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5:10 PM ET, August 16, 2012


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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Is Today the Day?  —  Perhaps further fueling speculation that Barack Obama may replace Joe Biden on the Democratic presidential ticket with, say, Hillary Clinton, take a look at part of the president's schedule for today:  —  10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Joe Biden / WDBJ-TV:
Radford business owner declines request from Joe Biden's entourage to stop in store  —  The owner of Crumb and Get It says he doesn't agree with the Obama administration's policies.  —  Vice President Joe Biden visits Danville, Floyd, Wytheville  —  Republicans seize on Biden's ‘put you back in chains’ comment
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mission Impossible: Managing Joe Biden  —  BLACKSBURG, Va. — The most emotionally powerful minute of Joe Biden's two-day swing through rural Virginia almost didn't happen.  —  After the vice president paid a solemn visit Wednesday to the memorial honoring the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The ugly presidential campaign  —  The umbrage industry is working overtime this week.  —  Mitt Romney, the Republicans' presidential standard-bearer, is so outraged by President Obama's attacks that he called the president a hater: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Axelrod Won't Rule Out Biden Being Dropped, Tells Joke Instead
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mission Impossible: Managing Joe Biden
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
In Ohio, Ryan zings Biden over latest gaffe
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jesse Jackson: Joe Biden uproar ‘not helpful’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Joe Biden comes across as a ball and chain in 2012 election, but President Obama won't dump …
Fox News:
Ryan takes on Obama campaign over Biden ‘chains’ remark
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Give 'em hell, Mitt!  —  On Medicare, the Romney campaign is borrowing the strategic logic of a long-ago military legend.  —  Taking command of the French 9th army in 1914 as it retreated before the Germans, Marshal Ferdinand Foch uttered his immortals words: “Hard pressed on my right.
Discussion: CNN and Cold Fury
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.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
ANALYSIS: Paul Ryan's First Week  —  ANALYSIS:If Mitt Romney's decision to announce his vice presidential pick earlier than most other presidential candidates in modern political history was supposed to turn the campaign away from the personal (his record at Bain, his refusal to release …
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN, ABCNEWS and Politico
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Mitt Romney tries to explain Medicare stance
Andrew Rafferty / First Read:
Santorum says government forcing Catholics to sin
Romney: I've Never Paid Less Than 13% In Taxes  —  Calls a reporter's questions about his tax returns “small-minded.”  —  From the press pool, here's what Romney said when asked about his tax returns:
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Says He Never Paid Less Than 13 Percent In Taxes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mitt Romney seeks to shift the tax return debate
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney says he paid at least 13 percent in federal taxes every year
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Artur Davis, who backed Obama in 2008, to speak at GOP convention  —  Former congressman Artur Davis, who officially seconded President Obama's nomination at the 2008 Democratic convention, said Wednesday that he will cap a remarkable political metamorphosis by addressing the Republican convention …
Artur Davis / National Review:
Obama's Hidden-Hand Politics
Discussion: Reuters, AEIdeas and The Spectacle Blog
Brian C. Mooney / The Boston Globe:
Obama's costly investment not yielding new voters
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
Ecuador Grants Asylum to Assange, Defying Britain  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — Ecuador said on Thursday that it had decided to grant political asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.  Mr. Assange has been holed up for two months in the Ecuadorean embassy in London …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Takes Questions from People Mag, Entertainment Tonight, Disses White House Press Corps  —  President Obama hasn't formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.
SuperPAC Spent Online To Boost Controversial Ad YouTube stats contradict White House line.
Redanddead / Red & Dead:
Letter from the Editor in Chief  —  I, Polina Marinova, have resigned as the editor-in-chief from The Red & Black, the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia.  The Red & Black's top editors, design staff, photo staff and reporters walked out of the newspaper building this afternoon.
Louis Woodhill / Forbes:
General Motors Is Headed For Bankruptcy — Again  —  President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors.  That's good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM out again.  The company is once again losing market share, and it seems unable to develop products …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Perkins: Groups Gave Shooter “License” To Attack Family Research Council  —  “Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations ‘hate groups’ because they disagree with them on public policy …
No Criminal Case Is Likely in Loss at MF Global  —  A criminal investigation into the collapse of the brokerage firm MF Global and the disappearance of about $1 billion in customer money is now heading into its final stage without charges expected against any top executives.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's O'Brien, Sununu wring fun from Medicare  —  Upon the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate, Washington's chattering class predicted a turn toward substance, toward discussions of budget numbers and the tough choices faced by the country.  They were right.
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Rebecca Berg / New York Times:
Few Voters Are Truly Up for Grabs, Research Suggests
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Medicare Myths, Debunked
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Jesse / Detroit Free Press:
Shirvell testifies about Armstrong's ‘radical homosexual agenda’ as U-M case goes to jury
Washington Post:
Mr. Biden's Social Security promise falls flat
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Ferner / The Huffington Post:
Dave Mustaine, Megadeth Singer, Says Obama ‘Staged’ Aurora Shooting, Sikh Temple Shooting To Pass A Gun Ban (VIDEO)
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Paul Ryan's Youth Appeal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Investor's Business Daily:
Look Who the Press Is Blaming for the Ugly Campaign

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Andrew Buncombe / The Guardian:
A look at efforts to revive the community newspaper The Black Lens in Spokane, WA, as a printed monthly distributed by the Spokesman-Review for now

Rest of World:
A test of 11 WhatsApp-based fact-checking “tip lines” during elections in India finds long delays and inconsistencies in responses

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
Payroll provider Cast & Crew says California is disputing the common Hollywood practice of paying workers through loan-out companies instead of directly

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