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Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Steve Kornacki gets this right: The Romney camp is running a “Medicare confusion strategy” designed to neutralize the issue by misleading voters about the two sides’ actual differences on the issue.

* Chart of the day: Jonathan Cohn illustrates in vivid detail the Medicare differences that the Romney campaign is trying so hard to obscure.

* Key point from Ed Kilgore: Romney’s resentment-based welfare and Medicare attacks are a clear sign his campaign has broken with the original theory that he could win on the economy alone.

* ABC News takes a bite out of that Gawker Bain document dump:

The private equity firm founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made use of arcane techniques in several of its Cayman Islands-based funds to avoid U.S. taxes, according to a trove of Bain Capital’s private audit and finance records made public on the website Gawker today.

There are more than 950 pages in that document dump.

* Jamelle Bouie has a provocative take on racism’s inevitable centrality to our politics and how baffling it is that it’s considered unacceptable to accuse a party of exploiting racism for political gain.

* Two excellent reads on Romney’s energy plan: First, Steve Stromberg on what it doesn’t try to do, but should.

* And second, Brad Plumer on what it won’t do, but should.

* Steve Benen has five questions for Romney that might help explain why his campaign wanted to rule abortion questions off limits in his Denver TV interview. As Steve rightly notes, this is now a “topic of national conversation,” for Pete’s sake.

* In fairness to the Romney campaign, two other Denver stations granted interviews with him tell HuffPo that there were no limitations placed on questioning.

* Also: Erik Wemple reports that the Romney campaign seems to be conducting an internal look at how those interview conditions were imposed, and claiming they shouldn’t have been.

* Kevin Drum: “Conservatives are excited about Ryan because he’s a true believer, not because they’ve developed a sudden love of budget wonkery.”

* And it looks like the threat of a hurricane disruption of the GOP convention is vastly diminished. Good.

First God told Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain all to run for president, and then a hurricane was heading towards Tampa? Impossible to fathom...

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