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2:35 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 …
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 …
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) " …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mitt Romney cancels Florida campaign stop, citing exhaustion  —  Mitt Romney is cancelling a planned campaign stop Monday in Orlando after a whirlwind weekend in which the presumptive Republican nominee introduced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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 …
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 …
Orlando Sentinel:
Romney campaign cancels Monday visit to Orlando
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Inside the Ryan budget pushback
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Paul Ryan Used His Office To Profit From the Financial Crisis
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Takes Medicare Message to Florida
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
What Paul Ryan's budget actually cuts — and by how much
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Positive views of Ryan jump higher after pick
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Paul Ryan: The Next President of the United States?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
In Florida, Romney Hits Obama For Cutting Medicare
Discussion: Daily Kos and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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 …
Commission on Presidential Debates:
Format  —  The format for the debates, announced on July 25, 2012, will be:  —  First presidential debate  —  The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.
CNN's Crowley to be first woman in two decades to moderate presidential debate
Discussion: Politico
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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: ‘Chicago Is an Example of What Makes This Country Great’  —  In campaign remarks yesterday at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, President Barack Obama praised his adopted city, where he lived before becoming president of the United States.  “Chicago is an example of what makes this country great,” Obama said.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama camp: 1,000 attended ‘half-full’ fundraiser
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Michelle Obama: Barack's not a ‘superhero’
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama jokes with NASA Curiosity crew: ‘Let me know right away’ if there are Martians  —  President Obama called to personally congratulate the crew behind NASA's successful rover mission to Mars on Monday and asked them to inform him immediately if they made contact with Martians.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Raw Story
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
122 Minutes With Jamie Dimon  —  The JPMorgan Chase CEO is really, really, really sorry.  Except when he's not.  —  E  —  ven here, on his own turf, they are giving Jamie Dimon a hard time.  —  “Um, yeah, my question is kind of broad?” begins a gawky guy who identifies himself as a Tufts student interning in Client Solutions.
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.
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
One Cal State department refuses to let in out-of-staters over state residents
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Saving CNN  —  Suffering its worst ratings in 20 years, CNN is going Hollywood.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Poll: GOP more engaged in 2012
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Erskine Bowles says Ryan budget “sensible ... honest, serious”
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Problems Riddle Moves to Collect Credit Card Debt
Discussion: Firedoglake and naked capitalism