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Convention Speech Replays: Who Was Most Watched?
(from: Washington Wire @ September 7, 2012, 12:02 PM)

We've read a lot about Twitter interest in the convention speeches. So how about video replays?


3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses To Wow An Audience
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 11:30 AM)

Fast Company explains how even mere mortals can borrow a few of his simple techniques.


Comparing Conventions: A Roundup of Speech Videos and Reader Votes
(from: Washington Wire @ September 7, 2012, 11:24 AM)

How did the convention speeches go over with WSJ.com readers? Here are the compiled speech videos in case you missed them, and the results thus far. Let us know your vote.


Eastwood Says He Balked at Sharing Speech With Romney Campaign
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ September 7, 2012, 11:10 AM)

Clint Eastwood, in an interview with a local paper, says he came up with his empty chair idea in the green room.


Eighth Circuit Enjoins Minnesota Campaign Finance Disclosure Law
(from: Ballot Access News @ September 7, 2012, 10:56 AM)

On September 5, the Eighth Circuit enjoined a Minnesota campaign finance law that requires organizations that spend as much as $100 per year on independent expenditures about candidates for state and/or local office to have a separate bank account for its campaign spending and disclose contributions and expenditures. While the principle of disclosure for independent expenditures has been upheld by many other decisions, probably the limit’s very low limit of $100 tipped the balance against the Minnesota law. See this commentary about the decision, which is Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v Swanson, 10-3126. The vote was 6-5, with all full-time judges of the Eighth Circuit participating.


How to Judge the Conventions
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 10:34 AM)

First Read: "Last week, the consensus was that Mitt Romney gave a good speech for Romney... Today, some are judging Obama on not meeting the height of past speeches, as well as this week's other addresses by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton. But when you compare Romney's speech with Obama's and the GOP convention vs. the Dem convention, it's easy to conclude that Obama and the Democrats won the past two weeks. Indeed, maybe the best way to judge the Democratic convention isn't by Obama's speech last night but rather by the whole three days. You saw the building up of Obama the man by Michelle; the contrast and the economic narrative from Bill Clinton; and the way forward from Obama. Another way to look at it -- Michelle put down the building blocks, Clinton put up the walls, and Obama put on the roof. Beyond a concerted effort to make Romney more likeable, you didn't see the same thing last week in Tampa."

"And now we head to the post-convention polls, and perhaps the best way to look at any bounce isn't by the head-to-head numbers, but rather by what each side set out to do. So for Romney, let's look to see if his favorability numbers increase. And for Obama, let's see if those enthusiasm/interest numbers go up."


Political Wisdom: Obama Wraps It Up in Charlotte
(from: Washington Wire @ September 7, 2012, 10:34 AM)

President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic  nomination for re-election, portraying himself as a strong defender of the middle class with a plan to create more jobs. In The Wall Street Journal, Carol E. Lee and Laura Meckler write that Mr. Obama ?hoped to offer voters more specifics than his Republican foe, laying out a set of goals for a second term designed to demonstrate he has started rebuilding a ravaged economy and has a strategy for going further.? The speech concluded the three-day convention in Charlotte, N.C.-- following the GOP gathering last week in Tampa, Fla. -- and launched the sprint to Nov. 6. What was accomplished?   At Real Clear Politics,  Sean Trende compares the two conventions.   Let?s start with the Republicans. They had a very strange convention for a challenging party. For starters, the speakers largely avoided Mitt Romney, at least until the last night. Chris Christie drew heated criticism for his lack of celebration of the presumptive nominee. But it wasn?t just Christie. Marco Rubio?s speech mentioned Romney?s name twice; Susana Martinez mentioned him twice; Condoleezza Rice used his name five times. Combined, that?s fewer mentions of Romney than Ted Strickland uttered in his speech at the Democratic convention?.


Another Mediocre Jobs Report
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 10:29 AM)

The U.S. economy added 96,000 jobs in August, fewer than the 125,000 expected and signaling a slack recovery, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The unemployment rate fell to 8.1%, mainly because of a shrinking work force.

Alex Burns: "The political impact of the report may depend on which statistic voters find more compelling: the weak number of jobs created or the reduced overall jobless rate. Or the report may have no political impact at all, since it doesn't change what voters already know about the state of their economy."


Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 9/7
(from: Swing State Project @ September 7, 2012, 10:05 AM)

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Roscoe Bartlett sees student loans on the path to the Holocaust
(from: Swing State Project @ September 7, 2012, 08:00 AM)

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? MD-06: Ahh, wonderful. Looks like GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has decided to place an emergency hotline call to Godwin:

"Not that it's not a good idea to give students loans, it certainly is a good idea to give them loans. But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany?how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope."
Student loans: just like the Holocaust!



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