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7:00 PM ET, August 7, 2012


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Drudge Report:
OBAMA: ROMNEY WANTS VP PETRAEUS  —  President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!  —  “The president wasn't joking,” the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama ahead in Colorado  —  PPP's newest Colorado poll finds Barack Obama leading 49-43 in the state, just a shade closer than 49-42 when we last polled there two months ago.  Obama continues to have the upper hand in Colorado because he leads with all the fastest growing groups of the electorate.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama slightly ahead in NC
Discussion: Firedoglake
OBAMA'S COLLEGE CLASSMATE: ‘THE OBAMA SCANDAL IS AT COLUMBIA’  —  I am President Obama's classmate at Columbia University, Class of '83.  I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators.  Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
Koch brothers slam ‘guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey’  —  (CNN) - Actor Zach Galifianakis may be known for his less-than family-friendly sense of humor, but billionaires David and Charles Koch demonstrated Tuesday they don't find him so funny.  —  The comedian is co-starring …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:   The Koch Brothers Go After Zach Galifianakis and ‘The Campaign’
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign
Discussion: Wake up America
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Woman mentioned in Priorities ad died in '06  —  The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action lobbed a heavy-duty attack at Mitt Romney this morning, airing an ad that links the closure of a GST Steel plant in Kansas City to the loss of a family's health insurance — and the death of a woman some time later.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Claims Waivers He Used To Support Will ‘Gut Welfare Reform’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign launched a full-on attack on Tuesday accusing President Obama of gutting welfare reform.  In a new ad, policy memo, and press release, Romney claims that the administration's decision to offer waivers …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Romney welfare attacks ‘blatantly dishonest’
Discussion: Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Romney's Welfare Gambit
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Allen West Sends Chick-Fil-A To Black Caucus Meeting And Offends Everyone, Says Dem Rep … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Allen West, Elections 2012, Video, Alcee Hastings, Congressional Black Caucus, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Allen West Chick-Fil-a, Chick-Fil-a, Congressional Black Caucus Allen West …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Pat Dollard, Wonkette and theGrio
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Allen West Offended Everyone When He Ordered Chick-Fil-A For Entire Congressional Black Caucus  —  Rep. Allen West reportedly offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus when he delivered a selection of Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to the members' weekly meeting.
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Santorum, Bush, Paul to speak at GOP convention  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum, who emerged as Mitt Romney's fiercest competitor for the Republican presidential nomination, will speak at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official tells CNN.  —  The former Pennsylvania senator …
Rush Limbaugh:
Obama's Latest Lie: Romney Hood
Discussion: Politico
Derek T. Dingle / Black Enterprise:
Oval Office Interview with President Barack Obama  —  President Obama sat down with Black Enterprise Magazine for an exclusive interview in which he talks about black businesses and unemployment.  —  In three months voters will head to the polls to decide whether to give President Obama a second term.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: 'I'm not the president of black America'  —  President Obama addresses the criticism that he hasn't done enough for the black community in an interview with Black Enterprise magazine:
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Harry Reid's claim about Mitt Romney's taxes  —  “The word's out that he [Romney] hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years.”  —  Reid has generated a lot of controversy with his claim that presumptive GOP nominee did not pay any taxes for 10 years.
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren backs off demand that Scott Brown release more tax returns
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Harry Reid not releasing his own tax returns
Anthony Breznican / Inside Movies:
FIRST LOOK: Daniel Day-Lewis embodies ‘Lincoln’ in Steven Spielberg's historical drama  —  Penny for your thoughts?  —  Long-range paparazzi (and the occasional sneaky fellow diner) grabbed snapshots of Daniel Day-Lewis as he was shooting Steven Spielberg's Lincoln last fall.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Emails: Geithner, Treasury drove cutoff of non-union Delphi workers' pensions  —  Emails obtained by The Daily Caller show that the U.S. Treasury Department, led by Timothy Geithner, was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of 20,000 salaried retirees at the Delphi auto parts manufacturing company.
Newsweek's Cover Is...A Bit Much Not inside: Does Phallic Imagery sell more mags?  —  copyranter BuzzFeed Staff posted a few minutes ago  —  YOUR REACTION?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots  —  Popular in Politics  —  In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist.  Allegations of fraud, they say …
Jonathan Baker / NOM Blog:
Would You Look to a Food Company for Relationship Advice?  —  Last week we surpassed 24,000 signatures on the website!  Will you forward this email to a friend and help us hit 25,000?  —  Since announcing their opposition to the Minnesota marriage amendment …
Discussion: Mediaite
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:   NOM Is Still Protesting General Mills, Now For Supporting Healthy Living
Romney: America Is No Kibbutz His ties to Israel only extend so far.  —  Mitt Romney bills himself as an ardent friend of Israel running against President Barack Obama who hasn't visited the American ally since taking the oath of office, but Romney's friendship only extends so far.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Byron Tau / Politico:
Papa John's: Health law hurts prices  —  Pizza chain Papa John's told shareholders that President Obama's health care law will cost consumers more on their pizza.  —  On a conference call last week, CEO and founder John Schnatter (a Mitt Romney supporter and fundraiser) …
Discussion: Addicting Info, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
A Surprise in a Hot Dog Cart  —  IT'S common in New York to see teams of college-age students handing out samples of goods like fruit juice and dog food.  Even seen-everything New Yorkers may do a double-take this week, however, when they encounter street teams with hot dog carts stocked with vibrators.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Campaign announces ‘Obama Classic’ with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing  —  The latest Obama campaign contest offers supporters an opportunity to attend an event with basketball stars Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan, the campaign announced Tuesday.
Jamie Reno / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Brigham Young's Great-Great-Granddaughter on Mormonism and Mitt Romney  —  A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Sue Emmett left the church because of the very values she says would make Romney a frightening president.  She speaks exclusively with Jamie Reno.  —  Sue Emmett is Mormon royalty.
Wendy Ruderman / New York Times:
In Police Pat-Downs, Many Women See Sexual Overtones  —  Shari Archibald's black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night.  The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism  —  The gunman in the shooting at a Sikh temple over the weekend has been labeled a potential domestic terrorist — defined as one who incites politically-motivated violence against his or her own country.
Bridget Willard / Twitchy:
Left, duped by Onion parody, condemns Michele Bachmann for reaction to shooting … More than a few shocked readers of The Onion today called Rep. Michele Bachmann's callous reaction to the shootings in Oak Creek, Wis., “unbelievable.”  Bachmann's relief that “not a single American died in this event” …
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Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
Senator Harry Reid Opens Clean Energy Summit With A Bold Speech On Climate Change: ‘We Must Act Today’
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There He Goes Again: Brian Ross Highlights Shooter's Neo-Nazi Links as ‘Right-Wing’
Discussion: “The Lid” and The PJ Tatler
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Sikh Killings Viewed as Domestic Terrorism by Investigators
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain Hopes Gas Prices Increase To Help Romney Win Presidency
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Convention speakers not necessarily excluded from VP search
Discussion: CNN
CBS News:
Accused Tucson shooter mentally fit, pleads guilty
Hetpat / Heteronormative patriarchy for men:
Tyrone's 21st Century Skimmington Ride
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg:
NRA Sought Donations in Days After Colorado Shootings
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court tosses warrantless wiretapping suit
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and emptywheel
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A difference beyond question
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Illinois Family Institute Issues Ridiculous Back-To-School Warnings for Parents
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Diana Reese / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin: Mama grizzlies united
Fred Krupp / Wall Street Journal:
A New Climate-Change Consensus
Discussion: protein wisdom and Power Line