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9:40 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:
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
Ann Romney / CNN:
Mitt ‘will lift up America’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Ann Romney: ‘This Man Will Lift Up America!’
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Most Misunderstood Man In Tampa Explains His Words
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Tim Scott: Paul Ryan brings House into Mitt Romney's fold
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
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:  —  Mitt Romney's aides explained with unusual political bluntness today why they are spending heavily …
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
About crashing the other guy's convention ...  I posted earlier on the Romney campaign's contention that the Obama team was crossing a political line by lobbing heated rhetoric at Mitt Romney during his party's convention.  In a press release, the Romney camp noted that Obama was …
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Romney aides outline attack plan for after Republican convention
Chaos On The GOP Convention Floor  —  Shouting match erupts between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney supporters as the convention unceremoniously votes on Rules, Credentials.  —  TAMPA — A shouting match erupted on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon …
Discussion: his vorpal sword and Say Anything
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Over Loud Boos, Romney Supporters Pass New Rules  —  Delegates from Minnesota yell for a “no” vote at a point of order at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney's supporters passed new rules governing future primaries over the loud boos of Ron Paul supporters …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner: Romney favorability lagging because he's ‘shy’
Erick Erickson / RedState:
GOP Rules Committee Rapidly Moving to Shut Out Grassroots at 2:00 p.m. Today
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 …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Stack of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers  —  Obama Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications:  —  Obama White House ‘trying to have visibility into the UBL (Usama bin Laden) projects.’
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.
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.
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 …
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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Marco Rubio Heckled During Speech, Takes Swipe at Crist  —  More fun and games at the RNC in Tampa as the Republican Party of Florida's Tuesday breakfast was interrupted by liberal hecklers during Senator Marco Rubio keynote address.  Several hecklers stood up and interrupted Rubio during his remarks …
RNC Primetime Speaker Gave Extensive PowerPoint On How To Build Your Business With Government Money  —  Small business woman Sher Valenzuela, who is running for Lt. Governor in Delaware, is giving a primetime speech tonight at the “We Build It” themed day of the Republican convention.
Hotline On Call:
Court Throws Out Texas Congressional Map  —  In a lengthy, sweeping decision, a federal court in Washington on Tuesday unanimously struck down Texas' new congressional map, ruling that the plan was enacted with “discriminatory purpose” against Hispanics protected under the Voting Rights Act.
Scott Detrow / NPR:
Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies … Mike and Nancy Leighton's problems began on May 19, just as Mike was settling in to watch the Preakness Stakes.  A neighbor in Leroy Township, Pa., called Mike and told him to check the water well located just outside his front door.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama, Global Has-Been  —  The president would rather be loved than feared.  He is neither.  —  A few days ago there occurred one of those telling little episodes that captures the essence and folly of the Obama administration's approach to foreign policy.
Discussion: Power Line
Americans for Prosperity dispatches buses on voter turnout push  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Representatives for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative super PAC behind tens of millions in political advertising, said Tuesday they were sending three buses around the country to rally activists helping …
Discussion: Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Chinese media slams Romney as convention begins  —  Tampa - China's state-controlled media lashed out at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney Monday, warning that his policies would poison U.S.-China relations. … “By any standard, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's China policy …
The White House:
Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards  —  Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama on RNC: ‘It should be a pretty entertaining show’  —  President Obama took a jab at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in a remark loaded with sarcasm.  —  “This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda.  It should be a pretty entertaining show,” he said at a campaign rally at Iowa State University.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Seth Masket / The Mischiefs of Faction:
Who's watching the conventions?
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Discussion: Politico
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Artur Davis Says Republican Convention Speech Won't Mention Race
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Meteor Blades / Daily Kos:
Santorum will do his part for Romney by doubling down on GOP's welfare talking points
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Gabby Giffords launches ‘Gabby PAC’
Discussion: Lean Forward
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal Cries Wolf On Obama Administration Response To Hurricane Isaac?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and US Politics
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Republicans call for crackdown on pornography
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
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Discussion: ABCNEWS and Outside the Beltway
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