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2:50 PM ET, August 15, 2012


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Family Research Council shooting leaves security guard wounded  —  A security guard at a conservative Christian lobbying group housed in a busy downtown Washington office building was shot and injured late Wednesday morning, police say.  —  The shooting took place either near or at the offices …
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.
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Guard shot at Family Research Council
Discussion: FRC Blog and Wake up America
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 …
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.
BuzzFeed:   Why The Presidential Campaign Got So Mean Tuesday
Virginia / CNN:
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
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.
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.
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Why Moderates Should Like Paul Ryan
Discussion: TBogg
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
See for yourself why Romney picked Paul Ryan
Discussion: Hot Air
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:   Obama makes Seamus the dog joke about 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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Judge Upholds Pennsylvania Voter ID Law; Opponents To Appeal
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 …
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
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.
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Cliff Stearns concedes defeat to Ted Yoho  —  Congressman Cliff Stearns, a 12-term incumbent rocked last night in his re-election bid, called Ted Yoho about 12:05 p.m. and conceded defeat.  —  Based upon the results from last night, it would appear that there are not enough provisional ballots …
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: and normblog
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) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Susan Page / USA Today:
Why 90 million Americans won't vote in November  —  They could turn a too-close-to-call race into a landslide for President Obama— but by definition they probably won't.  —  Call them the unlikely voters.  —  A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote …
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Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
How Did Harry Reid Get Rich?
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Revealed: The president brews his own beer, and brings it with him on the road
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Senator Rand Paul Touts False Claim From ‘9/11 Truth’ Conspiracy Site
Susan Davis / USA Today:
This Congress could be least productive since 1947
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and ThinkProgress
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
Israeli demands from Obama
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 14: The Fog of Polling — and Ryan's ‘Bounce’ So Far
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
When Cruelty Is Cute
Austin Wright / Politico:
DOD planning new presidential aircraft ... Dempsey dings Congress over cybersecurity bill …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Reuters
Fox News:
Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn't actually slash the budget