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8:45 AM ET, August 15, 2012

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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 …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Biden clarifies, digs in on ‘chains’  —  Vice President Joe Biden dug in when it came to apologizing for his earlier remark, made at a Virgina campaign event where the AP described the crowd as having a couple hundred African-American attendees, about Republicans and Wall Street wanting to put “y'all back in chains.”
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden on Romney: 'They're going to put y'all back in chains'  —  Vice President Joe Biden told supporters that Republicans would “put y'all back in chains,” during a campaign speech Tuesday in Danville, Va.  —  VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: They've said it.  Every Republican's voted for it.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney: Obama running a ‘campaign of ... hate’
Discussion: Daily Kos
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event
David Jackson / USA Today:
Biden to crowd: Romney will ‘put you all back in chains’
Discussion: GOP 12, The Caucus and The Raw Story
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” …
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Will Talk About Tax Policy ‘In The Light Of Day’ — After The Election … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Paul Ryan Tax, Paul Ryan Tax Cuts, Paul Ryan Tax Plan, Paul Ryan Tax Policy, Romney Ryan Tax, Romney Ryan Tax Policy, Ryan Tax, Ryan Tax Policy, Politics News
Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
Paul Ryan's abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states  —  Rep. Paul Ryan's record on abortion and contraception could help widen a gender gap that is already hurting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in several key states.  —  Abortion-rights supporters — including the Obama campaign …
Fox News:
Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn't actually slash the budget
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
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.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney says he'll put ‘the $716 billion back’ in Medicare
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
Sununu to CNN host: ‘Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin  —  The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented …
Discussion: Washington Blade and Joe. My. God.
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BuzzFeed:
Florida Democrats Will Send First Gay Legislator To Tallahassee
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Florida Rep. Stearns trailing local vet in Republican primary  —  Local veterinarian Ted Yoho is unexpectedly leading longtime Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) in their GOP primary on Tuesday night.  —  The race is down to the wire.  Yoho had 34 precent of the vote to Stearns' 33 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Incumbents hit hard in Florida primary
Discussion: CNN
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Ex-Wrestling Executive Wins G.O.P. Primary  —  Linda E. McMahon, a former wrestling executive, easily captured Connecticut's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night, clinching a second chance to run for an office she failed to win two years ago.  —  In defeating Christopher Shays …
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 …
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
RealClearPolitics:
Real Clear Politics Video  —  The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos  —  Boehner Calls Opponents To TARP “Knuckledraggers”  —  VAN SUSTEREN, FOX News: People think of him as hawkish on the budget, on expenses, but he voted for TARP.  He voted for the auto bailout, voted for two stimulus in '08 …
Discussion: RedState
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks  —  (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in New Hampshire  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds Barack Obama in the lead by a 51-45 margin.  Although that's a relatively strong standing it's down from his 53-41 advantage on PPP's last poll of the state, in early May, and also from 2008 when he won the state by a 54-45 spread.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up slightly in Ohio
Discussion: Ballot Box
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tommy Thompson wins Wis. Senate primary, will face Rep. Baldwin in fall  —  Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) has won his Senate primary, giving Republicans their strongest candidate to win the open seat this fall.  —  The longtime Wisconsin politics fixture faced a tough race …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Journalism.org:
HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES USE THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA  —  OBAMA LEADS BUT NEITHER CANDIDATE ENGAGES IN MUCH DIALOGUE WITH VOTERS  —  If presidential campaigns are in part contests over which candidate masters changing communications technology, Barack Obama on the eve of the conventions holds …
 
 
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John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Paul Ryan's Got a Great Big Problem With Progressivism
Discussion: Bloomberg
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Reporters all have opinions
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News
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Irene Caselli / Guardian:
Ecuador ‘to grant’ Julian Assange asylum
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox's Entire Internship Program Now Under Legal Attack (Exclusive)
Discussion: Poynter and Guardian
Michael Doyle / Capitol Alert:
Rep. Dennis Cardoza announces resignation