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8:45 PM ET, September 4, 2012


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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 …
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 …
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan muddles origin of Reagan's ‘are you better off’ line
Discussion: blogs and The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 3: Par or Bogey?
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 …
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: Guardian, Wired, Gizmodo and VentureBeat
The UDID leak is a privacy catastrophe
Discussion: TechCrunch
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)
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 …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Scoff At White House Theory That Obama Victory Will Break GOP ‘Fever’
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Grist and PERRspectives
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
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'
Discussion: Yall Politics
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
“Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To”  —  A provocative line in a DNC video.  —  Source:  —  The Democratic National Convention has signaled from the start an unapologetic, and at times, confrontational, liberalism, marked by details like the presence of reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke.
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’.
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.
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
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Popularity Dips Underwater; For Romney, a Faint Favorability Bounce  —  Barack Obama approaches his nomination for a second term with the lowest pre-convention personal popularity of an incumbent president in ABC News/Washington Post polls since the 1980s.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Major Garrett /
Obama's Invisible Second-Term Agenda  —  Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One during his arrival on Saturday in Aurora, Colo.  —  Democrats are incredulous that Mitt Romney didn't mention U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan during his nomination acceptance speech.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and National Review
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Auto Sales for August Jumped 20%, Despite Rising Price of Gas  —  DETROIT — In the past, nothing slowed down strong car sales faster than a spike in gasoline prices.  —  But these days, consumers simply switch to more fuel-efficient models.  —  Major automakers reported Tuesday …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Torture Without Accountability
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Issa: Key Fast and Furious report coming by next week
Discussion: CNN
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President Obama's ‘Harold And Kumar’ Video Draws Marijuana Hypocrisy Charges
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