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10:55 AM ET, August 14, 2012

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Politico:
GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan  —  You've heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney's bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious …
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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 …
David A. Stockman / New York Times:
Paul Ryan's Fairy-Tale Budget Plan  —  PAUL D. RYAN is the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment, but that doesn't alter the fact that this earnest congressman from Wisconsin is preaching the same empty conservative sermon.  —  Thirty years of Republican apostasy …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Gov. Chris Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address that launches the Republican National Convention in two weeks, telling USA TODAY he plans to make an “emphatic” argument on behalf of GOP approaches and shared sacrifice to face the nation's biggest challenges.
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Chair Contradicts Candidate, Says Romney's Medicare Plan Is ‘Very Different’ From Ryan's Plan  —  Just a day after Mitt Romney told reporters, “my plan for Medicare is very similar to [Paul Ryan's] plan for Medicare,” former New Hampshire governor and Romney campaign chair …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A strong solo debut for Ryan — with Romney's script  —  Popular in Politics  —  On Monday afternoon, in his first solo appearance as Mitt Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., answered a question troubling more than a few Republican strategists: Will his campaign be more about the Romney plan …
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Ron Wyden Takes Issue With Mitt Romney Linking Him to Paul Ryan  —  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's attempt to bolster his new running mate's deal-making credentials drew a sharp rebuke from the Democratic Senator at the center of the supposed bipartisanship.
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney at RNC
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Video: Lifelike talking-points robot doesn't like being reminded that Ryan's Medicare plan won't affect seniors
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
McCain rebuts Reid on Romney, says “nothing in his tax returns shows he did not pay taxes”  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain said today that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is wrong about his assertion that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years, saying his team that vetted the presumptive GOP nominee in 2008 found no such thing.
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Zack Colman / Ballot Box:
White House touts wind energy against Romney
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and GOP 12
Evan McMorris-Santoro / livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Boehner's Office Says Obama Avoiding Personal Responsibility For Drought  —  On its website and in an email Monday, House Speaker John Boehner's office said President Obama needs to take personal responsibility for the drought ravaging the Midwest.  —  Obama, “continues to blame anyone …
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 …
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Jason Lange / CNBC:
U.S. Treasury increases auto bailout cost estimate
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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.
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ABCNEWS:
Twice-Jilted Pawlenty Sat on VP Secret  —  REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by SHUSHANNAH WALSHE (@shushwalshe)  —  Tim Pawlenty was passed over as a presidential running mate twice.  But to a reporter sitting on his front lawn during what must have been a difficult time — getting passed …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Whistle-blower, documents: Ill. state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime  —  Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Cooke distances himself from national Dems on gay marriage, abortion  —  Democratic candidate for governor cleaves to LDS Church position.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke launched a pre-emptive strike Monday, distancing himself …
Francisco Alvarado / Riptide 2.0:
Mitt Romney is Stumping In Miami at Eatery Owned By Convicted Coke Smuggler … Today, Mitt Romney is foregoing a Miami political campaign tradition by skipping over Versailles restaurant in Little Havana.  Instead, Mittens will be hobnobbing with a convicted cocaine smuggler.
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.”
ProPublica:
Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined  —  Aug. 14: This post has been updated.  —  Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Daily Kos
 
 
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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Mitt Romney to criticize President Obama on coal and environmental regulations in Ohio visit Tuesday
Discussion: AEIdeas and Ballot Box
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Four More Beers!’ Chant Greets Obama; Buys Beers for 10 People, Save Romney Supporter
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BuzzFeed:
Florida Newspapers: Ryan Could Be A Liability
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Recall leaves Wis. voters exhausted for GOP Senate primary
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Christie to give RNC keynote
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Martin Hesse / Spiegel Online:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Breaks With The NRA, Suggests States Should Be Allowed To Ban Guns
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan?
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Dish
Michael Moynihan / Foreign Policy:
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