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11:30 PM ET, September 4, 2012


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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  —  Several pro-Israel sections of the 2008 Democratic Party platform have been removed from the 2012 platform—on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and Hamas.  The new platform represents another shift by the Obama Democrats toward …
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Democrats Retreat on Civil Liberties in 2012 Platform  —  What a difference four years makes.  —  In 2008, Democrats were eager to draw a contrast with what they then portrayed as Republican excesses in the fight against Al Qaeda.  Since then, the Obama administration has in many cases continued …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama Attacked Over Party Platform on Jerusalem
Shari Hillman / RJC:
RJC: Democrats Strip Critical Pro-Israel Language from Platform
Discussion: Power Line and JTA
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 …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan muddles origin of Reagan's ‘are you better off’ line  —  Westlake, Ohio (CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan has been readily quoting Ronald Reagan's famous “are you better off” line this week but Tuesday he misstated when and where the Gipper made his remark.
Discussion: blogs
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off  —  A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.  —  Fifty-two percent of likely voters …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 3: Par or Bogey?
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Here's how to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak  —  If you're worried that you might own one of the 1 million Apple devices that have had their UDIDs leaked by AntiSec, reportedly from a breach of an FBI agent's laptop, our rockstar tech team has put together a tool to help you check.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Wired, Gizmodo and Guardian
The UDID leak is a privacy catastrophe
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Will Oremus / Slate:
FBI Denies It Was Source of Hacked Apple User Information
AntiSec Leaks 1 Million Apple Device IDs Obtained During FBI Breach (Updated)
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 …
John Fund / National Review:
The Crack Hotels of the DNC … I can't speak for the delegates or ther foreign dignitaries, but many of the journalists I have spoken with here are appalled at the accommodations in Charlotte to which they were assigned by the DNC.  National Review was assigned to two Knights Inn properties.
David Hill / Washington Times:
Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
If You Think Obama's First Term Was Bad, Imagine a Second  —  Ben Feller of the Associated Press asked President Barack Obama a good question recently.  If Obama wins re-election, Feller said, Republicans are still likely to have a majority in the House.  “How is that any different from what we have now?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Scoff At White House Theory That Obama Victory Will Break GOP ‘Fever’
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
'64 or Bust  —  In a Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru makes …
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 …
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan claims Obama makes Carter looks like the ‘good old days.’ Not so much.  —  “Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now,” Paul Ryan quipped to a crowd at East Carolina University on Sunday night.
Thor Christensen / Dallas Morning News:
Hank Williams Jr. lashes out at ‘Muslim’ Obama and gays at Stockyards Music Festival  —  Hank Williams Jr. performs at the Stockyards Music Festival in Fort Worth on Sunday, September 2, 2012.  (Kelley Chinn/Special Contributor)  —  of  —  FORT WORTH — Hank Williams Jr. prides himself …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Hank Williams Jr. lashes out at Obama: 'We've got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys'
Discussion: First Draft
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Virgil Goode makes presidential ballot in Virginia  —  Former congressman Virgil Goode Jr. has qualified for the presidential ballot in Virginia, the State Board of Elections ruled Tuesday morning, adding a potential obstacle to Republican Mitt Romney's hopes of winning the pivotal state.
Daily Mail:
Democrats set to move Obama's big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to 20,000-seater indoor arena  —  Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party's nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’.
Business Week:
Exclusive: How Karl Rove's Super PAC Plays the Senate  —  On Thursday, Aug. 30, the final day of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove gave a breakfast briefing to a group of about 70 of the Republican Party's most influential donors.  As Bloomberg Businessweek reported …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why the Obama campaign is cautiously confident in victory  —  The Romney campaign makes a strong case that he may well prevail in November.  As Mark Halperin summarized: “Team Romney remains convinced that voters crave a more concrete form of hope and change, and that the anemic economy …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
Peter Nicholas / Washington Wire:
Kennedy Tribute Video Takes on Romney  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democrats paid tribute to one of the party's icons, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in a video presentation that also took a swipe at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.  —  On the opening night of their convention …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Israeli ambassador called GOP “dangerous for Israel” … CHARLOTTE - Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed on Monday that Israel's ambassador to the United States has accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama's record.
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Pro-Romney Super PAC Launches Anti-Gay Marriage Ad to Snag Southern Swing State Votes  —  A still from the “New Morning” ad.  (Photo: YouTube)  —  GASTONIA, NC — A super PAC with ties to evangelist leader Gary Bauer is trying frighten would-be Obama supporters in at least one Southern swing state …
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