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1:10 PM 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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney will name Paul Ryan as his VP.  Here's what that means.  —  1. Both Democrats and conservatives are going to get the exact debate they wanted.  I'm not so sure about Republicans.  —  2. This is an admission of fear from the Romney campaign.  You don't make a risky pick …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Paul Ryan  —  Leave it to Willard Romney, international man of principle, to get himself bullied into being bold and independent.  —  Make no mistake.  In his decision to make Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, his running mate, Romney finally surrendered …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan  —  Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate 42 year-old Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the architect of the GOP budget, which the New York Times has described as “the most extreme budget plan passed by a house of Congress in modern times.”
Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan as running mate  —  Mitt Romney has selected House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) as his running mate, and will unveil the ticket at an event in Norfolk, Va. Saturday morning, Republican sources confirmed to POLITICO.
David Nather / Reuters:
VP primer: Paul Ryan's Medicare plan  —  Meet the new addition to the Republican presidential ticket: Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.  —  It's made Ryan a hero on the right and a lightning rod for criticism from the left.  And if, as expected, Mitt Romney names Ryan as his running mate Saturday morning …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan: A Good Choice, but Please, Not a ‘Serious’ One  —  I think the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate is a good one for the country.  It makes the race “about” something, beyond just being a negative referendum on how the economy is going under Obama.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Michael Tomasky on Romney's Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP  —  So much for Romney making a pick that says something about his own views (whatever they are).  Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under.  As always.  —  Paul Ryan?  Really?  It's a stunning choice.
Romney camp prepares Medicare defense after Ryan pick  —  Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - With Paul Ryan's controversial entitlement reform plan certain to take center stage in the presidential campaign now that the Wisconsin congressman has been tapped as Mitt Romney's running mate …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Picks Paul Ryan of Wisconsin  —  WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has chosen Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate and will introduce him on Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., the campaign said, a selection that shakes up the presidential race and presents a Republican ticket …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Paul Ryan Is Not a Vice President.  Paul Ryan Is a Fake.  —  One day, some years from now, I'm going to figure out how Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, managed to fool so many people for so long.  He's a garden-variety supply-side faker.
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Exclusive: How Romney chose his running mate  —  Washington (CNN) - Beth Myers has long been Mitt Romney's most trusted political adviser, so it's no surprise that he tasked her with the job of helping him find the right running mate  —  In an exclusive interview with CNN earlier this week …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Looks Like Ryan: Mitt's Pick  —  If tonight's reporting is correct, and if Mitt Romney really does announce at 9 A.M. Saturday that Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is his running mate, Romney has made the most daring decision of his political career.  —  After spending weeks looking …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Polls: Paul Who?  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney made his long-anticipated vice presidential announcement Saturday morning, naming U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.  —  Polls show Americans are largely unsure of Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee.
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Pick Ensures Different Kind of Race
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
The Angel and Devil in Paul Ryan
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
First Read:
Pawlenty: 'I'm not disappointed'
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Boehner praises Ryan as ‘proven leader’
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick, setting up stark choice on budget issues
Discussion: American Prospect and alicublog
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2
Romney to announce running mate Saturday morning
Discussion: Politico and The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Romney to announce running mate on Saturday morning
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Top Republicans Say Mitt Romney Has Picked Paul Ryan as Vice Presidential Running Mate
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Power Line
Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
Ryan named Romney's running mate
Discussion: Wonkette and Balloon Juice
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