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4:25 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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Poll:Mitt Romney speech has low impact  —  Americans scored Mitt Romney's GOP convention speech the lowest since Bob Dole's acceptance speech in 1996, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.  —  Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, 40 percent of voters …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 2: Split Verdict in Polls on Romney Convention Bounce  —  My view is that the consensus of evidence so far points toward Mitt Romney having received a small bounce in the polls of perhaps two or three percentage points from the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.
Right rallies for ‘Empty Chair Day’  —  The right rallied on Labor Day to celebrate “National Empty Chair Day,” a show of solidarity with Clint Eastwood after his rambling address to an invisible President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention last week.
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.
Democrats Wait, Nervously, On Clinton Speech  —  All other major addresses have been vetted.  —  Obama speaks as Clinton looks on during a campign event in New York on June 4, 2012.  —  Image by JEWEL SAMAD / Getty Images  —  CHARLOTTE, NC — Former President Bill Clinton is slated …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Byron Tau / Politico:
L.A. mayor: 44 continues 42's policies
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Roger L. Simon
Russell Berman / Ballot Box:
Obama turns to Bill Clinton, the old pro, to help win reelection
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: Politico, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC enters convention tied up
Joe Garofoli /
CA Dem chair John Burton compares GOP to Goebbels for “telling the big lie” (VIDEO) (AUDIO)  —  Charlotte - Greetings from the California delegation breakfast at the DNC where before he had a cup of coffee Democratic Party Chair John Burton - much like his ol' palGuv Jerry Brown once did …
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.”
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.
Peter Slutsky /
Democrats: Ask Betty White to Introduce President Obama at the DNC  —  Clint Eastwood, the Republican's “mystery guest” at the RNC, gave a bad name to older Americans everywhere with his absurd and awkward-to-watch introduction of Governor Romney.  —  You know what?
Discussion: USA Today and Truthdig
Caitlin McDevitt / Associated Press:
A push for Betty White to address the DNC
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama Plays to Win, in Politics and Everything Else  —  As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself.  He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.”  He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience.
Secret Service U-Haul stolen from Detroit Hotel  —  U-Haul carrying equipment for Vice President Joe Biden's visit Monday … DETROIT -  —  A U-Haul being used by the secret service for Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the Labor Day Rally in Detroit on Monday was stolen out of a hotel parking lot Sunday morning.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Isn't Finished
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem platform calls for gun reforms, but advocates pan language as timid
New Obama Ad Makes Middle-Class Appeal
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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QOTD: Gloria Borger
Discussion: The Mahablog
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