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3:15 PM ET, August 31, 2012

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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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New York Times:
Romney Aides Scratch Their Heads Over Eastwood's Speech  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Eastwood's rambling and off-color endorsement of Mitt Romney on Thursday seemed to startle and unsettle even the candidate's own top aides, several of whom made a point of distancing themselves from the decision to put him onstage without a polished script.
Michael Moore / The Daily Beast:
Thanks, Clint: You Made Our Day!  —  The Hollywood legend growling at an empty chair will live on in infamy as the moment when a crazy old man hijacked a national party's most important gathering to tell off the president.  Michael Moore on the creepiness of crazy Clint.
Discussion: Examiner and US Politics
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.
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 …
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.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Pundits pan Clint Eastwood's ‘disaster’ speech
Discussion: Althouse and iOwnTheWorld.com
CNN:
TRENDING: Obama takes his seat
Discussion: Politico
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's flacks try to drown out Romney's speech with digital message avalanche
Discussion: Nice Deb
Bloomberg:   Good Enough for Mitt, but What About the Rest of Us?
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Ohio Law Restricting Early Voting  —  Last month, President Obama's reelection campaign filed a lawsuit claiming that a recently enacted Ohio law eliminating early voting in the three days before an election, except for members of the military …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Jim Provance / Toledo Blade:
Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  COLUMBUS — A federal judge today sided with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and ordered Ohio to allow early voting on the three days prior to the Nov. 6 election to all voters.
Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
DeWine to appeal judge's ruling on early voting
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Associated Press:
Judge restores 3 early voting days in Ohio
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Shoving Match Between Chris Matthews' Hecklers, MSNBC Producer Investigated at RNC (Video)  —  A fight broke out after two men shouted, “Hey Chris, how's that tingle up your leg.”  —  TAMPA, Fla. - A scuffle involving an MSNBC producer and two men who heckled host Chris Matthews …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Mitt Romney's Incoherent View of Mothers
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
How MSNBC Became Fox's Liberal Evil Twin
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TVNewser
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.
Daily Mail:
Obama bounced into announcing visit to storm-ravaged Louisiana after Romney shows him up with surprise visit  —  President Barack Obama was today forced to announce he will fly to storm-hit Louisiana on Monday - hours after Mitt Romney beat him to the punch by deciding to head there this afternoon.
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Politico:
Mitt Romney heads to storm-ravaged Louisiana
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Pirate's Cove
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’
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
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: NBC Latino, Wonkette and The Raw Story
 
 
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