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12:35 PM ET, September 3, 2012


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Frank Newport / Gallup:
GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions  —  Speech gets lowest ratings of any Gallup has measured since 1996  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Last week's Republican National Convention had a minimal impact on Americans' self-reported voting intentions, with just about as many saying …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No bounce for Romney in Florida  —  PPP's newest Florida poll, conducted completely after the Republican convention, finds no change in the Presidential race there.  Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 48-47, exactly as he did on our last poll of the state five weeks ago.
Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
No Signs of GOP Convention Bounce Yet  —  The two-week convention phase of this election is now at its midpoint.  We won't know what the impact of the two conventions is until roughly Sept. 7-13, the full week after the Democratic convention closes in Charlotte.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Obama turns to Bill Clinton, the old pro, to help win reelection
Inside The Democrats' Convention Media Plan
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Michelle Malkin:
Monday is National Empty Chair Day; Updated with photos  —  What better way to commemorate the Labor Day holiday than to send a message to the AWOL campaign-in-chief — and support Clint Eastwood, to boot!  —  Twitchy has the story of the latest Eastwood-inspired social media phenomenon.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
National Empty Chair Day (photos from around country)  —  UPDATE - No new submissions being accepted for now, the response was so overwhelming that there's already a huge backlog.  —  Today is the impromptu National Empty Chair Day, which I covered on Saturday night when a reader alerted me to the idea.
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
New N.C. poll gives Romney small lead in presidential race  —  It puts GOP candidate 4 percentage points ahead of Obama  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. Republican Mitt Romney appears to have gotten his bounce from his party's national convention - at least in the state hosting the Democratic convention, according to a poll released Sunday.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Labor tries to soften image with ‘hug a union thug’ booth in Charlotte
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC enters convention tied up
Kelly Poe / The Charlotte Observer:
Group says it found 30,000 dead North Carolinians registered to vote
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rosie Ruiz Republicans  —  Remember Rosie Ruiz?  In 1980 she was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon — except it turned out that she hadn't actually run most of the race, that she sneaked onto the course around a mile from the end.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Team Readjusts On ‘Are You Better Off?’  —  After either saying “no” or refusing to give a straight yes or no answer to Sunday show anchors when asked if Americans are better off today than they were four years ago, officials from Team Obama this morning changed their answers and enthusiastically offered a capital-Y “Yes.”
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
RNC to counter Dem convention with focus on Obama economy
Discussion: CNN
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Isn't Finished  —  The Paul Ryan selection shone a spotlight on the vice-president.  He's ready for it—no matter what just came out of his mouth.  —  Jesus Christ!  " Joe Biden barks, pitching forward in the captain's chair in his cabin aboard Air Force Two.
New Obama Ad Makes Middle-Class Appeal
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Joe Garofoli /
CA Dem chair John Burton compares GOP to Goebbels for “telling the big lie” (VIDEO)  —  CA Dem chair John Burton compares GOP to Nazi Goebbels for “telling the big lie” (VIDEO)  —  Charlotte - Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup …
Paul Krugman:
Britain's Paul Ryan  —  In a lot of ways George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) is Britain's answer to Paul Ryan.  True, he's a toned-down version — no Ayn Rand, please, we're British — but other aspects of package are there in full force: he's articulate …
Caitlin McDevitt / Associated Press:
A push for Betty White to address the DNC  —  Actress Betty White is being called on by fans to speak at this week's Democratic National Convention.  —  The 90-year-old star, who's an Obama supporter, is not scheduled to appear, but there's a petition circulating online urging White to introduce the president on Thursday.
John Cusack /
John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration's War On the Constitution  —  I wrote this a while back after Romney got the nom.  In light of the blizzard of bulls**t coming at us in the next few months I thought I would put it out now.
Discussion: blogs
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
California delegate agrees to leave DNC after disturbance
Discussion: The Hill and
Edward M. Smith / Politico:
Why unions matter more than ever
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Israel: Coping with Its Gas Bonanza
‘Iran must steer clear of US interests in Gulf’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
David Weigel / Slate:
DNC 2012: Still Kitschin'
Chris / Chris Lynch's IPTV Blog:
RNC Viewership Down vs. 2008?
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Credulous fact-checkers fall for 20% scam
Keenan Felder / Twitchy:
Suppression! DNC Charlotte: Identification required, even just near convention site
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem platform calls for gun reforms, but advocates pan language as timid
Digby / Hullabaloo:
QOTD: Gloria Borger
Discussion: The Mahablog
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U.S. Companies Brace for an Exit From the Euro by Greece
New York Times:
In the Los Angeles Area, Bans Are Hot
Gary Dzen / The Boston Globe:
White House releases recipe in beer brouhaha