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4:10 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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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
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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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Nancy Pelosi-Republicans Part of the “Ecoli-Club”  —  Democrat House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi made the trip all the way from her California congressional district to Boca Raton to attend a healthcare forum and to campaign on behalf of former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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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mars.jpl.nasa.gov:
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 / CNNMoney.com:
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Democratic National Convention 2012: Elizabeth Warren: A plus or minus?
Discussion: Hot Air, TBogg and Taylor Marsh
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: Mediaite, Hit & Run and JOSHUAPUNDIT
Politico:
GOP steers clear of gay marriage issue  —  The GOP is doing something once unheard of.  They're staying quiet on gay rights.  AP Photos  —  Close  —  When Democrats announced that their 2012 platform would include a historic first - gay marriage written in as a plank - the reaction from mainstream Republicans was near silence.
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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
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: Reuters, Power Line and Daily Kos
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Associated Press:
Obama, DNC raise $75 million in July
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 …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
BuzzFeed:
Memo: ObamaCare Will Bar Discrimination Against Transgender People  —  The Department of Health and Human Services promises LGBT groups it will investigate complaints about gender identity discrimination in health programs that receive federal funding.  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More 2008 Obama Voters Than McCain Voters Switching Sides  —  Vast majority of 2008 voters staying loyal to party in 2012  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% …
Discussion: GOP 12
 
 
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