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7:40 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.
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.
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan stands by his anti-abortion record while running away from it
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Ryan Refuses to Explain “Forcible” Rape as Dems Attempt More Akin-izing of the GOP Ticket
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Todd Akin Opens Door to Possible Exit
CHART: Akin's Views On Women's Health Are In Line With GOP
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.
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Walsh ‘bothered’ GOP did not ‘stand up for’ Akin
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republican Party Changes Rules To Stop The Pauls  —  Avoiding “distractions” in Tampa.  —  Image by Czarek Sokolowski / AP  —  TAMPA, Florida — The Republican National Committee's Rules Committee voted to require written certification that a presidential candidate has a plurality …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
GOP Votes To Toughen Penalties On Rule-Breaking States
Discussion: Politico and AEIdeas
Republicans approve ‘super penalty’ measure to rescue primary calendar
Discussion: Politico
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 …
CBO's Publications:
An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022  —  For fiscal year 2012 (which ends on September 30), the federal budget deficit will total $1.1 trillion, CBO estimates, marking the fourth year in a row with a deficit of more than $1 trillion.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, ABCNEWS and Washington Post
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: Election 2012, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Washington Post:
Could Hurricane Isaac derail the GOP convention?  —  It's deja vu all over again: Four years ago, Hurricane Gustav threatened Republican National Convention plans.  This year, it's Hurricane Isaac.  —  The bad weather, still a tropical storm in the Atlantic, has convention planners …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Get Lost  —  So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann of Climategate infamy is threatening to sue us.  —  Mann is upset — very, very upset — with this Mark Steyn Corner post, which had the temerity to call Mann's hockey stick “fraudulent.”  The Steyn post was mild compared with other things …
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.
David Skeel / Wall Street Journal:
A Nation Adrift From the Rule of Law  —  We are losing sight of the basic principles that made us great in the 20th century.  —  No one doubts that the coming election will be the most important referendum on the size and nature of government in a generation.
Brittany Anas Camera / Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder: Profs have no right to cancel classes over gun-carrying students  —  Chancellor notifies faculty they could face disciplinary action  —  University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano notified the Boulder campus faculty Tuesday afternoon that professors “do not have the right …
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: Twitchy and The Ulsterman Report
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: Obama Says He's “Pro-Choice” on Third-Trimester Abortions  —  The Washington Post reports that President Obama is running his reelection campaign as a “culture warrior,” trying to cast his opponents as extremists on such issues as abortion in the case of rape and requiring religious institutions to pay for contraception.
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.”
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Michelle Obama ‘Guest Editor’ for Website Featuring Sex Tips—Including from Prostitutes  —  Michelle Obama is identified as a “Guest Editor” on all of the website's pages, including several titled “Love & Sex.”  Video clips of iVillage interviews with Mrs. Obama appear on some of those …
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Associated Press:
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Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Book Will Describe Raid That Killed Bin Laden
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
John Edwards Stiffed, Not Invited to Dem. Convention
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
POLL: Obama, Romney neck and neck
Discussion: BuzzFeed and USA Today
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City
Obama Has Trouble Spelling OHIO
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 21: Romney Showing Improved Results in Swing State Polls
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
We Need a ‘Conservative’ Party