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3:10 PM ET, August 11, 2012

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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 …
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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.”
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 …
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.
William Saletan / Slate:
Why I Love Paul Ryan  —  He's what a Republican should be: an honest, open-minded, solution-oriented fiscal conservative.  —  A wonderful thing has happened for this country.  Paul Ryan will be the Republican nominee for vice president.  —  Ryan is a real fiscal conservative.
CNN:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama had similar ‘next president’ gaffe at Biden roll-out  —  Mitt Romney's awkward introduction Saturday of his vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan as “the next president of the United States” is a tad less jarring if you know this: Barack Obama did much the same thing four years ago.
Discussion: News Desk, Wake up America and NPR
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 …
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.
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Why Ryan?  —  U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)  (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)  —  Mitt Romney is a famously cautious man, very alert to downside risks.  Yet by selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate (assuming the late-night reports are indeed correct) Romney has taken an awesome ideological gamble.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Internal Talking Points: Romney Will Push His ‘Own’ Budget Proposal,Not Paul Ryan's Plan  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  NORFOLK, Va. — Does Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate mean that the former Massachusetts governor will embrace the Wisconsin congressman's budget plan?
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Looks Like Ryan: Mitt's Pick
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Exclusive: How Romney chose his running mate
Discussion: Ballot Box
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama and Ryan have tangled repeatedly
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   A Risky Rationale Behind Romney's Choice of Ryan
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Pick Ensures Different Kind of Race
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Washington Post:
Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick, setting up stark choice on budget issues
Discussion: American Prospect and alicublog
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
The Angel and Devil in Paul Ryan
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Liberal Values
First Read:
Pawlenty: 'I'm not disappointed'
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Set To Pick Paul Ryan As Running Mate
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Republican House, Senate leaders praise Romney, Ryan presidential ticket
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Romney to announce running mate Saturday morning
Discussion: Politico and The Volokh Conspiracy
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2
Associated Press:
ROMNEY TO ANNOUNCE RUNNING MATE SATURDAY IN VA.
Discussion: utsandiego.com
 
 
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CNN's Candy Crowley: Ryan Pick ‘Looks a Little Bit Like Some Sort of Ticket Death Wish’
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