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2:40 AM ET, August 29, 2012


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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Ann Romney: ‘This Man Will Lift Up America!’  —  The Romney campaign released these excerpts of Ann Romney's speech, which she'll deliver tonight at the Republican convention in Tampa:  —  “Tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.  —  “I want to talk not about what divides us …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
(APPLAUSE)  —  I want to talk about not what divides us, but what holds us  —  together as an American family.  I want to talk to you tonight  —  about that one great thing that unites us, that one great thing  —  that brings us our greatest joy when times are good and the
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
The TV Watch: A Revved-Up Ann Romney at Republican Convention-TV-Watch  —  She may be too good.  —  Ann Romney is so gifted at politics, she may actually make her husband look a little bad.  Their personality gap — her ease, his discomfort — has been evident in most of the many joint interviews they have given television reporters.
Discussion: The Caucus
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Gov. Chris Christie: Romney Will Tell Voters ‘Hard Truths’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, famous for rarely mincing words, prescribed a dose of tough medicine tonight in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, telling party delegates and the nation that the solutions …
Discussion: Politico
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
David Letterman Presents: ‘Ann And Mitt Romney Lies’
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Real Romney  —  The purpose of the Republican convention …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ann Romney shares details of past miscarriage
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and CNN
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Attendee Allegedly Threw Nuts At Black CNN Camerawoman, Said ‘This Is How We Feed Animals’  —  An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention …
Romney Camp Bets On Welfare Attack  —  Their most powerful weapon, a top aide says.  “We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” says Newhouse.  —  Source:  —  Mitt Romney's aides explained with unusual political bluntness today why they are spending heavily …
Alexander Burns / Politico:   About crashing the other guy's convention ...
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Romney aides outline attack plan for after Republican convention
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Over Loud Boos, Romney Supporters Pass New Rules  —  Delegates from Minnesota yell for a “no” vote at a point of order at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney's supporters passed new rules governing future primaries over the loud boos of Ron Paul supporters …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Boehner: Romney favorability lagging because he's ‘shy’
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:   Ron Paul To Cavuto: ‘I Have No Plans To Endorse’ Romney/Ryan Ticket
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Republican National Convention: The one graph you need to see before watching  —  On the Republican convention stage tonight, you're going to see a really large clock.  But the clock isn't for keeping time.  The idea isn't to stop speakers from going over their allotted time, or the convention from running late.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT reporter leaked advance copy of Maureen Dowd column to CIA  —  Newly available CIA records obtained by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group, reveal that New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti forwarded an advance copy of a Maureen Dowd column to a CIA spokesperson …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News: Federal District Court Denies Preclearance of Texas Redistricting Plans [Now updated with analysis]  —  You can read the opinion here (there was a partial dissent by Judge Griffith, who wrote most of the majority opinion as well).  From the introduction:
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Firedoglake
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Texas Redistricting Hit Minorities, Court Rules
Grand Island Preschooler Asked to Change the Sign for His Name in School  —  Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.  —  “He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.
Erica Ritz /
DNC PROCEEDS WITH 2-HOUR ISLAMIC ‘JUMAH’ PRAYERS (AND YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHO'S INVITED)  —  The host committee for the Democratic National Convention is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with featuring Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention …
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RNC Primetime Speaker Gave Extensive PowerPoint On How To Build Your Business With Government Money  —  Small business woman Sher Valenzuela, who is running for Lt. Governor in Delaware, is giving a primetime speech tonight at the “We Build It” themed day of the Republican convention.
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
It's time to cancel all national political conventions  —  Even before Isaac rained on the parade, the GOP convention was sure to garner only modest interest and make little impact.  Why do party leaders even bother?  —  Republicans canceled the first day of their national convention …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Flake wins GOP Senate nod in Arizona  —  Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Arizona, besting wealthy businessman Wil Cardon, who invested heavily in the race.  —  The Associated Press has called the race, which confirms an outcome long predicted by polls and political observers alike.
Discussion: CNN
Tarini Parti / Politico:
James O'Keefe not allowed to fly to Tampa  —  Conservative filmmaker and activist James O'Keefe won't be in Tampa, but the show he was supposed to headline will go on.  —  O'Keefe will still speak via Skype on “the role of the citizen journalist” and take audience questions …
National Review:
PolitiFiction  —  The website PolitiFact is going to be truth-squadding the Republican convention speakers this week, delivering verdicts on which claims are “mostly true” and which deserve a “pants on fire” rating.  Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings.  PolitiFact can't be trusted to get the story right.
Colleen Nelson / Washington Wire:
Who Is Thursday's Mystery Convention Speaker?  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Republican convention planners appear to have a surprise planned for those tuning in Thursday night.  —  Buried deep in the convention schedule released Monday is a vague reference to a mystery speaker scheduled for the event's final evening.
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Michael O'Brien / First Read:
Villaraigosa: Republicans 'can't just trot out a brown face'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Seth Masket / The Mischiefs of Faction:
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Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama, Global Has-Been
Discussion: Commentary Magazine and Power Line
Scott Detrow / NPR:
Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies
Discussion: Firedoglake
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama on RNC: ‘It should be a pretty entertaining show’
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Marco Rubio Heckled During Speech, Takes Swipe at Crist
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Chinese media slams Romney as convention begins
The White House:
Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal Cries Wolf On Obama Administration Response To Hurricane Isaac?
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and US Politics
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Akin accuses RNC chair of ‘personal vendetta’ for cutting off campaign funds
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Neetzan Zimmerman / Gawker:
Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch: Some Rapes Are More Equal Than Others
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Republicans call for crackdown on pornography
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama lead declining in Iowa