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9:05 AM ET, August 10, 2012

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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 …
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CNN:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Beast
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention  —  Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who …
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.”
CNN:
CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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Kos / Daily Kos:
It's Jon Huntsman Sr, right Harry?
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney pressures President Obama to denounce controversial cancer ad
Discussion: ABCNEWS
BuzzFeed:
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 …
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.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Romney Campaign Distortion: Falsely Claims Obama ‘Promised Today To Bail Out Every Industry’
Discussion: The White House
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.
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Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
PAC DISABLES COMMENTING & RATING ON ALLEN WEST ATTACK AD DEPICTING HIM BEATING WOMEN,
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Troops  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A man dressed as an Afghan police officer has killed at least three American Special Forces soldiers after inviting them to eat dinner at a check post in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said on Friday …
Discussion: NPR and Outside the Beltway
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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.
BuzzFeed:
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.
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BuzzFeed:
Democrats' Platform Draft Gets Specific On LGBT Workplace Nondiscrimination Bill
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
Associated Press:
Justice Dept. says it won't prosecute Goldman Sachs or its employees in financial fraud probe  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday it won't prosecute Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs or its employees in a financial fraud probe.  —  In a written statement …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and emptywheel
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
The Case for Gun Control  —  After the ghastly act of terrorism against a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5, Americans are pondering how to stop gun violence.  We have decided that it is, in the words of New York Times columnist David Brooks, a problem of psychology, not sociology.
 
 
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Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Pelosi and Hoyer sweeping country in fight for Dems to take the House
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Romney's tax plan wouldn't cut the deficit
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The Democratic Party Pig Sty
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Chris Boyette / CNN:
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Doc Accused of Waterboarding Daughter
Joseph E. Kafchinski / Census Bureau:
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Fred Thompson / National Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Unions deny Dems convention cash
Discussion: Riehl World View
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
New Jersey Will Start Issuing Medical Marijuana Cards Today
Discussion: Philly.com
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg lifts ban on free vibrator giveaway
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Modern-day McCarthyism regarding Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin
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
Detroit Free Press:
State charges 4 McCotter ex-staffers with forging petitions, faking signatures in election fiasco