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4:30 PM ET, August 28, 2012

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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Romney  —  The purpose of the Republican convention is to introduce America to the real Mitt Romney.  Fortunately, I have spent hours researching this subject.  I can provide you with the definitive biography and a unique look into the Byronic soul of the Republican nominee:
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
David Letterman Presents: ‘Ann And Mitt Romney Lies’  —  David Letterman isn't exactly “Mitch Romney"'s biggest fan.  Last night, the Late Show host introduced a new segment he's calling “Ann and Mitt Romney Lies.”  (I feel like that's missing some helpful punctuation, non?)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney shares details of past miscarriage
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Tim Scott: Paul Ryan brings House into Mitt Romney's fold
Discussion: CNN
Anne Laurie / Balloon Juice:
Even the Media Village's Most Shameless Suck-Up Can't Warm to Mitt Romney
Discussion: The Impolitic
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Priorities USA does the disappointment ad
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Most Misunderstood Man In Tampa Explains His Words
Discussion: Gothamist
Colleen Nelson / Washington Wire:
Who Is Thursday's Mystery Convention Speaker?  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Republican convention planners appear to have a surprise planned for those tuning in Thursday night.  —  Buried deep in the convention schedule released Monday is a vague reference to a mystery speaker scheduled for the event's final evening.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Mystery Speaker for Thursday? ...  Could It Be... Her?  —  From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt, now in the hands of the editors, and soon on its way to you...  The more you think about the idea, the more it makes sense - whatever controversy and intense reactions Sarah Palin …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Romney Advisors Claim Ignorance on Mystery RNC Speaker
Discussion: Power Line, TheBlaze.com and ABCNEWS
BuzzFeed:
Romney Camp Bets On Welfare Attack  —  Their most powerful weapon, a top aide says.  “We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” says Newhouse.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Mitt Romney's aides explained with unusual political bluntness today why they are spending heavily …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Fact checking for thee, but not for me  —  Get this: The Romney campaign's position is now that the Obama camp should pull its ads when fact checkers call them out as false — but that Romney and his advisers should feel no such constraint.  —  This is not an exaggeration.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
GOP Rules Committee Rapidly Moving to Shut Out Grassroots at 2:00 p.m. Today  —  At 2:00 p.m. today in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots activists.  I've been on the phone with several individuals involved in the fight …
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John Cook / Gawker:
Leader of Army Plot to Assassinate Obama Apparently Attended the 2008 Republican Convention as a Page
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Texas on the Potomac:
Republicans reach rules change deal to avert floor fight with Texans, Ron Paul backers
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Coal miners say they were forced to attend Romney event and donate
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT reporter leaked advance copy of Maureen Dowd column to CIA  —  Newly available CIA records obtained by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, reveal that New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson …
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Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Stack of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead declining in Iowa  —  PPP's newest Iowa poll finds Barack Obama's lead in the state declining all the way to two points.  He's at 47% to 45% for Mitt Romney.  In July we found Obama ahead 48-43 and in May it was 51-41.  —  Iowa makes yet another swing state where voters don't really care for either Obama or Romney.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Karl Rove on the Defection of White Democrats  —  “Bush's brain” offers some casual remarks that reveal just how much this campaign is implicitly about race.  —  TAMPA — The emerging demographics of this campaign are pretty clear: To win, Barack Obama is trying to assemble a coalition …
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
James O'Keefe not allowed to fly to Tampa  —  Conservative filmmaker and activist James O'Keefe won't be in Tampa, but the show he was supposed to headline will go on.  —  O'Keefe will still speak via Skype on “the role of the citizen journalist” and take audience questions …
Politico:
Who's on the inside track for a Romney Cabinet  —  Mitt Romney said his Cabinet and White House staff will be stacked with men and women from the business world, but his top advisers sketched out for POLITICO a team compromised of many familiar faces in Washington.
National Review:
PolitiFiction  —  The website PolitiFact is going to be truth-squadding the Republican convention speakers this week, delivering verdicts on which claims are “mostly true” and which deserve a “pants on fire” rating.  Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings.  PolitiFact can't be trusted to get the story right.
Jim Mann / Daily Inter Lake:
Sasquatch stunt takes a tragic turn on highway  —  Kalispell man, 44, dies  —  A man dressed in a military-style “Ghillie suit” who was attempting to provoke a Bigfoot sighting was struck by two vehicles and killed on U.S. 93 South of Kalispell Sunday night.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Republicans call for crackdown on pornography  —  (Reuters) - The Republican Party is calling for a crackdown on pornography in a move that could pit social conservatives against hotel operators, television providers and other businesses that profit from the sale of sexually explicit material.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
CNBC:
US Consumer Confidence Tumbles to 9-Month Low  —  U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimistic about the short-term outlook, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.
Carlos Maza / Equality Matters:
EXCLUSIVE: Undercover At NOM's Anti-Gay Student Conference  —  Every summer for the past four years, the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) Ruth Institute has invited college students from across the country to participate in its weekend-long “It Takes A Family To Raise A Village” (ITAF) conference in San Diego, CA.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Hooters Welcomes Joe Biden to Tampa  —  Vice President Joe Biden cancelled his scheduled trip to the Republican convention in Tampa because of the threat of bad weather, but that has not stopped a local Hooters restaurant (in nearby Clearwater, Florida) from welcoming him to the area anyway.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Quinnipiac University:
McMahon By A Nose In Close Connecticut Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Tops Romney By 7 Points  —  Connecticut likely voters put Republican former wrestling executive Linda McMahon on the right side of a 49 - 46 percent too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race against Democratic U.S …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Security at the RNC: George Orwell Meets a ‘Call of Duty’ Cityscape  —  At a defining civic event, the establishment is insulated by an army of police officers from protesters camping unseen on a far away corner.  —  Reuters  —  Deep inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum …
 
 
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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rep. Issa chides ‘second string’ media
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Obama's Team of Idolizers
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Taking Note
John Boehner / CNN:
Boehner's biggest disappointment
Discussion: Politico
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Dead voters & a dying democracy?