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9:00 AM ET, August 30, 2012


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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Great Moments in CNN Euphemisms  —  Coming right off Ryan's speech Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett seemed unable not to mention that Ryan's speech had well ... contained a lot of pretty huge fibs.  So euphemisms to the rescue.  The transcript ...
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.
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 …
Paul Ryan / PolitiFact:
Did Barack Obama break a promise to keep GM plant open?  —  If the hometown of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has had an icon during his lifetime, it was a sprawling General Motors auto assembly plant.  —  For decades, the Janesville, Wis., plant gave thousands of people a comfortable living.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Everything you know about Paul Ryan's budget is (probably) wrong
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Lean Forward
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan Address: Convention Speech Built On Demonstrably Misleading Assertions
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
The GOP is the Party of Medicare
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican convention helps Romney pull even with Obama  —  (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney pulled even with President Barack Obama in a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday, getting a boost from his party's nominating convention in Tampa this week.  —  In a four-day rolling poll …
Race incident sees Republican convention expulsions  —  Two people were ejected from the Republican National Convention when they threw nuts at a black CNN camera woman and said “this is how we feed animals,” the network said Wednesday.  —  “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Clint Eastwood To Speak At Republican Convention on Thursday: Fox News
Discussion: Riehl World News and Pat Dollard
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Yahoo News fires David Chalian
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Condoleezza Rice Hits Obama Policies … In a clear highlight of the evening, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a moving address to delegates at the Republican convention, broadly criticizing President Barack Obama's record without ever mentioning him by name.
Washington Post:
RNC 2012: Condoleezza Rice delivers speech to Republican National Convention in Tampa (full text)
Fox News:
Transcript of Condoleezza Rice speech at the RNC
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Condi Rice Can't Name A Specific Obama Foreign Policy Failure
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Maddow Blog
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Rice heckled at convention event
Chris Christie's flop at the GOP convention  —  TAMPA, Fla. — There is no mistaking what a successful keynote speech for Chris Christie would have looked and sounded like.  There would have been an electric reaction from the crowd in the convention hall.  It would have been followed by waves …
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Ann Romney, Chris Christie draw 22.3M TV viewers  —  TAMPA — Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proved to be an attractive TV draw at the Republican National Convention.  —  An estimated 22.3 million people tuned in to watch the first full night of the GOP convention last night, according to Nielsen, the ratings company.
Discussion: Nielsen Wire and NO QUARTER
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney gets bump from first full day at Republican convention
Discussion: Reuters and Scared Monkeys
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snap poll: Romney's favorable rating rises five points overnight, Christie's speech most popular
Transcript: Rep. Paul Ryan's Convention Speech … Transcript of vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's speech as prepared for delivery at the Republican National Convention:  —  Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored by the support of this convention for vice president of the United States.
Juan Williams / Fox News:
Ann Romney, me and her convention speech  —  Last night on Fox's special coverage of the Republican Convention, I said that Ann Romney reminded me of a corporate wife during her speech.  In the hours since I made that comment, I have gotten a lot of static and a flurry of negative feedback through Twitter and Facebook.
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
The Case for Noblesse Oblige
Orlando Sentinel:
Appeal court: Lester is out  —  The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach today ruled that second-degree murder suspect George Zimmerman deserves a new judge.  —  A three-judge panel voted 2-1 that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in Sanford went too far when, among other things, he wrote that Zimmerman is a manipulator.
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Fla. appeals court orders new judge for Zimmerman trial
Susana Martinez RNC speech transcript (text, video)  —  A transcript of remarks made by Gov. Susana Martinez, as prepared for delivery.  —  “Thank you and good evening.  —  On behalf of the great state of New Mexico, let me express my gratitude for being invited to speak tonight.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Ryan carves up President Obama  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday night electrified the Republican Party with a speech that combined lacerating attacks on President Obama with homespun values and a tribute to GOP candidate Mitt Romney.  —  In a 35-minute address …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Paul Ryan Is the Newest New Nixon, a Moocher Belied  —  SPENCER PLATT/GETTY (RYAN, SCOTT WALKER); MARK WILSON/GETTY (PROTESTOR, RICE); WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY (TELEPROMPTER, SKYBOX)  —  Clockwise from top left: A protestor held a sheet reading VAGINA — CAN'T SAY IT, DON'T LEGISTLATE …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Secret Service Agent Accidentally Leaves Gun on Romney's Plane  —  A Secret Service agent was pulled off Mitt Romney's campaign plane on Wednesday after accidentally leaving her loaded handgun in the bathroom.  —  A CBS News producer found the gun in the lavatory as the Republican nominee flew from Tampa …
CBS News:
Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
President Obama's reddit AMA: Top five most awesome questions  —  This post has been updated.  —  If you haven't heard, President Obama was on reddit Wednesday doing an AMA, or “Ask Me Anything.”  He is the first sitting president to participate in the site's popular feature.
Charlie Cook /
Tonight May Be More Important Than the Debates  —  My biggest complaint with many younger political journalists is their lack of appreciation for scale and context.  Some seem to think that almost every event is huge and consequential, and will remain so until Election Day.
Palin canceled on Fox?  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin posted a cryptic message on Facebook Wednesday night, saying the Fox News Channel had cut her appearances for the evening.  —  “I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air …
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Chris Matthews and MSNBC Now Claim the Word ‘Chicago’ Is Racist
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Mitt Romney's make-or-break night
Discussion: CNN
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Man in the News | Willard Mitt Romney: Setback Leads Romney to Reinvention
Discussion: Business Insider
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Rand Paul Is a Star
David Weigel / Slate:
“You Didn't Build That,” but You Sure Did Edit It
Discussion: Mother Jones and Los Angeles Times
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