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3:20 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Applesauce and Taylor Marsh
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Cut This Ad! Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Paul Ryan's Neocon Manifesto
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and CNN
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Ryan Wants To ‘Screw’ The Poor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A day at the fair  —  If you look around the Web …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Are Liberals Being Unfair to Paul Ryan?
Discussion: Business Insider and Brad DeLong
Ali A. Akbar / Twitchy:
Soledad O'Brien caught referring to liberal blog during Medicare debate
Discussion: American Power
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:   Ryan's Budget Plan: What It Means to You
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Convention will showcase ‘Mitt Romney story’
Discussion: Reuters, Daily Kos and AEIdeas
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.
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Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Teases Romney on Seamus the Dog
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama mocks Romney on wind energy in Iowa
Discussion: Politico
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: Poynter
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 …
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 …
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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Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden: Romney's Wall Street will 'put y'all back in chains'
Discussion: Politico
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party House Candidate Calls For Troops Along Arizona Border To ‘Start Shooting’  —  Samuel Wurzlbacher — known to most as Joe the Plumber — made an appearance at a fundraiser for a Republican Arizona State Senator candidate over the weekend, and told the audience that the way to solve …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Stacey Delikat / KASW-TV:   ‘Joe the Plumber’: ‘Put a fence on the damn border and start shooting’
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Joe the Plumber calls to ‘start shooting’ immigrants at the border
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama buys beers for 10 Iowans, snubs Romney supporter  —  President Barack Obama is beating Gov. Mitt Romney on the so-called “beer test” of likeability, but the president doesn't want to have beer with Republicans.  —  A revealing moment came Monday, when Obama told a tent of drinkers …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   ‘Four More Beers!’ Chant Greets Obama; Buys Beers for 10 People, Save Romney Supporter
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.
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: ABCNEWS
 
 
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