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2:35 AM ET, August 15, 2012

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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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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” …
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
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event
David A. Stockman / New York Times:
Paul Ryan's Fairy-Tale Budget Plan
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney says he'll put ‘the $716 billion back’ in Medicare
Politico:
GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan
CNN:
Ryan embraces ‘regular guy’ routine on the stump in Colorado
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Republican ticket's big Medicare myth
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Daily Kos
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Cut This Ad! Clinton COS on Ryan: ‘This Guy is Amazing.’
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.”
CNN:
Biden: Romney's Wall Street will 'put y'all back in chains'
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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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:   Sununu to CNN host: ‘Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead’
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
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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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Photo Evidence That Kazakhstan May Have the World's Worst Parking Habits  —  A new website seeks to document and shame the Central Asian nation's appalling car parking habits.  —  Unfortunately, there is no World Bank or International Monetary Fund study on comparative parking practices across nations …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Florida Rep. Stearns trailing local vet in Republican primary
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Obama: Reporters all have opinions
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Obama hits Romney on Seamus
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