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6:55 PM ET, August 6, 2012


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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
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: Fire Andrea Mitchell! and The Hill
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Harry Reid's gutter politics  —  In “The Godfather Part II,” a senator from Nevada is portrayed as corrupt.  His name is Pat Geary.  In real life, a senator from Nevada is a jerk.  His name is Harry Reid.  —  Reid is where he loves to be: the center of controversy.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House: Sen. Reid ‘speaks for himself’ on Romney tax returns
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid not backing down on Romney's taxes
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and USA Today Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Harry Reid: Says Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Mediaite
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:
Oak Creek Sikh temple shooter had military background, white supremacist ties  —  Jhalman Singh of Oak Creek (second from right) hides tears as he listens during a news conference Monday to a moving story about the president of the Sikh Temple who died trying to stave off the gunman.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Pat Robertson Concludes Sikh Temple Shooting Because ‘Atheists Hate God’
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Gunman in Sikh temple identified, was former soldier
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member
Dick /
The Real Poll Numbers  —  The media is trying to create a sense of momentum and of inevitability about the Obama candidacy.  One benighted Newsweek reporter even speculated about a possible Democratic landslide.  —  On Friday, I saw the real numbers.  These state-by-state polls …
Discussion: Politico and Wonkette
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) …
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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
David Plouffe and ‘The Same-Old Game Playing in Washington.’
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% …
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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Doesn't Think Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Is Patriotic Enough  —  Gabby Douglas was the topic du jour for Olympic commentators throughout last week, but over the weekend, she became a centerpiece in another manufactured controversy at Fox News, America's top outlet for manufactured controversies.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
NOM Defends Biblical Marriage, Including Slavery, Concubines, Polygamy, And Rape  —  (Click to see full-size.)  —  Defenders of Chick-fil-A's anti-equality positions have argued that the company simply believes in the “biblical definition of marriage.”  An infographic has been circulating …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Rasmussen: Obama overtakes Romney in national tracking poll  —  President Obama has overtaken Mitt Romney in the latest national survey from conservative polling outlet Rasmussen.  —  Obama leads Romney 47 to 45 percent in the daily tracking poll released Monday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Jewish group asks Romney to apologize to the Palestinians  —  A liberal Jewish organization is set to deliver 17,000 signatures to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's headquarters Monday afternoon urging him to apologize for remarks many have deemed insulting to the Palestinians.
Pupil dilation reveals sexual orientation in new study  —  ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2012) — There is a popular belief that sexual orientation can be revealed by pupil dilation to attractive people, yet until now there was no scientific evidence.  For the first time, researchers at Cornell University used …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Justice Department investigates Las Vegas Sands Corp.  —  The inquiry into potential money-laundering involves two high-rolling gamblers.  —  Republican donor Sheldon Adelson controls the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which reportedly is the target of a federal money-laundering investigation.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why 2012 is not 1980  —  With Obama maintaining a small but persistent lead in national polls — and a seemingly larger one in key swing states — the Romney campaign has taken to comparing this race to the 1980 campaign, in which Jimmy Carter held a lead until voters swung sharply to Ronald Reagan in the final stretch.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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.
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.
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Life Inside ‘The Bubble’ Begins
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Siobhan Hughes / Washington Wire:
GOP Senators Press IRS on Rule Changes
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Obama Administration Abandons Two-Degree Commitment Made In 2010
Discussion: Newsy, The Raw Story and Tom Nelson
Anthony Breznican / Inside Movies:
FIRST LOOK: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ dramatizes hunt for Osama bin Laden — EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: Politico and USA Today
Emails Give Glimpse Into Deals That Fueled Financial Meltdown
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Sandra Day O'Connor defends Roberts on health care ruling
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Marisha Agana defends Obama/Hitler tweet
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Ari Fleischer / CNN:
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