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7:25 AM ET, August 28, 2012


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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Hurricane Center is ‘Obama’  —  Rush Limbaugh, while repeatedly insisting he is “not alleging a conspiracy,” suggested Monday that the National Hurricane Center's forecast models for Tropical Storm Isaac were altered to help President Barack Obama and “cast a pall” over the Republican National Convention.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Rush Limbaugh Suggests Obama Manipulated Hurricane Predictions To Get GOP To Cancel Convention  —  Even President Obama's biggest fans don't think he can make it rain — but Rush Limbaugh does.  —  On his radio show this afternoon, Limbaugh suggested that President Obama might …
Daniel Strauss / Twitter Room:   Samuel L. Jackson asks why GOP ‘spared’ by tropical storm
Rush Limbaugh:
Tracking the Hurricane with the Media
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
RNC's 1st Day Lasts Just Seconds
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
While Romney campaign talks of forging ahead, Isaac may prompt convention cancellation
Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said a new television spot, revealed Tuesday, was part of a new effort to cast Mitt Romney's policy proposals as bad for the middle class.  —  Previously, the group focused on Romney's …
Discussion: Politico
Lois Romano / Reuters:
Ann Romney's RNC task: Humanize Mitt  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Ann Romney will take to the podium here Tuesday night and try to accomplish what the sharpest minds in Republican politics have failed to do: present her stiff and awkward husband as a likable guy.  —  Her speech is considered second …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Romney  —  The purpose of the Republican convention …
Rob Portman / CNN:
TRENDING: First on CNN: Portman to play Obama in Romney debate prep
Discussion: USA Today, The Fix, The Caucus and Politico
Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Smith Makes Abortion Gaffe (Listen to Audio)  —  Harrisburg — Republican Tom Smith spoke at the Pennsylvania press club luncheon Monday afternoon The defining moment occurred a few moments after the formal program when, asked about abortion amid a group of reporters, Smith seemed to suggest …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania GOP Senate Candidate: Getting Pregnant From Rape Is ‘Similar’ To Having A Baby Out Of Wedlock  —  In the aftermath of Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) offensive and medically inaccurate comments that “legitimate rape” doesn't often lead to pregnancy, Republicans have been scrambling to distance themselves from Akin.
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Prosecutor: Ga. murder case uncovers terror plot … LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.
Mark Levin / Facebook:
Damn it, defeat this RINO power grab!  —  Conservatives of all stripes, especially Tea Party activists, this is an attempt to destroy your ability to influence the presidential and vice presidential nomination process in the Republican Party.  It is an attempt to eviscerate the input of state parties.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Daily Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Floor fight: Grass-roots activists battle attempt to rig GOP convention delegate rules Updated …
Dan Gross /
Arlen Specter hospitalized with a serious illness, friends confirm  —  Arlen Specter has been hospitalized with a serious illness, confirm friends of the longtime U.S. Senator.  One asked that people keep him in thoughts and prayers.  —  Specter, 82, announced in 2005 that he had Hodgkin's disease for which he underwent chemotherapy.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: SEAL AD TO EXCORIATE OBAMA FOR BOWING TO FOREIGN LEADERS  —  The controversial super PAC Special Operations for America, led by former Navy SEALs, is set to release a blistering new ad against President Obama Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Dems addicted to ‘hope-ium’  —  Sarah Palin on Monday said Democrats who “still have that addiction to the hope-ium” President Barack Obama peddled four years ago need to “open their eyes” and vote for Mitt Romney this November.  —  “Some of us had [Obama] pegged four years ago.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Priebus on Chris Matthews: ‘He Made the Case for Us.’  —  Shortly before our chat, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus held a brief press “gaggle” in the media center, and briefly talked about his exchange with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” this morning.
Geoffrey Dickens /
Newt Takes it to Chris Matthews on His ‘Racist Thinking’  —  A A  —  Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, attempted to hit Newt Gingrich with the same old liberal line about the GOP using racial code words whether it's Mitt Romney talking about welfare reform or Gingrich calling Barack Obama the “food stamp president.”
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Federal judge says Ohio must count disputed votes  —  A federal judge ruled Monday that Ohio must count improperly cast ballots this fall if the mistake is caused by an election worker rather than the voter, a small but potentially significant issue in an important presidential battleground state.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Tackett / Bloomberg:
Hero Reagan's Compromise Would Collide With Tea Party Certitude  —  Ronald Reagan remains the modern Republican Party's most durable hero.  His memory will be hailed as The Great Uncompromiser by those who insist the GOP must never flag in its support for smaller government, lower taxes and conservative social values.
Discussion: Business Insider
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Happy Now for Tea Party Help, GOP Faces Challenges
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Politico
Jim Ragsdale / Hot Dish Politics:
Supporters of proposed constitutional amendments win both Supreme Court cases  —  The Republican-controlled Legislature won a pair of battles over proposed constitutional amendments before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday.  —  In a pair of 4-2 decisions, the court ruled:
Discussion: Power Line, NOM Blog and Joe. My. God.
Trial Judge Orders Prop 8 Case Closed
Paul Slansky / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Said Something That Should Force Him Off the Ticket, But You Probably Didn't Hear About It … Elections 2012 , Abortion , Elections 2012 , Paul Ryan , Video , Todd Akin , Method Of Conception , Paul Ryan Abortion , Paul Ryan Rape , Rape , Todd Akin Legitimate Rape , Todd Akin Rape , Politics News
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Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Some absentee voters in Hialeah probe insist they did not hand their ballots to suspected brokers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Interest in GOP Platform than Romney's Speech
Discussion: Politico and Weekly Standard
James Madison Institute:
2012-Aug27 Event Update: Tampa Lunch with James O'Keefe
Discussion: TBogg and Saint Petersblog
Szu Ping Chan / Telegraph:
Unilever sees ‘return to poverty’ in Europe
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Why South Carolina Wants To Ban Student IDs At The Polls But Is Just Fine With Military IDs
Discussion: Associated Press
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
GOP Draft Platform: ‘Homosexual Agenda’ Advanced By Obama Foreign Aid
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
What Apple's Legal Win Over Samsung Means for You, Technology, Design, and the World
Rakates / CBS Baltimore:
17-Year-Old Student Shot At Perry Hall High School; Suspect In Custody; Parents Talk To WJZ About Facebook Threat
Discussion: DCist and Gawker
Kim Parker / Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
Yes, the Rich Are Different
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Republican Platform Targets Porn
Discussion: Talking Points Memo