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10:05 PM 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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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 …
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Romney's right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion.  Here's how.  —  The Romney campaign has gone on the offense on Medicare, charging that the Affordable Care Act “cuts $716 billion” from the entitlement program.  —  That $716 billion figure is one you'll probably be hearing a lot about during this election cycle.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Daily Dish
Sally Kohn / Salon:
Paul Ryan didn't build that!  —  His family built its fortune on the public-works projects that Romney's “You didn't build that” campaign mocks  —  When Paul Ryan took to the stage in Mooresville, North Carolina, as Mitt Romney's running mate, he attacked President Obama's “you didn't build that” …
Bloomberg:
Paul Ryan Should Be the Ross Perot of 2012
Discussion: Dynamist
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Republican ticket's big Medicare myth
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in New Hampshire  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire …
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
CNN:
Ryan embraces ‘regular guy’ routine on the stump in Colorado
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney says he'll put ‘the $716 billion back’ in Medicare
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up slightly in Ohio
Discussion: Ballot Box
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Reuters and Daily Kos
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Cut This Ad! Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Log Cabin Republicans Defend Romney-Ryan Ticket For Positions Neither Candidate Holds
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Romney slams Obama in tough new speech  —  Mitt Romney used a tough new campaign speech to personally blast the Obama campaign on Tuesday, saying comments earlier in the day from Vice President Biden are “what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.”  —  “Mr. President …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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CNN:
Biden: Romney's Wall Street will 'put y'all back in chains'
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
O'Brien And Sununu's Epic Shouting Match: ‘Put An Obama Bumper Sticker On Your Forehead When You Do This!’  —  Tuesday's Starting Point began with a bang (and a whimper, on our end) as host Soledad O'Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu entered into a heated argument over Medicare.
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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:   Sununu to CNN host: ‘Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead’
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Is A Wizard This photo from the AP has not been doctored in any way.  —  Jack Moore BuzzFeed Staff posted a few minutes ago  —  A light shines behind President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Bayliss Park, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa …
Discussion: The Impolitic
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Paul Ryan's Got a Great Big Problem With Progressivism  —  Paul Ryan's return to Wisconsin on the day after his selection as Mitt Romney's choice for the Republican vice presidential nomination was billed as a “homecoming.”  —  But Ryan did not actually go home to Janesville, the blue-collar town where he was born and raised.
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Michael Doyle / Capitol Alert:
Rep. Dennis Cardoza announces resignation  —  Citing sensitive family needs, Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, has tendered his immediate resignation from the House of Representatives.  The surprisingly timed departure takes effect at midnight Wednesday.  —  A veteran San Joaquin Valley politician …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
More questions raised about Fareed Zakaria's work  —  Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria, who acknowledged plagiarizing parts of a magazine article last week, appears to have also published without attribution a passage from a 2005 book.  —  Zakaria's 2008 book, “The Post-American World …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fareed Zakaria Responds to the Charge of Quote-Stealing
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Poynter
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Dems want debate question barred  —  Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get asked at the upcoming first presidential debate - about Simpson-Bowles.  —  Three Democratic House members objected Tuesday to a request by four senators that President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Ties All-Time Low at 10%  —  Americans' approval of Congress has been below 20% since June 2011  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Ten percent of Americans in August approve of the job Congress is doing, tying last February's reading as the lowest in Gallup's 38-year history of this measure.
PREMIUM FISHER:
My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court  —  I've been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven't explained how they pissed me off.  So I will do that here as succinctly as possible.  There's a general understanding that says …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Photo Evidence That Kazakhstan May Have the World's Worst Parking Habits  —  A new website seeks to document and shame the Central Asian nation's appalling car parking habits.  —  Unfortunately, there is no World Bank or International Monetary Fund study on comparative parking practices across nations …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Reporters all have opinions  —  In a Tuesday interview with KXNO sports radio, President Obama took a shot at the political media.  —  Asked about how playing sports was similar to being president, Obama said: “It also turns out that political reporters are a lot like sports reporters.
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits Romney on Seamus  —  OSKALOOSA, Iowa — President Obama strayed from his prepared remarks here Tuesday to get in a jab at Mitt Romney's famous dog-on-top-of-car moment.  —  Noting that the Republican candidate has criticized wind energy, saying a windmill can't be put on top of a car to power it, Obama had a zinger.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Ryan Sponsored Abortion Bill That Would Make Romney's Kids Criminals  —  The VP candidate pushed an anti-abortion bill that would outlaw IVF—which Mitt Romney's children used.  —  Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Ryan's long history as a culture warrior is getting a fresh look.
 
 
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