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10:50 PM ET, August 9, 2012


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CNN Poll: Obama holds 7-point lead over Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's unfavorable rating is up, most Americans think the Republican presidential challenger favors the rich, and it appears the number of people who believe that the economy will not get better if Romney is elected …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips  —  Mitt Romney has had a tough couple of weeks on the campaign trail — and it shows in the latest Fox News poll.  After a barrage of campaign ads, negative news coverage of his overseas trip and ongoing talk about his tax returns …
Roger Simon / Reuters:
Shouldn't Mitt Romney be ahead by now?  —  Mitt Romney was speaking in a slow, measured cadence from a packed and steamy auditorium at Des Moines Central Campus High School on Wednesday.  “We're worried about the drought,” Romney said, “and are looking for more rain.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Agonist
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC: Romney a ‘yes,’ Obama ‘no’  —  Unlike Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama will not sit down with MSNBC for the network's forthcoming hourlong documentaries on the two candidates.  —  As I reported earlier today, MSNBC is putting together documentaries about both Romney and Obama …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama camp acknowledges knowing man's story (Updated)  —  Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.  —  “No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt Romney trashes ads against him
Conservative Group Launches “Dump Romney” Campaign  —  “Disgusting and highly inappropriate,” says Ron Paul's campaign manager.  Also a bit late in the game.  —  A group called “Jews and Christians Together,” which backed Rick Santorum in the Republican primary, is sending a memo …
Marc J. Ambinder / ABCNEWS:   Inside the Council for National Policy
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama: Let's repeat auto industry success with every manufacturing industry  —  PUEBLO, Colo. - President Obama, while villifying Mitt Romney for opposing the auto industry bailout, bragged about the success of his decision to provide government assistance and said he now wants to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Romney Campaign Distortion: Falsely Claims Obama ‘Promised Today To Bail Out Every Industry’
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
Joe Walsh Accused Of Racial Insensitivity For Referring To Obama As ‘Son’  —  Joe Walsh Accused Of Racial Insensitivity For Referring To Obama As ‘Son’  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who recently made news for criticizing his opponent's willingness to talk about her military service, has a new target: President Obama.
Wall Street Journal:
Why Not Paul Ryan?  —  Romney can win a big election over big issues.  He'll lose a small one.  —  The whispering over Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate is getting louder, and along with it we are being treated to the sotto voce angst of the GOP establishment: Whatever else Mitt does …
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg lifts ban on free vibrator giveaway
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Super PAC Attack Ad Depicts Allen West Punching White Women  —  The American Sunrise PAC has launched its first attack ad against Congressman Allen West.  The political action committee was founded by the father of Congressman West's general election opponent Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid's Mitt Romney Tax Source A Republican, Says Top Aide … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Harry Reid , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Harry Reid Mitt Romney, Harry Reid Mitt Romney Tax Returns, Harry Reid Source, Mitt Romney 2012 …
Detroit Free Press:
State charges 4 McCotter ex-staffers with forging petitions, faking signatures in election fiasco  —  Four staffers of former U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, R-Livonia were charged today in connection with the false nominating petitions that led to McCotter's departure from Congress.
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
In Real Estate Deal, Romney Made His Loss a Couple's Gain  —  MISSOURI CITY, Tex. — Look closely and it is there, sandwiched between Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Partners II and D3 Family Bulldog Fund: the mortgage on Timothy and Betty Stamps's modest home on Gentle Bend Drive here.
Unions deny Dems convention cash  —  The Democrats are hitting up unions — their go-to cash cows — for last-minute donations to help pay for next month's convention in Charlotte.  —  The response from some big unions?  Tough.  —  Union leaders insisted from the start that they wouldn't help fill …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Josh Tyrangiel / Business Week:
Exclusive Romney Interview: On Humility and Tax Returns  —  Much of the case you make to voters is that you're a successful entrepreneur and a successful executive, and thus you'll make a successful president.  Why were you so successful as a businessman?  —  Well, I had the privilege …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Man with Bible threatens to rape woman during ‘Gay Day’ in Michigan  —  Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan say that there was nothing they could do after Bible-preaching protesters threatened to rape and murder pro-LGBT activists at a “Gay Day” event over the weekend.
Fred Thompson / National Review:
Mitt's Tax Returns  —  Mitt Romney has said he will release and make public a total of two years of income-tax returns.  It looks as if the Obamaites will have a collective fit if he doesn't release more.  I say let 'em.  —  These tax-return demands are just one of the ways politics gives us …
Discussion: TBogg
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Can Zimmerman win ‘stand your ground’ hearing?  —  Since the night he shot Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has insisted he killed the unarmed 17-year-old to save himself.  —  If he's going to beat the murder charge against him at a “stand your ground” hearing, local lawyers said Thursday …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Modern-day McCarthyism regarding Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin  —  There are frequent bouts of McCarthyism in the capital, but the latest version has the special touch of being delivered by a guy named McCarthy.  —  This McCarthy isn't your average Joe: Andrew McCarthy's work is providing …
Jim Meyers /
Trump Declines Prime Time GOP Convention Speech  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Donald Trump has declined an offer to deliver a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention …
Joseph E. Kafchinski / Census Bureau:
Goods and Services Deficit Decreases in June 2012  —  The Nation's international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $42.9 billion in June from $48.0 billion in May (revised), as exports increased and imports decreased.  — Exports increased to $185.0 billion in June from $183.3 billion in May (revised).
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