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8:00 AM ET, August 17, 2012


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Paul Ryan / CNN:
CNN Electoral Map: Wisconsin moves to true “toss up”  —  (CNN) - CNN Thursday turned the important battleground state of Wisconsin from “lean Obama” to true “toss up” on its electoral map, in the wake of Mitt Romney's naming of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, a seven term congressman from the Badger state, as his running mate.
Lean Forward /
Sandra Fluke: Paul Ryan on women's issues — so bad it's unbelievable ... but true  —  Since Rep. Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate, I've sent out tweets noting that by picking Ryan, Romney has doubled down on his dangerous stance on women's health.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
For my birthday, Paul Ryan gave me a chili dog, I gave him a Medicare question
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
In Ohio, Ryan zings Biden over latest gaffe
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
First Read:
Ryan has tough words for China, contradicting 2010 vote
9 News sits down with VP candidate Paul Ryan  —  OXFORD, Ohio - 9 News sat down for a one-on-one interview with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan during his visit to his alma mater at Miami University.  —  Ryan talked with 9 News anchor Brendan Keefe about how Miami was a turning point for his career …
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Presented With Letters, Ryan Admits Requesting Stimulus Cash
Stevesaleeba / CBS Boston:
Paul Ryan In 2010 Dan Rea Interview: ‘I Did Not Request Any Stimulus Money’
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Touré: Romney Engaging In The ‘Niggerization’ Of Obama  —  On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's The Cycle the group discussed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's assertion that President Obama should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
MSNBC'S TOURÉ: ROMNEY ENGAGED IN ‘NIGGERIZATION’ OF OBAMA  —  MSNBC's Touré, a supposed racial expert who can spot racism in most inanimate objects, most Yiddish phrases, and all English words, has now declared that Mitt Romney is engaged in the “niggerization” of Barack Obama.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
MSNBC's Touré Neblett: Romney Using ‘Niggerization’ Against Obama
David Simon:
Mitt Romney paid taxes at a rate of at least 13 percent.  And he's proud to say so.  —  Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal …
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Reid Dismisses Romney Tax Claim
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘I Never Paid Less Than 13 Percent’ In Taxes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mitt Romney seeks to shift the tax return debate
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
SPLC: Family Research Council License-to-Kill Claim ‘Outrageous’  —  Editor's Note: The following statement may be attributed to Mark Potok, Senior Fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center and editor of its Intelligence Report and Hatewatch blog.  —  Yesterday's attack on the Family Research Council …
Associated Press:   Man held without bond after first court appearance in shooting at conservative group HQ
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says Obama will stick with Biden as running mate  —  President Obama has no intention of getting rid of Vice President Biden as his running mate, the White House said Thursday.  —  Republicans are being “ridiculous” and are trying to “distract attention” with their focus …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Axelrod Won't Rule Out Biden Being Dropped, Tells Joke Instead
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jesse Jackson: Joe Biden uproar ‘not helpful’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matt Rhoades / Barack Obama:
Letter from Jim Messina to Matt Rhoades  —  Dear Matt:  —  I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns, but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures.  Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers …
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Dinesh D'Souza / Fox News:
How I became George Obama's ‘brother’  —  A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George.  He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition.  He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan Set to Appear With Mom at World's Largest Retirement Community, Defend Medicare Plan  —  WARREN, Ohio—Paul Ryan is headed to a Florida retirement community with his mother on Saturday to make his argument about the need to change Medicare for future generations.  Ryan's mother is in her late 70s.
John Fund / National Review:
Serial Fraud Kept Congressman in Office  —  A new Washington Post poll found that 74 percent of Americans support having voters show ID at the polls, and a full 81 percent think voter fraud is a problem.  —  They have reason to be concerned.  This month, four staffers for former Michigan …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York Democrats Skipping Convention for, Well, You Name It  —  ALBANY — Representative Timothy H. Bishop of Long Island is visiting the Rocky Point Civic Association.  Representative Kathy Hochul of Erie County is meeting with small-business owners.  And Representative Bill Owens …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Finland prepares for break-up of eurozone  —  Finland is preparing for the break-up of the eurozone, the country's foreign minister warned today.  —  Erkki Tuomioja, Finland's foreign minister: “We have to face openly the possibility of a euro-break up”.
Discussion: Guardian and National Review
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Discussion: Politico, CBS Boston and ThinkProgress
Stephanie Gaskell / Reuters:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
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Rebecca Berg / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Medicare Myths, Debunked
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brian C. Mooney / The Boston Globe:
Obama's costly investment not yielding new voters
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Politico and Firedoglake
Louis Woodhill / Forbes:
General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy — Again