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2:35 PM ET, August 21, 2011

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New York Times:
Surely They Can Read a Spreadsheet  —  When the federal government was on the brink of default and the economy hung in the balance, the nation's business leaders had a chance to step forward and push for a long-term solution.  They could have supported a grand bargain that cut spending and raised tax revenue.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Of Dystopias and Alphas  —  President Obama was on the way to Alpha when a plea came for him to be, well, more alpha.  —  LuAnn Lavine, a real estate agent from Geneseo, a rural town just up the road from Alpha, Ill., the last stop on the president's Midwestern bus tour, told The Times's Jeff Zeleny …
New York Times:
Perry Mines Texas System to Raise Cash for Campaigns  —  Two years ago, John McHale, an entrepreneur from Austin, Tex., who has given millions of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes, did something very unusual for him: he wrote a $50,000 check to a Republican candidate, Rick Perry …
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CBS News:
Ben Stein offers Rick Perry an economics lesson
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney showcase a Republican divide
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it
SignOnSanDiego.com:
Romney to quadruple La Jolla home size  —  The GOP contender plans local fundraisers for president this weekend  —  View from the beach of the 3,009-square-foot Romney home in La Jolla , which the GOP contender plans to demolish and replace with an 11,062-square-foot home.  — Meg Roussos
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney To Quadruple Size Of $12 Million California Home
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What if Obama quit?  —  I'm not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election.  What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?  —  The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan's piece this week for the Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
ABCNEWS:
On ‘This Week’: Jon Huntsman and David Axelrod  —  He served in the Obama administration but now he wants to bring it to an end.  Sunday, in a “This Week” exclusive, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman talks with ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper about his plan to win his party's nomination.
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CNN:
Perry's global warming position hurts GOP, Huntsman says
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood.  —  The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing …
Juan / Informed Comment:
The Great Tripoli Uprising  —  As dawn broke Sunday in Libya, revolutionaries were telling Aljazeera Arabic that much of the capital was being taken over by supporters of the February 17 Youth revolt.  Some areas, such as the suburb of Tajoura to the east and districts in the eastrn part …
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Guardian:
Libya, Syria and Middle East unrest - live updates
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
GOP may OK tax increase that Obama hopes to block  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes.  —  Impossible, right?  GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Intrade Now Pricing Greater Than 50% Chance Obama Will Not Be Reelected; And Observations On The Political Costs Of War  —  It appears that in the aftermath of the recent update of Obama's job approval polls which as we reported just hit an all time low, the market has formally priced …
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants  —  Scientists are subjected to a campaign of abuse and violence  —  The full extent of the campaign of intimidation, attacks and death threats made against scientists by activists who claim researchers are suppressing …
Discussion: Althouse
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Koch Responds To Buffet: ‘My Business And Non-Profit Investments Are Much More Beneficial To Society’  —  America's current tax system forces people making $50,000 a year to pay a higher rate than hedge fund managers making $2.4 million an hour.  Warren Buffett penned an op-ed last week declaring …
Discussion: The Raw Story
NY1.com:
Sources: Pataki Considers 2012 Run For President … Sources tell NY1 former Governor George Pataki is strongly considering entering the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Sources say Pataki, who left office in 2007, could make an announcement as early as next week.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama dangerously close to a ‘Killer Rabbit’ moment  —  President heads for Martha's Vineyard vacation as unemployment lines grow  —  Is President Barack Obama on the verge of being attacked by a bunny wabbit?  —  Absolutely.  —  All the signs suggest that Obama is in immediate danger of a rabbit attack.
Hossein Jaseb / Reuters:
Iran jails U.S. “hikers” as spies for 8 years  —  (Reuters) - Two Americans held in Iran for more than two years have been convicted as spies and sentenced to eight years' jail, Iranian TV reported on Saturday, a verdict that will further strain already very poor relations with Washington.
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Sen. McCain predicts ‘hours if not days’ until Gadhafi is gone
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
In China, Biden blames GOP for holding up stronger debt deal
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sanders.enews.senate.gov:
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Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
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Sixty-five arrested outside White House in oil pipeline protest
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Nature Without the Nanny State
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Washington Post:
Smacked by big market swings, investors should alter their outlook
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