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7:15 AM ET, August 15, 2012

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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Romney slams Obama in tough new speech  —  Mitt Romney used a tough new campaign speech to personally blast the Obama campaign on Tuesday, saying comments earlier in the day from Vice President Biden are “what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.”  —  “Mr. President …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Biden clarifies, digs in on ‘chains’  —  Vice President Joe Biden dug in when it came to apologizing for his earlier remark, made at a Virgina campaign event where the AP described the crowd as having a couple hundred African-American attendees, about Republicans and Wall Street wanting to put “y'all back in chains.”
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden on Romney: 'They're going to put y'all back in chains'  —  Vice President Joe Biden told supporters that Republicans would “put y'all back in chains,” during a campaign speech Tuesday in Danville, Va.  —  VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: They've said it.  Every Republican's voted for it.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney: Obama running a ‘campaign of ... hate’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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” …
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Bloomberg:
Paul Ryan Should Be the Ross Perot of 2012  —  The traditional roles of a U.S. presidential running mate are ticket balancer and attack dog.  With their choices of Al Gore and Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush added another: the brainy policy partner with big-picture views.
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Romney's right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion.  Here's how.  —  The Romney campaign has gone on the offense on Medicare, charging that the Affordable Care Act “cuts $716 billion” from the entitlement program.  —  That $716 billion figure is one you'll probably be hearing a lot about during this election cycle.
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
O'Brien And Sununu's Epic Shouting Match: ‘Put An Obama Bumper Sticker On Your Forehead When You Do This!’  —  Tuesday's Starting Point began with a bang (and a whimper, on our end) as host Soledad O'Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu entered into a heated argument over Medicare.
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Will Talk About Tax Policy ‘In The Light Of Day’ — After The Election … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Paul Ryan Tax, Paul Ryan Tax Cuts, Paul Ryan Tax Plan, Paul Ryan Tax Policy, Romney Ryan Tax, Romney Ryan Tax Policy, Ryan Tax, Ryan Tax Policy, Politics News
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:   Sununu to CNN host: ‘Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead’
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Florida Rep. Stearns trailing local vet in Republican primary  —  Local veterinarian Ted Yoho is unexpectedly leading longtime Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) in their GOP primary on Tuesday night.  —  The race is down to the wire.  Yoho had 34 precent of the vote to Stearns' 33 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Incumbents hit hard in Florida primary  —  Florida Rep. John Mica, the powerful House committee chairman, notched a decisive win over fellow GOP Rep. Sandy Adams on Tuesday evening in the latest primary clash pitting tea party and establishment forces.  —  Mica, a 10-term veteran who chairs …
Discussion: CNN
Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin  —  The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented …
Discussion: Washington Blade and Joe. My. God.
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BuzzFeed:
Florida Democrats Will Send First Gay Legislator To Tallahassee
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Ex-Wrestling Executive Wins G.O.P. Primary  —  Linda E. McMahon, a former wrestling executive, easily captured Connecticut's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night, clinching a second chance to run for an office she failed to win two years ago.  —  In defeating Christopher Shays …
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Dems want debate question barred  —  Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get asked at the upcoming first presidential debate - about Simpson-Bowles.  —  Three Democratic House members objected Tuesday to a request by four senators that President Barack Obama …
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Is A Wizard This photo from the AP has not been doctored in any way.  —  Jack Moore BuzzFeed Staff posted a few minutes ago  —  A light shines behind President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Bayliss Park, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in New Hampshire  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds Barack Obama in the lead by a 51-45 margin.  Although that's a relatively strong standing it's down from his 53-41 advantage on PPP's last poll of the state, in early May, and also from 2008 when he won the state by a 54-45 spread.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up slightly in Ohio
Discussion: Ballot Box
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tommy Thompson wins Wis. Senate primary, will face Rep. Baldwin in fall  —  Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) has won his Senate primary, giving Republicans their strongest candidate to win the open seat this fall.  —  The longtime Wisconsin politics fixture faced a tough race …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Paul Ryan's Got a Great Big Problem With Progressivism  —  Paul Ryan's return to Wisconsin on the day after his selection as Mitt Romney's choice for the Republican vice presidential nomination was billed as a “homecoming.”  —  But Ryan did not actually go home to Janesville, the blue-collar town where he was born and raised.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney campaign bars press from Adelson, Ryan ‘finance meeting’
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Michael Doyle / Capitol Alert:
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