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10:30 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A strong solo debut for Ryan — with Romney's script
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney at RNC
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Ron Wyden Takes Issue With Mitt Romney Linking Him to Paul Ryan
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism
CNN:
Rubio to introduce Romney at Republican convention
Discussion: Hot Air
Sally Johnson / Associated Press:
Christie to give RNC keynote
Discussion: CNN
Erick Erickson / RedState:   More on the Winning Argument  —  In USA Today, Instapundit …
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  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department has said the auto industry bailout will cost taxpayers $3.4 billion more than previously thought.  —  Treasury now estimates the 2009 bailout will eventually cost the government $25.1 billion …
Discussion: The Hill and 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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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 …
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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
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and GOP 12
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Hey Paul Ryan haters, your congressional insider trader suspect actually is Sheldon Whitehouse  —  Paul Ryan falsely was accused today by left-wing bloggers, most notably Matthew Yglesias (formerly of Think Progress now of Slate), of insider trading based on confidential information provided …
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Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu protests NBC reality series ‘Stars Earn Stripes’  —  Cast of “Stars Earn Stripes” (NBC - CHRIS HASTON/NBC) Nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have demanded NBC scrub its new reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” because, “war isn't entertainment.”
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
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.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Cooke distances himself from national Dems on gay marriage, abortion  —  Democratic candidate for governor cleaves to LDS Church position.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke launched a pre-emptive strike Monday, distancing himself …
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:
Babak Dehghanpisheh / Washington Post:
Syria rebels claim shoot-down of fighter jet; government disputes report  —  View Photo Gallery — This image made from an amateur video purports to show a Syrian plane downed over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Aug. 13, 2012.  Click through to see more photos of the violence …
 
 
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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Mitt Romney to criticize President Obama on coal and environmental regulations in Ohio visit Tuesday
Discussion: Ballot Box and AEIdeas
BuzzFeed:
Florida Newspapers: Ryan Could Be A Liability
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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
Martin Hesse / Spiegel Online:
Euro Crisis  —  Currency's Days Seen Numbered  —  Investors Prepare for Euro Collapse
Discussion: MarketBeat and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Breaks With The NRA, Suggests States Should Be Allowed To Ban Guns
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
Have Obama and Romney Forgotten Afghanistan?
Discussion: The Agonist and The Daily Dish
Michael Moynihan / Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: Samizdata.net and Hit & Run