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5:50 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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's budget keeps Obama's Medicare cuts.  Full stop.  —  Since the Romney campaign wants to run against President Obama's cuts to Medicare, it's something of a problem for them that Paul Ryan's budget includes those very same cuts to Medicare.  And so they've come up with a somewhat confused …
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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Daily Kos
Susan Page / USA Today:
Gov. Chris Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
Rasmussen Reports:
50% Now View Paul Ryan Favorably; 43% Say He Was Right Choice
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Cut This Ad! Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Log Cabin Republicans Defend Romney-Ryan Ticket For Positions Neither Candidate Holds
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Paul Ryan's Neocon Manifesto
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and CNN
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Soledad O'Brien Caught Reading Liberal Blog During Heated Debate With Romney Adviser
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Convention will showcase ‘Mitt Romney story’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
A day at the fair  —  If you look around the Web …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Matthews: Ryan Wants To ‘Screw’ The Poor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama mocks Romney on wind energy in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Teases Romney on Seamus the Dog
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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: Poynter
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 …
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 and Mediaite
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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.
Irene Caselli / Guardian:
Julian Assange will be granted asylum, says official  —  Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, according to an official in Quito  —  Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give Julian Assange asylum, officials within Ecuador's government have said.
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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox's Entire Internship Program Now Under Legal Attack (Exclusive)  —  Lawyers want to expand the scope of a lawsuit originally brought by interns who had worked on “Black Swan.”  —  A class-action lawsuit that takes issue with internships at Fox Entertainment is becoming a lot bigger.
Discussion: Poynter and Guardian
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
Euro Zone Economy Declines, Putting Pressure on Leaders  —  FRANKFURT — The economy in the euro zone officially shifted from stagnation to decline in the second quarter of 2012, portending a recession later in the year that will put even more pressure on beleaguered political leaders struggling to keep the common currency intact.
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James Fontanella-Khan / Financial Times:
Eurozone edges back towards recession
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
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