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12:15 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
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 …
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:
Obama, Mitt camps spar on military voting
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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., which seeks to capitalize on the best political parts of his visit abroad.
Discussion: CNN
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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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 his taxes for an entire decade.  —  “I've been around this town for a while.
Discussion: CNN
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,” …
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.
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.
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
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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