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2:45 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.
Los Angeles Times:
Gunman's tattoos lead officials to deem Sikh shooting terrorism
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CBS News: Shooter Identified As Former US Military Member
New York Times:
Wisconsin Shooter Identified as U.S. Army Veteran
Discussion: and Lawfare
Kevin Dolak / ABCNEWS:
Wisconsin Temple Gunman ID'd as Army Vet
Discussion: Truthdig and Newsy
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
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Harry Reid's gutter 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.
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  —  Donald Trump said Monday that the GOP wants him to have a role at the Republican National Convention.  —  “I know they want me to,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” when asked if he planned on speaking at the convention in Tampa.  “I'll see what happens.”
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.
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.
Aaron Smith /
How many jobs did the Mars landing create?
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
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.
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 and Power Line
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney outraised Obama in July, $101.3 million to $75 million
Associated Press:
Obama, DNC raise $75 million in July
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Candidate compares Obama to Hitler
Discussion: Mediaite
Richard L. Hasen / Campaign Stops:
A Détente Before the Election  —  Does voter fraud …
Discussion: American Prospect
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Dems' dire seat-uation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Military Groups' Argument About Obama Voting Lawsuit “Extremely Misleading,” Prof Says
 Earlier Items: 
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Clinton Tax Challenge for Republicans
Ari Fleischer / CNN:
How Washington officials bested the media
Elizabeth Warren / Politico:
Stop rigging system against small business
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Man vandalizes General Mills' lawn; prob not the kind of grassroots fire NOM wanted
Discussion: Advocate, Gawker and Holy Bullies …
Robert Oscar Lopez / Public Discourse:
Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children's View