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4:25 PM ET, August 15, 2012


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Fox News:
FBI probing shooting of guard at Family Research Council HQ  —  A security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., was shot in the arm by a gunman who sources said expressed disagreement with the conservative group's policy positions.
Family Research Council shooting leaves security guard wounded  —  A suspect in the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of a downtown D.C. conservative Christian lobbying firm criticized the group's anti-gay stance before opening fire, a source tells ABC7.
Washington Post:
Security guard shot at Family Research Council in downtown D.C.  —  A security guard at the Family Research Council was shot and wounded Wednesday morning after a scuffle in the lobby of the group's headquarters in downtown Washington, authorities said.  —  D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier …
Erick Erickson / Twitchy:
Crosshairs: Left calls Family Research Council ‘hate group,’ reacts to shooting; Shooter yelled about FRC's ‘values’
Steven Ertelt /
Security Guard Shot at Pro-Life Group's DC Headquarters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Hot Air and NOM Blog
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Guard Shot at Family Research Council Headquarters
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Boehner holds call to calm House GOP  —  Jolted by concerns over the wave of Medicare-themed Democratic attacks sparked by Paul Ryan's vice presidential nomination, House Speaker John Boehner held a Tuesday evening conference call aimed at soothing jittery Republican members, POLITICO has learned.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Sees No Immediate Bounce From Ryan V.P. Pick  —  Support at 46% before naming Ryan, 47% after  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney's standing in the presidential election campaign has not changed materially in the immediate days after his announcement of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him … More Photos  —  Popular in Politics  —  For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Media in Obama's pocket
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When Cruelty Is Cute  —  I'd been wondering how long it would take Republicans to realize that Paul Ryan is their guy.  —  He's the cutest package that cruelty ever came in.  He has a winning air of sad cheerfulness.  He's affable, clean-cut and really cut, with the Irish altar-boy widow's peak …
Waymon Hudson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan: Poster Boy of Today's Extreme GOP
Katherine Boyle / Washington Post:
Ryan and Romney: A contrast in sartorial styles
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
See for yourself why Romney picked Paul Ryan
Discussion: Hot Air
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Why Moderates Should Like Paul Ryan
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and TBogg
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: 'Folks, Where's it Written We Cannot Lead the World in the 20th Century in Making Automobiles?'  —  In a speech today in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to forget we're in the 21st century:  —  'Folks, where's it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?," said Biden.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Romney slams Obama in tough new speech
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A most poisonous campaign  —  No one expected Campaign 2012 to be positive or uplifting.
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
Associated Press:
Judge won't halt Pa. voter identification law  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama's supporters.
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 …
Brooke Nevils / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Ann Romney talks family, finances in exclusive interview: 'There's nothing we're hiding'  —  LLANGYNWD, Wales - About two hundred miles away from the Greenwich, England, arena where her purebred horse Rafalca competed in the London Olympics, Ann Romney stroked the nose of Magic, a Welsh pony.
Lynn Beisner / Guardian:
I wish my mother had aborted me |  Lynn Beisner  —  This is no 'I wish I'd never been born' howl of angst.  I love my mother, and having an abortion would have given her a better life  —  If there is one thing that anti-choice activists do that makes me see red, it is when they parade …
Discussion:, normblog and Shakesville
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Fiery protester outside General Mills dies days later on family errand  —  A Twin Cities man who staged a fiery protest outside General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley last week died several days later while running an errand, his family's minister said Wednesday.
Charles Johnson / The Daily Caller:
In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring  —  During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama — then named Michelle Robinson — penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) …
Suffolk University:
Unlikely/Unregistered Voter Poll with USA TODAY  —  Political opinion polls usually confine themselves to seeking out registered, likely voters.  But what about the millions of adult U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote and choose not to?  —  The Suffolk University Political Research Center …
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Ron Nixon / New York Times:
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Economic Scene: Slipping Behind Because of an Aversion to Taxes — Economic Scene
Discussion: AEIdeas
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The next frontier in the case against Paul Ryan
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Revealed: The president brews his own beer, and brings it with him on the road
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Senator Rand Paul Touts False Claim From ‘9/11 Truth’ Conspiracy Site
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 14: The Fog of Polling — and Ryan's ‘Bounce’ So Far
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Cliff Stearns concedes defeat to Ted Yoho
Austin Wright / Politico:
DOD planning new presidential aircraft ... Dempsey dings Congress over cybersecurity bill …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Reuters
Susan Page / USA Today:
Why 90 million Americans won't vote in November