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1:55 AM ET, September 1, 2012


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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.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Pundits pan Clint Eastwood's ‘disaster’ speech  —  MSNBC pundits said Clint Eastwood's GOP convention speech Thursday night was a “bizarre” and “embarrassing” “disaster,” and a Fox News reporter wouldn't even touch it.  —  But GOP strategist Steve Schmidt was more forgiving of the Hollywood icon's performance.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The most extraordinary story of the GOP convention
Obama takes his seat
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Chris Matthews gets into confrontation with GOP delegates  —  TAMPA, Fla. — MSNBC host Chris Matthews got into a heated exchange with Republican delegates at a Tampa restaurant early Friday morning following the conclusion of the GOP national convention.  —  Matthews was booed and sworn …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Mitt Romney's Incoherent View of Mothers
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
How MSNBC Became Fox's Liberal Evil Twin
Discussion: Mediaite, and TVNewser
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: The BRAD BLOG and Wonkette
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Judge Sides With Obama On Ohio Early Voting Suit Despite Romney Attacks
Sterling C. Beard / Ballot Box:
Judge grants injunction against Ohio early-voting law
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
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.
Jonathan Easley / Twitter Room:
Akin: Rove apologized  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) says former Bush adviser Karl Rove has apologized for joking about murdering him.  —  Late Friday, Akin tweeted “Rove apologizes to Todd Akin,” along with a link to an Associated Press story saying an Akin adviser had confirmed the nature of a phone call between the two men.
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and Mediaite
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama speech to soldiers met with silence  —  President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.  —  His praise for the soldiers …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Scott Douglas / Newswire:
Paul Ryan Says He's Run Sub-3:00 Marathon … In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt last week, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said he's run a sub-3:00 marathon.  —  In the interview, after Ryan told Hewitt that he ran in high school, Hewitt asked if Ryan still runs.
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.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Change in plans: Obama will visit La. Monday
Discussion: CNN
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Romney's likeability improves in post-convention boost: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Mitt Romney emerged from the Republican convention with an overall improvement in his image among voters but no significant change in the number who say they will vote for him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.
Republican Congressman: There Are Very Few Pregnancies From Rape, It Is A Tiny Percentage  —  The pro-life congressman reiterated support for abortions in the case of rape, incest, and the life of the mother, but added that very few pregnancies and abortions are a result of rape.  —  Source:
Discussion: Truthdig
Sunthecolumn / The Column Blog:
‘The Fighter’ bails on Brown  —  Nothing is sheltered from the whirlwind whims of elections season, even the squared-circle of a boxing ring.  —  Mill City ring king Micky Ward found himself backed into a corner Thursday when word trickled out that he was supporting U.S. Senator Scott Brown's re-election campaign.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Voter Fraud: Hard to Identify  —  Voter fraud has become a divisive political-campaign issue and given rise to proposals for new voter-identification legislation in 14 states this year.  A Texas law passed last year was struck down by federal judges Thursday for failing to prove it wouldn't unfairly affect poor and minority voters.
Ann Romney: 'We're Used To' Passing Up Multi-Million Dollar Jobs  —  On Friday, Fox & Friends asked Ann Romney if it was difficult for the couple to turn down a $30 million job offer after Mitt lost the 2008 presidential nomination.  Ann, who has been trying to help her husband connect …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
RNC Convention Workers Being Paid Below Minimum Wage … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Florida, Labor, Video, Rep. Paul Ryan, Cleanevent, Janitors, Media, Minimum Wage, Mitt Romney 2012, Republican Convention Workers, Rnc, Rnc Convention Workers, Rnc Janitors …
Discussion: Addicting Info
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dem convention will focus on Bush economics — but not on Bush the man  —  The Obama campaign just held a conference call with reporters to discuss the GOP convention and contrast it with plans for their own gathering next week.  The most notable tidbit: David Axelrod's suggestion …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Mitt Romney speech leaves Ron Paul ‘skeptical’  —  Rep. Ron Paul said GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's convention speech left him “very skeptical” that the country's economic policies will change.  —  “The speech is what I would expect,” the Texas Republican said Friday on Bloomberg Television's “In the Loop.”
Discussion: Truthdig
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama camp: Our convention will be better  —  Obama campaign officials predicted on Friday that Democrats will do a much better job delivering a substantive message at their convention than they say Republicans did at theirs.  —  “Our goal next week is to bring the choice in the election …
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox News Insider
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Moves to Speak on Romney's Character
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
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DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books ‘Inaccessible’ to the Blind
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Ron Lieber / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Masa Serdarevic / FT Alphaville:
If QE3 is so close, why is the Fed's balance sheet shrinking?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
House panel probing stimulus cash for MSNBC ads
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Majority of New Jobs Pay Low Wages, Study Finds
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