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12:20 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12, Ballot Box and Althouse
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
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Paul Ryan's Neocon Manifesto
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A strong solo debut for Ryan — with Romney's script
First Read:
Romney struggles to get square with Ryan's Medicare plan
Discussion: Applesauce
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A day at the fair  —  If you look around the Web …
Discussion: protein wisdom, USA Today and WRAL-TV
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
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.
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. …
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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Associated Press:
Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer
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
Boston Globe:
In Paul Ryan's home state, he supported US energy funds while decrying stimulus program  —  JANESVILLE, Wisc.  — In 2009, as Rep. Paul D. Ryan was railing against President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama's secretary …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Recall leaves Wis. voters exhausted for GOP Senate primary
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Rebecca Elliott / BuzzFeed:
Virgin America Enables In-Flight Voter Registration  —  Romney and Obama impersonators come along for the ride.  —  As part of the launch of its new direct flight line from San Francisco to Washington D.C., Virgin America debuted the first ever in-flight voter registration program this morning.
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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BuzzFeed:
Anonymous Donor Funded Mystery Mailer For LGBT Group, Sources Say
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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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ProPublica:
Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Daily Kos
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