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9:20 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.”
BuzzFeed:
Why The Presidential Campaign Got So Mean Tuesday
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Team Obama confident Biden can take on Ryan despite new gaffe
Discussion: National Review and UrbanGrounds
Washington Free Beacon:
Biden on Romney: 'They're going to put y'all back in chains'
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney: Obama running a ‘campaign of ... hate’
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
David Jackson / USA Today:
Biden to crowd: Romney will ‘put you all back in chains’
Discussion: GOP 12, The Caucus and The Raw Story
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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Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
Paul Ryan's abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states  —  Rep. Paul Ryan's record on abortion and contraception could help widen a gender gap that is already hurting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in several key states.  —  Abortion-rights supporters — including the Obama campaign …
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan's Wife, Lobbied For Cigar, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical Industries
Discussion: Business Insider and SQUATLO RANT
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 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
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Fox News:
Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn't actually slash the budget  —  Here are a few little-known facts about Paul Ryan's supposedly slash-and-burn budget plan.  — Government spending increases almost every year over the next decade.  — Tax and other revenue rises year after year.
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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 …
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
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Special ops group attacks Obama over bin Laden bragging, leaks  —  (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues …
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 …
RealClearPolitics:
Real Clear Politics Video  —  The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos  —  Boehner Calls Opponents To TARP “Knuckledraggers”  —  VAN SUSTEREN, FOX News: People think of him as hawkish on the budget, on expenses, but he voted for TARP.  He voted for the auto bailout, voted for two stimulus in '08 …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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
New York Times:
Overt Discrimination in Ohio  —  If you live in Butler or Warren counties in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Cincinnati, you can vote for president beginning in October by going to a polling place in the evening or on weekends.  Republican officials in those counties want to make it convenient …
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 …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Why 90 million Americans won't vote in November
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABCNEWS
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton won't rule out a political run
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan on soapbox at Iowa State Fair
Kyle Munson / Des Moines Register:
Owner complains Obama's beer tent stop cost him $25,000
Journalism.org:
HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES USE THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Wall Street Journal:
Lawsky's Spitzer Moment
Discussion: emptywheel and naked capitalism
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Paul Ryan's Got a Great Big Problem With Progressivism
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Reporters all have opinions
Discussion: Mediaite and Right Wing News
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in New Hampshire  —  PPP's newest New Hampshire …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Photo Evidence That Kazakhstan May Have the World's Worst Parking Habits
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Irene Caselli / Guardian:
Ecuador ‘to grant’ Julian Assange asylum
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Bars Press From Ryan, Adelson Event