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11:10 AM ET, August 10, 2012

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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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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 …
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: 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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Postmodern President  —  The challenge is finding anything …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan police officer shot and killed at least three American Special Forces soldiers on Friday after inviting them for a meal at a check post in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said, in what appeared …
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CNN:   Official: Man in Afghan security uniform kills 3 US troops
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?
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Romney's Side Course of Culture  —  When Mitt Romney asserted last week that “culture does matter,” he settled into a pose that was more triumphalist than anthropologist.  Romney had begun by asserting that culture explained the difference in G.D.P. between Israel and the Palestinian Authority …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Is Ahead, but Is He Winning?  —  The polls put the incumbent in the lead, but there are plenty of reasons for Republicans to be optimistic — and Democrats to be jittery.  —  Reuters  —  Three months remain until election day, and President Obama narrowly leads in nearly every national poll.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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.
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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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The case against reelection  —  There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology.  You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.  —  The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Dismal Science Deserves Federal Funding  —  Basic economic research can pay public dividends, much as in medicine and chemistry.  —  The federal deficit has ballooned in recent years, and even larger deficits are coming due to the expected growth of entitlement spending.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Marginal Revolution
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BuzzFeed:
Democrats' Platform Draft Gets Specific On LGBT Workplace Nondiscrimination Bill
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
 
 
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Reuters:
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