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2:40 AM ET, August 23, 2012


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George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Marco Rubio on how he learned he wasn't Romney's VP pick; kind words for Nelson, harsh ones for Akin  —  Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon crowd today about the phone conversation he had with Mitt Romney the day before Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are the Democrats Delusional On Abortion?  —  The Democrats apparently think they have hit the jackpot with Todd Akin's moment of stupidity, but I'm not so sure.  How, exactly, are they going to take advantage of Akin's blunder?  By talking ceaselessly about abortion.
Ann Coulter / Official:
MISSOURI: THE ‘SHOW ME ANOTHER G.O.P. CANDIDATE’ STATE  —  Relying on Todd Akin's sense of decency has not worked.  Within hours of his idiotic comments about “legitimate rape,” Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS pulled out millions of dollars in funding for the Missouri Senate race.  Akin didn't get the hint.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan stands by his anti-abortion record while running away from it  —  “It's very tough for people like me who are pro-choice Republicans.  It's admittedly not a large caucus.  But when I have to see a story like Todd Akin, and then turn to my wife and my daughters, who are looking at me and saying, 'Really?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Just Think No  —  There's something trying about an unforgiving man suddenly in need of forgiveness.  —  Yet Todd Akin is right.  He shouldn't have to get out of the United States Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes.  He reflects a severe stance on abortion …
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Akin: Face the Wrath of the GOP Convention
Discussion: Mediaite
Angelakdka / CBS Pittsburgh:
In Exclusive Interview, Paul Ryan Distances Self From Todd Akin
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
US election: Mitt Romney met Todd Akin doctor Jack Willke during 2012 campaign
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ryan says he is ‘proud of my pro-life record,’ defends bill sponsored with Akin
Discussion: Politico and
Lubbock Co. Judge warns of potential danger if Obama is re-elected  —  Lubbock County Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Mark Heinrich went into great detail Monday night on FOX 34 News @ Nine about why it is necessary to raise the tax rate by 1.7 cents the next fiscal year.
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Texas Judge Warns Of ‘Civil War, Maybe’ If Obama Wins  —  Texas Judge Tom Head is worried about what might happen if President Obama wins reelection in November.  There could be riots, unrest or a “civil war, maybe,” he told a local television station this week.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Texas Judge Suggests He Will Join ‘Civil Unrest, Civil Disobedience, Civil War Maybe’ If Obama Is Reelected  —  Judge Tom Head, a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, announced on a local television station that he would personally join the resistance against a United Nations' takeover of American sovereignty …
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Republican judge in Texas warns of ‘civil war’ if Obama reelected
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
County judge Head concerned with civil unrest if Obama re-elected
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Like a Boss  —  When it comes to being a rich guy, Mitt Romney should own it  —  What do women want?  The conventional biological wisdom is that men select mates for fertility, while women select for status — thus the commonness of younger women's pairing with well-established older men but the rarity of the converse.
Sheriff candidate says he wouldn't reject deadly force to stop abortions  —  Candidate says he believes elective, late-term abortions aren't lawful  —  Candidate's abortion comments draw criticism  —  A Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff said Wednesday …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
GOP takes tough platform approach  —  Filled with strict stances, most conservative plan in party history to be unveiled  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans next week will likely adopt what veteran platform writers said is the most conservative platform in their history after the drafting committee voted …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
New York Archbishop Will Give Closing Prayer at G.O.P. Meeting
Discussion: The Caucus
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republican Party Changes Rules To Stop The Pauls
Erika I. Ritchie / Orange County Register:
Rick Warren cancels Obama-Romney forum at Saddleback Church  —  LAKE FOREST - Rick Warren, Saddleback Church's pastor, announced Wednesday that a civil forum planned with President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the church has been canceled …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Not your ordinary August poll  —  This isn't your ordinary August poll; it looks more like October... The poll's three macro-conclusions: 1) Obama has the advantage heading into the conventions, 2) he's still below 50%, 3) Romney has work to do repairing his image …
Christopher Maloney / Twitchy:
‘O-I-H-O’: Barack Obama's Dan Quayle moment  —  President Barack Obama finally found the 57th state, and it's spelled O-I-H-O.  —  To be fair, Obama and his pals finally got it right here: … Some can't believe the President would be so stupid: … Great point!  Except, not really:
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Team Romney calls out Obama for misspelling ‘Ohio’ at campaign stop
Cindy Cooper / Twitchy:
Zing!  Romney on Obama: ‘Bless his heart’; Update: No, it's not racist … Oh, yes, he did.  He dropped the most awesome insult ever. … Swoon!  Romney's point is, of course, correct and needs repeating.  But the “bless his heart” is getting more play as of now; it was the delicious final touch on the pro-freedom message.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Lost Decade of the Middle Class  —  Fewer, Poorer, Gloomier  —  CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW  —  As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America's middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being.
CBO's Publications:
Fiscal Tightening in 2013 and Its Economic Consequences - Infographic  —  Under current law, a sharp reduction in the federal budget deficit between 2012 and 2013 will cause the economy to contract, the Congressional Budget Office projects, but will also put federal debt on a path more likely to be sustainable over time.
CBO's Publications:
An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
MITT ROMNEY SETS GOAL OF NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE BY 2020  —  A crucial component of Mitt Romney's Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is a comprehensive energy strategy to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 and establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century.
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Discussion: AEIdeas and The Gateway Pundit
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
While a teacher, 11th District candidate Bentivolio's behavior was a problem, records show
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden ‘like a sunny day’  —  NEW YORK - Vice President Biden's plans …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney says fact-checkers biased in criticism of campaign's welfare ads
Discussion: Des Moines Register and CNN
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Pa. Wants Voter ID Supreme Court Hearing Delayed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Joe Biden Has Known Three Presidents Intimately
Discussion: Hot Air
David Skeel / Wall Street Journal:
A Nation Adrift From the Rule of Law
 Earlier Items: 
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Tax Returns are Hurting Romney, Badly
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Get Lost  —  So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
John Edwards Stiffed, Not Invited to Dem. Convention
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLL: Obama, Romney neck and neck
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Scared Monkeys and USA Today
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City
Washington Post:
Could Hurricane Isaac derail the GOP convention?