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1:35 AM ET, August 9, 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 …
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.
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Has the Obama Campaign Finally Gone Too Far?  —  The outrageous ad by Priorities USA Action, the Obama Super PAC-the one that accuses Mitt Romney of being responsible for a woman's death from cancer, apparently on the theory that Romney was personally responsible for providing health insurance …
Discussion: American Power and Ed Driscoll
Guy Benson /
Busted: Team Obama Caught in Blatant Lie About ‘Cancer’ Ad  —  Step one - The Obama campaign claims no knowledge of Joe Soptic's story while refusing to denounce a shockingly offensive and false political ad produced by their former colleague's pro-Obama SuperPAC: … Step two - The coordinated lie goes down in flames:
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama campaign: Don't blame us for ad blaming Romney for cancer death
Discussion: Politico, The Page, Balloon Juice and CNN
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Obama campaign now pretending it didn't know details of steelworker's story — after featuring him in two ads
Rob Portman / CNN:
'I think I'll end up being' in the Senate  —  Denver (CNN) - Ohio Sen. Rob Portman threw cold water on the idea of becoming Mitt Romney's running mate on Wednesday, saying he thinks he'll “end up staying” in the Senate.  —  “I just got elected two years ago.
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, JOSHUAPUNDIT, Politico and The Reaction
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
VP Shortlister Rob Portman Comes Out Swinging in Colorado
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and First Read
Expect Romney to Surprise With Running Mate Pick
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.
Joan Biskupic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Justice Ginsburg shrugs off rib injury  —  (Reuters) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, the eldest member of the bench and leader of its liberal wing, said she cracked two ribs in June but met all her work obligations and remains committed to staying on the court at least three more years.
Discussion: Politico
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:   The Court at the Olympics
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Ariz. immigration checks could start
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
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren daughter secretly behind effort by Mass to register 500k welfare recipients (Update - Court docs added)  —  The news broke today that Massachusetts has taken extraordinary efforts in response to a lawsuit by a former ACORN affiliated, Soros-funded group to register 500,000 welfare recipients …
Boston Herald:
Welfare voter push has GOP crying foul
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.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Rips ‘Conservatives And Their Media Division’ (Fox News) For Exaggerating Voter Fraud  —  Jon Stewart took on the issue of voter fraud tonight, an epidemic he deemed to be “bigger than ringworm and less than Bieber fever.”  He noticed how many conservatives have been warning …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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 …
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
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Romney Campaign Carefully Chooses Speakers for Convention  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Newt Gingrich hoped to get a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.  Instead the Romney campaign will have him teach a series of workshops they have nicknamed Newt University.
Discussion: Politico
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
White House told authorities not to crack down on ‘Occupy’ protesters, documents show  —  The Obama administration told law enforcement authorities to go easy on Occupy Wall Street protesters, even though they were violating local laws, according to documents obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Miriam Elder / Guardian:
Pussy Riot trial hears closing statement  —  Punk band's members claim they are freer than those carrying out their prosecution as judge sets 17 August for verdict  —  Three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot said Vladimir Putin's Russia was the one on trial as they delivered closing arguments …
Discussion: Erin Burnett OutFront and Truthdig
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
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Egypt mounts airstrikes against Sinai sites where it believes militants are active
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, New York Times and NPR
Brent D. Wistrom / Wichita Eagle:
Conservative candidates win most Kansas Senate races
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Obama opposes Boy Scouts ban on gays
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
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Pawlenty Meeting With Veep Vetter? He's Not Telling
Discussion: GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Rush Limbaugh:
It's No Coincidence That My Name is Back in the News
Discussion: Business Insider
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
One night in Rob Portman's haunted hotel
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Romney's Pick of a Running Mate Could Sway the Outcome