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2:45 PM ET, September 6, 2012


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New York Times:
Transcript of Bill Clinton's Speech to the Democratic National Convention  —  The following is the full text of former President Bill Clinton's speech on Wednesday from the Democratic National Convention.  —  PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Sustained cheers, applause.)
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton's long, long speech about the meanie Republicans  —  Bill Clinton, don't get me wrong, was the best speaker Wednesday night.  But that is largely because the rest of the evening was atrocious.  Clinton was hoarse, and he seemed to holler for no reason at all.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton: wonk-in-chief  —  “People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets,” former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday night.  “What new ideas did we bring?  I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.”  —  That's also the one-word answer to what Clinton brought to his convention speech.
Brooks Jackson /
Our Clinton Nightmare  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Bill Clinton's stem-winding nomination speech was a fact-checker's nightmare: lots of effort required to run down his many statistics and factual claims, producing little for us to write about.  —  Republicans will find plenty of Clinton's scorching opinions objectionable.
How Bill Clinton does it  —  The crowd was roaring, TV commentators were gushing, and Barack Obama himself thanked Bill Clinton for his nominating speech with a big hug as he left the stage here Wednesday night.  —  Well might Obama be grateful: In 48 minutes, the 42nd president had stated …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Romney, Ryan Double Down On False Welfare Attack Clinton Decried  —  CHARLOTTE — In one of the most pointed moments of President Clinton's Wednesday speech to the Democratic National Convention, he slammed the Romney campaign for lying in ads and statements by claiming President Obama …
Discussion: and Washington Post
PHOTO: Hillary Clinton watches husband deliver convention speech  —  (CNN) - A photo released by the State Department shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching her husband deliver remarks Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.  —  Hillary Clinton didn't watch …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Associated Press ‘Fact Checks’ Clinton's Speech By Bringing Up Monica Lewinsky  —  Bill Clinton's 48-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night was, as put it, “a fact-checker's nightmare: lots of effort required to run down his many statistics and factual claims …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why Bill Clinton's Speeches Succeed  —  Because he treats listeners as if they are smart.  —  That is the significance of “They want us to think” and “The strongest argument is” and “The arithmetic says one of three things must happen” and even “Now listen to me here, this is important.”
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton's DNC speech: Fact check finds former president's claims of compromise a stretch
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Boston's response to Clinton as of midnight...(Updated)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
In East Timor, Hillary Clinton Watches Bill Clinton's Speech in Charlotte
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Clinton Speech and the “Campaign of Ideas”
New York Times:
Check Point: Democrats Stretch the Truth in Talk and Text - Check Point
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking Bill Clinton's speech and other Democrats at the convention in Charlotte
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Bill Clinton Manages to Trust America to Listen to 46 Minutes of Policy
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Bill Clinton: “Since 1961 ... our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Business Insider
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Bill Clinton Takes On Paul Ryan: ‘It Takes Some Brass’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton, playing ‘referee,’ makes strongest case yet for Obama's reelection
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Romney, GOP Groups Pull Ads From Michigan and Pennsylvania  —  Republicans signaled this week that they might have given up hope in two important swing states.  —  TPM Slideshow: Romney Takes The Stage At The RNC  —  The Romney campaign and conservative groups like Crossroads GPS …
Verdict is in: Obama levels more personal attacks  —  A crabby, negative campaign that has been more about misleading and marginal controversies than the major challenges facing the country?  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can both claim parenthood of this ugly child.
Chad Livengood /
Conservatives pull ads from Michigan  —  Pro-Romney groups focus on key states; Obama's campaign off air for weeks  —  Mitt Romney's conservative allies are bypassing Michigan with their advertising while stepping up efforts in other battleground states — suggesting campaign strategists …
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Disillusioned Obama Supporter In Romney Ad Is Actually GOP Staffer  —  Republicans debuted a new ad Thursday in which a frustrated former Obama supporter expresses her disappointment with the president.  The only problem: The woman in the video is actually an RNC staffer.
Republican Staffer Breaks Up With Obama  —  Could they not find anyone else?  —  Source:  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans are out with a new web video today highlighting their messaging push during the Democratic convention that President Barack Obama is a disappointment …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Bob Woodward Book: Debt Deal Collapse Led to ‘Pure Fury’ From President Obama  —  An explosive mix of dysfunction, miscommunication, and misunderstandings inside and outside the White House led to the collapse of a historic spending and debt deal that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner …
Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Woodward book chronicles Obama's fiscal policy battle with congressional Republicans
Miranda Green / The Daily Beast:
Speed Read: Juiciest Bits From Bob Woodward's Book ‘Price of Politics’
Discussion: and Politico
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Tom Brokaw Rushed to Charlotte Hospital  —  NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken by ambulance to a Charlotte hospital this morning after an appearance on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”  —  Brokaw, 72, who stepped down as anchor of “Nightly News” after the 2004 election …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC's Tom Brokaw sent to hospital
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and CNN
New York Times:
Libyan Alleges Waterboarding by C.I.A., Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — Days after the Justice Department closed out its criminal investigation of the deaths of two detainees while in the custody of the C.I.A., new information has surfaced calling into question official accounts of the extent of waterboarding by American interrogators.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Wired and Law Blog
Delivered Into Enemy Hands
Discussion: Guardian and Firedoglake
Talking Points Memo:
Sununu Thinks Obama Camp Lying About Cost Of Michelle Obama's Dress  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu questioned reports that the Tracey Reese dress Michelle Obama wore for her convention address Tuesday night cost $350 on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
Tom Blanton / Foreign Policy:
A Classified CIA Mea Culpa on Iraq  —  In this exclusive from the National Security Archive, a secret agency report on its WMD failures is published for the first time.  —  This remarkable CIA mea culpa, just declassified this summer and published here for the first time …
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
Dems trotting out H'wood beauties to introduce Obama  —  CHARLOTTE, NC — Call them Barack's Angels.  —  Democrats have secretly scheduled an appearance by Hollywood beauties Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington tonight at their national convention, in a bid to counter Clint Eastwood's surprise speech …
Discussion: Althouse
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama senior adviser: Don't expect big bounce in polls from convention  —  White House senior adviser David Plouffe doesn't think President Obama's reelection campaign will receive a polling bounce after the Democratic National Convention.  —  Speaking on ABC's “Good Morning America” …
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