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1:10 PM ET, August 7, 2012


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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 …
Romney set to assail Obama for welfare changes  —  (CNN) - Changes to welfare pushed by President Barack Obama's administration are providing his Republican challenger Mitt Romney with material for a new round of attacks, including a television ad released Tuesday.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney launches new attack on Obama over welfare  —  WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney's campaign is launching a new offensive on Tuesday accusing President Obama of “unilaterally dismantling” the 1990s bipartisan welfare reform.  —  On the campaign trail beginning Tuesday in Illinois …
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Romney should not be afraid to highlight his faith
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Eschaton
TRENDING: Obama debuts ‘Romney Hood’
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.
Elaine Quijano / CBS News:
Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page was a “gentle and kind and loving” child, stepmom says  —  (CBS News) OAK CREEK, Wis. - Investigators are looking into possible white supremacist links to the gunman who killed six people and wounded three at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee before being killed in a shootout with police.
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.
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.
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Harry Reid: Says Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years.
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 …
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.
Diana Reese / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin: Mama grizzlies united  —  CLEVELAND, Mo—Sarah Palin did not disappoint.  —  The crowd cheered and applauded repeatedly during her speech here Friday night, from her opening remarks about “mama grizzlies” on the Missouri state flag to her promise to stop at the local Chick-fil-A for a midnight snack.
First Read:   Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, John Brunner, left, Sarah Steelman, center …
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.
Fred Krupp / Wall Street Journal:
A New Climate-Change Consensus  —  It's time for conservatives to compete with liberals to devise the best, most cost-effective climate solutions.  —  One scorching summer doesn't confirm that climate change is real any more than a white Christmas proves it's a hoax.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Power Line
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Former Bain worker slams Mitt  —  The Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is unveiling perhaps the harshest, most personal ad of the 2012 presidential race, featuring a former worker at a Bain-owned company talking about the death of his wife after their family lost health insurance.
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Tiffany Hsu / Los Angeles Times:
Gay activists counter Chick-fil-A with Starbucks appreciation day  —  LGBT activists are planning to swarm Starbucks on Tuesday in a counter-effort to last week's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  (Vino Wong / Atlanta Journal-Constitution )  —  Gay marriage activists are planning to swarm Starbucks …
Jesse Bering / Slate:   The Prideful, Arrogant President of Chick-fil-A
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Jimmy Carter to address Charlotte DNC by video  —  Former President Carter will address the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., by video.  —  The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday that Carter would address the convention by video on Sept. 4.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Save Political Debate.  Bring Back ‘Crossfire.’  —  Cable-television shows about politics are often blamed for polarizing Americans.  To this way of thinking, they are responsible for much of the incivility of today's political culture and have made it harder for us to work together to solve our problems.
New York Times:
Hospital Chain Inquiry Cited Unnecessary Cardiac Work  —  In the summer of 2010, a troubling letter reached the chief ethics officer of the hospital giant HCA, written by a former nurse at one of the company's hospitals in Florida.  —  In a follow-up interview, the nurse said a doctor …
Erik Schelzig / Christian Science Monitor:
Gibson Guitar Corporation admits to importing endangered wood  —  Gibson Guitar Corporation acknowledged Monday that its importations of exotic wood, including ebony, violated environmental laws.  Federal prosecutors will drop criminal charges against Gibson Guitar Corporation …
Isaac Rauch / Deadspin:
What Did Lolo Jones Ever Do To The New York Times?  —  This morning's New York Times sports section has an article about Lolo Jones, the virgin hurdler you're probably somewhat aware of (if not, see here), titled, “For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image.”  The thrust of the article is that the attention …
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Jared Lee Loughner expected to plead guilty to Tucson shootings  —  Jared Lee Loughner is expected to plead guilty to a shooting rampage in early 2011 that resulted in six dead and 13 injured, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  —  As part of an agreement …
Discussion: Politico
Micah L. Sifry / TechPresident:
HOW TO SPOT ROMNEY'S VICE PRESIDENT PICK IN ADVANCE  —  The Romney campaign wants you to download its mobile app to be among the first to find out who Mitt is going to pick as his running mate, but if past history is any guide, you might want to instead be looking at Wikipedia …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
A difference beyond question
Discussion: Power Line
Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Illinois Family Institute Issues Ridiculous Back-To-School Warnings for Parents
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
No Olympic gold for Romney horse
2012 Republican National Convention:
RNC Chairman Priebus Announces Additional Republican Convention Headliners
San Francisco Chronicle:
Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond
Discussion: L.A. NOW, U.S. News and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
EXCLUSIVE: Kimberlin Associate Neal Rauhauser Accuses Brandon Darby of Fake SWAT Calls, ‘Obstruction of Justice’
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Former Republican Governor: Romney Is Afraid To Stand Up To His Right-Wing Base
Neil Barofsky / The Great Debate:
Tim Geithner's principal hypocrisy
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
In Weak Economy, an Opening to Court Votes of Single Women
Teachers Union Accuses Campbell Brown Of “Blood Libel”
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Eduwonk
Matt Hadro / blogs:
CNN Smears Political Right, Labels Wisconsin Shooter's Racist Neo-Nazi Band as ‘Far Right’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Study: One-third of doctors wouldn't take new Medicaid patients last year