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4:05 PM ET, August 22, 2012


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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.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rick Santorum: Here Are the Reasons That Romney Might Lose  —  The former senator is heading to Tampa to speak on behalf of his former rival.  He tells Howard Kurtz what Romney must avoid if he is to beat Obama.  —  Rick Santorum has a simple formulation for how the 2012 election will turn out.
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Ryan Refuses To Say Abortions Should Be Available To Women Who Are Raped … This morning, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) revealed that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan urged him to drop out of his U.S. Senate race after Akin's “legitimate rape” comments made him a liability to Republicans nationally.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Walsh ‘bothered’ GOP did not ‘stand up for’ Akin  —  While many top Republicans — including presumptive presidential Nominee Mitt Romney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — called this week on Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to abandon his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Ryan's Record Of Abortion Opposition Consistent With Akin's
Discussion: Mother Jones and PERRspectives
Paul Ryan / CNN:   Ryan builds on Obama comment in Roanoke
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Signs of divine intervention for Republicans?  —  Has God forsaken the Republican Party?  —  Well, sit in judgment of what's happened in the past few days:  —  A report comes out that a couple dozen House Republicans engaged in an alcohol-induced frolic, in one case nude, in the Sea of Galilee …
As Isaac churns up reminder of Gustav, GOP planners say they're ready
Washington Post:
Could Hurricane Isaac derail the GOP convention?
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Tampa Mayor: City ‘Prepared’ To Call Off Convention In Event Of Dangerous Weather
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert ‘fiscal cliff’  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday warned the economy will enter a recession next year if the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.  —  In its most dire warning yet about the fiscal cliff …
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Networks may miss Ann Romney speech  —  Ann Romney may not make primetime during next week's Republican National Convention.  —  The three major television networks — NBC, ABC, and CBS — are not airing primetime coverage of the RNC on Monday, the opening night of the convention and the night …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Costs Seen in Romney's Medicare Savings Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney's promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets.
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 …
Discussion: The Ulsterman Report
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Advice Regarding Akin  —  My advice, for what it's worth, to conservatives and Republicans desperate to see Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri: You've made your point.  You've bewailed and denounced and threatened.  Now it's time to hearken to the words of Lincoln, in his great Temperance Address …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Moe Lane
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds tighter presidential race after Ryan selection  —  Thompson has lead in U.S. Senate race following primary win  —  Milwaukee, Wis. - A new Marquette Law School Poll finds the presidential race is tightening in Wisconsin following the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan …
Prince Harry /
Prince Harry — Naked Photos of Las Vegas Rager Leaked  —  During Vegas Rager  —  Prince Harry put the crown jewels on display in Vegas this weekend ... getting BARE ASS NAKED during a game of strip billiards with a room full of friends in his VIP suite.  —  It all went down Friday night during …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City  —  Already the No. 2 grossing documentary of the year, “2016: Obama's America” expands nationwide this weekend.  —  An anti-Obama documentary based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Daily Caller
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Need a ‘Conservative’ Party  —  There has been lots of talk that Paul Ryan's nomination ensures that we'll now have a “real” debate about the role of government.  That's actually funny.  The bar for this campaign is so low that we celebrate the fact that it might include a serious debate …
Discussion: Wonkette and Connecting.the.Dots
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ledbetter, Baldwin, Longoria to address Dem convention  —  The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday to speak at party's upcoming convention in Charlotte, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Lilly Ledbetter …
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.”
Christian Adams / The PJ Tatler:
Holder Justice Department Recruits Dwarfs, Schizophrenics, and the ‘Intellectually Disabled’  —  The PJ Tatler has obtained documents from the Justice Department detailing efforts to recruit attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have “psychiatric disabilities  —  ” or “severe intellectual disabilities.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLL: Obama, Romney neck and neck … President Barack Obama edges out GOP opponent Mitt Romney 47 percent to 45 percent in a new Nevada poll that shows Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, evenly splitting voters in the battleground state, too.  —  Nevada voters are sharply divided …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and USA Today
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Dempsey ‘disappointed’ by anti-Obama campaign by ex-military members  —  The United States' top military official criticized a group of former military and intelligence operatives for its aggressive campaign against President Obama, telling Fox News that he is “disappointed” by such political activity, which he called “not useful.”
Discussion: Politico, USA Today and Foreign Policy
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Get Lost  —  So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann …
Discussion: RedState
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Book Will Describe Raid That Killed Bin Laden
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Domenico Montanaro / First Read:
Obama leads big with Latinos, but enthusiasm still lags
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Donations by Media Companies Tilt Heavily to Obama
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Abortion and the Gender Gap: the Numbers
Obama Has Trouble Spelling OHIO
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Campaign vendors say Republican Congressman David Rivera funded Democrat's failed primary bid
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP poll narrows Obama lead to one point, 47/46
Discussion: AEIdeas and Business Insider
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Radical GOP Platform Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Make Tax Increases Virtually Impossible
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 21: Romney Showing Improved Results in Swing State Polls
Wall Street Journal:
A Coca-Cola Solution to High Gas Prices
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and EconLog
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’
Discussion: Angry Bear
Chris Chase / USA Today:
Oklahoma kindergartner banned from wearing Michigan shirt
Discussion: WXYZ-TV and Hit & Run
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Labor Department spends stimulus funds for ads during Olbermann, Maddow shows