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11:55 PM ET, August 13, 2012

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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Paul Ryan gets low marks for VP  —  Americans don't believe Mitt Romney hit a home run with his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, with more of the public giving him lower marks than high ones.  —  Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Paul Ryan Used His Office To Profit From the Financial Crisis  —  Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, left, wipes away tears as he and presidential candidate Mitt Romney greet supporters during a campaign event on Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.  —  Let's put this in the “the real scandal is what's legal” file:
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
GOP concerned Ryan could cost party House and Senate seats  —  Republicans strategists are worried that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) addition to the presidential ticket will cost their party House and Senate seats this fall.  —  Their concern: Democrats will successfully demonize Ryan's budget plan …
Discussion: Politico
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Brutal: CNN Torches DWS on Medicare Falsehoods  —  Let me say this right up front: Congratulations to Wolf Blitzer for being a relentless, responsible journalist.  If you value the truth, this interview is a pleasure to watch.  If you have even an ounce of human compassion for the in-over-her-head target …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Invokes Paul Ryan's Deceased Father to Question VP Candidate's Values  —  Vice President Joe Biden invoked Paul Ryan's deceased father to question the Republican vice presidential candidate's values:  —  “My dad used to have another saying, for real,” Biden said.
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism  —  Paul Ryan rose to the top of the political ranks on his reputation as a conservative budget hawk.  But his voting record shows him to be far from a pure fiscal conservative.  —  Ryan voted for the $700 billion bank bailout …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's constitutional amendment would bar Paul Ryan from the presidency  —  Three years ago, Mitt Romney proposed a constitutional amendment that would say “the president has to spend three years working in business before he becomes president of the United States.
BuzzFeed:
New Senior Romney Advisor Called Ryan Entitlement Reform Plans “Irresponsible...A Bad Idea”  —  In the Bush years, Ryan wanted to go bigger on Social Security privatization.  —  Peter Wehner, a former aide to President George W. Bush announced he was joining the Romney campaign …
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Reflections on Paul Ryan's Transactions in Individual Bank Stocks in 2008
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Janna Ryan steps lightly into national spotlight
Discussion: The Caucus, ABCNEWS, USA Today and Politico
Alexandra Sifferlin / CNN:
Paul Ryan's workout: Is P90X for you?
Josh Glasstetter / rightwingwatch.org:
Paul Ryan Featured Alongside ‘Former Terrorist’
Discussion: US Politics and Weasel Zippers
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   The Very Predictable Playbook Against Paul Ryan
Paul Krugman:
Romney/Ryan: The Real Target  —  So, let me clarify what I believe is really going on in the choice of Paul Ryan as VP nominee.  It is not about satisfying the conservative base, which was motivated anyway by Obama-hatred; it is not about refocusing on the issues, because R&R are both determined …
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Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Ron Wyden Pushes Back Against Being Linked To Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan
BuzzFeed:
Romney Won't Say Where He Disagrees With Ryan On Medicare
Discussion: ThinkProgress
BuzzFeed:
Ryan Heckled At First Solo Event  —  A talk at the Iowa State Fair turns chaotic.  Protester allegedly assaults volunteer.  —  Heckler at Ryan event in Des Moines, Iowa.  —  Source: p.twimg.com  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Paul Ryan's remarks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines today turned …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hecklers in Iowa disrupt Ryan's first solo campaign event
Discussion: Politico and The Other McCain
Candy Crowley / CNN:
CNN Poll: What's most important to voters?  —  Washington (CNN) - How important have vice-presidential picks been in past elections?  —  Fairly important, but not as crucial as the presidential debates, according to a new national poll released as the bipartisan Commission …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Presidential debate moderators announced
KBTX-TV:
Suspect in Custody, Shooting Near Highland and Fidelity Streets in College Station  —  News 3 crew on the scene has confirmed that more than one law enforcement officer has been shot in an incident near Fidelity Street in College Station.  —  A spokesperson for the College Station Police Department …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Romney campaign cancels Monday visit to Orlando  —  Although Mitt Romney was supposed to visit Orlando on Monday, the campaign announced late Sunday that the presumed Republican presidential nominee was too exhausted to make the trip.  —  The news came after Romney spent what one campaign official …
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David Shepardson / detroitnews.com:
Treasury: U.S. to lose $25 billion on auto bailout  —  Washington -The Treasury Department says in a new report the government expects to lose more than $25 billion on the $85 billion auto bailout.  That's 15 percent higher than its previous forecast.  —  In a monthly report sent to Congress on Friday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu protests NBC reality series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’  —  Cast of “Stars Earn Stripes” (NBC - CHRIS HASTON/NBC) Nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have demanded NBC scrub its new reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” because, “war isn't entertainment.”
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory, Do Your Freakin' Job!  —  Sweet Jesus, David Gregory, you have really shown that you are the most useless tool.  —  This is your show.  You get paid enough money to be comfortably ensconced in the 1 percent.  Do you think it would be too much effort for you to get off …
Discussion: driftglass
Speaker.gov:
Why Doesn't President Obama Urge Senate Dems to Pass Urgently-Needed Drought Relief?  —  If President Obama were serious about helping farmers and ranchers address the ongoing drought, why doesn't he urge Senate Democrats to pass the bipartisan House measure that was approved 11 days ago?
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Breaks With The NRA, Suggests States Should Be Allowed To Ban Guns  —  In an interview concerning the tragic shooting on Texas A&M campus on Monday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) took a surprisingly moderate position on gun regulation.  Although Perry rejected the suggestion that the shooting …
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Helen Gurley Brown |  1922 - 2012: Helen Gurley Brown, Who Gave Cosmopolitan Its Purr, Is Dead at 90  —  Helen Gurley Brown, who as the author of “Sex and the Single Girl” shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it …
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Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan?
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
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David Weigel / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Reader: Lesson One