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8:25 AM ET, August 31, 2012

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Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Clint Eastwood Delivers Bizarre, Rambling Speech To Empty Chair  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Eastwood opened up the primetime portion of the Republican convention with a rambling, mumbling and often incoherent address next to an empty chair that was meant to represent President Obama.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Clint Eastwood's rambling RNC speech  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Eastwood delivered a rambling performance at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night in a speech that included the Hollywood legend speaking to an empty stool and telling an imaginary President Barack Obama …
Mark Murray / First Read:
Eastwood surprises GOP convention - maybe in more ways than one  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The Romney campaign planned a surprise guest to address the Republican convention here: Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood.  —  But it might have been more of a surprise than they bargained for.
Washington Post:
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
If Clint Eastwood is Mitt Romney's Secret RNC Speaker, It'll Be No Surprise
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Romney takes lead over Obama with convention “bounce”: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Mitt Romney has moved into a narrow lead over U.S. President Barack Obama in a small bounce for him from the Republican National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.
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ABCNEWS:
TRANSCRIPT: Mitt Romney's Speech at the Republican National Convention  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses with campaign staffers for a photo during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 30, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. (Getty Images)
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Michael Moore: Mitt Romney Will Win In November (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Michael Moore, Video, HuffPost Live, Josh Zepps, Shadow Conventions 2012, Money In Politics, Shadow Conventions 2012, Politics News  —  Filmmaker Michael Moore joined HuffPost Live Thursday …
CNN:
Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:   50 Person Poll: RNC Delegate Edition
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Romney shown closing the gap on Obama in latest Michigan poll
Discussion: The Fix and Scared Monkeys
TMZ.com:
Republican National Convention — Stripper Business BOOMING in Tampa
Discussion: Hit & Run
Gallup:
Mitt Romney Brings Strengths and Weaknesses to GOP Stage
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP's stance on gay marriage …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Justice Department ends criminal probe of detainee deaths  —  The Justice Department will not file criminal charges against CIA officials after an investigation into the deaths of two detainees, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.  —  Justice is closing its investigation …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Very Quick Take  —  As we watch the Romneys and Ryans in the traditional balloon drop, a few really quick takes.  —  On balance, I thought the first half to 2/3 of the speech were really weak, disjointed, kind of rambling.  (The protest disruptions probably added to that impression.)
Colleen Curry / ABCNEWS:
Priest Defends Sex Abusers, Apologizes  —  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.  But the comments were removed by the website …
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Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Reagan hologram is real, was planned for RNC debut  —  Despite some conflicting reports, Yahoo News has learned that a holographic projection of former President Ronald Reagan is in the works and was originally intended to debut outside the halls of the Republican National Convention this week.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Republican Convention Address  —  Here are the remarks Marco Rubio plans to deliver this evening at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida:  —  In 1980, I watched my first Republican Convention with my grandfather.  —  He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba.
Discussion: Telegraph and Hot Air
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Washington Wire:
Marco Rubio Delivers Rousing Speech at RNC
Rachael Larimore / Slate:
“You Didn't Build That” Isn't Going Away  —  It doesn't matter what Obama meant.  Here's why.  —  Attendees at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.  —  Richard Kalvar/Magnum Photos for Slate.  —  The official theme of the GOP convention Wednesday night was …
Discussion: Spectator and Philly.com
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama's hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A not-very-truthful speech in a not-very-truthful campaign  —  Honestly?  I didn't want us to write this piece.  —  The original pitch was for “the five biggest lies in Paul Ryan's speech.”  I said no. It's not that the speech didn't include some lies.  It's that I wanted us to bend …
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Pentagon threatens lawsuit over Osama bin Laden book  —  The Defense Department is threatening to go after an ex-SEAL author and his publisher over a new book that challenges the administration's official account of last year's raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney: Obama's Reelection Means The Future Will Not Be Better Than The Past  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney's campaign released excerpts of his big address to the Republican National Convention ahead of his address Thursday night.  —  The excerpts in full:
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney To Defend Bain Capital Record In Acceptance Speech
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
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Joe Kemp / NY Daily News:
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
RNC Ratings Night Two: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To Night Two Of 2008 RNC
Detroit Free Press:
Guest commentary: Nation needs a plan to close the prosperity gap by supporting workers, students, retirees
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Nocera / Politico:
Newt Gingrich aide joins Todd Akin campaign
Discussion: The Hill and Ballot Box
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Colorado's Attempted Voter Purge Finds Nearly 90 Percent Of ‘Suspected Non-Citizens’ Are Actually U.S. Citizens
Jon Cassidy / Human Events:
POLITIFACT BIAS: DOES THE GOP TELL NINE TIMES MORE LIES THAN LEFT? REALLY?
Discussion: Hot Air and Nice Deb
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Condoleezza Rice Has a Lot of Nerve