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12:25 AM ET, September 8, 2012


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Chris Kluwe / Deadspin:
“They Won't Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It  —  Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage.
Yahoo! Sports:
Maryland politician's letter denouncing Brendon Ayanbadejo's support of gay marriage  —  Maryland politician and minister Emmett C. Burns Jr., in a letter obtained by Yahoo! Sports on Thursday, has demanded that the Baltimore Ravens halt linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly expressing his support for gay marriage.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Deadspin and Advocate
Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
Obama Bounces Up to 52% Approval, 48% to 45% Over Romney  —  President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party look as if they are getting at least a preliminary bounce from their convention.  Today's (Friday, Sept. 7) Gallup Daily tracking update puts Obama's job approval rating at 52% …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Why Obama Went Low Key in His Democratic Convention Speech  —  The president's more subdued rhetoric is being derided by pundits—but it was carefully vetted with groups of voters.  Howard Kurtz reports exclusively on the Obama team's decision not to swing for the fences in Charlotte.
Obama fell flat  —  Barack Obama was flat.  —  A surprisingly long parade of Democrats and media commentators who didn't think much of the speech described it less as a failure than a fizzle—an oddly missed opportunity to frame his presidency or the nation's choice in a fresh or inspirational light.
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Twitter Blog:
DNC2012 Night 3: Obama's speech sets records
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney Refuses To Answer Questions About Birth Control  —  In an interview with KWQC-TV6 today, Ann Romney refused to comment on the issues stemming from the ongoing War on Women, declining to address whether she believes women should have access to contraception through their employer-based insurance plans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ann Romney KWQC Interview Transcript
Philip Roth / Page-Turner:
An Open Letter to Wikipedia  —  I am Philip Roth.  I had reason recently to read for the first time the Wikipedia entry discussing my novel “The Human Stain.”  The entry contains a serious misstatement that I would like to ask to have removed.  This item entered Wikipedia not from the world …
Romney Endorses Ultraconservative Congressman  —  Rep. Steve King takes a hard line on issues like abortion and Islam.  The Obama campaign seizes opportunity to cast Romney as extreme on social issues.  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:   Firebrand Steve King tells Siouxland not to doubt Romney's faith in Jesus
After lofty rhetoric, stump sniping returns
Discussion: CNN
Paul Miller /
Eastwood says his convention appearance was ‘mission accomplished’  —  AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention …
Jeffb / Nielsen Wire:
Closing Night of Democratic National Convention Draws 35.7 million Viewers  —  An estimated 35.7 million people watched the third and final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Thursday, September 6.  The closing night of the DNC was carried live from Charlotte …
Discussion: Politico, USA Today and TVbytheNumbers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Obama's acceptance speech was ‘extraordinarily disappointing’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House to miss deadline for report on ‘fiscal cliff’ budget cuts  —  The White House on Friday said it will miss the legal deadline for delivering a report to Congress on the spending cuts from sequestration that are scheduled to take effect in 2013.  —  Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters …
White House Misses Deadline Outlining Defense Cuts
Discussion: The Mental Recession
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The awful, awful August jobs report  —  This was not the employment report either American workers or the Obama campaign were hoping for.  A huge miss. It shows the U.S. labor market remains in a deep depression, generating few jobs and little if no income growth.  As IHS Global Insight puts it:
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Record 88,921,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’—119,000 Fewer Employed in August Than July
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Rep. Jackson leaves Mayo Clinic … WASHINGTON — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., has left the Mayo Clinic and is at home in the nation's capital with his family, an aide said today.  —  “He's home with his wife and children and he's convalescing,” Rick Bryant, his chief of staff in suburban Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Jackson Jr. back in Washington DC
Discussion: Politico
Obama's Message Breaks Through In Swing State Newspapers  —  An emphasis on the path forward.  Lukewarm reception to his speech from pundits doesn't make the headlines.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  an hour ago  —  22 responses
Rush Limbaugh:
It's Uncanny!  Obama Copied Jimmy Carter's Convention Acceptance Speech from 1980  —  RUSH: We also have done something.  It's amazing, by the way, when you hear it, how similar Obama's speech last night was to Jimmy Carter's in 1980.  It really is kind of stunning.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Politico
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
ANDREW KLAVAN: Obamanomics 101, Understanding How the Obama Economy Works.  —  UPDATE: Reader Vince Watkins notes another amusing Drudgetaposition:  —  The extent of Matt Drudge's artistry is underappreciated.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Tampa mayor: Crist an ‘opportunist’  —  In the Tampa Bay Times, a sharp elbow at Charlie Crist from the popular Democratic mayor of Tampa: … As Maggie and I wrote earlier this week, there's ambivalence among Democrats about Crist going from convention speaker to gubernatorial candidate.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Paul Ryan Faces Scrutiny Over Marathon and Mountain Claims  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — Flying high above the Rocky Mountains on Wednesday, Representative Paul D. Ryan and his brother Tobin jogged their memories to complete a list of the 14,000-foot summits below them that the vice-presidential nominee had climbed.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Even Fox News Is Fed Up With Romney Failing To Provide Details Of His Tax Plan  —  The Romney campaign has so far refused to clarify which tax deductions and loopholes it would eliminate in order to make its huge proposed tax cut for the rich revenue neutral.
David Gardner / Financial Times:
Separatism threatens the future of Spain  —  Canadian regional elections seldom set the international pulse racing but this week's victory in Quebec of the separatist Parti Québécois was closely watched in Spain, now facing a revival of Basque and Catalan independence demands.
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Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Romney Vows to Fight Marijuana Legalization ‘Tooth and Nail’—Unlike His Opponent?
Lindsay Lohan's Message To POTUS On Taxes
Discussion: PopWatch and Gawker
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Unhappy Anniversary: Republicans Have Blocked The American Jobs Act For One Year
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXIII
Discussion: Applesauce
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Report to Congress on the Haqqani Network
Discussion: AEIdeas and Washington Free Beacon
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down On Early Voting
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Tim Graham / blogs:
O'Reilly ‘Stunned’ At Caroline Kennedy's ‘Catholic Woman’ Abortion Remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Babalú Blog
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Reshuffling the deck: Barak now opposes Israeli strike on Iran, sources say
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Judge To Woman Sexually Assaulted By Cop: ‘When You Blame Others, You Give Up Your Power To Change’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cleaning Up the Economy  —  Bill Clinton's speech at the …
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Cook / Gawker:
Ask the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agonist
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
CHART: The Racial Makeup Of Obama, Romney Presidential Coalitions
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots