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2:55 AM ET, August 14, 2012

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Catalina Camia / USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Paul Ryan gets low marks for VP  —  Americans don't believe Mitt Romney hit a home run with his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, with more of the public giving him lower marks than high ones.  —  Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman …
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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 …
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.
Sally Johnson / Associated Press:
Christie to give RNC keynote  —  Chris Christie, the sometimes abrasive but always entertaining governor of New Jersey, is set to be announced Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Republicans' national convention later this month.  —  Christie, who considered a 2012 presidential bid …
Discussion: CNN
Orlando Sentinel:
Romney campaign cancels Monday visit to Orlando  —  Although Mitt Romney was supposed to visit Orlando on Monday, the campaign announced late Sunday that the presumed Republican presidential nominee was too exhausted to make the trip.  —  The news came after Romney spent what one campaign official …
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.
Politico:
Paul Ryan's voting record: Big-spending conservatism  —  Paul Ryan rose to the top of the political ranks on his reputation as a conservative budget hawk.  But his voting record shows him to be far from a pure fiscal conservative.  —  Ryan voted for the $700 billion bank bailout …
Erick Erickson / RedState:   More on the Winning Argument  —  In USA Today, Instapundit …
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Ron Wyden Pushes Back Against Being Linked To Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan
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
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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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:   Mitt Romney's constitutional amendment would bar Paul Ryan from the presidency
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
Reflections on Paul Ryan's Transactions in Individual Bank Stocks in 2008
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: CNN, Politico and The Other McCain
Candy Crowley / CNN:
CNN Poll: What's most important to voters?  —  Washington (CNN) - How important have vice-presidential picks been in past elections?  —  Fairly important, but not as crucial as the presidential debates, according to a new national poll released as the bipartisan Commission …
Discussion: Politico
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Presidential debate moderators announced
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?
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 …
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: National Review
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
The Long Run: Family, Faith and Politics Describe Life of Paul Ryan  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — Representative Paul D. Ryan's childhood home here was not overtly partisan.  His parents were enthusiastic supporters of Representative Les Aspin, a Democrat, yet adored President Ronald Reagan from their glimpses of him on the evening news.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Paul Ryan Origin Story Is a Heaping Pile
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
3 killed in shootings near Texas A&M University  —  (CNN) — A Texas constable and two others were shot dead Monday in about a half an hour of gunfire near Texas A&M University, police said.  —  Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department …
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KBTX-TV:
Suspect in Custody, Shooting Near Highland and Fidelity Streets in College Station
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Gave ‘Single Girl’ a Life in Full (Sex, Sex, Sex)  —  Helen Gurley Brown, who as the author of “Sex and the Single Girl” shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it — and who as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine spent …
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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.
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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