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1:45 PM ET, August 5, 2012

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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: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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.
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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 …
Scott Wong / Politico:
Graham: Reid's ‘lying’ about Romney's taxes  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham ripped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday, accusing him of “lying” about his claims that Mitt Romney didn't pay income taxes for an entire decade.  —  “I've been around this town for a while.
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,” …
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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,” …
New York Times:
Record Spending by Obama's Camp Shrinks Coffers  —  President Obama has spent more campaign cash more quickly than any incumbent in recent history, betting that heavy early investments in personnel, field offices and a high-tech campaign infrastructure will propel him to victory in November.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Prairie Weather
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:   Campaigns drown supporters with fundraising e-mails in the race for cash
Cindy Sheehan / CNN:
TRENDING: America one step closer to President Roseanne  —  (CNN) - Exactly one year after announcing her White House bid on “The Tonight Show,” actress and comedian Roseanne Barr won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party Saturday in Los Angeles.
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Why Drought-Stricken Farmers Will Pay The Price For A Failed Climate Bill  —  by Don Carr, via the Environmental Working Group  —  Even as extreme drought wreaks havoc on crops and communities across the Midwest, government officials are now confident that they can link recent bouts of extreme weather to man-made climate change.
Discussion: hpj.com
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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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
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