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7:40 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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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
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.
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.
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 …
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
Clint Eastwood and his imaginary non-friend at the convention
Fox News:
Transcript of Clint Eastwood speech at RNC
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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ThinkProgress:
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: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Mitt Romney's Incoherent View of Mothers
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
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Sterling C. Beard / Ballot Box:
Judge grants injunction against Ohio early-voting law
Discussion: CNN
Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
DeWine to appeal judge's ruling on early voting
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jim Provance / Toledo Blade:
Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day
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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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Change in plans: Obama will visit La. Monday
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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’
Discussion: The Raw Story
BuzzFeed:
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: youtube.com
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
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.
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.
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 …
TheBlaze.com:
ISRAELI PAPER DETAILS ALLEGED TENSE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN NETANYAHU AND U.S. AMBASSADOR OVER OBAMA'S IRAN POLICY: ‘LIGHTNING AND SPARKS FLEW’  —  Two new signs point to the deepening rift between the Obama administration and the Israeli government over how to stop Iran's nuclear weapons efforts …
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 …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos'  —  An end-of-week dose of Joe Biden, courtesy of Jennifer Epstein's pool report from an event in Ohio:
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
 
 
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