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11:55 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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Politico:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Paul Ryan Delivers Remarks In Norfolk, Virginia  —  Location  —  Congressman Paul Ryan today delivered the following remarks in Norfolk, Virginia after Mitt Romney selected him to be his Vice Presidential running mate:  —  Thank you Governor Romney, Ann.  I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.
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 …
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.”
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
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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: Politico and ABCNEWS
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 …
Washington Post:
Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick, setting up stark choice on budget issues
Discussion: American Prospect and alicublog
First Read:
Pawlenty: 'I'm not disappointed'
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Michael Tomasky on Romney's Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP
The Caucus:
Romney to Announce Running Mate Saturday
CNN:
Romney to announce running mate Saturday morning
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:
AP SOURCE: ROMNEY PICKS RYAN FOR RUNNING MATE
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
CNN:   BREAKING: Romney to announce vice presidential pick Saturday
 
 
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