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7:55 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 …
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.
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event  —  Romney's fundraisers are typically open to pool coverage, but this one is closed.  UPDATE: Campaign says meeting is a “finance event.”  —  Image by Steve Pope / Getty Images  —  LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Presumptive Republican vice …
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” …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, Politico and Daily Kos
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:   Sununu to CNN host: ‘Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead’
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in New Hampshire  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire …
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Bloomberg:
Paul Ryan Should Be the Ross Perot of 2012
Discussion: Dynamist
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Log Cabin Republicans Defend Romney-Ryan Ticket For Positions Neither Candidate Holds
CNN:
Ryan embraces ‘regular guy’ routine on the stump in Colorado
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Cut This Ad! Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up slightly in Ohio
Discussion: Ballot Box
Susan Page / USA Today:
Gov. Chris Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention
Rasmussen Reports:
50% Now View Paul Ryan Favorably; 43% Say He Was Right Choice
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney camp blasts Biden for ‘chains’ remark, calls it a ‘new low’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign issued a scathing statement Tuesday, blasting the Obama campaign for hitting a “new low” after Vice President Biden's suggestion to voters that the Republican ticket's economic policies would “put y'all back in chains.”
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CNN:
Biden: Romney's Wall Street will 'put y'all back in chains'
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama hits Romney on Seamus  —  OSKALOOSA, Iowa — President Obama strayed from his prepared remarks here Tuesday to get in a jab at Mitt Romney's famous dog-on-top-of-car moment.  —  Noting that the Republican candidate has criticized wind energy, saying a windmill can't be put on top of a car to power it, Obama had a zinger.
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama mocks Romney on wind energy in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Ryan Sponsored Abortion Bill That Would Make Romney's Kids Criminals  —  The VP candidate pushed an anti-abortion bill that would outlaw IVF—which Mitt Romney's children used.  —  Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Ryan's long history as a culture warrior is getting a fresh look.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Dem Congressman Falsely Claims Ryan Voted to “Ban all Birth Control”
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Fareed Zakaria Responds to the Charge of Quote-Stealing
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Poynter
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Ties All-Time Low at 10%  —  Americans' approval of Congress has been below 20% since June 2011  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Ten percent of Americans in August approve of the job Congress is doing, tying last February's reading as the lowest in Gallup's 38-year history of this measure.
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 …
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Burned cat in Mpls. park puts Secret Service on alert  —  The cat was staked with an American flag next to an Obama/Biden lawn sign in Minneapolis' Longfellow Park.  —  A threat to President Obama in the form of a burned cat staked to a tree stump drew officers from several city …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Photo Evidence That Kazakhstan May Have the World's Worst Parking Habits  —  A new website seeks to document and shame the Central Asian nation's appalling car parking habits.  —  Unfortunately, there is no World Bank or International Monetary Fund study on comparative parking practices across nations …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Reporters all have opinions  —  In a Tuesday interview with KXNO sports radio, President Obama took a shot at the political media.  —  Asked about how playing sports was similar to being president, Obama said: “It also turns out that political reporters are a lot like sports reporters.
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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