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3:10 PM ET, September 8, 2012


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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Defying Canon and Civil Laws, Church Failed to Stop a Priest  —  On the surface, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan was just the kind of dynamic new priest that any Roman Catholic bishop would have been happy to put in a parish.  He rode a motorcycle, organized summer mission trips to Guatemala …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Speech Ratings Down From '08, But Top Romney … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012 Convention Coverage, 2012 Convention Media, 2012 Election Media Coverage, 2012 Media Coverage, Obama Convention Speech, Obama Speech Ratings, Convention Ratings, Obama Convention Speech Ratings, Media News
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Applesauce
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sept. 7: Polls Find Hints of Obama Convention Bounce  —  The three national tracking polls that were published on Friday all moved toward President Obama, probably reflecting momentum from the Democratic convention.  —  In the Gallup national tracking poll, Mr. Obama moved into a three-point lead …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Surprise!  HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into ... voucher programs  —  I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date ... but this is ridiculous.  The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte …
Mark Steyn / National Review:
A Nation of Sandra Flukes  —  According to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, invited to address the Democratic convention and the nation, America faces a stark choice this November.  “During this campaign, we've heard about two profoundly different futures that could await women in this country …
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
The GOP convention negative bounce: a final look  —  Soon, post-DNC state polls will begin to arrive.  So here is the best glimpse we are going to get of the negative post-GOP-convention bounce.  Basically, their convention appears to have helped...Obama.  It's the part in red at the end.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Obama reelection message hits Florida  —  Seminole, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama took his “ready to go forward” message to Florida voters in his first stop Saturday on a bus tour through the swing state.  —  The president was introduced by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist …
Discussion: Politico
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Are Republicans Fooling Themselves?  —  Overall, the Democrats put on an effective show.  With the possible exception of the McGovern convention, this was the most left-leaning Democratic gathering in memory.  Some of that may have been counterproductive, particularly on social issues.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney WILL play in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania  —  When the Romney-Ryan ticket announced a major ad campaign in eight states last night, the media noted that Wisconsin and Michigan were not among them and then jumped to the conclusion that these states are no longer in play.  Wrong.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama jokes Bill Clinton should be named ‘secretary of explaining stuff’  —  President Obama on Saturday hammed it up over former President Clinton's popular convention speech, joking that it overshadowed his own acceptance speech.  —  At a St. Petersburg, Fla. rally, Obama noted that Clinton “made the case as only he can.”
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Post-Convention Ad Crush to Get Even Heavier  —  Get ready, presidential swing states.  Now the campaign ad crush — and TV spending spree — really begins.  —  The TV ad war for the 2012 presidential contest, its total spending expected to swell to $1.1 billion, is set to start anew …
Discussion: CNN
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Thing Nobody Talked About at the Conventions  —  Except John Lewis, of course.  And maybe Elizabeth Warren.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are some politicians — not many, but a very distinct few — who, when they talk to you about one specific issue, you listen politely, agree wholeheartedly …
Discussion: Althouse, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children  —  It's not easy to listen to Terry talk about the time he had sex with a seven-year-old girl.  But after his psychotherapist put us in touch, he agreed to lay it all out for me during a phone call and email …
David Nelson / KWQC-TV:
Ann Romney: birth control, gay marriage not “what this election is going to be about”  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa - Ann Romney told KWQC TV6 news Friday that birth control and gay marriage are issues that “distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election.”
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
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Tampa mayor: Crist an ‘opportunist’
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David Gardner / Financial Times:
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Rush Limbaugh:
It's Uncanny! Obama Copied Jimmy Carter's Convention Acceptance Speech from 1980
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Discussion: Liberal Values and Applesauce