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9:00 AM ET, September 5, 2012


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Transcript: Michelle Obama's Democratic Convention Speech  —  Below is the full transcript, as prepared for delivery, of First Lady Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night.  —  Thank you so much, Elaine...we are so grateful for your family's service and sacrifice …
Associated Press:
Some Obama Programs Embellished by Democrats  —  Speakers at the Democratic National Convention portrayed President Barack Obama's presidency in glowing terms Tuesday evening, but sometimes left out important details or embellished his record.  —  Others mischaracterized programs backed …
Discussion: ABC15 Arizona, CNN and Politico
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The night Democrats reclaimed “Obamacare”
Alicia M. Cohn / Twitter Room:
Obama, with daughters, watches first lady speak to convention
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Will Debbie Be Dumped?  —  Are there no consequences for lying?  Even on national television?  —  Earlier today, Philip Klein reported that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said this: “We know, and I've heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Democrats Drop ‘God’ From Party Platform  —  Guess what?  God's name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform.  —  This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform:  —  “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people …
Washington Free Beacon:
Pro-Israel Language Removed From Democratic Party Platform
“Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To”  —  A provocative line in a DNC video.  UPDATE: Obama campaign disclaims.  —  Source:  —  The Democratic National Convention has signaled from the start an unapologetic, and at times, confrontational, liberalism …
CNN Poll: Did Romney get a convention bounce?  —  Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - It's the question everyone's asking: Did Mitt Romney get a bounce out of last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida?  —  According to a new national poll released Tuesday …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Gets No Bounce From Last Week's GOP Convention
Discussion: Polling Matters and Firedoglake
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Strickland: “Mitt Romney Has So Little Economic Patriotism That Even His Money Needs A Passport”  —  Ohio's Strickland raies the volume.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland launched into a brutal assault on Mitt Romney Tuesday night on the opening night of the Democratic Convention …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Democrats Whooping It Up  —  Before beginning the live blog …
Vanity Fair:
Barack Obama to Michael Lewis on a Presidential Loss of Freedom: “You Don't Get Used to It—At Least, I Don't”  —  Michael Lewis and Barack Obama.  —  “Don't be looking to the sidelines all sheepish,” Barack Obama yells at Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Lewis in “Obama's Way,” …
Discussion: USA Today
Greg Wilson / Fox News:
US debt tops $16 trillion: So who do we owe most of that money to? … The national debt topped $16 trillion on Tuesday, adding fuel to Republicans' criticisms of President Obama's deficit spending just as the Democrats are kicking off their national convention.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
FBI Agent's Laptop ‘Hacked’ To Grab 12 Million Apple IDs - UPDATED  —  FBI special agent Christopher Stangl as he appeared in a video calling on hackers to join the federal agency.  —  UPDATE Sept. 4, 21:50 GMT: The FBI has denied that it ever had the 12 million Apple IDs in question …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Here's how to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Charlotte speech increases rumors Kerry is up for Hillary Clinton's job  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be defending President Obama's record on national security when he speaks to convention delegates on Thursday evening, but political observers will be watching …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Pinocchio Press  —  The bizarre rise of “fact checking” propagandists.  —  In the 19th-century fairy tale “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” the eponymous protagonist is a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming an actual boy.  We suppose people who work as fact checkers have long dreamed …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Bill Clinton's 8 digs at Obama  —  There's only one president who actually came from Hope.  —  Former President Bill Clinton — a native of Hope, Ark. — is expected to offer a rousing endorsement of President Barack Obama in his speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Ex-chief Emanuel calls Obama ‘once-in-a-generation’ president  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered a personal testimony to President Obama's leadership during times of crisis, telling the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday that the man he served as White House chief of staff is a …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Popularity Dips Underwater; For Romney, a Faint Favorability Bounce  —  Click HERE for continuous livestreaming coverage of the Democratic National Convention.  —  Barack Obama approaches his nomination for a second term with the lowest pre-convention personal popularity …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Democrats Creating 2016 White House Buzz  —  If Cory Booker decides to run for president one day, he already has a personal connection to the first caucus state of Iowa.  —  The mayor of Newark, N.J., told about 60 Iowa delegates during a Democratic convention gathering that he was not only …
Discussion: Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Barney Frank: In Crisis Time, Dems Worked With Bush - But GOP Shunned Obama  —  Appearing on CNN during the opening night of the Democratic convention, retiring longtime Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) argued that his party was willing to help President Bush weather the 2008 economic crisis …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Crossroads ads take aim at ‘Forward’
Discussion: CNN
Andy Stern / Wall Street Journal:
A Symposium: Democratic Advice for Obama's Second Term
Discussion: Hot Air
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Politico's VandeHei: ‘Mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas.’
Gen. Jim Jones / Politico:
Jared Polis DNC 2012 speech (text)
Discussion: Advocate
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Money and People Leave Spain as Economic Gloom Deepens
Discussion: MarketWatch
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan claims Obama makes Carter looks like the ‘good old days.’ Not so much.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why the Obama campaign is cautiously confident in victory