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4:00 PM ET, September 2, 2012


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Susan Page / USA Today:
Obama, a ‘huge’ Clint Eastwood fan, not offended by skit  —  DES MOINES - President Obama wants to make it clear that, in his own words, “I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan.”  —  “He is a great actor, and an even better director,” the president said in an interview with USA TODAY aboard Air Force One …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
5 landmines for Democrats in Charlotte  —  The Republican National Convention in Tampa brought fresh reminders that even carefully choreographed political events don't always go according to plan.  —  Hurricane Isaac threatened to cancel the whole affair, Ron Paul supporters stirred up trouble …
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Edward Klein / New York Post:
How Clinton plans to upstage Obama at the DNC  —  Not since the feud between Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter tore the Democratic Party apart more than 30 years ago have two panjandrums of the party loathed each other quite as much as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Vodkapundit
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
White House adviser Plouffe: Romney campaign ‘built on a tripod of lies’  —  White House senior adviser David Plouffe on Sunday said Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is “built on a tripod of lies.”  —  “I don't think we've ever seen a presidential campaign, ever, that's built on a foundation of lies,” he said on ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Politico and Riehl World News
Thomas Catan / Washington Wire:
Obama Campaign Promises Policy Details
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Axelrod: America in a ‘better position’ today than four years ago  —  Are Americans better off today than they were four years ago?  —  That's the question Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace immediately posed to President Barack Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod, who didn't quite answer directly.
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Dems continue to dodge 4-years-ago question  —  The question Democrats didn't want to answer head-on Sunday: Are Americans better off today than they were four years ago?  —  Asked the same question repeatedly host George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week,” President Barack Obama's senior …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Swampland
O'Malley: We Are Not Better Off Than We Were Four Years Ago
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:   Dem Gov. O'Malley: Voters not better off than four years ago
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Axelrod dodges the “better off four years ago” question
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Promised A New Kind Of Politics, But Played The Same Old Game … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , GOP, Barack Obama 2012 , Barack Obama 2012 , Republican Party, Video, Obama Politics, Obama Boehner, Obama Congress, Obama John Boehner, Politics News
Mike Allen / Politico:
HOW BARACK MOBILIZED BILL — HuffPost: Obama now a ‘creature of Washington’ — Romney down for debate prep during Dem. convention — Tom Manatos, James Rosen, Don Gonyea b'days  —  FIRST LOOK - RYAN LIZZA in The New Yorker, “The Political Scene: LET'S BE FRIENDS - Two Presidents find a mutual advantage” …
Romney camp: We talked war before convention  —  Washington (CNN) - The absence of any remarks on the war in Afghanistan during Mitt Romney's convention speech - cited as a major omission by Democrats - is countered by his speech to the American Legion the day before, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Sunday.
Discussion: Politico
Elise Viebeck / Ballot Box:
Rahm Emanuel: Weak Romney speech put focus on Eastwood
Discussion: Associated Press
Jo Becker / New York Times:
The Other Power in the West Wing  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama was in a bind, and his chief of staff could not figure out how he had ended up there.  —  Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were up in arms last fall over a proposal to require employers to provide health insurance that covered birth control.
Discussion: Althouse and dotCommonweal
Orange Bowling On The Romney/Ryan Planes  —  A scene familiar to West Wing fans played out in real life on the Romney campaign's planes Saturday.  —  On Romney's plane, Saturday's orange asked a question about debate prep … Via:  —  A transcript
Discussion: Pat Dollard and CNN
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Huckabee whacks Rove, citing Giffords  —  The former Arkansas governor, who has been Todd Akin's highest-profile defender, dives into the Karl Rove murder joke controversy with a message arguing that either Akin should receive the same leniency for his awful verbal miscue as Rove, or Rove should be ostracized the same way as Akin:
STEPHANOPOULOS: NO BIAS IN MEDIA  —  MRCTV's Joe Schoffstall ran into “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  When asked if he believes there is a liberal bias in the media, he responds,"I don't."  When asked again, he walks away.
Judson Berger / Fox News:
ICE chief of staff resigns after allegations of lewd conduct  —  ICE Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr, left, is seen here with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Barr is resigning from her post amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward employees, according to a letter obtained by
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and UrbanGrounds
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama did not change Washington.  For each side, it's clear who's to blame.  —  View Photo Gallery — Obama on the campaign trail: Washington Post photographer Nikki Kahn has been following President Obama on the campaign trail.  Here are some of the images she has captured.
New York Times:
For Mitt Romney, Ohio Remains a Vital Hurdle  —  CINCINNATI — Fresh off his nominating convention, Mitt Romney is cranking up a well-financed political machine that will now bring its full force to bear on President Obama with a hailstorm of ads and nonstop campaigning.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and American Power
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Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
Hal David dies at 91; songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach
Mesfin Fekadu / ABCNEWS:
Kanye Backs Jay-Z at Festival; Obama in Video
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Experts say economy should grow despite who wins White House in Nov.
Nicholas Eberstadt / Wall Street Journal:
American Character Is at Stake
Wall Street Journal:
Mitt's Speech Gamble
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Can we save American capitalism?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
New York Post:
Look who parks their cash at Bain
Chris Maddaloni / Rolling Stone:
Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Speeches Make Me Miss George Bush
Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Forecasting the election: Most models say Obama will win. But not all.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Harris-Perry Loses Cool Over Guest's Comment, Yells ‘I Am Sick Of The Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky’
AlexBZ / The Democratic Daily:
Romney Staffer Committing Charitable Fraud