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3:40 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.
John Diedrich / JSOnline:
FBI: Seeking second “person of interest” in Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting  —  A man with a 9/11 tattoo looks at his cell phone Sunday after taking video of media, friends and relatives gathered by police in a parking lot near the Sikh temple in Oak Creek.  Authorities are attempting to identify the man …
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.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member
Anthony Bartkewicz / NY Daily News:
Alleged Sikh temple killer had a long history in the white-power rock scene: civil rights watchdog
Discussion: Informed Comment and Wonkette
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
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House: Sen. Reid ‘speaks for himself’ on Romney tax returns
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
MULTIMEDIA  —  Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter  —  NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).  The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) …
Aaron Smith /
How many jobs did the Mars landing create?
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
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.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Reaching the saturation point  —  Are we now reaching the saturation point in TV ads?  It's possible that $45-50 million could be spent on the presidential race this week alone — in August (!!!)...  Romney campaign looking to turn page on a rough last seven weeks …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Donald Trump: I'm wanted at convention
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bee swarm attacks Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite, Hit & Run and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Dems' dire seat-uation  —  Top aides on President Obama's re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.  —  Obama, once the biggest draw in politics …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Democratic National Convention 2012: Elizabeth Warren: A plus or minus?
Discussion: Hot Air, TBogg and Taylor Marsh
Men less supportive of gay marriage: poll  —  A new opinion poll suggests almost two-thirds of Australians support same-sex marriage but there's a clear gender divide with men generally less keen on the idea than women.  —  The survey, released on Monday, comes just days …
GOP steers clear of gay marriage issue
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Would picking Ryan really help Romney?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
IEA Bombshell: Global Warming May Lead To ‘Miami Beach In Boston’ Situation Unless Urgent Action Is Taken  —  The International Energy Agency was, until recently, a conservative and staid body.  When I was at the U.S. Department of Energy in the 1990s, we ignored most IEA reports, because …
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.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
NOM Defends Biblical Marriage, Including Slavery, Concubines, Polygamy, And Rape
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
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Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Study: Climate Change Will Reduce Milk Production From U.S. Dairy Cows
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Candidate compares Obama to Hitler
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Obama, DNC raise $75 million in July
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Elizabeth Warren / Politico:
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