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12:55 PM 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 …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Party Chairman: Americans Who Want Romney To Release More Tax Returns Are The New Birthers  —  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus compared the overwhelming majority of Americans — including a growing number of Republicans — calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns to birthers …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CBS News
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 …
CNN Poll: Obama holds 7-point lead over Romney
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.
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
The Onion:
‘Romney Murdered JonBenét Ramsey,’ New Obama Campaign Ad Alleges  —  CHICAGO—With campaign rhetoric becoming increasingly heated and both presidential nominees releasing more attack ads, a new 30-second spot from the Obama campaign this week accuses his opponent Mitt Romney of committing …
Wall Street Journal:
The Postmodern President  —  The challenge is finding anything his campaign says that is true.  —  President Obama spent his formative years in academia, so he's no doubt familiar with postmodernism, the literary theory that rejects objective reality and insists instead that everything …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: A Nation That Believes Nothing  —  Romney doesn't need to talk about America becoming like Europe—he needs to warn us about America becoming like California.  —  It's been a week marked by mistakes, some new and some continuing.  —  The pro-Obama Super PAC ad that essentially blames Mitt Romney …
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 …
DealBook:   S.E.C. and Justice Dept. End Mortgage Investigations Into Goldman
John Fund / National Review:
The Great VP Fake-Out  —  This week saw media scrutiny of Mitt Romney ratchet up as reporters were allowed to follow him outside his scheduled public events.  Everyone wants to know who will be his pick for running mate, and he's not saying much.  —  The people who are talking are consultants …
Super User /
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 …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Can Zimmerman win ‘stand your ground’ hearing?
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Citing Drought, U.S. Expects Lowest Corn Yield in 17 Years  —  WASHINGTON — This year's corn yield is projected to be the lowest since 1995, according to an Agriculture Department report that sharply cut production estimates for some major crops because of damage from the nation's worst drought in 56 years.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Green
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.
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 …
CNN:   Official: Man in Afghan security uniform kills 3 US troops
Matt Katz /
Christie calls anti-Muslim conservatives “bigots”  —  The following video hasn't gotten any attention in the mainstream press, but it has lit a fire on right-wing web sites.  —  The shaky, grainy 16-minute speech was shot by an attendee during an Iftar dinner - the evening meal during Ramadan - at the governor's mansion two weeks ago.
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