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2:35 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 …
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
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
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.
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
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  —  Aug. 7, 2012: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.AP  —  After days of silence on Harry Reid's disputed claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for a decade …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid's Mitt Romney Tax Source A Republican, Says Top Aide
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
Fareed Zakaria's Take on Gun Control Strikingly Similar to The New Yorker's  —  Fareed Zakaria reads The New Yorker.  We can only assume that because his latest column for Time on gun control, reads a lot like Jill Lepore's lengthy New Yorker article on the NRA from April.
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
The Case for Gun Control
Tim Graham /
Talk About Concealed Carry: Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized Paragraph on History of Gun Control
Discussion: National Review and The Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Nuns Send Letter To Romney Challenging His ‘Woeful Lack Of Knowledge’ About The Poor  —  The group of Catholic nuns who launched the Nuns On A Bus tour to shed light on the effects the House Republican budget would have on the poor turned its attention to the GOP's presidential candidate this week …
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
US defense firms could push forward with sending layoff notices  —  Despite administration warnings that notices related to sequestration were unnecessary, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are continuing their preparations.  —  Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are going forward …
Discussion: Reuters and Firedoglake
Romney Campaign Contests Polling Numbers  —  “You've got to have something precipitate that sort of sea change, and we haven't,” said a top adviser.  Dumbfounded by three bad polls.  —  Image by Mario Tama / Getty Images  —  BOSTON — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is at a loss …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, First Read and Daily Kos
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Romney's Strategy Isn't Working  —  The line from Romney headquarters last month was “every day we're not talking about the economy is a day we lose.”  This line, which came from the highest reaches of the campaign, was proffered to explain the unwillingness to provide substantive details on a host of policies besides the economy.
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 …
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 …
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Tanyanika Samuels / NY Daily News:
‘Son of Sam’ David Berkowitz speaks to the Daily News, decries violence as ‘senseless’ …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
How Your Water Company May Be Poisoning Your Kids
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
David Rakoff, Mordantly Funny Essayist and Actor, Dies at 47
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rough Polling Day for Romney
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Balloon Juice
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Citing Drought, U.S. Expects Lowest Corn Yield in 17 Years
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Dismal Science Deserves Federal Funding
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and AEIdeas
Matt Katz /
Christie calls anti-Muslim conservatives “bigots”
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The case against reelection
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Pelosi and Hoyer sweeping country in fight for Dems to take the House
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Attacker in Afghan Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Soldiers
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