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8:50 PM ET, August 29, 2012


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Yahoo News fires David Chalian  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac …
Matthew Sheffield /
In ABC Webcast, Yahoo! News's Chalian Says Romneys ‘Happy to Have a Party When Black People Drown’  —  During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces …
Send a Tip  —  ***UPDATE: ABC News reached out Breitbart News to name the man heard mocking the Romneys during this ABC News livecast: David Chalian (pictured) of Yahoo! News.  Chalian is a former political director with ABC News, but according to ABC News has no association with the network now.
Old foes make peace with Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   McConnell: Obama working on golf game, not to earn reelection
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Romney gets bump from first full day at Republican convention  —  After a day of action at the Republican convention in Tampa, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is looking better to voters.  —  Romney's image has received a five-point bump after the convention's first day …
Discussion: Reuters
Chris Christie's flop at the GOP convention  —  TAMPA, Fla. — There is no mistaking what a successful keynote speech for Chris Christie would have looked and sounded like.  There would have been an electric reaction from the crowd in the convention hall.  It would have been followed by waves …
Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
The Case for Noblesse Oblige
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Ann Romney, Chris Christie draw 22.3M TV viewers
Discussion: GOP 12
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snap poll: Romney's favorable rating rises five points overnight, Christie's speech most popular
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
Ann Coulter Upset Chris Christie Did Not Attack Obama
Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
CNN should reveal details of nut-throwing incident  —  As you've surely heard by now, two GOP convention attendees were ejected from the festivities last night after throwing nuts at a black CNN camera-woman.  The words “this is how we feed animals” were uttered.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Exquisitely Awkward Spot
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag  —  The yacht where the elite donors of the Romney Victory Council are partying in Tampa bears the flag of the Cayman Islands.  Romney's use of offshore accounts for his investments has come under fire during the campaign.
Rolling Stone:
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital  —  How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs - and stuck others with the bill  —  The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Romney party yacht ‘Cracker Bay’ flies Cayman Islands flag in Tampa
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Reddit AMA: The Full Questions and Answers  —  The president answered questions on the popular social media site Wednesday afternoon.  Here's what he had to say.  —  The full thread from President Obama's Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread is here, but if you just want the questions …
Discussion: Guardian
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Reddit Got Obama: “There Are Quite a Few Redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”  —  Question No. 1: Yup, that's really Barack Obama, taking questions over at a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  —  Question No. 2: It was really no big deal, says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, via email:
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Rice heckled at convention event  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was twice interrupted on Wednesday by hecklers who were protesting her role in the Bush administration that began the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  The interruptions, which came hours …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Condi Rice Can't Name A Specific Obama Foreign Policy Failure
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Maddow Blog
David Frum / The Daily Beast:
Romney: Too Cheap For War
Jack Hitt / Harper's:
A Troubling Chant on the Convention Floor  —  An unscripted moment happened late this afternoon that caused the assembled mainstream media to turn away in the hope that it would disappear.  As I was standing in line for a sandwich next to an Italian and a Puerto Rican correspondent, a controversy was unfolding on the floor.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Woos Hispanic Voters, Urging They Get Past ‘Their Biases’  —  Tampa, Fla. -Ann Romney's convention speech was directly aimed at wooing female voters, but at a lunch event Wednesday she changed her focus and pitched her husband to Hispanic voters, a voting bloc that is especially important …
Sarah Palin / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin canceled on Fox?  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin posted a cryptic message on Facebook Wednesday night, saying the Fox News Channel had cut her appearances for the evening.  —  “I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity …
Discussion: Politico
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of an Affirmative-Action President  —  Why, I wonder, do so many people question how Barack Obama got where he is, while no one asks the same about Mitt Romney?  —  Obama for America  —  El presidente, reporting from Tampa, catches this from Karl Rove:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama has small lead in Nevada
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Ballot Box and Politico
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC abandons GOP convention during every speech by a minority  —  One of the left's favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.  —  If you were watching MSNBC's coverage of the Republican National Convention …
Brendan Sasso / Ballot Box:
Mia Love tops Google searches after ‘rousing’ speech at GOP convention
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
The 10 oddest items in the GOP platform  —  Any party platform is necessarily a compromise between a number of different interest groups.  Inevitably, there are always some odd or puzzling policy planks that make it in.  Here are 10 of the more unexpected items from this year's Republican platform:
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Federal Judge Will Permanently Remove Florida Voter Registration Restrictions  —  A federal judge said Wednesday he would permanently remove harsh restrictions on third-party voter registration groups that have handicapped registration efforts in Florida this year.
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Speculation swirls around GOP convention mystery guest  —  Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012: Mitt Romney hugs wife Ann after she delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention on n Tampa, Fla.AP  —  TAMPA, FLA. - Will Clint Eastwood make the Republicans' day?  —  Or maybe Sarah Palin?
CBS News:
Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory  —  (CBS News) A gun belonging to a member of Mitt Romney's U.S. Secret Service detail was found unattended in the bathroom of the candidate's charter plane Wednesday afternoon.  The Republican nominee was traveling from Tampa …
Discussion: The Hill and The Caucus
Orlando Sentinel:
Appeal court: Lester is out  —  The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach today ruled that second-degree murder suspect George Zimmerman deserves a new judge.  —  A three-judge panel voted 2-1 that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in Sanford went too far when, among other things, he wrote that Zimmerman is a manipulator.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and theGrio
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan to Pledge 12 Million New Jobs in Four Years  —  Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and wife Janna appear on stage at the Wisconsin delegation's Beers and Brats event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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