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11:35 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 …
CNN Fact Check: About those 4.5 million jobs ...  San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro touted 4.5 million new jobs created during the Obama administration.  Was he right?  —  (CNN) — Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night heard the number 4.5 million several times.
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, Politico and CNN
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
The Truth Behind The GOP Claim That Obama Hasn't Created A Single Net Job
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging Day 1 of the Democratic Convention.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
DWS attacks Examiner for ‘deliberately’ misquoting her, but here's the audio … CHARLOTTE - Earlier this evening, in an appearance on Fox News, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused the Washington Examiner of “deliberately” misquoting her comments claiming …
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: The PJ Tatler and Riehl World News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 4: The Simple Case for Why Obama Is the Favorite
Discussion: Guardian and Booman Tribune
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Importance of Bill Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Clinton's convention appearance could influence two elections
Discussion: Salon, Online NewsHour and neo-neocon
Rain Will Keep 65,000 Ticketholders From Obama  —  Venue change short-changes Obama supporters.  They'll get a conference call with Obama tomorrow.  —  Image by Chris Keane / Reuters  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama's acceptance speech at this week's Democratic National Convention …
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Where's Al Gore?  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2008, Al Gore strode onto the stage at Denver's Invesco Field to a hero's welcome, throwing his support behind Barack Obama to take on the “global climate crisis.”  —  When Obama takes the stage this week, Gore will be nowhere in sight.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Democrats Creating 2016 White House Buzz
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Cory Booker: Raising taxes on the rich is about ‘patriotism,’ not ‘class warfare’
“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 …
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: Taylor Marsh
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton Speech At Democratic Convention: GOP ‘Built’ National Debt
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and CANNONFIRE
TRENDING: First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington  —  Charlotte (CNN) - Clint Eastwood meet Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington.  —  The three actresses, firmly anchored in Hollywood's royalty, have been secretly scheduled …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Repealing Obamacare would take health care away from people  —  Stacey Lihn, the very nervous and emotional mother of a child with a heart defect, at the Dem convention just now: … There's been a good deal of punditry to the effect that Obama and Dems will have to run from the health law this cycle …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The night Democrats reclaimed “Obamacare”
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: Business Insider and USA Today
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Iran: Zionists spread homosexuality to control world  —  Journalist slams report in state-controlled Iranian paper as Nazi propaganda; experts say it shows “how desperate Iran actually is.”  —  BERLIN - A report in a state-controlled Iranian paper last week asserting that the “Zionist regime” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Haim Saban / New York Times:
The Truth About Obama and Israel
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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
RNC Highlights: Romney Shares Top Billing With Eastwood  —  Fewer Watch Convention Coverage than in 2008  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public paid far less attention to this year's Republican convention than it did to the GOP convention four years ago.  Just 37% say they watched …
Talking Points Memo:
Romney Camp Announces Black Leadership Council  —  Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday announced its Black Leadership Council, chaired by Reps. Tim Scott and Allen West.  The council will “help facilitate dialogue between Mitt Romney and respected leaders who provide unique expertise …
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: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
Isabeau Doucet / Guardian:
Fatal shooting at Quebec victory speech  —  Gunman bursts in, shooting two people and starting fire, as leader of separatist Parti Quebecois addresses supporters  —  One person has been shot dead in Quebec and another wounded after a gunman entered the venue where Pauline Marois …
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Mirwais Harooni / Reuters:
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers detained, sacked for insurgent links
Discussion: emptywheel and Jihad Watch
Tim Mak / Politico:
N.J. poll: No Chris Christie speech bump
Discussion: CNN and Dependable Renegade
Washington Post:
Rahm Emanuel to raise funds for Democratic campaigns
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
G.O.P. Shift Moves Center Far to Right
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Crossroads ads take aim at ‘Forward’
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Politico's VandeHei: ‘Mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas.’
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Strickland: “Mitt Romney Has So Little Economic Patriotism That Even His Money Needs A Passport”
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Democrats Drop ‘God’ From Party Platform