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An anonymous individual or group claims to have obtained "all available" tax returns associated with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The alleged hackers claim to have accessed them via computers in the Franklin, Tenn., office of professional services firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

An anonymous posting on a file sharing website claims PwC was hacked; the same site has been used to boast of other high-profile corporate hacks.

How'd they pull it off, allegedly? The posting states:

Mitt Romney Image

"[Romney's tax returns] were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the 3rd floor of the building."

Bribes go a long way, apparently.

President Obama's 2012 election opponent has faced calls to release his tax forms prior to 2010. The former CEO of Bain Capital has refused to do so.

Wonder if this will change his mind.

After "all 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied," the perpetrators claim, having sent Mitt's tax returns "to Democratic and GOP offices in the county."

"A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages," which are almost entirely encrypted.

That's where the fun part comes in.

The group claims it will "release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012," unless someone coughs up $1 million ... in Bitcoins.

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The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, lovingly praised her husband Tuesday night in a prime-time Democratic National Convention speech.

Michelle called President Barack Obama caring father at home and a "man we can trust" to revive the nation's weak economy despite its slow recovery.

"He reminds me that we are playing a long game here ... and that change is hard, slow and never happens all at once," she told the Charlotte, N.C. crowd.

"But eventually, we will get there, we always do."

Michelle Obama's well-received speech blended scenes from 23 years of marriage with Barack to the couple's time in the White House since 2009.

Obama confided that at family dinners in the White House with their two daughters, the president joins in "strategizing about middle school friendships."

The self-described "mom in chief" made no mention of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a distinctly positive, and inspiring, personal appeal to voters.

Those who preceded her to the podium had plenty to say about Romney, however.

Julian Castro's DNC keynote speech drew a sharp contrast between what he described as Obama's opportunity society and his opponent's candidacy of no.

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was plucked from relative obscurity to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old quickly showed America why.

Earning rapturous applause, the party's first-ever Hispanic keynote speaker called the American dream "not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay."

"Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation ... but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor."

For nearly 20 minutes Julian Castro made the case for President Barack Obama's reelection while arguing time and again that Mitt Romney "doesn't get it."

Castro praised Obama's support for Pell grants, the DREAM Act and more broadly, the belief that opportunity today is the prosperity of tomorrow.

Obama, he said, "understands that when we invest in people we're investing in shared prosperity, and when we neglect that responsibility, we risk our promise as a nation."

Romney, meanwhile, he painted as an out-of-touch "son of privilege."

"Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn't determine whether you can pursue your dreams," continued Castro.

"Not here, not in the 21st century. I don't think Governor Romney [means] any harm. I think he's a good guy. He just has no idea how good he's had it."

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What grade would you give President Barack Obama on the U.S. economy?

We ask because he gave himself an "incomplete" in an interview Monday.

"You know I would say incomplete," the President replied.

"The steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable ... investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term."

He said the same in an interview in May with ABC's The View. And in a CBS interview in August 2010. And in an October 2010 interview with ABC News.

A Republican National Committee aide told Yahoo News: "Doesn't an incomplete eventually turn into an 'F' in the end if you don't hand in the work?"

Ziiiiiiing.

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As the organizer and headlining performer at the Budweiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia this weekend, Jay-Z received a boost from one of his biggest fans:

United States President Barack Obama.

In a pre-recorded video, Obama said Jay-Z's personal story is what Made In America - the concert series' tagline - means. He also urged concert-goers to vote, obvs.

Obama is up for reelection on Tuesday, November 6. Nicki Minaj endorsed Mitt Romney today in a new rap song, but it's safe to say we know which way Jay's voting.

Check out the Obama Jay-Z concert below:

Decision 2012: How are you voting?

 

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One of the more outspoken artists in the music business, Nicki Minaj makes her political leanings very clear in a verse from the track "Mercy," which is included on Lil Wayne‘s "Dedication 4" mixtape.

So, who has Minaj poetically endorsed?

“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney," she raps in the following video, adding (we presume) of the Democrats: "You lazy bitches are f-cking up the economy."

Minaj isn't the only celebrity who will be pulling a lever in Romney's direction in November. Chuck Norris worries that another four years of President Obama will send the nation into darkness, while Clint Eastwood expressed his concerns by talking to an empty chair.

Who will YOU be voting for in this election?

 

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Chuck Norris stars in a new ad urging citizens to unite and vote against President Obama and prevent a Doomsday scenario that would inevitably follow his reelection.

"If we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack," the 72-year-old Expendables 2 star says in his dire appeal to Republican voters.

"We're at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don't change the course in which our country is headed."

With his wife by his side, he says, "I know you love your family and your freedom as much as Gena and I do, and it is because of that we can no longer sit quietly or stand on the sidelines and watch our country go the way of socialism or something worse."

Norris then borrows a quote from President Ronald Reagan in saying that if freedom isn't protected, we take "the first step into a thousand years of darkness."

Reelecting Barack Obama would represent that step, he believes.

Interestingly, Norris does not mention Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney once. He famously endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008. See below ...

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The President will go to great lengths for every pothead vote.

In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention this week, Barack Obama is making sure every member of his coalition does his or her part. He's even making personal calls, hoping to appeal to some of his more ardent supporters.

Such as Kal Penn of Harold & Kumar fame:

Barack and Kal go way back, actually. In addition to Harold and Kumar quotes and his role on House, the actor serves in the Obama administration as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Hopefully for Obama, his supporters follow Penn's lead in November and not his alter ego's. Guy can't afford any potential voters sitting this one out.

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President Barack Obama says he doesn't take the unexpected ribbing Clint Eastwood gave him at the RNC personally. In fact, he remains a big fan of the actor.

“I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” the president told USA Today.

“He is a great actor, and an even better director,” the Commander-in-Chief continued. “I think the last few movies that he’s made have been terrific.”

Clint Eastwood, Chair

At the Republican National Convention, Eastwood roused the crowd with a 12-minute oratory that included a satirical interview with an invisible Obama.

The 82-year-old berated the President in the form of an empty chair. "Eastwooding" gave way to countless parodies and earned a place in the pop culture lexicon.

Coverage of Eastwood's speech in recent days eclipsed that of even Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who took the stage shortly thereafter.

Most observers considered the routine bizarre (for better or worse), with some critics calling it borderline vulgar. Obama, however, was not offended by it.

“One thing about being president or running for president - if you’re easily offended, you should probably choose another profession,” the president said.

Obama, who did Tweet a response to the RNC speech, said not to expect any similar acts at this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“I think we’ll be playing this pretty straight,” he said.

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The office of embattled Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) is pretty furious with GOP activist and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

For joking that Akin should be bumped off, obviously.

Businessweek reports that Rove spoke about Akin - who is facing calls to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat - at a GOP donors' breakfast in Tampa.

The site says Rove quipped to the audience: "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

Akin-Rove

Akin's office issued a statement calling the quote "deeply disturbing," given that the FBI is investigating real threats following Todd Akin legitimate rape controversy.

He's vowing to stay in the race despite the criticism he's endured since suggesting rape victims rarely get pregnant because the body will "shut the whole thing down."

Many influential Republicans - Rove included - wish he would bow out, believing another candidate would have a better chance against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Should Akin drop out of the race?

 

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