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12:10 PM 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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Washington Post:
(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.
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:   Good Enough for Mitt, but What About the Rest of Us?
Mark Murray / First Read:
Eastwood surprises GOP convention - maybe in more ways than one
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.
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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 accepts GOP presidential nomination
Washington Wire:
Marco Rubio Delivers Rousing Speech at RNC
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The most extraordinary story of the GOP convention  —  Popular in Politics  —  TAMPA — When CNN asked top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom to assess Clint Eastwood's performance on stage at the Republican convention Thursday night, Fehrnstrom answered simply, “It's improv.”
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   Persuadable Voters  —  One in four registered voters …
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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Prudent Speech, Romney Seeks Role as Generic Republican
Discussion: Fox News, The Week and Election 2012
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Romney's speech: Where was the policy?
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.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
OOPS: Mitt Romney Calls United States A ‘Company’  —  Mitt Romney is focused on convincing Americans that his private-sector business record qualifies him to be President, which is perhaps why he accidentally called the United States of America a “company” instead of a “country” on Friday.
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.
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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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Monetary Policy since the Onset of the Crisis  —  When we convened in Jackson Hole in August 2007, the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) target for the federal funds rate was 5-1/4 percent.  Sixteen months later, with the financial crisis in full swing, the FOMC had lowered the target …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The One Line To Rule Them All  —  I generally agree with Scott that Romney's speech could have been a lot stronger, and still had the same personal structure and done what he wanted to do with it.  Who are his chief speechwriters, I wonder?  Is it the same crew (McConnell and Scully) that did Paul Ryan's speech?
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Behind the Latest Palin-Fox Fight  —  Last night's kerfuffle between Sarah Palin and Fox News was a classic display of Sarah Palin being, well, Sarah Palin.  But her Facebook outburst complaining about Fox canceling her appearance at the Republic National Convention reveals something deeper …
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 …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
RNC Delegate Offended By Presence of ‘Mexican’ At Disney's Epcot Center  —  During a trip to Epcot at Disneyworld, Pennsylvania delegate Mark Harris and his wife were shocked and offended to find a Mexican employee working at the amusement park's American pavilion, which showcases the different cultures in the United States.
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Jen Christensen / CNN:
Gay groups and “Homocon” welcomed to GOP convention despite platform
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New York Times:
Mr. Romney Reinvents History
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paul Ryan's Grim Vision for America
New York Post:
It's a battle for America's heartland
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Medicare Killers  —  Paul Ryan's speech Wednesday night …
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CNN:
Romney to survey storm damage in Louisiana
Miketoole / CBS Boston:
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Rachael Larimore / Slate:
“You Didn't Build That” Isn't Going Away  —  It doesn't matter what Obama meant.
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Very Quick Take  —  As we watch the Romneys and Ryans …
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