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2:40 PM ET, August 27, 2012


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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:
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
While Romney campaign talks of forging ahead, Isaac may prompt convention cancellation  —  TAMPA - There is a distinct possibility that the 2012 Republican National Convention will be cancelled.  —  The decision may come not so much because the Tampa-St. Petersburg area will suffer a direct hit from Isaac …
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 …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
FEMA: GOP convention, Katrina overshadow storm's threat to Gulf Coast
Discussion: CNN
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal Cancels Plans To Attend GOP Convention
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN moves O'Brien, Cooper to NOLA
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
U.S. Military Presence at Republican Convention, Code Pink Comes Dressed as Pink Vaginas
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.’
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Race Takes Over the Race  —  Mitt Romney says that Obama allowed a waiver for the work requirement for welfare — if states have a better way of getting recipients into jobs — so that the President could “shore up his base.”  Romney probably didn't mean the Republican governors who asked …
Barbour: Democrats Playing The “Race Card”  —  Coded appeals — or a need to “goose” turnout?  —  Barbour confers with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  —  Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, one of his party's elder statesmen …
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Chris Matthews: RNC chairman, Romney playing ‘the race card’
Discussion: Pundits Blog
Mitt Romney outlines his governing plan to POLITICO  —  POWELL, Ohio — Mitt Romney conceded President Barack Obama has succeeded in making him a less likable person, but he offered a defiant retort to those hoping he will open up this week: “I am who I am.”
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 …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Elizabeth Warren Aide Knocks Around Republican Cameraman  —  An aide to Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, appears to have knocked the video camera of a Republican tracker after an event this weekend in Martha's Vineyard.  Watch the video below:
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
We all know the world revolves around The Greatest President in the History of Everything.  So it makes sense that all the other celestial bodies were placed in the sky to shine down upon him.  —  This is not a Photoshop.  This was actually posted on Obama's official Tumblr page:
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.
Paul Ryan / The Daily Beast:
What the *#@% Is Wrong With Republicans?!  —  It's not just Akin.  By pushing some of the most invasive state policies in modern history, the men of the GOP are driving their party off a cliff.  —  Blame it on the “idea cloud”—that cumulus cartoon bubble that dumps the same idea on diverse populations at once.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Dish
Karl Rove / CNN:
Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Republican strategist Karl Rove ramped up his criticism of Missouri candidate Todd Akin on Monday, calling his recent remarks about rape and abortion “morally incomprehensible” and insisting that he drop out of the race.
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   Rove compares Biden, Obama charity to $2 underwear
Erik Maza / WWD:
Glamour Gets Time With President Obama  —  GLAMOUR GETS TIME WITH O: Add Glamour magazine to the list of nonpolitical publications that have scored an interview with President Barack Obama.  —  Editor in chief Cindi Leive flew to Portland, Ore., last month to sit down with the President …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama gives one-on-one to Glamour
Discussion: Mediaite and Riehl World News
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 …
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney crushing Obama with married women  —  According to a new Washington Post/ABC's new survey, married women are strongly backing Mitt Romney, 55%-40%, over Barack Obama.  —  Compare that with 2008 exit polls when Obama won married women with children, 51%-47%, while McCain won married women with no kids 53%-44%.
Discussion: and Power Line
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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Benefits of Circumcision Are Said to Outweigh Risks
Republicans Say They've Fought Medicare To A Draw
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Democrats Hit Romney For Outsourcing On Billboard Facing GOP Convention
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Alicia M. Cohn / Twitter Room:
Facebook, Twitter provide real-time insight from political conventions
Discussion: CNN
Peter Moskowitz / Lens:
The Brotherhood of the Bears
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Potemkin Conventions: Why Are We Doing This Again?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Texas counties consider going it alone on Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney's Son In New Ad: “My Grandfather George Was Born In Mexico”
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Sayed Salahuddin / Washington Post:
Taliban beheads 17 Afghan partygoers; 2 NATO troops killed
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Grassroots Press For Convention Floor Fight Over Romney's “Power Grab”
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown lines up unusual allies on his tax hike initiative
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
Welcome To Freshman Disorientation
impreMedia Tracking Poll / Latino Decisions:
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CHART: How Ending The High End Bush Tax Cuts Saves Nearly $1 Trillion
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather