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1:35 PM ET, August 24, 2012


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New York Post:
Gunman kills coworker and bystander at Empire State Building, wounds 7 others before cop shoots him  —  Today at the Empire State Building after four people were shot.  —  A disgruntled worker stalked a colleague down a Midtown street, shot him dead and then turned his weapon …
Associated Press:
Several people shot outside Empire State Building  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead.  A witness says the shooter was firing indiscriminately.  —  The shooting happened Friday morning at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Skschust / CBS New York:
Kelly: Disgruntled Employee Kills One Before Being Shot Dead By Cops Near Empire State Building  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A disgruntled employee recently fired from his job shot and killed one of his co-workers then opened fire on the street near the Empire State Building before being shot …
New York Times:
Several Shot, One Fatally, Outside Empire State Building
Associated Press:
Gunman Kills 1 at Empire State Building, 9 Wounded
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Romney May Be Nominated Early  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney's quest to formally win the Republican Party's presidential nomination may come two days earlier.  —  Plans are underway for Mr. Romney to be nominated on Monday - not Wednesday as previously thought - because of a potential threat …
James Hohmann / Politico:
No Ron Paul revolution at convention  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican establishment has quelled the Ron Paul Revolution, at least for 2012.  —  Using a mix of charm and procedural hardball, Mitt Romney's campaign and his allies who control the Republican National Committee have ensured …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Second day of Republican convention to feature Ron Paul tribute  —  The second day of the Republican convention will feature a video tribute to Ron Paul, the Romney campaign announced Friday.  —  The film is one of many accommodations for the former Republican presidential hopeful and his network of supporters at the convention.
Discussion: Politico
New York Post:
Trash-talking veep's Tampa tantrum
Discussion: Instapundit and Riehl World News
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ryan denies Romney campaign avoiding policy specifics as Election Day nears
Discussion: CNN
The Right Scoop:
BRUTAL: Anderson Cooper obliterates DNC Chair over her lies about Romney's stance on abortion  —  This is a MUST WATCH!  And it is brutal.  In his “Keeping them Honest” segment tonight, Anderson Cooper completely exposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz over her lies about Romney's position on abortion.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Deconstructing A “Devastating” Interview  —  So Republicans—even the normally clear-eyed David Frum—are gloating today over an Anderson Cooper interview of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that supposedly leaves her shivering in embarrassment and exposed as a liar.
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
What I Learned at Bain Capital  —  My business experience taught me how to help companies grow—and what to do when trouble arises.  When you see a problem, run toward it before the problem gets worse.  —  The back-to-school season is here, and as parents take their children to shop for school supplies …
Lance Armstrong:
Lance Armstong's Statement of August 23, 2012  —  There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.”  For me, that time is now.  I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999.
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Armstrong Drops Fight Against Doping Charges  —  After more than a decade of outrunning accusations that he had doped during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong, one of the best-known and accomplished athletes in recent history, surrendered on Thursday, etching a dark mark on his legacy …
PARADE Magazine:
PARADE Exclusive: A Conversation With the Romneys  —  Editor's note: As part of PARADE's 2012 election coverage, the magazine will feature President Obama and the first lady in its Sept. 2 cover story.  —  It's probably the closest the Romneys have come to kicking back during this campaign summer …
PARADE Magazine:
PARADE Exclusive: A Conversation With the Romneys
Discussion: Politico, The Raw Story and ABCNEWS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Still Wins on Likability; Romney, on the Economy  —  Obama gains on healthcare and taxes since July  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As the two-week period of back-to-back presidential nominating conventions gets underway next Monday, an Aug. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll underscores the strengths …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Cardinal sin: Bam blew off DNC blessing  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama turned down a chance to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention after Dolan told Democrats he would be “grateful” to deliver a blessing in Charlotte.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Ryan's Biggest Mistake  —  A few years ago, President Obama established a debt commission that was led by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles and had a group of eminences, including Representative Paul Ryan.  —  When that commission came up with its proposal, some conservative Republicans …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Chick-fil-A equals ‘free speech’  —  The first thing that pops into Paul Ryan's head when he hears the name Chick-fil-A isn't “the biblical definition of the family unit” or “gay marriage” — rather, it's “good chicken.”  —  And the second thing?  “Free people exercising their free speech rights.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Ryan / WDBJ-TV:
Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan one on one interview in Roanoke
New York Times:
Norway Killer Is Ruled Sane and Given 21 Years in Prison  —  OSLO — A court on Friday sentenced Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist who admitted killing 77 people, to at least 21 years in prison after ruling that he was sane when he carried out his country's worst peacetime atrocity.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Anders Behring Breivik: Norway court rules him sane
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Jawa Report
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Galt, Gold and God  —  So far, most of the discussion of Paul Ryan, the presumptive Republican nominee for vice president, has focused on his budget proposals.  But Mr. Ryan is a man of many ideas, which would ordinarily be a good thing.  —  In his case, however, most of those ideas appear …
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Barack Obama asks eurozone to keep Greece in until after election day  —  US officials are worried that if Greece exits the eurozone, it will damage President's election hopes  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining  —  Associated Press/Evan Vucci - FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets into his car to attend a fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. ...more
Grady Smith / Inside Movies:
Box office update: Anti-Obama doc '2016: Obama's America' headed for mainstream success  —  A politically charged documentary called 2016: Obama's America turned heads last weekend when it grossed a whopping $1.24 million out of just 169 theaters.  —  The $2.5 million independent film …
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Rangel on Biden's ‘Chains’ Comment: ‘You Bet Your Life It Was Stupid’  —  After Vice President Joe Biden infamously told an audience that Mitt Romney is “going to unchain Wall Street,” and concluded they are “going to put y'all back in chains,” Mr. Romney's campaign cried foul.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
David Jackson / USA Today:
Romney makes birth certificate joke  —  During an appearance in his native Michigan today, Mitt Romney said: “No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate — they know that this was the place we were born and raised.”  —  Some of President Obama's most intense critics continue …
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The Silent Second-Term Agenda  —  Despite the Democrats' shellacking in 2010, the president moved left.  Re-election in November will reinforce his view that he was correct to do so.  —  President Obama has a reputation for talking, but not necessarily for saying much.
Discussion: Power Line
The making of Paul Ryan  —  One good way to understand how 42-year-old Paul Ryan vaulted over a generation of politicians into the top tier of national Republican politics is to dive into some numbers.  —  190 times.  That's how often the Wisconsin lawmaker's name appeared in the opinion pages …
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
New study says full-frontal nudity on prime-time TV up 6,300 percent over last year
Emily Friedman / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney Says Big Business ‘Doing Fine’ After Criticizing Obama for Similar Remarks
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney team of ‘Mad Men’ creates ads to sell nation on candidate
Discussion: Election 2012
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Rush Limbaugh Claims Hurricane Is an Obama Conspiracy to Cancel GOP Convention
Discussion: Wonkette and The Reaction
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
NOM's Brian Brown: Anti-Gay Christians Are The Powerless Victims, Not The Gay Community
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Drop in key US durable goods orders shows weakness
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Duke / CNN:
LL Cool J broke burglary suspect's nose, jaw, ribs
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
Booker tells chairs he's weighing 2013 gubernatorial run
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Foxx, Rybak, Malloy to speak in Charlotte
Discussion: CNN
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
George W. Bush doesn't miss ‘the swamp’ of politics
Austin Considine / New York Times:
Buying Their Way to Twitter Fame
Discussion: USA Today, Mashable! and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: America Meets Mr. Romney
Michael Grunwald / Swampland:
The Party of No: New Details on the GOP Plot to Obstruct Obama