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1:15 AM ET, August 11, 2012

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Weekly Standard:
Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan  —  Elm Grove, Wisc.  & Washington, D.C.  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that the Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon.
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Robert Costa / National Review:
From Boston to Janesville  —  Take note, veep watchers: Earlier today, a charter plane took off in Boston, stopped in Chicago, then flew to the tiny airport in Janesville, Wis. Janesville, of course, is the hometown of Representative Paul Ryan, a top vice-presidential contender.
Associated Press:
ROMNEY TO ANNOUNCE RUNNING MATE SATURDAY IN VA.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's campaign says the presumed Republican presidential nominee will announce his running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va.  —  The short list - if there is one - is believed to include Ohio Rep. Rob Portman …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
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First Read:
NBC: 3 sources indicate Romney will pick Ryan  —  By NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Mark Murray  —  Three different sources close to the Romney campaign indicate to NBC News that Mitt Romney will announce House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate at tomorrow's campaign event in Norfolk, VA.
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
The Angel and Devil in Paul Ryan  —  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is young, politically tested, and suddenly among the frontrunners to join Mitt Romney's campaign as his vice presidential nominee.  —  Just 42 years old, he's already been elected to represent Wisconsin's 1st District seven times.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Politico:
Romney to unveil VP pick Saturday  —  Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential pick tomorrow morning in Norfolk, Va. and there are strong signs that he'll tap 42-year-old House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to be his running mate.  —  A source deeply involved in the vetting process said …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
CNN:   BREAKING: Romney to announce vice presidential pick Saturday
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Romney To Unveil Vice Presidential Pick On Saturday
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Romney to announce running mate on Saturday morning
Discussion: CNN
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Three polls show Obama widening lead over Romney
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Jon Huntsman Sr., longtime Romney backer, calls on him to release tax returns  —  The internet is alive with speculation that the secret source Harry Reid claims to have on Mitt Romney's tax returns is Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. He is the founder of Hunstman Corporation and the father …
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Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
SOURCES: FORMER GOP CANDIDATE HUNTSMAN TO SPEAK AT DNC CONVENTION  —  I have to admit, the Huntsman candidacy for President never made much sense to me.  When it began I thought: wait, this guy served in the Obama Administration and now wants to run against him?  And I didn't really get any further than that.
Fox News:
Reid aide divulges details on source of Romney tax claim — then retracts
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and The Reaction
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney wants his taxes, business record off table  —  Mitt Romney made an unusual suggestion in his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, which First Read previewed thusly: … Talking about candidates' personal finances is hardly novel, nor is it irrelevant — how candidates make their money …
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Time, CNN Star Fareed Zakaria Suspended for Admitted Plagiarism  —  [UPDATED below page break: TIME magazine, CNN have suspended Zakaria.]  When CNN host and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria wrote a new piece called “The Case for Gun Control,” it ended with a bang: “So when people throw …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fareed Zakaria apologizes for plagiarism
Discussion: Hot Air and iOwnTheWorld.com
The Caucus:
Criticized ‘Super PAC’ Ad Has Yet to Be Broadcast as a Paid Commercial  —  It is one of the most provocative ads of the presidential campaign so far.  A former employee of a steel company that Bain Capital bought out tells how he and his cancer-stricken wife lost their health insurance after he was laid off.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Cancels ABC “This Week” Appearance
Discussion: American Power and Power Line
Leo Shane III / Stars & Stripes:
Smith becomes first gay general officer to serve openly  —  WASHINGTON — Army reserve officer Tammy Smith calls her recent promotion to brigadier general exciting and humbling, saying it gives her a chance to be a leader in advancing Army values and excellence.
Erica Orden / Washington Wire:
White House Approached Schwarzenegger in 2011  —  Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting back into the movie business with a lineup of six film projects-but at one point, things might have gone a very different way.  —  Mr. Schwarzenegger was approached by White House officials …
Shira Rawlinson / ij.org:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah's Hairbraiding Licensing Scheme  —  Finds Cosmetology Regulations to Be a Violation of Hairbraider's Constitutional Rights  —  (703) 682-9320  —  Salt Lake City, Utah—In a major victory for economic liberty, a federal court ruled late yesterday …
Discussion: Slate, AEIdeas and Althouse
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.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio Limits Early Voting Hours In Democratic Counties, Expands In Republican Counties  —  Ohio has introduced a new tactic in their broader attempts to make it even harder for Democratic voters to get to the polls this year.  Early voting stations in Ohio's heavily Democratic counties …
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NY Daily News:
Janet Napolitano-run Homeland Security treated male staffers like lapdogs, federal discrimination lawsuit charges
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and NPR
 
 
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