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3:15 PM ET, August 26, 2012


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Charlie Crist / Tampa Bay Times:
Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here's why I'm backing Barack Obama  —  I've studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life.  Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I've watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crist endorses Obama (Updated)  —  His hug of President Obama got him in trouble during his senate run as a Republican, and now former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is making the most of it, endorsing the president in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed in which he excoriates his own former party …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
A conversation with Jeb Bush, Florida's most respected Republican
Alex Leary / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Florida GOP chairman on Crist's Obama endorsement: A ‘repugnant display from a self-centered, career politician’
Discussion: Naked Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Former GOP Gov. Crist endorses Obama
CNN Poll: Which candidate cares more about you?  —  Tampa (CNN) - A new national survey illustrates the challenge Mitt Romney faces at the Republican convention as the GOP presidential challenger gets re-introduced to the American public.  —  While a CNN/ORC International poll indicates …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney pulls '08 clip for Medicare pushback
Discussion: NO QUARTER, CNN and Weekly Standard
Politico:   Obama, Romney camps see eye to eye on shape of race
Brendan Sasso / Blog Summaries:
Romney says Obama gave up on economy, has ‘admitted defeat’
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Paul: I don't fully endorse Romney  —  In an interview with the New York Times, Ron Paul details the ask from GOP officials in return for a convention speaking slot, and explains why he declined. … Paul's refusal to play ball stands in contrast to his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul …
John Harwood / New York Times:
Election 2012: Ron Paul Passing Torch to a Libertarian Legion
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Taylor Marsh
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Ann Romney has Secret Service detail  —  Ann Romney has received her own Secret Service detail, according to media reports.  —  The wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was assigned protection late Friday afternoon, a campaign aide confirmed to ABC News, which first reported the detail.
Discussion: CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
At RNC, Michael Steele is man who doesn't exist
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
RNC chairman: Convention will go ‘full steam ahead on Tuesday’
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Hurricane impending, Republicans cancel first day of convention
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush: GOP ‘Needs To Change... Reach Out To A Much Broader Audience Than We Do Today’  —  This morning on NBC, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush delivered a pointed critique of the modern Republican party.  Bush acknowledged that that the GOP “needs to change” and “reach out to a much broader audience.”
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Jeb Bush on White House run: 'I'm not there yet in my life'
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Romney Touts Romneycare: I'm The Guy That Got ‘Health Care For All The Women And Men In My State’  —  Just two weeks after a Romney spokesperson faced a barrage of conservative criticism for highlighting the success of the governor's Massachusetts health care law, Romney himself bragged …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Romney cites Mass. law to defend stance on women's health issues
Discussion: Politico
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Operative: Republicans ‘Will Run A Write-In’ To Defeat Todd Akin  —  Republicans are desperate for Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race after his controversial comments about legitimate rape.  Nearly every top Republican, including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, have publicly called for him to quit.
On ‘This Week’: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Bob McDonnell
Discussion: Politico
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Romney defends Swiss bank account  —  Mitt Romney defended his foreign investments in an interview aired Sunday, noting that his personal finances have followed all U.S. laws and he got no special tax savings from a Swiss bank account.  —  “Well, first of all, there was no reduction …
Los Angeles Times:
Despite working-class image, Ryan comes from family of wealth  —  Paul Ryan was born into one of the most prominent families in Janesville, Wis., and his rise to political power and financial stability was boosted by family money and connections.  —  Paul Ryan, speaking in Ohio …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Dispatch Poll results: Tight races put undecided voters in control  —  10 percent up for grabs in presidential race; Senate struggle has 12 percent of wiggle room  —  The closest Dispatch Poll in modern history shows the races for president and U.S. Senate in a dead heat in battleground Ohio.
Discussion: Ballot Box
New York Times:
Romney Adopts Harder Message for Last Stretch  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney is heading into his nominating convention with his advisers convinced he needs a more combative footing against President Obama in order to appeal to white, working-class voters and to persuade them that he is the best answer to their economic frustrations.
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes  —  Crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey - often referred to as the most dangerous city in the United States—is getting rid of its police department.  —  In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures …
Discussion: Riehl World News
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NEWS FLASH  —  ALLEN WEST: OBAMA IS ‘SERVING UP A CRAP SANDWICH WITH A SMILE’ |  During an appearance on Fox News on Saturday morning, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) accused Obama of serving up a “crap sandwich.”  “Let's be very honest and let's put this in military vernacular …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Brendan Sasso / Blog Summaries:
Obama: Neil Armstrong ‘among the greatest of American heroes’  —  President Obama on Saturday mourned the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.  —  Armstrong died on Saturday at the age of 82.  —  Obama praised Armstrong “as among the greatest of American heroes …
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Rupert Murdoch Tweets His Support for Prince Harry
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Gullibility in Politics and in Film
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
O'Malley dismisses GOP as a ‘party of exclusion’
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
William Lee / Chicago Tribune:
1 dead, 16 wounded in shootings across the city
 Earlier Items: 
Connor Simpson / The Atlantic Wire:
The NYPD Explains Why Their Bullets Wounded Nine People Yesterday
Discussion: CNN and Truthdig
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That's the message in the skies above today's Romney/Ryan rally in Powell, [Oiho] Ohio.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Ed Driscoll