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12:35 PM ET, August 13, 2012


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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
POLITICO-GW Battleground Poll: Tied up  —  The race for the White House remained in a dead heat just before Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll finds.  —  The poll, conducted in the days leading up to the Ryan announcement …
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 …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - and their Wives!  - Open Up to PEOPLE  —  However tough and tight the race against President Obama gets this fall, Janna Ryan predicts that her husband Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney can count on one thing: fun.  —  PEOPLE was first to sit down with the freshly minted …
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Understanding the Ryan plan  —  The striking thing about Paul Ryan's ascent is the gulf between his proposals and the way the media have characterized them.  Since Mitt Romney named Ryan to the ticket on Saturday, the news has been filled with talk of the “ fiscal conservative ” (NPR) " …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION — YOU SEE IT FIRST RIGHT HERE  —  “...Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate Obama still stands today, and in fact the predictions made about the very unqualified and inexperienced Community Organizer's plans to …
Christine Delargy / CBS News:
“60 Minutes”: Romney, Ryan answer critics of Medicare position  —  CBS News chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face the Nation” Bob Schieffer sat down with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Sunday for their first interview since the Republican presidential nominee announced Ryan as his running mate.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan  —  For all that Paul Ryan is seen in the political media as a gamechanging pick that instantly and sharply defines the choice in this election, the truth is that most Americans don't know much about Ryan.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
GOP again turns to Kristol ball  —  Once again, Bill Kristol gets his way — and once again, watch out.  —  For two consecutive presidential cycles now, the founding editor of the Weekly Standard has successfully led the conservative media drumbeat for a bold vice presidential pick: In 2008 …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
New Romney TV ad second straight to attack Obama on welfare  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's first television commercial since announcing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate brings back a claim first brought up last week: That President Barack Obama is altering …
In Florida, Romney Hits Obama For Cutting Medicare
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Paul Ryan: The Next President of the United States?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Game-changing pick for Romney, worst nightmare for Obama
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mitt Romney cancels Florida campaign stop, citing exhaustion
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Orlando Sentinel
Beth Reinhard /
Ryan Could Make Wisconsin a True Battleground
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Presidential debate moderators announced  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided on the moderators for this year's debates, sources confirm to POLITICO.  —  PBS's Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate on October 3 in Denver, Colo. CNN's Candy Crowley will host the second …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Barack's not a ‘superhero’  —  “He's not a superhero; he's a human.  So he needs your help,” the First Lady said.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  First Lady Michelle Obama says her husband isn't a “superhero” and that President Barack Obama will need all the help he can get in order to be reelected.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama camp: 1,000 attended ‘half-full’ fundraiser
Paul Krugman:
The Ryan Role  —  Mark Kleiman points us to a lamentable but revealing column by William Saletan, which illustrates perfectly how the essentially ludicrous Paul Ryan has gotten so far - namely, by playing to the gullibility of self-proclaimed centrists, who want to show their “balance” by finding a conservative to praise.
David Weigel / Slate:
Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Reader: Lesson One … - One Thing the 2012 Dream Team Has On the 1992 Dream Team - Yglesias: Is Taco Bell Trying To Turn Itself Into Chipotle?  - From Glenn Beck to Ira Glass: Great Magazine Stories About Talk Radio - You Won't Believe the Nasty Things Guys Say to Women Playing Video Games
Ed Hammond / Financial Times:
Spanish commercial property on the brink  —  The Spanish and Italian commercial property markets have all but collapsed with the number of transactions in both countries falling more than 90 per cent in the three months to July as investors worry about the future of the eurozone.
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.  —  “The committee expects to file …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:   Book: Holder went on 'Reefer Madness'-like campaign to distract from Fast and Furious
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Muslims Are ‘Trying To Kill Americans Every Week’  —  On Friday night, there were two pellet-gun shots on a mosque in the Chicago suburb Morton Grove.  No one was injured, and 51-year-old David Conrad has been charged for shooting on the outer wall of the building as people prayed inside.
New York Post:
Anthony Wiener and wife move into $3.3M Manhattan apt.  —  Anthony Weiner's wife not only took him back, she took him back in style — moving with the shamed pol into a luxurious, $3.3 million Manhattan pad owned by a deep-pocketed Democratic donor, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
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