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11:10 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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(APPLAUSE)  —  So — but they are there, believe me, they are there.  I just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw Jon Voight, a lot of people around.  —  Jon's here, an academy award winner.  A terrific guy.  These people are all like-minded, like all of us.
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 …
Politico:
Clint Eastwood RNC speech transcript (text, video)  —  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Save a little for Mitt.  —  (APPLAUSE) I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, what's a movie tradesman doing out here?  You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin.
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.
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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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney to Visit Areas Damaged By Hurricane Isaac  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — In a last-minute change of plans, Mitt Romney will head to visit storm-affected areas in New Orleans today, skipping a previously scheduled joint rally with running mate Paul Ryan in the battleground state of Virginia this afternoon.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Mitt showed the ‘deepest part of his soul’
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Romney to View Hurricane Damage in Louisiana
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CNN:
Romney to survey storm damage in Louisiana
CNN:
Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Romney shown closing the gap on Obama in latest Michigan poll
Discussion: The Fix and Scared Monkeys
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Honey Boo Boo’ Ratings Top the Republican National Convention  —  The TLC series hits another high in its fourth episode, nearing 3 million viewers and topping cable news and broadcast network coverage of the RNC among adults 18-49.  —  Perhaps we spoke too soon.
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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 …
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
No silver tongue, but Mitt Romney gets job done
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The most extraordinary story of the GOP convention
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Romney Aces Convention Test  —  A few hours before Mitt Romney spoke to the Republican convention last night, his campaign did something clever.  It's normal procedure before a major speech is to release excerpts so the evening TV news shows can preview the address.
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Sheelah Kolhatkar / Business Week:
Exclusive: Inside Karl Rove's Billionaire Fundraiser  —  On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party's highest-earning and most powerful donors.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, GOP 12 and Mediaite
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What War?  —  The United States has some 68,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan.  Over two thousand Americans have died in the more than ten years of that war, a war Mitt Romney has supported.  Yet in his speech accepting his party's nomination to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney said not a word about the war in Afghanistan.
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 …
Rebecca D. Robbins / The Harvard Crimson:
Harvard Investigates “Unprecedented” Academic Dishonesty Case  —  Nearly half of more than 250 students in “Introduction to Congress” are under investigation  —  Harvard College's disciplinary board is investigating nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in Government 1310 …
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.)
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.
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
World's richest woman says poor should have less fun, work harder  —  Gina Rinehart, the world's richest woman, says people who are jealous of the wealthy should work harder.  —  Just in case you were beginning to think rich people were deeply misunderstood and that they feel the pain …
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Amy Coopes / Agence France Presse:
World's richest woman: ‘Drink less, work more’
Discussion: Riehl World News
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on Closure of Investigation into the Interrogation of Certain Detainees  —  The Attorney General announced today the closure of the criminal investigations into the death of two individuals while in United States custody at overseas locations.
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Justice Department ends criminal probe of detainee deaths
 
 
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