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1:35 PM ET, September 4, 2012


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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off  —  A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.  —  Fifty-two percent of likely voters …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Democrats Say U.S. Is Better Off Than Four Years Ago  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A day after fumbling a predictable and straightforward question posed by Mitt Romney last week — are Americans better off than they were four years ago — the Obama campaign provided a response on Monday …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
President says Romney camp running against ‘fictional’ Obama  —  President Obama accused Republicans of distorting his record, claiming that Mitt Romney was running against a “fictional Barack Obama.”  —  Republicans “have spent a lot of time creating a fictional Barack Obama who is supposedly taking …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Madeleine Albright: 'I Can't Understand Why Any Woman Would Want To Vote For Mitt Romney' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Ann Romney, DNC Convention, Madeleine Albright, RNC Convention, Romney Campaign, Secretary Albright, Women's Voices, Albright, Mitt Romney 2012, Romney Gender Gap …
Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Blast from the past: Dukakis to attack Romney's gubernatorial record at DNC
Discussion: USA Today and Pirate's Cove
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up by 3 in Colorado
Discussion: Politico
Boston Herald:
Indian delegates seek sit-down with Elizabeth Warren  —  Tribal activist:'Shame on her'  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Elizabeth Warren can't escape her Cherokee heritage controversy even at this gathering of loyal Democrats, as a contingent of skeptical American Indian delegates …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Video: Unaccountable - Elizabeth Warren and the Cherokee  —  Wednesday night Elizabeth Warren will introduce Bill Clinton, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.  —  Warren has claimed internet fame for her famous “no one got rich on his own” speech which was the foundation for Obama's …
David Catanese / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren DNC speech: Charlotte star, Massachusetts underdog
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
'64 or Bust  —  In a Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru makes an argument for Mitt Romney's election that you are going to hear a lot more of soon: it's the only way that partisan gridlock in Washington can be broken.  The basic theory is that Republicans will not change from their current …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
If You Think Obama's First Term Was Bad, Imagine a Second  —  Ben Feller of the Associated Press asked President Barack Obama a good question recently.  If Obama wins re-election, Feller said, Republicans are still likely to have a majority in the House.  “How is that any different from what we have now?
Discussion: National Review
Tim Mak / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama didn't close the plant  —  Rep. Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he wasn't suggesting that President Barack Obama was responsible for the closure of an auto plant in Janesville, Wis., during his convention speech last week.  —  “What they are trying to suggest is that I said Barack Obama …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Janesville story was about 'Obama's broken promises'
Discussion: CNN
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Democratic platform again seeks Guantanamo closure  —  The 2012 Democratic Party platform released Monday night reaffirms President Barack Obama's unfulfilled pledge to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, but backs away from a 2008 plank suggesting that terror suspects are entitled to a day in court.
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Democratic platform focuses on fixing the economy
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Taylor Marsh and Advocate
David Hill / Washington Times:
Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels  —  Charlotte seeing an uptick in pest reports  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You think incumbent politicians are hard to get rid of?  Try bedbugs.  —  The blood-sucking insects have made a resurgence in recent years, including reports of them at nine …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Moe Lane
John Fund / National Review:
The Crack Hotels of the DNC
Business Week:
Exclusive: How Karl Rove's Super PAC Plays the Senate  —  On Thursday, Aug. 30, the final day of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove gave a breakfast briefing to a group of about 70 of the Republican Party's most influential donors.  As Bloomberg Businessweek reported …
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:   Pro-Obama Super PAC Announces Best Fundraising Month
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Priorities USA Action Reports Record Monthly Donations
Discussion: Ballot Box
11 News Anchor Dianne Derby Interviews President Obama  —  11 News Interview President Obama & Romney Sr. Campaign Advisor  —  It's President Obama's second trip to Colorado within a week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions before he took the stage at CU-Boulder.
“Are Americans Better Off Today Than They Were Four Years Ago?”  The Question That Exposes Incompetent Reporters  —  While the source is not clear, someone developed a simple way to identify incompetent news reporters.  If you hear a reporter ask people in President Obama's administration …
Daniel J. Mitchell /
Johnny Depp Flees France Over Tax Hikes  —  I'm a bad person.  I know it's not nice to take joy in the misery of others, but I can't help but smile when I see a story about bad news in France.  —  In my defense, this is not because of hostility to French people, who have always been friendly to me.
Discussion: Riehl World News
Daily Mail:
Democrats set to move Obama's big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to 20,000-seater indoor arena  —  Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party's nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson leads by 7 in Florida Senate race  —  The Florida Senate race is one of the strangest in the country this year.  Bill Nelson has middling approval numbers, with only 35% of voters approving of him to 42% who disapprove.  Usually an incumbent in that kind of position would be doomed for defeat.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mike Zapler / Politico:
Debt to hit $16 trillion as DNC kicks off  —  Bad timing for Democrats: The gross national debt is set to hit $16 trillion Tuesday as the party's convention gets underway, and Republicans are pouncing.  —  “This is a grim landmark for the United States,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) …
Marc Ambinder / GQ:
Exclusive: GQ Reveals Paul Ryan's Secret Service Code Name!  —  According to a campaign official, it's “Bowhunter.”  —  His wife, Janna, is “Buttercup.”  —  Where some candidates choose evocative names—President Obama sees himself as a “Renegade,” while George W. Bush was a “Trailblazer.”
Discussion: The Hill
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Los Angeles Times:
For Democrats, jubilant days of 2008 are distant memory
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Zach Gorelick / The Daily Caller:
Sex, drugs and ‘Occupy’: Nighttime in Charlotte
Discussion: FishbowlDC and The Jawa Report
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Mrs. Obama's 2nd-Term Agenda: ‘Impact Nature of Food in Grocery Stores’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Looking Back Four Years, Voters Have Short Memories
Discussion: The Caucus and Daily Kos
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Africa's Elephants Are Being Slaughtered in Poaching Frenzy
Discussion: MOTHERBOARD, World and Prairie Weather
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senate Candidate Supports Life Sentences For Rape Victims Who Obtain Abortions
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mock, Paper, Scissors
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Florida GOP goes up against Crist
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
November thaw for Clinton, Obama
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
First Lady's Focus Is Drawing Contrast With Romney
Discussion: Politico and New York Times