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10:00 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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney May Have No Choice But To Pick Paul Ryan  —  Conservative anxiety has stalked Mitt Romney since the outset of his presidential campaign, expressing itself in a series of hopes that a nominee who was not Romney might win, and then, after his nomination became inevitable …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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, Power Line and The Daily Beast
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 …
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.
Kos / Daily Kos:
It's Jon Huntsman Sr, right Harry?  —  Harry Reid's source.  Probably.  —  Harry Reid has a Republican source who has told him that Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes in 10 years.  Who could he possibly known that would have that information?  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's dad sounds like the likely source.
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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 …
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: The Daily Caller and ABCNEWS
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 …
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DealBook:   S.E.C. and Justice Dept. End Mortgage Investigations Into Goldman
Super User / gzlegalcase.com:
There Will Be A “Stand Your Ground” Hearing in the George Zimmerman Case  —  Since the beginning, there has been a rush to judgment in the case against George Zimmerman.  Since the first day of his involvement, Mr. O'Mara has emphasized that people should be patient and wait for the evidence …
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Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Can Zimmerman win ‘stand your ground’ hearing?
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.
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
Erskine Bowles / Washington Post:
Romney's tax plan wouldn't cut the deficit  —  Erskine Bowles, who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, was co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  —  Ever since President Obama named my pal Alan Simpson co-chairman of the bipartisan fiscal commission …
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Democratic Party Pig Sty  —  Michael Ramirez expresses the disgust that pretty much everyone feels at the Democratic Party's gutter politics:  —  There was a time when a person of good will and reasonable intelligence could be a Democrat, simply because he or she was a little lacking in understanding of the issues.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Pelosi and Hoyer sweeping country in fight for Dems to take the House  —  House Democratic leaders are sweeping the country this month in the face of tough odds for retaking the chamber from Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and the majority Republicans.  —  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) …
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BuzzFeed:
Democrats' Platform Draft Gets Specific On LGBT Workplace Nondiscrimination Bill
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
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Alon Harish / ABCNEWS:
Doc Accused of Waterboarding Daughter
Joseph E. Kafchinski / Census Bureau:
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Fred Thompson / National Review:
Mitt's Tax Returns
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Politico:
Unions deny Dems convention cash
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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
Anatole Kaletsky:
Suddenly, quantitative easing for the people seems possible
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