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5:45 PM ET, August 29, 2012


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Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”
Jack Hitt / Harper's:
A Troubling Chant on the Convention Floor  —  An unscripted moment happened late this afternoon that caused the assembled mainstream media to turn away in the hope that it would disappear.  As I was standing in line for a sandwich next to an Italian and a Puerto Rican correspondent, a controversy was unfolding on the floor.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Exquisitely Awkward Spot  —  You've probably seen that last night a convention attendee was ejected from the hall for pelting a black CNN camerawomen with nuts and saying the words “this is how we feed animals.”  Follow up reports this morning say actually two people were ejected.
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Attendee Allegedly Threw Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman, Said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’  —  An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
CNN should reveal details of nut-throwing incident
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Two RNC Attendees Removed After Throwing Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Two RNC attendees removed for taunting black camerawoman
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Yahoo News fires David Chalian  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac …
Matthew Sheffield /
In ABC Webcast, Yahoo! News's Chalian Says Romneys ‘Happy to Have a Party When Black People Drown’  —  During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces …
Send a Tip  —  ***UPDATE: ABC News reached out Breitbart News to name the man heard mocking the Romneys during this ABC News livecast: David Chalian (pictured) of Yahoo! News.  Chalian is a former political director with ABC News, but according to ABC News has no association with the network now.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Reporter: Romneys ‘Happy to Have a Party With Black People Drowning’
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag  —  The yacht where the elite donors of the Romney Victory Council are partying in Tampa bears the flag of the Cayman Islands.  Romney's use of offshore accounts for his investments has come under fire during the campaign.
Rolling Stone:
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital  —  How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs - and stuck others with the bill  —  The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney gets bump from first full day at Republican convention  —  After a day of action at the Republican convention in Tampa, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is looking better to voters.  —  Romney's image has received a five-point bump after the convention's first day …
Discussion: Hot Air
First Read:
First Thoughts: Mixed messages
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Romney and Christie's Hard Truth Problem
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
Ann Coulter Upset Chris Christie Did Not Attack Obama
Discussion: Riehl World News
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority  —  One of the left's favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.  —  If you were watching MSNBC's coverage of the Republican National Convention …
Brendan Sasso / Ballot Box:
Mia Love tops Google searches after ‘rousing’ speech at GOP convention
Discussion: The Greenroom
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Rick Santorum's dirty hands  —  In a dishonest, anti-welfare race-baiting speech, he quietly told white people they're “dependents” too  —  Chris Christie got tapped to make the keynote attack on President Obama, but Rick Santorum was assigned to throw out some of the reddest meat at the GOP convention …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
GOP Governor Acknowledges That Romney's Welfare Attack Ads Are False
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Federal Judge Will Permanently Remove Florida Voter Registration Restrictions  —  A federal judge said Wednesday he would permanently remove harsh restrictions on third-party voter registration groups that have handicapped registration efforts in Florida this year.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Maddow Blog
Erik Opsal / Brennan Center for Justice:
Florida Victory: Federal Court Removes New Restrictions on Voter Registration Groups
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Election Law Blog
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Speculation swirls around GOP convention mystery guest  —  Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012: Mitt Romney hugs wife Ann after she delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention on n Tampa, Fla.AP  —  TAMPA, FLA. - Will Clint Eastwood make the Republicans' day?  —  Or maybe Sarah Palin?
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of an Affirmative-Action President  —  Why, I wonder, do so many people question how Barack Obama got where he is, while no one asks the same about Mitt Romney?  —  Obama for America  —  El presidente, reporting from Tampa, catches this from Karl Rove:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama has small lead in Nevada
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Mitt camp: Williams ‘wrong, unfair’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign charged Wednesday that Fox News analyst Juan Williams's comments labeling Ann Romney a “corporate wife” after her convention speech were “unfair” and “deeply disappointing.”  —  “We respect our colleagues in media and appreciate …
Discussion: Hot Air, BuzzFeed and The Daily Caller
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Woos Hispanic Voters, Urging They Get Past ‘Their Biases’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Rice heckled at convention event  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was twice interrupted on Wednesday by hecklers who were protesting her role in the Bush administration that began the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  The interruptions, which came hours …
Marcus Baram / The Huffington Post:
‘No Easy Day,’ Bin Laden Raid Book: Osama Was Unarmed … FOLLOW:  —  Osama bin Laden, Video, Bin Laden Dead, Bin Laden Operation, Bin Laden Raid, Bin Laden Raid Book, Bin Laden Unarmed, Mark Owen, No Easy Day, World News  —  NEW YORK — The much-anticipated firsthand account …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
In modern GOP, the old South returns  —  The Republican ticket may hail from Massachusetts and Wisconsin, but Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan head the most Southernized major U.S. political party since Jefferson Davis's day.  In its hostility toward minorities, exploitation of racism …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
LGBT Groups Break With Obama On Choice Of Cardinal
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
The 10 oddest items in the GOP platform
Naureen Khan /
Jane Romney: My Brother Won't Ban Abortion
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
California Defies Lower-Tax Texas In Creating More Jobs
John Fund / National Review:
Akin's Options  —  One name that is never mentioned from the podium …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Erin Burnett Moved to Tears by Romney Appearance
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
Why Aren't Conservatives Funny?  —  An academic's doomed attempt …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Didn't Participate in Bain Fee Waiver, Attorney Says
Discussion: A Taxing Blog