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1:30 PM ET, August 15, 2011

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Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich  —  OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.”  But when they did the asking, they spared me.  I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting.  They, too, were left untouched.  —  While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan …
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The Politico:
Buffett: I beg you to raise my taxes  —  Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest man in the world with a net worth of around $80 billion, is demanding the U.S. government make the rich like him pay higher taxes and says they should no longer be protected like endangered “spotted owls.”
The Politico:
Rick Perry schools Michele Bachmann in Waterloo  —  WATERLOO, Iowa — Rick Perry came to Michele Bachmann's home town Sunday evening and schooled the newly minted Iowa front-runner in her native state's demanding retail political culture.  —  The day after Perry announced his candidacy …
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Wall Street Journal:
Bachmann-Perry Overdrive  —  GOP voters are still searching for a unifying candidate.  —  The fight for the Republican Presidential nomination is finally getting underway in earnest, with Texas Governor Rick Perry bull-riding his way into the race and Michele Bachmann winning Saturday's straw poll in Iowa.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Chris Christie's Cue  —  This has been a clarifying week for the 2012 election.  Thursday's Republican debate reminded everyone why Mitt Romney is the front-runner, as his rivals left the former Massachusetts governor more or less untouched.  Saturday's Ames straw poll disposed of Tim Pawlenty …
Discussion: msnbc.com
David Weigel / Slate:
Exit Tim Pawlenty
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Texas Unmiracle  —  As expected, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has announced that he is running for president.  And we already know what his campaign will be about: faith in miracles.  —  Some of these miracles will involve things that you're liable to read in the Bible.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Miracles, myths, and mirages
Discussion: The Mahablog
CNN:
Romney takes dig at Perry over business experience  —  Litchfield, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Monday his experience in business would help propel him over the man who threatens to be his biggest rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  —  Facing reporters' questions …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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Associated Press:
Romney defends his comments about corporations
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Ten Weirdest Ideas In Rick Perry's Fed Up  —  Rick Perry's November 2010 book Fed Up!:  Our Fight to Save America from Washington is not a typical “campaign book” from a political candidate.  For starters, its forward is written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, nominally one of Perry's rivals for the nomination.
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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
At 39 Percent, Obama's Reminded the Worst Could Lie Ahead  —  There it was: 39 percent.  Floor broke.  Threshold crossed.  The close of Barack Obama's awful week.  One more awful August.  On Sunday, for the first time in his presidency, Obama's public approval rating dipped below 40 percent in the Gallup Poll.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama returns to the campaign trail with Midwest bus tour
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself  —  VISTA, Calif. — Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
New York Post:
Andy has upHill fight to win in '16: top Dem  —  Gov. Cuomo can for get running for pres ident in 2016 be cause Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to beat him — and everyone else — in the race for the Democratic Party's nomination, predicts one of the nation's best-known Democrats.
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Ed Rendell: Hillary Clinton can't resist White House run
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bloomberg:
Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), maker of the Android mobile-phone software, agreed to buy smartphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in its biggest deal, gaining mobile patents and expanding in the hardware business.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Krugman: You know what this economy needs?  A space alien invasion!  —  Patrick Ishmael wrote about this in the Green Room, but why should he have all the fun?  Not too long ago, Dick Durbin lamented the demise of credibility for Keynesian economic proposals, but even I didn't realize the Keynesians had become quite this desperate.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Moe_Lane's blog
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Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Wall Street big lavished gifts on mistresses in three countries: wife  —  He's an aging Wall Street fat cat who could put even the most lusty young lothario to shame.  —  John Duffy, 62, the married CEO of the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods investment bank, has lavished millions of dollars' worth of homes …
Discussion: Dealbreaker and New York Magazine
Joe Garofoli / SFGate:
Todd Palin answers woman who calls Palins a “sellout” at Sarah Palin Iowa event (VIDEO)  —  Des Moines, Iowa — As we told you the other day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hasn't decided yet to run for president.  One big question she will have to answer is why she quit after only two years as governor.
The Note:
Mitt Romney Dubs Obama's Trip the ‘Magical Misery Bus Tour’  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:  —  A new web video and harsh criticism emerged from the Mitt Romney camp today as President Barack Obama launched his three-day bus tour that will make stops in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
Toms River News:
Verizon wins injunction against striking workers after reports of vandalism, violence and harrassment  —  No vandalism.  No violence.  No Harassment.  No Obstruction.  No intimidating.  No threatening.  No Blocking.  No Trespassing.  Those were just a few of the restrictions placed …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats urge Obama to be more aggressive on jobs  —  Many want the president to stand up to Republicans and push for bigger, more ambitious programs to boost the economy.  —  Job seekers attend a job fair in San Jose.  With the national unemployment rate still above 9% …
 
 
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Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Allen West faces unusual challenge from his tea party base
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Theodore Dalrymple / Wall Street Journal:
The Barbarians Inside Britain's Gates
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Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Ministers plan removal of rioters' benefits
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Cain aims for fifth place in New Hampshire
Lachlan Markay / Washington Examiner:
Democrat donor gets federal health policy slot despite conflicts of interest
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Bomb squad called to House Speaker John Boehner's office
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Mark Bowes / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Gun crimes drop at Virginia bars and restaurants
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Yahoo! News:
US apologises for diplomat's ‘dirty’ Indians comment
New York Times:
Wave of Attacks in Iraq Leaves at Least 68 Dead
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Bernie Madoff ditched by his wife of 52 years as she seeks reconciliation with son
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Perry running to restore military ‘respect’ for presidency
 

 
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