after ill-timed ad features a monkey doing gymnastics …
Sandy Mazza / Twitchy:
Tastes like hate: Meet Manny Castro, Hollywood artist and proud Chick-fil-A vandal … Hollywood artist Manny Castro has come forward to proudly take credit for spray-painting the words “tastes like hate” on the exterior of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, Calif.
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