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9:45 AM ET, August 23, 2011

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The White House:
Statement by the President on Libya Blue Heron Farm, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya.  And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.
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New York Times:
Qaddafi Site Is Focus of Tripoli Combat  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — The crackle of gunfire and the rumble of explosions spread across Tripoli in renewed fighting on Tuesday, and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large hours after his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel …
Political Punch:
US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million
Fox News:
Reports of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi's Capture False, Appears in Tripoli
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul  —  Romney has slight edge over Obama, Bachmann slightly lags  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arab Summer may not spread to Syria - Obama, Romney to unevil jobs agendas in same week.  But who'll go first?  - Palin ponders run; won't decide till late Sept.  —  BULLETIN — “Rebels near Gaddafi's Tripoli stronghold” — Reuters/Tripoli: “Rebels battling forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi …
Discussion: The Note and Taegan Goddard's …
Guardian:
Fighting continues on streets of Tripoli as Saif al-Islam Gaddafi makes defiant reappearance
Discussion: msnbc.com, New York Times and Reuters
The Politico:
Conservative elites pine for 2012 hero  —  It's a tough time to be a conservative intellectual.  —  From the Weekly Standard to the Wall Street Journal, on the pages of policy periodicals and opinion sections, the egghead right's longing for a presidential candidate of ideas …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan Not Running for President  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan has decided for a final time that he will not run for president in 2012, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.  Ryan, who began seriously considering a bid in late May after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the race …
National Review:
Five Reasons Ryan Bowed Out
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.  —  “The elimination of the obsolete …
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Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
FCC finally kills off fairness doctrine  —  The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.  —  Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts …
Financial Times:
Sharma to step down as S&P president  —  Deven Sharma is stepping down as president of Standard & Poor's only weeks after the rating agency issued an unprecedented downgrade of the credit of the US, the company said.  —  Mr Sharma will remain as an adviser to S&P's owner, McGraw-Hill …
Discussion: Wizbang and Pajamas Media
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Jeannette Neumann / Wall Street Journal:   Head of S&P to Resign  —  Ratings Firm Says Sharma Exit …
DealBook:
Standard & Poor's President to Step Down
Discussion: Vox Popoli and New York Magazine
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
In LD8, Delany derailed by wife's email to Lewis  —  Former Assemblyman Pat Delany abruptly resigned last month from his post representing the 8th district after his wife sent a racially tinged email to senate challenger Carl Lewis, the former Olympic Gold medalist.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman criticizes rivals in prime time interview  —  (CNN) - For a second straight day, Jon Huntsman is going after his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  In an interview to run Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the former Utah governor …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman says he could join Bachmann as VP candidate
Discussion: Politics
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Bachmann stands by $2 gasoline pledge
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama  —  The latest posting by the Treasury Department shows the national debt has now increased $4 trillion on President Obama's watch.  —  The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office.  The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Will Palin be in by Labor Day?  ‘I doubt it’  —  (CNN) - Karl Rove caused a commotion in recent days by predicting that Sarah Palin will run for president and hinting that she could announce her campaign during a speech to a tea party group in Iowa over Labor Day weekend.  —  That might be news to Palin.
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New York Times:
District Attorney Asks Judge to Drop Strauss-Kahn Case  —  Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office formally moved on Monday to dismiss the three-month-old sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, filing a 25-page motion that serves as their intricate and devastating anatomy of a case collapsing.
Discussion: City Room and Balloon Juice
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Joe Biden: ‘I Fully Understand’ China's One Child Policy  —  Good news, reproductive rights advocates and neo-Malthusian environmentalists!  Vice President Joe Biden has no problem with the government forcibly sterilizing people and compelling abortions.  From his remarks at Sichuan University …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Spending, not entitlements, created huge deficit  —  It's conventional wisdom in Washington to blame the federal government's dire financial outlook on runaway entitlement spending.  Unless we rein in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the conventional wisdom goes, the federal government is headed for disaster.
DealBook:
Milken's Gift Stirs Dispute at U.C.L.A. Law School  —  When the U.C.L.A. School of Law announced a $10 million gift from Lowell Milken to establish a business law institute in his name earlier this month, the university described him as a “pioneer in education reform” and a “leading philanthropist.”
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Goldman CEO hires high-profile defense attorney  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein has hired Reid Weingarten, a high-profile Washington defense attorney whose past clients include a former Enron accounting officer, according to a government source familiar with the matter.
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Warren's criticism of Wall Street poses fundraising dilemma  —  Elizabeth Warren's combative history with Wall Street could create a fundraising dilemma for her burgeoning Senate campaign.  —  Her ardent grassroots following on the left — forged during stints as TARP watchdog and as mastermind …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Iowa Caucuses:
Pataki to join Paul, McCotter at Polk County GOP fundraiser Saturday  —  Then-New York Gov. George Pataki addresses a Republican Party of Iowa picnic in Des Moines in 2006.  (Register file photo)  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination …
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
It's a Flawed Settlement  —  The Obama administration has turned up the heat on Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, to go along with a proposed settlement with the nation's largest banks over dubious foreclosure practices.  Mr. Schneiderman should stand his ground in not supporting the deal.
 
 
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