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12:55 PM ET, August 6, 2012

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Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Bulletin: Alleged Sikh Temple Shooter Former Member of Skinhead Band  —  The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
Gunman in Sikh temple identified, was former soldier  —  CUDAHY, WIS. - The man authorities say killed six in a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple before police shot him was a heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier, sources told Fox News, but what triggered his rampage remains unclear.
Los Angeles Times:
Gunman's tattoos lead officials to deem Sikh shooting terrorism  —  Police work outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where a suspected gunman stormed the mass and opened fire, killing six and injuring three, including the police officer who then shot the gunman dead.  (Scott Olson / Associated Press / August 5, 2012)
ABCNEWS:
7 Dead at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.; Officials Believe ‘White Supremacist’ Behind ‘Domestic Terrorism’  —  Seven people were shot and killed today at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in what officials are treating as a case of domestic terrorism.  —  Though police have not given …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi: ‘It Is A Fact’ That Somebody Told Harry Reid About Romney Not Paying Taxes … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Harry Reid , Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Mitt Romney Taxes, Harry Reid Mitt Romney, Harry Reid Mitt Romney Taxes, Politics News
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
David Krone, Harry Reid's chief of staff, denounces GOP ‘cowards’  —  The war over Mitt Romney's tax returns is getting more bitter by the moment, with a top aide to Senate Majority Harry Reid blasting Republicans as “cowards” and “henchmen” for their attacks on the Nevada Democrat.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Romney Easily Outpaces Obama in Fundraising
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Reuters:
Historic Curiosity probe lands safely on Mars  —  (Reuters) - NASA's Mars science rover Curiosity landed safely late on Sunday after hurtling through the pink Martian skies at the start of a two-year quest for signs the Red Planet once hosted key ingredients for life.
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars
Marc S. Kaufman / Washington Post:
NASA mission to Mars: Rover Curiosity touches down
BuzzFeed:
America Lands Mars Curiosity, Meets Bobak Ferdowsi
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
RNC speakers include Rick Scott, John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Susana Martinez  —  TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among seven headline speakers announced today for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
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First Read:
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Donald Trump: I'm wanted at convention
Discussion: The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Obama associate got $100,000 fee from affiliate of firm doing business with Iran  —  David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama's 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran's government.
Nyasa / Malawi news, Malawi:
Panic as Clinton jets out of Malawi, bees mystery  —  United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton might have had a tight schedule in Malawi but her first visit to the southern African nation will indubitably remain memorable to her as much as it will be historic to the country.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bee swarm attacks Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Hit & Run
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Fear of ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Has Industry Pulling Back  —  A rising number of manufacturers are canceling new investments and putting off new hires because they fear paralysis in Washington will force hundreds of billions in tax increases and budget cuts in January, undermining economic growth in the coming months.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Veep Sheet: Paul Ryan rising?  —  Happy Monday and welcome back to the Veep Sheet.  This was a busy weekend in veepstakes world.  As POLITICO's Mike Allen pointed out in Saturday's Playbook, two influential conservatives at The Weekly Standard called on Mitt Romney to make a bold vice presidential pick …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Would picking Ryan really help Romney?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bloomberg:
Romney Persona Non Grata In Italy For Bain'S Deal Skirting Taxes  —  Mitt Romney skipped Italy on his swing through Europe.  That was probably prudent.  —  That's because Bain Capital, under Romney as chief executive officer, made about $1 billion in a leveraged buyout 12 years ago that remains controversial in Italy to this day.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama raises $75 million in July, trails Romney again  —  The president's campaign puts out word of its July fundraising totals on Twitter, marking the third month in a row where the Obama operation has lagged Mitt Romney and the RNC: … No word yet on the Obama/DNC cash on hand …
Discussion: Power Line
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney outraised Obama in July, $101.3 million to $75 million
New York Times:
Syrian Opposition Claims Prime Minister Defected  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad fired his prime minister on Monday, Syria's official media reported, as activists countered that he had defected with several officials and military commanders in what seemed a further indication …
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The New / New York Times:
Times Photographer Is Arrested on Assignment  —  A freelance photographer for The New York Times was arrested on Saturday night while on assignment with two reporters who were conducting street interviews in the Bronx.  —  The photographer, Robert Stolarik, 43, who has worked regularly …
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Man vandalizes General Mills' lawn; prob not the kind of grassroots fire NOM wanted  —  Probably not the smartest thing to post to YouTube:  —  He could've at least opted for the company's Golden Grahams so that he'd be on his way to S'mores.
Discussion: Holy Bullies …
 
 
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