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12:15 PM ET, August 27, 2012


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Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney neck-and-neck ahead of party conventions  —  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Romney at 47 percent among registered voters and Obama at 46 percent — barely changed from the deadlocked contest in early July.  —  The findings continue a months-long pattern …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Romney's play for Michigan  —  It is no surprise that in the run-up to this week's Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made their first joint campaign appearance in the key battleground state of Ohio.  More interesting is that Romney and Ryan took their pre-convention tour …
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney neck-and-neck ahead of party conventions
Washington Post:
Romney edges Obama on economy, overall race deadlocked
Discussion: The Fix
Josh Rojas / Bay News 9:
Deputies: RNC protestor arrested with machete strapped to his leg  —  TAMPA —  A Republican National Convention protestor was arrested while he allegedly carried a machete strapped to his leg, according to deputies.  —  According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, Jason T. Wilson …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Republican Talking Points  —  Here are the official Republican talking points, being circulated to surrogates speaking on behalf of the party here:  —  Surrogate Message Points:  —  2012 Republican National Convention - A Better Future  —  Top Line Message Points:
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
While Romney campaign talks of forging ahead, Isaac may prompt convention cancellation
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
U.S. Military Presence at Republican Convention, Code Pink Comes Dressed as Pink Vaginas
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Chris Matthews Calls Out GOP: You Are Playing The ‘Race Card’  —  Political observers have noted for a while that Mitt Romney's claim that President Obama gutted the work requirement in the 1996 welfare reform law is false.  But few in the mainstream media have have gone so far as to accuse Republicans of playing the ‘race card.’
New York Post:
Christie chose NJ over Mitt's VP role due to fears that they'd lose: sources  —  Gov. Chris Christie wasn't willing to give up the New Jersey statehouse to be Mitt Romney's running mate because he doubted they'd win, The Post has learned.  —  Romney's top aides had demanded Christie step …
Crist to speak at Democratic National Convention  —  Florida's former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention.  —  An official with President Barack Obama's campaign said Sunday that Crist will speak at next week's convention in Charlotte, N.C., but the day hasn't been worked out.
Charlie Crist / CNN:
Crist readies Democratic convention speech
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Republicans Worry About Keeping Factions Reined In  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney arrives here this week to accept his nomination from the increasingly disparate coalition of factions known as the Republican Party, confronting the challenge of unifying them behind him and — should he win …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Grassroots Press For Convention Floor Fight Over Romney's “Power Grab”  —  Blackwell and Bopp lead the revolt.  The “worst-ever changes.”  —  Morton Blackwell is among the conservatives fighting the changes.  —  Source:  —  TAMPA — A coalition of grassroots Republicans …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABCNEWS
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
In Tampa, The Show Must Go On (The Note)
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
Welcome To Freshman Disorientation  —  Student opinion at elite schools is showing ‘diversity.’ The faculty is another matter.  —  Four years ago at the beginning of Harvard's school term, I was going over an assignment with a freshman when she confessed that she was feeling guilty—because she was working for the Obama campaign.
Randy E. Barnett / SSRN:
From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase  —  Abstract:  —  Salmon P. Chase was as responsible as any single person for the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States.  Yet his name is barely known and his career is largely forgotten.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
Making the Election About Race  —  The Republican ticket is flooding the airwaves with commercials that develop two themes designed to turn the presidential contest into a racially freighted resource competition pitting middle class white voters against the minority poor.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Karl Rove dings Joe Biden, President Obama on charity  —  TAMPA — Karl Rove dinged President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for not contributing enough to charity, comparing their giving to Hillary Clinton's infamous $2 underwear donation to charity.  —  “I do pay a higher effective tax rate than President Obama.
Discussion: CNN
John Vidal / Guardian:
Scientists warn on world food supply  —  Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050  —  Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies …
Discussion: Business Insider
WeatherBELL Analytics / Forbes:
Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina  —  By Michael Barak, Joseph Bastardi and Alan Lammey  —  On August 24th, we warned on Forbes that Tropical Storm Isaac could pose a threat to energy markets and even rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power (Could Tropical Storm Isaac Turn Into Another Katrina?).
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Priebus: Despite shortened convention, GOP message ‘still the same’
Discussion: Politico
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U.S. Debt On Track to Hit $16 Trillion Within Week
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Jonathan Terbush / The Raw Story:
Bill Nye: Please don't teach your kids creationism, because it is crazy
Inti Landauro / Wall Street Journal:
French Government Plans Gay-Marriage Bill
Discussion: Advocate
UN staff jailed in Burma
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Justin George / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa's strip clubs await Republican windfall
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Saint Petersblog
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
U.S. Arms Sales Make Up Most of Global Market
Jon Huntsman / Wall Street Journal:
A GOP Opportunity on Immigration
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown lines up unusual allies on his tax hike initiative
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Associated Press:
17 Afghans beheaded in insurgent attack on party
impreMedia Tracking Poll / Latino Decisions:
Tracking Poll Wave 1: Latino vote uphill climb for Romney
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
First on CNN: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson coming to Republican Convention
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
CHART: How Ending The High End Bush Tax Cuts Saves Nearly $1 Trillion
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Trump plays up birth certificate issue in Fla.
Discussion: CNN and Little Green Footballs