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12:40 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
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Mitt Romney's Incoherent View of Mothers  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wife Ann stand on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 30, 2012 on the final day of the Republican National Convention (RNC).  —  One of the Romney campaign's …
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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
Discussion: The Rightnewz
CNN:
Romney to survey storm damage in Louisiana
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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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, Election 2012 and The Week
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?
Discussion: GayPatriot and Betsy's Page
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA STRIKES BACK AFTER DIRTY HARRY DARES TO MOCK OBAMA  —  Newsflash: Obama can't take a joke.  But we already knew that.  —  For four long years we've waited, hoped and prayed that some young comic would break free of the politically correct demands of The State and mock Obama …
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 …
Cynthia Roldan / Palm Beach Post:
Lake Park man allegedly obsessed with Fox News, GOP is in jail after threats made to girlfriend  —  A Lake Park man “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican party” is in jail today after he allegedly said that he felt he was going to have to kill his girlfriend because she was a “liberal.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Saint Petersblog
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 …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden hits Ryan on auto plant, Romney on Bain & Co.  —  In Ohio today, Joe Biden will go after the most controversial anecdote Paul Ryan told in his convention speech: the tale of a Janesville, Wis., auto plant that closed in 2008 and that has not reopened.  In the telling, Ryan made it sound …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Jen Christensen / CNN:
Gay groups and “Homocon” welcomed to GOP convention despite platform
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