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2:50 PM ET, August 9, 2012


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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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Super-PAC founder defends controversial Romney attack ad  —  The founder of the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action defended the group's controversial ad that links Mitt Romney to the death of woman who couldn't afford cancer treatments.  —  “The point of this ad is that — you know …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney on not releasing more tax returns: 'I'm not a business'
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why do conservatives want Paul Ryan to be vice president?  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial page has joined the growing movement of influential conservatives uniting behind hero wonk Paul Ryan for vice president.  “The larger strategic point,” they counsel, “is that Mr. Romney's best chance …
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:   Goldman Sachs Leads Split With Obama, As GE Jilts Him Too
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Coulter Explodes At Romney Spokeswoman For Response To Priorities USA Ad: She Needs To Be Fired  —  Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity strongly condemned the ad released by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA that basically accused Mitt Romney of a steelworker's wife dying of cancer.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Debate over dead woman is clarifying moment in prez race
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Campaign of Lies Reaches Despicable Low
New York Post:
City officials pull the plug on vibrator giveaway, leaving thousands dissatisfied  —  They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.  —  City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday, disappointing potentially thousands of pleasure-seeking women …
Paul A. Rahe / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Landslide on the Horizon  —  When I read Nate Silver, Sean Trende, Charlie Cook, Jay Cost, and the others who make a profession of political prognostication, I pay close attention to their attempts to dissect the polling data and predict what is to come.  But I also take everything that they say with a considerable grain of salt.
CBS Miami:
Exclusive: For The First Time, Cannibal Victim Speaks  —  MIAMI (CBS4) - Two months after he was viciously attacked on the MacArthur Causeway by the so-called Miami Zombie, Ronald Poppo succinctly summed up the events that captured the country's attention.  —  “He attacked me,” Poppo said of Rudy Eugene.
Daily Mail:
Man who claimed he was beaten for being gay admits he made it all up after police receive video of him hitting HIS OWN head after back-flipping off a curb  —  A young man who told police he was beaten up in a would-be hate crime appeared in court today admitting that he made the entire incident up.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Young in G.O.P. Erase the Lines on Social Issues  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Hoagland, the county leader of a group of young North Carolina Republicans, is busy trying to ramp up enthusiasm for Mitt Romney at the grass-roots level.  So there are a few things he avoids mentioning …
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.
Discussion: WWMT-TV, Wonkette and
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.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
New Urban Dictionary entry pegs Harry Reid as child molester  —  The high-stakes political battle between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has taken a new turn, and it's as ugly as Jerry Sandusky's future.  —  The Urban Dictionary …
Discussion: Smartypants
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
For Romney, Even Means Ahead
Discussion: Reuters, AEIdeas, The Page, RedState and The Hill
Federal Trade Commission:
Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple's Safari Internet Browser  —  Privacy Settlement is the Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Violation of a Commission Order  —  Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GLENN GREENWALD  —  Mark Halperin of Time provides some important insight into the behavior of his colleagues  —  Few media behaviors are more pitiful than the intense fixation over the “Veepstakes”: a word that is at once nauseatingly vapid and yet incomparably valuable as a symbol of our nation's pointless, juvenile political media.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Washington Post:
The Komen Foundation's very big leadership shake-up  —  Top officials at Susan G. Komen for the Cure stepped down Wednesday, months after the the breast cancer charity found itself embroiled in controversy when it halted grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Editor Fired Following Harassment Accusation  —  CONWAY, Ark. — The gathering, Marc Smirnoff said, was intended as a morale-boosting retreat for his staff at The Oxford American magazine, a July 4 overnight party at a mountain cabin that would fuel the creative intellect.
Stephen Marche / Esquire:
The Contempt of Women  —  The rise of men.  And the whining of girls.  —  In the constantly progressing and deteriorating and rapidly revolving kaleidoscope of misunderstanding and disgust and hunger that constitutes gender relations in the twenty-first century, a new gesture has emerged to define us …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
Blink!  U.S. Debt Just Grew by $11 Trillion  —  By Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns 2012-08-08T22:30:26Z  —  Republicans and Democrats spent last summer battling how best to save $2.1 trillion over the next decade.  They are spending this summer battling how best to not save $2.1 trillion over the next decade.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Was Romneycare A War On Religion?  —  Mitt Romney continues to attack President Obama for policies he supported as governor of Massachusetts with a new ad Thursday morning that accuses the administration of waging “a war on religion.”  —  The commercial claims that an Affordable Care Act …
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Scotts Miracle-Gro goes out on a limb with political donation  —  In an election year filled with secret campaign money, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has made the unlikely choice to go public with a big political donation.  —  The Ohio-based company, familiar as the producer …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Deli owner: Take my store out of Obama ad  —  Krause's will lose business, she says  —  The owner of Krause's at Findlay Market said she was misled about the filming of an Obama TV ad.  / The Enquirer/Jane Prendergast  —  The owner of a specialty deli at Findlay Market wants …
Discussion: Politico and USA Today
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.
Evan Soltas:
The Recession and Its Causes  —  In a post today, Matt Yglesias borrows Brad deLong's graph to show that “the back-and-forth swing of business investment has been the main motor of the recession...But the chart also shows us that contrary to a lot of myth-making, the recession is not identical to the downturn in housing.”
Rebecca Keegan / Los Angeles Times:
Jason Sudeikis might bolt ‘Saturday Night Live’  —  His movie career is on upswing with ‘The Campaign’ and 'We're the Millers' with Jennifer Aniston.  More chances to spoof Mitt Romney might not be enough.  —  Jason Sudeikis stars in the new movie, “The Campaign.”  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Discussion: Reuters and Rolling Stone
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Amb. Rice, Michelle Kwan join presidential delegation to Olympics closing ceremony
Discussion: Politico
Peter Eavis / DealBook:
With Rates Low, Banks Increase Mortgage Profit
Discussion: Truthdig
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Media Matters takes to the airwaves
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Groups' Campaign Spending Scrutinized in New York
Romney: Japanese In Century-Long Decline Says U.S. doesn't have to go down that path.
Discussion: FP Passport
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Southern White Democrats Face End of Era in Congress
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Leading LGBT Group Weighs In On Gambling Fight
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Pelosi ‘Swears’ Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House
Discussion: National Review and NOM Blog
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Admits There's ‘No Proof Today’ Of Claims Made In Romney Welfare Reform Ad
Discussion: The Daily Beast, NPR and The Reaction
Jonathan Martin / WSMV-TV:
Vanderbilt employee accused of tossing LGBT newspapers
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
The disappearing undecided voter
Discussion: Politico, First Read, CNN and ABCNEWS
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Women, white people: Is that what campaign 2012 is coming down to?
Discussion: The Agonist