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9:15 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.
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 …
LGBT organizations release joint statement regarding the shooting at Family Research Council (FRC)  —  Joint statement regarding shooting at Family Research Council (FRC) from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations  —  We were saddened to hear news of the shooting …
Fox News:
SOURCES: Gunman With Chick-Fil-A Bag Opens Fire At Conservatives  —  Hero guard shot thwarting attack at Family Research Council HQ  —  —  A security guard at the Family Research Council's headquarters in Washington, D.C. is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a gunman posing …
Erick Erickson / Twitchy:
Crosshairs: Left calls Family Research Council ‘hate group,’ reacts to shooting; Shooter yelled about FRC's ‘values’ … As Twitchy reported earlier, there was a shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., this morning. … The Left screeches about new tone and civility …
Family Research Council shooting leaves security guard wounded
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The next frontier in the case against Paul Ryan  —  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have had some success in obscuring the health care debate by pointing out that Ryan's proposal does not change Medicare for people currently over 55 years old.  This has allowed Republicans to blunt Dem attacks …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Katherine Boyle / Washington Post:
Ryan and Romney: A contrast in sartorial styles
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Why Moderates Should Like Paul Ryan
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Booman Tribune and TBogg
Waymon Hudson / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan: Poster Boy of Today's Extreme GOP
Joe Biden / CNN:
Former Obama campaign co-chair: Biden's remarks ‘racial viciousness’  —  (CNN) - Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama, said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden was propagating “racial viciousness” when he said Mitt Romney's regulatory policies would “put y'all back in chains.”
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
President Obama, Mitt Romney running a most poisonous campaign  —  No one expected Campaign 2012 to be positive or uplifting.  The country's problems are too severe and the battle lines between Republicans and Democrats have been hardened by almost four years of conflict between the White House and Congress.
Lisa Hirsch /
President Obama Weighs in on Romney Attack
Discussion: Politico
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.
Tomer Ovadia / Politico:
Ann Romney: No more tax returns
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Hill
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.
New York Times:
A Missed Chance to Reject Voting Barriers  —  Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania seems to assume that legislators have a high-minded public purpose for the laws they pass.  That's why, on Wednesday morning, he refused to grant an injunction to halt …
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 …
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