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12:35 PM 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 …
Virginia / CNN:
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney  —  (CNN) - A former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama and one time strong supporter of President Barack Obama will campaign for Mitt Romney Wednesday.  —  A Romney campaign aide confirms to CNN that Artur Davis will stump …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him
Discussion: Wake up America
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Team Obama confident Biden can take on Ryan despite new gaffe
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Palin: ‘Chains’ comment should be ‘nail in the coffin’ for Biden
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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?
New York Times:
Ryan Travels to Las Vegas to Meet G.O.P. Donor Adelson
John C. Goodman / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Doctor Can't See You  —  The demand for health care …
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Ryan to meet with Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas
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 …
How Paul Ryan spurned deficit commission
Discussion: ABCNEWS, AEIdeas, CNN and Bloomberg
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Voter ID Decision: Judge Refuses To Grant Injunction To Halt Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Video, PA Voter ID, Pa Voter Id Decision, Pa Voter Id Law, Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, Pennsylvania Voter Id, Pennsylvania Voter Id Decision, Voter ID, Voting Rights, Politics News
Associated Press:
Judge won't halt Pa. voter identification law
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Chinatown shooting leaves two wounded  —  A security guard and a suspect have reportedly been shot in an office building near the heart of Chinatown in Northwest Washington, police say.  —  MPD officials say the shooting happened in the 800 block of G Street in Northwest, about a block west of the Verizon Center.
FRC Blog:
Incident at FRC Headquarters
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.
Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
Paul Ryan's abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states
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 …
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.
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:   ‘Dreamers’ Line Up For Legal Status
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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Brooke Nevils / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Ann Romney talks family, finances in exclusive interview: 'There's nothing we're hiding'
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Daily Kos and The Fix
Jimmy Vielkind / Albany Times Union:
Front-seat view of history
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taegan Goddard's …
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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
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tommy Thompson wins Wis. Senate primary, will face Rep. Baldwin in fall
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Incumbents hit hard in Florida primary
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN

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