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11:40 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 …
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
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Romney counterpunches on Medicare  —  Washington (CNN) — The fight to define Paul Ryan is getting more heated by the day.  But days after defending against an offensive against his running mate, Mitt Romney's campaign appears to be mounting a counteroffensive.  —  Opinion: Does Ryan Medicare plan make sense?
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Boot Joe Biden off the ticket  —  Sarah Palin said Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden's remark that Republicans “are going to put y'all back in chains” was “disgusting” — and added that it should make the Obama campaign seriously consider kicking him off the Democratic ticket.
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 …
Discussion: Wake up America
Virginia / CNN:
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
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 …
New York Times:
Ryan Travels to Las Vegas to Meet G.O.P. Donor Adelson
How Paul Ryan spurned deficit commission
Discussion: ABCNEWS, AEIdeas, CNN and Bloomberg
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Ryan to meet with Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan's Wife, Lobbied For Cigar, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical Industries
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tommy Thompson wins Wis. Senate primary, will face Rep. Baldwin in fall
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Washington Post:
Tommy Thompson wins Wisconsin's Republican Senate primary
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
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.
Mitt Romney: Rich taxpayers will pay their share  —  In a Fortune interview, the Republican presidential candidate lays out his plan for America now and another four years down the road.  —  FORTUNE — On Monday August 2, Mitt Romney spoke by phone to Fortune's Andy Serwer in New York and David Whitford in Boston.
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Palin: ‘Chains’ comment should be ‘nail in the coffin’ for Biden  —  Former Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin said Tuesday night that Vice President Biden's suggestion that Republican policies would “put y'all back in chains” should force President Obama to drop Biden from the ticket.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process  —  Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.
Austin Wright / Politico:
DOD planning new presidential aircraft ... Dempsey dings Congress over cybersecurity bill ... Rep. Duncan Hunter: Medal of Honor nominations derailed by ‘bureaucratic influence’  —  With Hadas Gold, Stephanie Gaskell and Philip Ewing  —  PANETTA: THERE'S A WAR GOING ON …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Reuters
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
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Lynn Beisner / Guardian:
I wish my mother had aborted me | Lynn Beisner
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Waiting in the Wings: An Exclusive Interview with Chelsea Clinton
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Judge denies state's stay in voter registration case
Archbishop Dolan / The Gospel in the Digital Age:
Al Smith Dinner
Charles Johnson / The Daily Caller:
In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Who is Ted Yoho?  —  The big story from Tuesday's House primaries …
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Tod / The Huffington Post:
COMMUNITY PUNDITS  —  The GOP accused the Prez of never having …
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Kyle Munson / Des Moines Register:
Owner complains Obama's beer tent stop cost him $25,000
Wall Street Journal:
Lawsky's Spitzer Moment
Discussion: emptywheel and naked capitalism
Denis Dison / Gay Politics:
Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin
Discussion: Washington Blade and Joe. My. God.
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Is A Wizard This photo from the AP has not been doctored in any way.