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2:15 PM ET, August 15, 2012


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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  —  A security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. was shot Wednesday morning.  —  The shooting occurred on the 800 block of G Street NW, at the Christian lobbying organization's headquarters, FRC president Tony Perkins confirmed in a statement.
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
BuzzFeed:   Why The Presidential Campaign Got So Mean Tuesday
Virginia / CNN:
Former Obama campaign co-chair to stump for Romney
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: Media in Obama's pocket
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
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
Fox News:
Fact Check: Ryan budget plan doesn't actually slash the budget
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Romney counterpunches on Medicare
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
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Bill Maher Talks Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin & Medical Marijuana On HuffPost Live (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bill Maher, Bill Maher, Medical Marijuana, Paul Ryan, Video, HuffPost Live, Jacob Soboroff, Comedy News  —  Bill Maher stopped by the HuffPost Live studio in L.A. Tuesday afternoon …
How Paul Ryan spurned deficit commission
Discussion: AEIdeas, ABCNEWS, CNN and Bloomberg
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 …
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
Suffolk University:
Unlikely/Unregistered Voter Poll with USA TODAY  —  Political opinion polls usually confine themselves to seeking out registered, likely voters.  But what about the millions of adult U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote and choose not to?  —  The Suffolk University Political Research Center …
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
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