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1:55 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 …
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 …
Top Romney Aide: Obama Has “Lost His Credibility”  —  “I don't think a world champion limbo dancer could get any lower than the Obama campaign right now.”  —  Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom at the campaign's Boston headquarters.  —  Image by JOSH REYNOLDS / AP
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and Mediaite
Romney Campaign Contests Polling Numbers
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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: Althouse and Brad DeLong
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 …
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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Obama's lead grows as Romney's support slips
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rough Polling Day for Romney
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Balloon Juice
CNN Poll: Optimism on the economy drops
Discussion: Politico
CNN Poll: Obama holds 7-point lead over Romney
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.
Fox News:
Reid aide divulges details on source of Romney tax claim — then retracts
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid's Mitt Romney Tax Source A Republican, Says Top Aide
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano favored women pals for jobs: lawsuit  —  A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who's …
NY Daily News:
Janet Napolitano-run Homeland Security treated male staffers like lapdogs, federal discrimination lawsuit charges  —  James Hayes Jr., who now is New York's top Homeland Security cop, claims Napolitano filled top spots in Washington, D.C., with two of her gal pals who were bent on tormenting male employees.
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Top NY Homeland Security Cop Sues Napolitano; Alleges Obama DHS Officials' Anti-Straight Discrimination, Demands for Oral Sex - “J-No Appointed Lesbian Girlfriend, ICE Chief of Staff Harassed Male Agents”  —  New York's top Department of Homeland Security cop is suing Department …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Lawsuit alleges Janet Napolitano sexism
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Killing  —  The Massachusetts multimillionaire who won his party's nomination largely on perceptions of “electability” had become the target of a ferocious blitz of negative advertising.  Partisans and media decried many of the attacks as misleading or false.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama camp acknowledges knowing man's story (Updated)
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Zimmerman Prosecutors In Huge Screw-Up  —  Photo of dead Trayvon Martin, college docs mistakenly released  —  In an embarrassing screw-up, Florida prosecutors today accidentally distributed a post-mortem photo of Trayvon Martin as well as copies of George Zimmerman's college records …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Can Zimmerman win ‘stand your ground’ hearing?
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Citing Drought, U.S. Expects Lowest Corn Yield in 17 Years
Discussion: Firedoglake and Green
Alan Zibel / Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog Offers Mortgage Rules
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Dismal Science Deserves Federal Funding
Discussion: AEIdeas and Marginal Revolution
Matt Katz /
Christie calls anti-Muslim conservatives “bigots”
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The case against reelection
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Romney's Side Course of Culture
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Pelosi and Hoyer sweeping country in fight for Dems to take the House
Erskine Bowles / Washington Post:
Romney's tax plan wouldn't cut the deficit
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Democratic Party Pig Sty
Associated Press:
Justice Dept. says it won't prosecute Goldman Sachs or its employees in financial fraud probe