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12:20 AM ET, August 23, 2012


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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.
Angelakdka / CBS Pittsburgh:
In Exclusive Interview, Paul Ryan Distances Self From Todd Akin  —  CARNEGIE (KDKA) — In Congressman Paul Ryan's first interview in Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick reacted strongly to Congressman Todd Akin's comment than women who are raped rarely get pregnant.
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.
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.
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan stands by his anti-abortion record while running away from it
Discussion: First Read, Daily Kos and The Hill
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ryan says he is ‘proud of my pro-life record,’ defends bill sponsored with Akin
Discussion: Politico and The Rightnewz
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Akin: Face the Wrath of the GOP Convention
Discussion: Ballot Box and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
County judge Head concerned with civil unrest if Obama re-elected
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: New York Magazine and The Caucus
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republican Party Changes Rules To Stop The Pauls
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 …
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Team Romney calls out Obama for misspelling ‘Ohio’ at campaign stop  —  President Obama needed a do-over to spell “Ohio” correctly on the campus of Ohio State University this week.  —  Although Obama and several students at a campaign stop Tuesday morning at Sloopy's Diner on the campus …
Christopher Maloney / Twitchy:
‘O-I-H-O’: Barack Obama's Dan Quayle moment
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Tax Returns are Hurting Romney, Badly  —  I didn't mention this in my previous post, but in addition to the aforementioned questions, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal asked respondents about the recent controversies over Bain Capital and Mitt Romney's tax returns to gage whether they affected support for the Republican nominee.
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 …
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.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Steve King: Multicultural Groups Are ‘People That Feel Sorry For Themselves’  —  At a recent town hall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explained his concern over discovering that Iowa State University has multicultural groups.  King characterized minority students as people “who feel sorry for themselves …
Economists Risk Labeling as Political Hacks  —  By Laurence Kotlikoff 2012-08-21T22:30:48Z  —  Some 500 of my colleagues in economics, almost all academics, have signed a statement applauding former Governor Mitt Romney's economic plan and condemning President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
John Edwards Stiffed, Not Invited to Dem.  Convention  —  When asked whether John Edwards has been invited to next month's Democratic National Committee's convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a Democratic convention official had only one word for THE WEEKLY STANDARD: “No.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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: CNN and Des Moines Register
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Our Stubborn Politicians, Democratic Party Edition
Discussion: Hot Dish Politics and Doug Ross
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
Brittany Anas Camera / Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder: Profs have no right to cancel classes over gun-carrying students
David Skeel / Wall Street Journal:
A Nation Adrift From the Rule of Law
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Get Lost  —  So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann …
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
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Abortion and the Gender Gap: the Numbers
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Networks may miss Ann Romney speech
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