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1:25 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Denver Post, BuzzFeed and The Agonist
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)
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member  —  OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBSDC/AP) — Authorities tell CBS News that the shooter behind the deadly massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Sunday has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page.  —  Page previously served in the U.S. military …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and 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
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
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Donald Trump: I'm wanted at convention
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
America Lands Mars Curiosity, Meets Bobak Ferdowsi
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars
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.
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.
Syria's prime minister defects  —  Riad Hijab is from the Deir al-Zour area which has been caught up in the March 2011 uprising  —  Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected from President Bashar al-Assad's government, to join “the revolution”, his spokesman says.
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Syria premier defects to anti-Assad opposition
Discussion: BBC, The Agonist and AEIdeas
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: Hit & Run
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
Discussion: GayPatriot and First Read
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 and First Read
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.
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 …
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
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Ari Fleischer / CNN:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama raises $75 million in July, trails Romney again
Discussion: Power Line
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
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G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Man vandalizes General Mills' lawn; prob not the kind of grassroots fire NOM wanted
Discussion: Holy Bullies …
Robert Oscar Lopez / Public Discourse:
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