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11:30 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
BuzzFeed:
The Return Of No-Risk Romney  —  No answer on Medicare, and no salsa music.  Romney seems to want Ryan, but not the Ryan plan.  —  Romney speaks during a campaign event at Palacio De Los Jugos in Miami, Florida, on Monday.  —  Image by SAUL LOEB / Getty Images
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
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
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Are Liberals Being Unfair to Paul Ryan?
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
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: New York Times, Politico 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 …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Four More Beers!’  Chant Greets Obama; Buys Beers for 10 People, Save Romney Supporter  —  In Iowa last night, a chant of “four more beers!” broke out for President Obama, and he offered to buy beers for 10 people, but not for a supporter of Mitt Romney.  Via the pool report:
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
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, Politico and Wake up America
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. …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Reaction to Ryan as VP Pick Among Least Positive Historically  —  But Republicans more OK with Ryan compared with past vice presidential candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Four in 10 Americans rate Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate as either “excellent” or …
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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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Mitt Romney to criticize President Obama on coal and environmental regulations in Ohio visit Tuesday
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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
Discussion: CNN
ProPublica:
Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Sally Johnson / Associated Press:
Christie to give RNC keynote
Discussion: CNN
Martin Hesse / Spiegel Online:
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Discussion: MarketBeat and National Review
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Breaks With The NRA, Suggests States Should Be Allowed To Ban Guns
Discussion: Crooks and Liars