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9:55 PM ET, August 8, 2012


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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Romney spokesperson cites Massachusetts health law  —  A Mitt Romney spokesperson offered an unusual counterattack Tuesday to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Team Obama denies knowing story of man in its TV ad, call  —  When President Obama's aides said they weren't familiar with former Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic's life story, all they had to do was check their own campaign archives.  —  Soptic, laid off from Bain Capital-owned GST Steel …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Moment All the Doubts About Romney Resurfaced on the Right  —  Priorities USA was damaging itself and Barack Obama over its mind numbingly insane ad painting Mitt Romney as a killer.  —  Then the Romney campaign decided to sabotage itself with a mind numbingly bit of spin that may mark the day the Romney campaign died.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: Mitt Romney wants to take women back to policies of the '50s  —  President Obama on Wednesday accused Republicans of wanting to take the nation “back to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century” during a campaign stop aimed at securing support from women.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Reaction
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
Obama's lead over Romney grows despite voters' pessimism  —  (Reuters) - Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future but voters do not seem to be holding it against Democratic President Barack Obama, who slightly expanded his lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney this month, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll says.
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama campaign: Don't blame us for ad blaming Romney for cancer death
Discussion: Politico, CNN, The Page and Michelle Malkin
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  Team Romney Scares Conservatives By Touting ‘Romneycare’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Video: Obama campaign now pretending it didn't know details of steelworker's story — after featuring him in two ads
The 1600 Report:
Ad linking Romney to death of the wife of a laid off steelworker not accurate
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Economists to Romney campaign: That's not what our research says  —  On Tuesday, the Romney campaign responded to the fire it's taking from economic analysts by unleashing some artillery of their own.  They released a paper by four decorated economists associated with the campaign …
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
The Romney campaign says stimulus doesn't work. Here are the studies they left out.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Report: Rep. Steve King mulling bill to repeal everything Obama has signed  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken critic of just about everything President Obama supports, is considering introducing a bill that would repeal everything Obama has signed into law.
Bill Shea / Messenger News:
King plans immigration order lawsuit
GAME OVER: WIKIPEDIA LOCKS DOWN POTENTIAL VP PAGES IN RESPONSE TO COLBERT MISCHIEF-MAKING  —  The act of observing something can sometimes change the thing being observed.  Case in point: my observation on Monday that we might be able to get useful clues as to the identity …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Wikipedia locks possible VPs' pages
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
VP Shortlister Rob Portman Comes Out Swinging in Colorado  —  JOHNSTOWN, Colo. - Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, arrived here right on time at Johnson's Corner this morning for his first event of the day bracketing President Obama in Colorado.  —  With the Romney bus behind him …
Discussion: Washington Post and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Polls See Sharp Divide in 3 Swing States
Expect Romney to Surprise With Running Mate Pick  —  Every month at the Hotline, we publish our veepstakes rankings, the list of the most likely running mates to serve on Republican Mitt Romney's presidential ticket.  It's preceded by a vigorous staff-wide debate on the merits of the numerous contenders.
Romney Chased By Jewish Wedding Party On Harrowing Drive Through New Jersey  —  Reporters are taken for an exciting ride — including 90+ MPH speeds and an Orthodox Jewish wedding.  This bride is pissed.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  Mitt Romney's motorcade took a harrowing drive through New Jersey this afternoon.
Discussion: Politicker and Indecision Forever
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Let's Have a Maximum Income  —  Rich people across the Western world are anxiously watching France, where president Francois Hollande is vowing to raise the top tax rate—on earnings over $1.2 million a year—to 75 percent.  Tres bien, Mr. Hollande.  The problem with this otherwise fine idea …
Discussion: Business Insider and Vodkapundit
New York Post:
Jewish gal shows up IOC with a gold salute to Munich 11  —  It wasn't a gloved-fist salute from the medal stand, but Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman made quite a statement yesterday by winning a gold medal and invoking the memory of the Israeli athletes killed 40 years ago in Munich.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare  —  A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: “Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare.”  —  “The federal government …
Steve Erickson / American Prospect:
The GOP's Kamikaze Candidate  —  I spent most of July in the upper Midwest and was reminded that not everyone in America passes the summer fixated on politics.  They go to the beach, catch fish, grill burgers, eat ice cream, try to stay cool, see The Dark Knight Rises without recognizing …
Discussion: TBogg and Booman Tribune
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads … FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Arena Party, El Salvador, Mitt Romney Bain Capital, Roberto D'Aubuisson, Bain Capital, Death Squads, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Bain Investors …
New York Times:
Incentive to Slow Climate Change Drives Output of Harmful Gases  —  RANJIT NAGAR, India — When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system.  —  Industrial gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Althouse
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Romney's Pick of a Running Mate Could Sway the Outcome  —  We haven't had that much to say about Mitt Romney's choice of a vice-presidential nominee — mostly because it just isn't something that lends itself to rigorous analysis.  —  But let's focus on the part of the problem where our tools …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Reaction Is Different When the Terrorist Is White  —  Atrocities like the attack on the Sikh congregation in Wisconsin introduce terrifying dissonance into America's post-9/11 mindset.  —  Members of the Sikh congregation mourn their dead.  / Reuters
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Race Is Romney's to Win  —  The conventional wisdom in the presidential race is that President Obama is a clear favorite.  We hear this from the pundits in the press, we see it in the InTrade odds, and various predictive models built around the polling averages tell us this.
Discussion: The New Republic
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
One night in Rob Portman's haunted hotel  —  LEBANON, Ohio—The sun is setting on this small town in southwest Ohio, and when darkness reigns, strange things happen at the Golden Lamb Inn.  Or so I'm told.  —  The Inn, owned by the family of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for the better part of the last century …
Alexandra Zawia / Hollywood Reporter:
Harry Belafonte on Capitalism, Media Moguls and His Disappointment With Jay-Z and Beyonce (Q&A)  —  At the Locarno Film Festival to pick up the Golden Leopard Honor Award, the singer and actor also talks about his fears of a Fourth Reich and why Mitt Romney shouldn't be president.
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Miriam Elder / Guardian:
Pussy Riot trial hears closing statement
Discussion: Erin Burnett OutFront and Truthdig
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ariz. immigration checks could start
Brent D. Wistrom / Wichita Eagle:
Conservative candidates win most Kansas Senate races
Wisconsin shooting suspect urged white supremacist action
Romney Owned Stock In Company That Worked With Iran
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Obama opposes Boy Scouts ban on gays
Carla Marinucci /
Stark raving Pete? Former CA Assembly Majority Leader says Rep. Stark threatened his kids, job
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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's welfare debacle
Against an Olympian Tax Break: Tom Coburn
Discussion: Firedoglake, ThinkProgress and The Hill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
An extreme conservative GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DCCC announces 13 additions to its Red to Blue program
Discussion: CNN
Rush Limbaugh:
It's No Coincidence That My Name is Back in the News
Discussion: Business Insider
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Gabby Douglas needs to avoid letting others set her narrative for her
Discussion: Shakesville