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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever?  —  You're going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan's speech on Wednesday night.  And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan's speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country …
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Sally Kohn / Fox News:
Paul Ryan's speech in 3 words  —  Aug. 29, 2012: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.AP  —  At least a quarter of Americans still don't know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Paul Ryan's brazen lies  —  His Republican National Convention speech was stunning for its dishonesty  —  Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the nomination as he addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Fact-checking the factcheckers on Ryan's speech  —  Seems like fact checkers need to do some fact checking of their own assumptions.  Paul Ryan's speech last night included a reference to a GM plant in Janesville that closed, which Ryan used to criticize Barack Obama for failing to meet his campaign promises.
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Obama Camp Melts Down Over Ryan's Speech  —  The Obama campaign is lashing out at Paul Ryan, claiming that his fantastic convention speech last night was packed with falsehoods and lies.  Here's their hysterical response video:  —  To the surprise of no one, the ad's “rebuttals” are misleading and wrong themselves.
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Top 5 Fibs In Paul Ryan's Convention Speech  —  Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's headlining speech at the GOP convention in Tampa Wednesday night touched on many of the election's defining issues.  But it was also filled with prevarications — not just recitations of the conventions …
Washington Post:
Mr. Ryan's misleading speech  —  “YOU ARE ENTITLED to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near,” vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan told the Republican National Convention in Tampa in his hard-hitting acceptance speech Wednesday night.
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
The true, the false, and the misleading: grading Paul Ryan's convention speech.  —  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan / Washington Post  —  It was Paul Ryan's big moment in Tampa tonight, and he sure didn't lack for passion.  But do the claims he made hold up?  Wonkblog went about sorting the true …
Paul Ryan / PolitiFact:
Did Barack Obama break a promise to keep GM plant open?
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A not-very-truthful speech in a not-very-truthful campaign
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Ryan's Fact-Challenged Fact Checkers
James Downie / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's breathtakingly dishonest speech
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Two Paul Ryans  —  To hear the conservative chatter this morning …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Paul Ryan's Large Lies and One Big Truth
BuzzFeed:   Paul Ryan Sent Out 2008 Press Release On Decision To Close GM Plant
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Barack Obama Thrice Mentioned Janesville GM Plant In 2008
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Ryan / CNN:   Romney campaign defends Ryan's speech
Washington Post:
Texas voter ID law is blocked  —  A federal court on Thursday blocked a controversial new voter ID law in Texas, ruling that the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.  —  The three-judge panel in the historic case said that evidence also showed …
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Federal court rejects new Texas voter photo ID law
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Texas AG calls voter ID ruling ‘disappointing,’ vows to appeal to Supreme Court
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Rick Perry / CNN:
BREAKING: Texas voter ID law struck down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude  —  TAMPA — From the convention stage here, the Republican Party has tried to highlight its diversity, giving prime speaking slots to Latinos and blacks who have emphasized their party's economic appeal to all Americans.
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Elizabeth Flock / US News:
Close Friend of Romney: Clint Eastwood Is Thursday's ‘Mystery Speaker’  —  A close friend of Mitt and Ann Romney confirmed to Whispers Wednesday night that Clint Eastwood is indeed Thursday's mystery speaker at the Republican National Convention.  —  “It's him,” said Paul Gilbert …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Still a toss up in Missouri  —  PPP's newest poll of the Missouri Senate race finds that Todd Akin is weathering the storm and the contest remains a toss up.  Claire McCaskill leads 45-44, just a small change from our poll last week which found Akin ahead by a 44-43 margin.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Aug. 29: So Much Depends Upon Ohio  —  Polls that are published during the party conventions can be anticlimactic, representing old news since they won't fully reflect the effects of the convention bounce.  And none of the surveys that came out on Wednesday were that newsworthy to begin with …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Okay, That's the Stupidest Thing I Ever Heard  —  I like Chuck Todd.  He's one of the more knowledgable and sensible people in political journalism.  But this has to rank as one of the stupidest things I've ever heard anyone say.  From this morning on Morning Joe, Todd explains that Democrats wish …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
What He Knows Now: Obama on Popularity, Partisanship and Getting Things Done in Washington  —  White House correspondent Michael Scherer spoke with President Obama aboard Air Force One on Aug. 21 for the new issue of TIME, now available online to subscribers.
Herb Keinon / Reuters:
IAEA: Iran has doubled underground nuclear capacity  —  UN nuclear watchdog report says “extensive activities” has seen number of centrifuges double since May.  —  Iran has doubled the number of uranium- enrichment centrifuges it has in an underground bunker, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Thursday …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Inspectors Confirm New Work by Iran at Secure Nuclear Site
Discussion: Riehl World News
Colleen Curry / ABCNEWS:
Prominent Catholic Priest Defends Sex Abusers  —  A well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense.  —  The Rev. Benedict Groeschel …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Condoleezza Rice Has a Lot of Nerve  —  The former secretary of state presided over a failure.  She has no business lecturing Obama on international politics.  —  To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans …
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn primary candidate in N.Y. Assembly race says ‘negrohood’ mailer was just a ‘typo’  —  Ben Akselrod calls the error on a flier sent to voters last week ‘inadvertent’  —  Ben Akselrod is hoping to unseat Democratic Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz in the Sheepshead Bay district primary race.
 
 
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