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8:25 AM ET, August 14, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney at RNC  —  Mitt Romney, left, hugs U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio after Rubio introduced him to the crowd during a campaign stop Monday in Miami.  Rubio will also do the honors at the convention.  —  TAMPA — In a showcase role on his party's biggest stage …
Discussion: Politico, GOP 12 and USA Today
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 …
Sally Johnson / Associated Press:
Christie to give RNC keynote
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism
Erick Erickson / RedState:   More on the Winning Argument  —  In USA Today, Instapundit …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:   Mitt Romney's constitutional amendment would bar Paul Ryan from the presidency
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
BuzzFeed:
Romney Won't Say Where He Disagrees With Ryan On Medicare
Discussion: his vorpal sword and ThinkProgress
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Janna Ryan steps lightly into national spotlight
Alexandra Sifferlin / CNN:
Paul Ryan's workout: Is P90X for you?
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Paul Ryan gets low marks for VP
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Paul Ryan Insider Trading Rumor Quickly Debunked  —  It had the makings of a scandal: Paul Ryan traded banking stocks during the financial crisis the same day as a meeting with top Treasury Department officials, a Virginia blog wrote Monday.  But the rumor, which spread rapidly across …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Hey Paul Ryan haters, your congressional insider trader suspect actually is Sheldon Whitehouse
Discussion: The Other McCain
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Reflections on Paul Ryan's Transactions in Individual Bank Stocks in 2008
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.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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Zack Colman / Ballot Box:
White House touts wind energy against Romney  —  The White House is touting a new report on wind power during President Obama's stop in Iowa, to contrast his views with those of GOP challenger Mitt Romney in the wind-heavy swing state.  —  The Energy Department (DOE) released its sixth annual …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Speaker.gov:
Why Doesn't President Obama Urge Senate Dems to Pass Urgently-Needed Drought Relief?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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.
BuzzFeed:
Ryan Heckled At First Solo Event  —  A talk at the Iowa State Fair turns chaotic.  Protester allegedly assaults volunteer.  —  Heckler at Ryan event in Des Moines, Iowa.  —  Source: p.twimg.com  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Paul Ryan's remarks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines today turned …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Hecklers in Iowa disrupt Ryan's first solo campaign event
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Other McCain
Martin Hesse / Spiegel Online:
Euro Crisis  —  Currency's Days Seen Numbered  —  Investors Prepare for Euro Collapse  —  Banks, companies and investors are preparing themselves for a collapse of the euro.  Cross-border bank lending is falling, asset managers are shunning Europe and money is flowing into German real estate and bonds.
Discussion: MarketBeat and National Review
Paul Krugman:
Romney/Ryan: The Real Target  —  So, let me clarify what I believe is really going on in the choice of Paul Ryan as VP nominee.  It is not about satisfying the conservative base, which was motivated anyway by Obama-hatred; it is not about refocusing on the issues, because R&R are both determined …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Weasel Zippers
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Breaks With The NRA, Suggests States Should Be Allowed To Ban Guns  —  In an interview concerning the tragic shooting on Texas A&M campus on Monday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) took a surprisingly moderate position on gun regulation.  Although Perry rejected the suggestion that the shooting …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Recall leaves Wis. voters exhausted for GOP Senate primary  —  In a Senate primary that could determine control of Congress, no one's paying much attention.  —  Wisconsin voters — a few, at least — will head to the polls Tuesday to determine who the Republican nominee will be for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl's …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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ProPublica:
Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Daily Kos
Cyd Zeigler / SBNation.com:
Red Sox Icon Johnny Pesky Dead At 92
Discussion: Truth Wins Out and Firedoglake
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu protests NBC reality series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan?
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Dish
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Michael Moynihan / Foreign Policy:
Leftist Planet  —  Why do so many travel guides make excuses for dictators?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
David Gregory, Do Your Freakin' Job!
Discussion: driftglass