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11:15 AM ET, August 23, 2012


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New York Times:
Polls Say Medicare Is Key Issue in 3 Swing States  —  The Romney-Ryan proposal to reshape Medicare by giving future beneficiaries fixed amounts of money to buy health coverage is deeply unpopular in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, according to new polls that found that more likely voters …
Quinnipiac University:
Ryan Micro-Bump In Florida, Wisconsin, But Not Ohio, Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times Swing State Poll Finds  —  FLORIDA: Obama 49 - Romney 46, compared to Obama 51 - 45 percent August 1  —  OHIO: Obama 50 - Romney 44, unchanged from August 1  —  WISCONSIN: Obama 49 - Romney 47, compared to Obama 51 - 45 August 8
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads launches $4.2 million Senate offense focused on Dem-leaning races
Discussion: CNN and Hotline On Call
Romney, Obama tied up in three swing states
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jammie Wearing Fools:
Battleground States Poll: Curiously, So-Called War on Women Not an Issue
Discussion: CBS News, GOP 12 and Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Team Obama breaks precedent to try to spoil Romney's convention  —  Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.  —  Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: The Obama campaign's theory of the presidential race  —  Should President Obama be trying to persuade voters that the economy is recovering?  —  Some Democratic strategists think that could jar against public perceptions that things aren't really getting better.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Dem Convention becomes anti-Akin affair
Katie Glueck / Politico:
RNC: We have plan for Isaac  —  The Republican National Committee has “contingency plans” should tropical storm Isaac impact the GOP convention in Tampa next week but a spokesman on Thursday wasn't revealing details.  —  “We do have contingency plans to deal with weather-related …
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 …
Ryan O'Connor /
Szabo Compares Abortions to Slavery, Condones Use of Deadly Force
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Energy loan watchdog an Obama donor  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration's program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: Team Romney coming on strong, playing dirty, time to ‘put them away’  —  President Obama joined a group of former NBA stars at a fundraiser at New York's Lincoln Center Wednesday night.  With Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and other basketball legends sitting nearby …
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.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney says plan will achieve North American energy independence by 2020
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama: ‘Get to the Polls on November the 2’  —  Michelle Obama, speaking yesterday at a campaign event in Florida: … The presidential election this year is November 6.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Pundit
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.
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.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility  —  WASHINGTON — Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president's utility.”  And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama's Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago.
Matt Higgins / CBS St. Louis:
Cops: Lesbian Fakes Attack In Which She Carved Anti-Gay Slurs Into Skin  —  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former University of Nebraska women's basketball star faked an attack in which she allegedly carved anti-gay slurs into her skin because she felt it would spark change, police said Tuesday.
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Police Accuse Nebraska Woman of Faking Anti-Gay Hate Crime
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Fear of a Black President  —  As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America's original sin, slavery.  But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely.  In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Crossroads launches new Senate offensive, with Florida on target list  —  The conservative outside-spending group Crossroads GPS is launching a fresh wave of ads in four Senate races, including one state that hasn't been on the organization's target list all year: Florida.
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign first to accept donations via text message  —  President Obama's campaign announced Thursday that it would become the first political campaign to accept donations via text message, with supporters able to make contributions up to $50 per cell phone billing cycle by firing off a quick text.
Discussion: CNN
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
Dan Savage and Brian Brown Debate Gay Marriage Over the Dinner Table  —  THE ancient Greek symposium, which combined drinking with elevated discussion, was often held in a private house; at Parisian salons, conversation frequently took place in the bedroom.  Once upon a time …
Bill Clinton / CNN:
TRENDING: Clinton stars in new Obama ad  —  (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton takes center stage in a new ad released by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on Thursday.  —  The former president, who's been a top surrogate for Obama this year, largely praises Obama in the spot …
United States Department of Labor:
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:
Rachel Weiner / Twitchy:
Bias: WaPo ‘real reporters’ falsely claim Obama ‘O-I-H-O’ pic was photoshopped
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Ryan Plan For Health Care Doesn't Give Constituents What He Gets
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Ban Ki-moon Will Attend Iran Summit Over American and Israeli Objections
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
Poll: Romney widens lead among small business voters
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
FBI, Miami-Dade police target Democratic primary candidate with possible ties to Congressman David Rivera
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Mitt's Moment: TIME Talks to Romney About Business, Budgets and Beliefs
Shauna Prewitt / CNN:
Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Federal receipts and expenditures
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Comforting Little Lie That Seniors All Tell Themselves
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Obama's Epic Deficit Failure
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers rip ATF double dip
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
While a teacher, 11th District candidate Bentivolio's behavior was a problem, records show
Discussion: Daily Kos, Roll Call and Politico
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
GOP takes tough platform approach