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11:00 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: ABCNEWS, Politico, Deadspin and Advocate
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup.Com:
Obama Bounces Up to 52% Approval, 48% to 45% Over Romney
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney Refuses To Answer Questions About Birth Control
David Nelson / KWQC-TV:
Ann Romney KWQC Interview Transcript
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 …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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 …
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 and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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 …
After lofty rhetoric, stump sniping returns
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:   Firebrand Steve King tells Siouxland not to doubt Romney's faith in Jesus
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin: John Kerry ‘Diminished Himself By Even Mentioning My Name’ In DNC Speech (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Sarah Palin, Video, John Kerry, John Kerry DNC Speech, John Kerry Speech, John Kerry Convention Speech, John Kerry Democratic Convention, John Kerry Dnc, John Kerry Mitt Romney …
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Ohio Dem accuses Jewish Republican of being “candidate of the big lie”  —  Senator Sherrod Brown's campaign issued a new attack ad Friday against his rival, Republican Josh Mandel.  In it, the Ohio Democrat accuses Mandel of using the “big lie” strategy in his campaign.
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
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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
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
ANDREW KLAVAN: Obamanomics 101, Understanding How the Obama Economy Works.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Tampa mayor: Crist an ‘opportunist’
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Unhappy Anniversary: Republicans Have Blocked The American Jobs Act For One Year
David Gardner / Financial Times:
Separatism threatens the future of Spain
 Earlier Items: 
Rush Limbaugh:
It's Uncanny! Obama Copied Jimmy Carter's Convention Acceptance Speech from 1980
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Politico
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXXIII
Discussion: Liberal Values and Applesauce
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Even Fox News Is Fed Up With Romney Failing To Provide Details Of His Tax Plan
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down On Early Voting
Tim Graham / blogs:
O'Reilly ‘Stunned’ At Caroline Kennedy's ‘Catholic Woman’ Abortion Remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Babalú Blog