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8:55 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.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama ahead in Colorado
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama slightly ahead in NC
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Rove: Veep pick ‘as early as Friday’
Discussion: Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Wanted: A Running Mate Who Will Fight Back, With Passion!
Discussion: Doug Ross and Hot Air
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The best Newsweek cover yet  —  Tina Brown's shock-and-awe approach to Newsweek covers is so familiar now it hardly warrants mention.  But the strategy is predicated upon ginning up false controversy and feigned outrage to call attention to the struggling print edition …
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BuzzFeed:
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?
Raphael Brion / Eater National:
Food Media: Newsweek's Gratuitous Food Porn Cover Looks Familiar
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Vodkapundit
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Romney welfare attacks ‘blatantly dishonest’
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Romney's Welfare Gambit
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Memorandum
TheBlaze.com:
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.
CNN:
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 …
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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
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.
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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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
It's Time to Stop Celebrating Harry Reid  —  Here is Harry Reid on Mitt Romney's taxes: “I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years.”  PolitiFact rates this a Pants on Fire lie.  —  An awful lot of liberals disagree.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Four Pinocchios for Harry Reid's claim about Mitt Romney's taxes
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.
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Byron Tau / Politico:   Obama: 'I'm not the president of black America'
Tamara Audi / Wall Street Journal:
Tucson Shooter Pleads Guilty  —  Loughner Likely to Get Life Term but Not the Death Penalty for 2011 Rampage  —  TUCSON, Ariz.—Speaking in a slow, sometimes slurred voice, Jared Loughner admitted to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, outside a grocery store near here last year.
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CBS News:
Accused Tucson shooter mentally fit, pleads guilty
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.
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.
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) …
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: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
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 …
BuzzFeed:
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.
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.
Politico:
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.
Telegraph:
Syria: Iran vows it will not allow Assad to fall  —  Iran pledged that its “axis” with Syria will “never” be allowed to break when Tehran sought to bolster President Bashar al-Assad by sending a senior envoy to Damascus.  —  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
 
 
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ed Lee drops stop-frisk plan amid uproar
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Rush Limbaugh:
Obama's Latest Lie: Romney Hood
Discussion: Politico
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren backs off demand that Scott Brown release more tax returns
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
There He Goes Again: Brian Ross Highlights Shooter's Neo-Nazi Links as ‘Right-Wing’
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain Hopes Gas Prices Increase To Help Romney Win Presidency
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Illinois Family Institute Issues Ridiculous Back-To-School Warnings for Parents
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