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1:20 PM ET, August 27, 2012


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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 …
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney neck-and-neck ahead of party conventions
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:
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 …
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
While Romney campaign talks of forging ahead, Isaac may prompt convention cancellation
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.’
Barbour: Democrats Playing The “Race Card”
Discussion: Election 2012
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Chris Matthews: RNC chairman, Romney playing ‘the race card’
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Rove compares Biden, Obama charity to $2 underwear  —  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.
Karl Rove / CNN:
Rove unloads on Todd Akin on eve of GOP convention
Discussion: Politico
First on CNN: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson coming to Republican Convention
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
Sayed Salahuddin / Washington Post:
Taliban beheads 17 Afghan partygoers; 2 NATO troops killed  —  KABUL — Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 Afghans in a rebel-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, and two NATO troops were killed by an Afghan soldier in the eastern part of the country.
Discussion: Guardian and
Associated Press:
17 Afghans beheaded in insurgent attack on party
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 …
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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney's Son In New Ad: “My Grandfather George Was Born In Mexico”  —  A pitch to Hispanics, and an echo of the birther debate.  —  Image by Mary Altaffer / AP  —  TAMPA — Mitt Romney's youngest son Craig Romney has cut a Spanish-language ad for his father's campaign, emphasizing family values …
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:
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.
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
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.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Biden: Gay activists ‘freeing the soul of the American people’
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UN staff jailed in Burma
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Justin George / Tampa Bay Times:
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John Vidal / Guardian:
Scientists warn on world food supply
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 Earlier Items: 
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Grassroots Press For Convention Floor Fight Over Romney's “Power Grab”
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABCNEWS
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
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Anthony York / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown lines up unusual allies on his tax hike initiative
Discussion: Hullabaloo
impreMedia Tracking Poll / Latino Decisions:
Tracking Poll Wave 1: Latino vote uphill climb for Romney
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