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5:05 PM ET, August 19, 2012


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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don't Get Pregnant  —  This post has been updated.  —  Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Obama camp - We are intentionally limiting crowd size at rallies  —  The presumptive GOP presidential and vice presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are attracting thousands of supporters to their campaign rallies since Mr. Romney named Mr. Ryan to the bottom of the ticket.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gibbs: Biden remark no more racial than Boehner saying ‘unshackle Wall Street’  —  Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended Joe Biden, saying a recent comment that GOP economic policies would put people “back in chains” was not racially motivated and claiming it was no different …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Giuliani questions whether Biden has the ‘balance’ to be president
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Biden not a ‘liability’ despite recent gaffe, says Obama campaign
Discussion: Wake up America
Boston Globe:
Biden should apologize for “back in chains” remark
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Ohio GOP Election Board Member: Our Voting Process Shouldn't Accommodate Black Voters  —  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's recent decision to prohibit early voting on nights and weekends in all districts has many concerned about the effect on voter turnout in the state, particularly among low-income and minority communities.
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Voting in Ohio |  Fight over poll hours isn't just political  —  One of Deidre Reese's most precious childhood memories is going to the polls with her family.  —  “It was a hard-fought-for right,” she says.  “There was a time that we certainly could not do that.”
Obama team defends People, ET interviews  —  (CNN) - Interviews with People magazine and Entertainment Tonight are just as important as sit-downs with national news media, President Barack Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Sunday.  —  “Not more important, but equally important …
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
On ‘This Week’: Stephanie Cutter and Kevin Madden
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gibbs: Ryan should ‘thank’ Obama for strengthening Medicare
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Romney Adviser Says GOP Would Extend Medicare's Solvency By Raising The Eligibility Age  —  Earlier this week, Mitt Romney pledged to restore Obamacare's savings in the Medicare program — a move that would move up the insolvency date of the program's trust fund from 2024 to 2016.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
New York Times:
Truth and Lies About Medicare
Niall Ferguson / The Daily Beast:
Niall Ferguson: Hit the Road, Barack  —  The president has broken his promises, and Romney-Ryan's path to prosperity is our only hope.  —  I was a good loser four years ago.  “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama's election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Supported Economic Stimulus Under Bush: ‘You Have To Spend A Little To Grow A Little’  —  GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spent much of the last week trying to explain why he signed multiple letters seeking $20 million in stimulus funds for an energy company in his district.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
Obama's (Perceived) Transformation  —  EARLIER this month, Ann Coulter took to the airwaves of the Fox News network to denounce the dastardly machinations, large mendacity and mad villainy currently employed by the American president.  Barack Obama was “a liar,” Coulter said, a …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Grover Norquist: George H.W. Bush ‘Lied’ to the American People  —  Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist dismissed recent criticism of his tax pledge from former President George H.W. Bush, saying the 41st president had “lied” to the American people by raising taxes while in office.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Times of India:
11-year-old girl arrested in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy  —  ISLAMABAD: An 11-year-old Christian girl has been arrested in Pakistani capital on a charge of blasphemy after she was accused of burning pages of the Quran, police said on Saturday.  —  Officials of Ramna police station …
Discussion: The Talking Dog and Jihad Watch
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem. Senator: Obama Led SEALs Mission to Kill Bin Laden
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Racism by Political Party
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Julian Assange urges US to end Wikileaks ‘witch-hunt’
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Who's getting paid time off
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
8 more ‘militants’ killed in pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and DAWN.COM
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Delegation penalties to remain unchanged at Republican convention
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Teachers on the Defensive  —  RANDI WEINGARTEN, the powerful president …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox Popoli