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9:55 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  —  Mirror image campaigns run away from policy.  Phasers set on kill.  —  Glenda Abicht holds a sign questioning Romney's money policies during a Mitt Romney campaign stop in Miami this week.  —  Image by J Pat Carter / AP
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney: Obama running a ‘campaign of ... hate’  —  Mitt Romney leveled his harshest criticism of President Obama's reelection campaign to date in Ohio Tuesday, declaring that Obama should “take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.”  —  Addressing a crowd of several thousand …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Boot Joe Biden off the ticket
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and The Hill
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'
Washington Post:
Romney calls Obama ‘angry and desperate’ as campaign turns uglier
David Jackson / USA Today:
Biden to crowd: Romney will ‘put you all back in chains’
Discussion: GOP 12, The Caucus and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Ryan Travels to Las Vegas to Meet G.O.P. Donor Adelson  —  LAS VEGAS — Four days after his announcement as Mitt Romney's running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan was not in Florida talking Medicare with elderly voters or in drought-ridden Iowa talking about a farm bill.
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Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
Paul Ryan's abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan's Wife, Lobbied For Cigar, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical Industries
Discussion: Business Insider and SQUATLO RANT
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
Washington Post:
Tommy Thompson wins Wisconsin's Republican Senate primary  —  Former governor Tommy Thompson won the Republican Senate primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday, defeating businessman Eric Hovde, who spent millions of his own money on the campaign.  Thompson will face Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the general election.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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
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 …
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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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Who is Ted Yoho?  —  The big story from Tuesday's House primaries is the apparent defeat of GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns, who trailed veterinarian Ted Yoho by 829 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.  —  Stearns refused to concede late Tuesday night, saying he was awaiting the certified results …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Incumbents hit hard in Florida primary
Discussion: CNN
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Kyle Munson / Des Moines Register:
Owner complains Obama's beer tent stop cost him $25,000  —  Was the beer cup half full or half empty?  —  President Barack Obama's impact on what is arguably the Iowa State Fair's most storied watering hole has become a morning-after mini-debate over the breakfast bacon ­ thanks to a tweet …
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Utility's Backing of Convention Tests Obama Fund-Raising Pledge
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Tod / The Huffington Post:
COMMUNITY PUNDITS  —  The GOP accused the Prez of never having …
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John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Paul Ryan's Got a Great Big Problem With Progressivism
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Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: BuzzFeed
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Ties All-Time Low at 10%