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5:15 PM ET, August 24, 2012


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's birther joke  —  On the trail just now in Michigan, Mitt Romney made a birther funny:  —  Romney: … The Obama campaign quickly put out a response: … The Romney campaign is trying to shut down the story right now, releasing statements claiming that Romney …
Crowd Loves Mitt Romney's Birther Joke  —  An aide says it wasn't supposed to be a crack about Barack Obama's birth certificate, it just came out that way.  —  COMMERCE, Mich. — In a speech to thousands of supporters at a family orchard outside Detroit Friday afternoon …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Hot Air and Rumproast
Ben Howe / aglanon's blog:
Obama Campaign Requested Birther Jokes  —  Some politicos are upset about a joke that Mitt Romney made today at President Obama's expense. … The Obama campaign was immediately flabbergasted that Romney would sink so low, releasing this statement. … Greg Sargant of Wapo had strong words for Romney's behavior:
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
CNN Poll: Obama 49%-Romney 47% among likely voters
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Makes Birth Certificate Joke
Discussion: New York Times
TRENDING: Romney goes THERE: ‘Birther’ joke raises conspiracy theory
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, AEIdeas and Shakesville
Ann Romney / CNN:
Romney campaign contemplating bumping Rubio for Ann Romney
Discussion: Election 2012
Donald J. Trump / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Posted Birther Tweet Same Hour As Romney Speech
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Accused Of Going Full Birther After Joke At Campaign Stop
Discussion: Firedoglake and The PJ Tatler
Felicia Sonmez / Election 2012:
Mitt Romney: 'No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate'
Discussion: Riehl World News
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Makes a Birth Certificate Joke While Campaigning in Michigan
Discussion: Gothamist and Jammie Wearing Fools
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Rubio to Be Bumped?  —  The Republican National Committee is making big changes to the lineup of speakers at the convention next week in Tampa to ensure that broadcast networks cover Ann Romney's speech.  Among the changes most seriously under consideration: moving Marco Rubio to Tuesday night …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Radically Changes GOP Nominating Process After Ron Paul Takeovers  —  Paul allies freak out.  —  Image by JEWEL SAMAD / Getty Images  —  TAMPA — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, led by top Romney lawyer Ben Ginsberg, forced through a major change the GOP nominating process …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Fix
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
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Politico and Washington Post
New York Post:
Trash-talking veep's Tampa tantrum
Discussion: Instapundit and Riehl World News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus
Peter Nickeas / Chicago Tribune:
19 people shot in overnight shootings across Chicago  —  Nineteen people were shot across the South and West sides from Thursday evening through early Friday morning — 13 of them wounded over a 30-minute period, authorities say.  —  The overnight shootings peaked between 9:15 p.m …
Chicago Tribune:   Police search for gunmen who shot eight people on South Side
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.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Age of Niallism: Ferguson and the Post-Fact World  —  Bluster cannot make untruths true.  —  (Reuters)  —  People who believe facts are nothing think you'll fall for anything.  Call it Niallism.  —  This is my last word (well, last words) on Niall Ferguson, whose Newsweek cover story arguing …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Brooklyn Assemblyman Is Censured for Sexual Harassment
Discussion: Gothamist
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Laura D'Andrea Tyson / Economix:
Evidence vs. Ideology in the Medicare Debate
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers
Jeff Kearns / Bloomberg:
U.S. Incomes Fell More in Recovery Than Recession, Sentier Says
Discussion: Economix and Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining
The making of Paul Ryan
Discussion: CNN
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
Booker tells chairs he's weighing 2013 gubernatorial run
Lance Armstrong:
Lance Armstong's Statement of August 23, 2012