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6:15 PM ET, August 9, 2012


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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
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Romney on not releasing more tax returns: 'I'm not a business'
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Exclusive: Democratic Party Platform Draft: “We Support Marriage Equality”  —  “We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law.  We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples,” platform language says.
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  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.  A Democratic tracker caught Walsh calling …
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
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.
Discussion: I'm a Man! and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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.
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
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.
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: his vorpal sword and Smartypants
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
For Romney, Even Means Ahead
Discussion: The Maddow Blog, Daily Kos and The Page
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.
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