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3:30 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.
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 …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Two RNC attendees removed for taunting black camerawoman
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Two RNC Attendees Removed After Throwing Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman
Athenae / First Draft:
Making You Inferior With Your Explicit Consent
Discussion: Washington Post
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’
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 …
Francesca Chambers / Red Alert Politics:
MSNBC cuts every speech made by a minority from RNC speech coverage  —  MSNBC wants you to think the Republican Party hates minorities.  So much so that the liberal news network cut minority speeches from it's convention coverage.  —  When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz …
David Horsey / Los Angeles Times:
Republican National Convention puts a brown face on a white party
Dan / Riehl World News:
LA Times: GOP showed off its colored people for the cameras
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.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Mixed messages  —  Mixed messages: Both Ann Romney and Chris Christie gave fine speeches, but they created a disjointed message... Christie raises the bar for Romney... Last night showcased the GOP's governors and its diverse candidates/officials... Isaac slams into Louisiana …
Romney and Christie's Hard Truth Problem
Discussion: Hit & Run and
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 Maddow Blog
Erik Opsal / Brennan Center for Justice:
Florida Victory: Federal Court Removes New Restrictions on Voter Registration Groups
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Matt Dixon / Florida Times Union:
Democratic registration all but dries up since new Florida laws
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Why the GOP is winning the battle over Paul Ryan  —  TAMPA — Say what you want about Paul Ryan's politics; even Democrats in Congress struggle to find a negative word to say about him.  —  At least, that's what Republicans have been arguing for the last two weeks.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Author Of South Carolina Voter ID Law Acknowledges Racist Emails … During Tuesday night's Republican Convention, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) complained that the “hardest part” of her job is “this president” opposing South Carolina's voter ID law, which would require a photo identification as a prerequisite for voting.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkette
John Fund / National Review:
Akin's Options  —  One name that is never mentioned from the podium here at the Tampa convention is Congressman Todd Akin, the hyper-controversial GOP Senate nominee from Missouri.  But in innumerable side conversations, lots of folks are talking about him.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Missouri Sen. Blunt predicts Akin will drop out of race
Discussion: Riehl World News and Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Ahead of Ryan's Tampa speech, Obama video hits VP pick as ‘out of step’  —  Democrats unveiled a new Web video on Wednesday hammering Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ahead of his speech to the Republican National Convention, painting Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick as “out of step.”
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt Romney the GOP placeholder
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Erin Burnett Moved to Tears by Romney Appearance  —  Your ‘liberal media’ hard at work: … Scintillating analysis, don't you think?  —  Next on CNN: how taking away social safety nets and reproductive rights are totally awesome for American women, and then we'll go to the Chris Christie 2016 rally already taking place!
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
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.
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
Why Aren't Conservatives Funny?  —  An academic's doomed attempt to explain why there are no good right-wing comedians.  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor  —  by Alison Dagnes  —  Palgrave Macmillan, 255 pp.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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