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2:10 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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Stockman Savages Ryan  —  If there's anyone in recent political history who is a definite precursor to Paul Ryan, it has to be David Stockman, another bright young congress-critter who combined conservative ideological totems (in his case, supply-side economics) with green-eyeshade budget credentials …
Discussion: Applesauce
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Republican ticket's big Medicare myth  —  I've got a modest proposal: You're not allowed to demand a “serious conversation” over Medicare unless you can answer these three questions:  —  1) Mitt Romney says that “unlike the current president who has cut Medicare funding by $700 billion.
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Cut This Ad!  Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’  —  Bill Bennett suggested on his radio show this morning that the Romney-Ryan campaign (or someone else) cut an ad to make famous these remarks (delivered a year ago at the University of North Carolina) about Paul Ryan by Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles:
Rasmussen Reports:
50% Now View Paul Ryan Favorably; 43% Say He Was Right Choice  —  Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's favorables are up after the first blush of national media exposure following Mitt Romney's selection of him as his vice presidential running mate.  But as is generally the case with running mates …
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Paul Ryan's Neocon Manifesto
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and CNN
BuzzFeed:
The Return Of No-Risk Romney
Ali A. Akbar / Twitchy:
Soledad O'Brien caught referring to liberal blog during Medicare debate
Discussion: American Power
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Ryan Wants To ‘Screw’ The Poor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's biggest budget cuts are to Medicaid, not Medicare
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
GOP concerned Ryan could cost party House and Senate seats
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A day at the fair  —  If you look around the Web …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Are Liberals Being Unfair to Paul Ryan?
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Campaign Chair Contradicts Candidate, Says Romney's Medicare Plan Is ‘Very Different’ From Ryan's Plan
First Read:
Romney struggles to get square with Ryan's Medicare plan
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Brown praises Ryan, but keeps distance
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama buys beers for 10 Iowans, snubs Romney supporter  —  President Barack Obama is beating Gov. Mitt Romney on the so-called “beer test” of likeability, but the president doesn't want to have beer with Republicans.  —  A revealing moment came Monday, when Obama told a tent of drinkers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   ‘Four More Beers!’ Chant Greets Obama; Buys Beers for 10 People, Save Romney Supporter
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
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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
 
 
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In Paul Ryan's home state, he supported US energy funds while decrying stimulus program
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