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8:10 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 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Mediaite and Reuters
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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’
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.
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg lifts ban on free vibrator giveaway
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
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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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Journalistic Mind  —  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 …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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:, USA Today and Politico
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 …
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Pelosi ‘Swears’ Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House  —  ( House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) told a recent gathering of the Women's Political Committee that the spirits of suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul spoke to her at the White House.
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Crossroads GPS pulls ad attacking Heitkamp after campaign questions content
Discussion: Politico
Anatole Kaletsky:
Suddenly, quantitative easing for the people seems possible
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Timing of Grimm's Report on Expense-Paid Cyprus Trip Questioned
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Keegan / Los Angeles Times:
Jason Sudeikis might bolt ‘Saturday Night Live’
Discussion: Reuters and Rolling Stone
Stephen Marche / Esquire:
The Contempt of Women  —  The rise of men.  And the whining of girls.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
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