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4:30 PM ET, September 4, 2012


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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 …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Are We Better Off? 10 Headlines From September 2008
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
'64 or Bust  —  In a Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru makes an argument for Mitt Romney's election that you are going to hear a lot more of soon: it's the only way that partisan gridlock in Washington can be broken.  The basic theory is that Republicans will not change from their current …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Scoff At White House Theory That Obama Victory Will Break GOP ‘Fever’
Discussion: Grist
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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama didn't close the plant  —  Rep. Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he wasn't suggesting that President Barack Obama was responsible for the closure of an auto plant in Janesville, Wis., during his convention speech last week.  —  “What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama will watch first lady's Charlotte speech from the White House
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Adele Hampton / Ballot Box:
Obama campaign continues to harp on Mitt Romney's taxes in new ad
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Haley Barbour: 'I Would Love For Christie To Put A Hot Poker To Obama's Butt'  —  Haley Barbour on Fox News Channel, August 29, 2012  —  It really horrifies me how openly nasty and violent Republicans feel entitled to be without repercussions.  Remember how everyone wailed and condemned …
Discussion: Yall Politics
David Hill / Washington Times:
Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels  —  Charlotte seeing an uptick in pest reports  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You think incumbent politicians are hard to get rid of?  Try bedbugs.  —  The blood-sucking insects have made a resurgence in recent years, including reports of them at nine …
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.
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’.
Boston Herald:
Indian delegates seek sit-down with Elizabeth Warren  —  Tribal activist:'Shame on her'  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Elizabeth Warren can't escape her Cherokee heritage controversy even at this gathering of loyal Democrats, as a contingent of skeptical American Indian delegates …
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.
Andrew Cain / Richmond Times-Dispatch:   Va. GOP challenges ballot petitions of Goode, Libertarian
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 …
Paul Krugman:
The Fire Last Time  —  Dean Baker has exactly the right metaphor for journalists asking the really dumb “are you better off” question: … Obama came to office in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.  The question should be how well he dealt with that crisis …
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
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Naked gal gets deal on a suit: 15G for Times Sq. bust  —  NOW BUY SOME CLOTHES!  Zoe West, busted for stripping down during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square last year has won a settlement in her false-arrest lawsuit.  —  A nude model busted for dropping her drawers during …
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.
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Elevator Speech  —  Why did God put Barack Obama on this earth?  If you had asked that question between his 2004 convention address and his 2008 campaign, the answer could have been summarized in a short elevator speech.  —  Obama was here to heal our politics, to move us beyond …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Supports Life Sentences For Rape Victims Who Obtain Abortions  —  Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND), the candidate for Senate from North Dakota, once voted for a bill that would have made any woman who obtained an abortion guilty of a homicide crime — even if it were in the case of rape or incest.
11 News Anchor Dianne Derby Interviews President Obama  —  11 News Interview President Obama & Romney Sr. Campaign Advisor  —  It's President Obama's second trip to Colorado within a week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions before he took the stage at CU-Boulder.
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 …
Daniel J. Mitchell /
Johnny Depp Flees France Over Tax Hikes  —  I'm a bad person.  I know it's not nice to take joy in the misery of others, but I can't help but smile when I see a story about bad news in France.  —  In my defense, this is not because of hostility to French people, who have always been friendly to me.
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Riehl World News
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Major Garrett /
Obama's Invisible Second-Term Agenda
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
How Plan to Help City Pay Pensions Backfired
Discussion: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
President Obama's ‘Harold And Kumar’ Video Draws Marijuana Hypocrisy Charges
Paul Campos / Salon:
America's new culture of corruption
Zach Gorelick / The Daily Caller:
Sex, drugs and ‘Occupy’: Nighttime in Charlotte
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson leads by 7 in Florida Senate race
Mike Zapler / Politico:
Debt to hit $16 trillion as DNC kicks off
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Africa's Elephants Are Being Slaughtered in Poaching Frenzy
Discussion: World, MOTHERBOARD and Prairie Weather
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: GQ Reveals Paul Ryan's Secret Service Code Name!
Discussion: The Hill