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6:20 PM ET, August 23, 2011

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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes East Coast  —  A 5.8-magnitude earthquake based in Virginia sent tremors from the nation's capital to New York City and New England Tuesday afternoon, officials said.  —  Buildings throughout major metropolitan centers in the northeast were evacuated after the quake …
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives Can't Decide If Obama Was Too Busy Golfing Or Biking To Stop The Earthquake  —  Following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the D.C. region this afternoon, conservative media figures have responded the only way they know how: by twisting it into an attack on Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Mediaite
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
5.9 magnitude quake rocks East Coast  —  A 5.9 magnitude quake center in Virginia rocks the East Coast, with tremors felt as far south as North Carolina, as far north as Buffalo and Boston, and as far west as Detroit.  —  Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: The Washington Post quotes a a USGS official as saying …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Earthquake Rattles Washington DC - Obama Goes Biking  —  A 5.8 quake hit Washington DC this afternoon.  —  Drudge reported:  —  DETAILS...  Largest previous on record 4.8...  Pentagon, Capitol evacuated...  Shakes Manhattan...  Felt from Toronto to Atlanta...  Epicenter VA...  Felt In Chicago...
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
East Coast earthquake: 5.9 magnitude epicenter hits Virginia
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Instapundit
USA Today:
Earthquake rocks East Coast
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:   How Did So Many People Feel a 5.9 Earthquake in Richmond, Virginia?
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Mineral, Va.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry takes the lead in Iowa  —  Rick Perry is the new leader in Iowa:  —  The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state.  Among announced candidates he's at 22% to 19% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Michele Bachmann, and 16% for Ron Paul.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Could a Palin presidential bid rewrite the campaign rulebook?  —  Conventional wisdom dictates that Sarah Palin is not running for president: it's too late; the field is too crowded, and many think she is more interested in making money than running for office.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama tops Perry
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
The Note:
Obama Golfing in Martha's Vineyard When Earthquake Hit  —  ABC News' Stephanie Smith and David Kerley (@david_kerley) report:  —  Talk about early warning.  The majority of the White House press corps, camped out at a hotel at Martha's Vineyard, was keeping a close eye on our computers and emails.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
1 quake, and 2 missed golf shots  —  OAK BLUFFS, Mass. - President Obama gave the media a rare glimpse Tuesday into his treasured golf game, taking the unusual step of inviting reporters to watch him putt on a public course here.  —  The visual of a shirt-sleeved president …
Mark S. Smith / Associated Press:
White House: No Major Earthquake Damage Reported
Discussion: The Politico
Henry Blodget / Politics:
Here's Why Bank Of America's Stock Is Collapsing Again  —  It's deja vu all over again.  —  The stock of a humongous American bank, Bank of America (BAC), is collapsing.  —  This is stoking fears that Bank of America will go bust, taking the whole economy down with it.  —  Why is Bank of America's stock tanking?
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Douglas A. McIntyre / 24/7 Wall St.:
JP Morgan May Take Over Bank Of America  —  There is a rumor circulated on Wall St. that JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) will take over Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) within the week.  The government will support the deal with a $100 billion investment in preferred shares issued by the combined entity.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Bank Nationalization Proposals Are Back
Discussion: TalkLeft and Politics
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Rick Perry holds the record on executions  —  Darren McCollester/GETTY IMAGES - PEMBROKE, NH - AUGUST 18: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to workers at Epoch Homes August 18, 2011 in Pembroke, New Hampshire.  Perry has been campaigning since he declared …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Perry Backs Radical National Sales Tax Plan To Starve Federal Government
Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power After Quake  —  A nuclear power plant in central Virginia has lost offsite power in the wake of a 5.8 earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., U.S. nuclear officials said.  —  The North Anna Power Station, which has two nuclear reactors …
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emptywheel:
CantorQuake: Trembling at the Heart of GOP Claims We Don't Need Government  —  Back in March, after the Japanese earthquake, Eric Cantor defended Republican plans to cut funding from the USGS and warning systems to help in case of a disaster.  —  This is the epicenter of the freak 5.9 Richter earthquake that just hit Virginia.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
How Democrats Hurt Jobs  —  The airplane's aft section arrived early Monday morning.  That's what they'd been waiting for at the final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. They already had the wings, the nose, the tail — all the other major sections of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.
New York Times:
Rebels Storm Qaddafi Compound  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Rebel fighters flooded into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's sprawling compound on Tuesday, overwhelming what remained of its defenses, running pell-mell through the grounds and ransacking caches of weapons, as the crackle of gunfire and rumble …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado  —  DENVER — The largest natural earthquake in Colorado in more than a century struck Monday night in the state's southeast corner, but there had been no reports of damage or injuries.  —  The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and centered …
Hoover Institution:
How Is Warren Buffett Like the Pope?  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  They are both dead wrong on economic policy.  —  The terrible economic news from both Europe and the United States …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Dean of Columbia College Resigns After Two Years  —  The dean of Columbia College has abruptly resigned over what she called administrative changes that would diminish or eliminate her authority, leaving the undergraduate division of Columbia University without a leader two weeks before the start of classes.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Waters to Obama aide: Say ‘black’  —  Rep. Maxine Waters and other black leaders lobbed heated questions at one of President Barack Obama's top jobs advisers Monday, pressing him to confirm the White House is focusing on creating jobs in struggling African-American communities — and to say the word “black.”
cbpp.org:
Raising Medicare's Eligibility Age Would Increase Overall Health Spending and Shift Costs to Seniors, States, and Employers  —  Raising Medicare's eligibility age from 65 to 67, which the new Joint Select Committee will likely consider this fall as a deficit-reduction measure …
Tevi Troy / National Review:
What's Obama Reading?  —  The reports are in about the books President Obama is looking at on his annual trip to Martha's Vineyard.  According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and the AP, Obama purchased five books on his trip to the Vineyard bookseller Bunch of Grapes: Marianna Baer's Frost …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Is welfare reform working?  —  Fifteen years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform — also known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program — into law.  The obvious post to write today is, “is it working?”  But that raises the question: what do we mean by “working”?
Ynetnews:
Islamic scholar: Every Muslim has right to kill Zionists  —  Islamic scholar Dr. Salah Sultan issued a religious decree according to which it is permissible to kill “any Israeli on Egyptian land, in response to the killing of Egyptian soldiers near the border with Israel,” Egyptian Al-Shuruq newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Daily Beast:
Obama Needs a New Tune  —  It's time for the president to drop his weak hope of a post-partisan politics, argues Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol—and lay out a strong new case for his reelection.  —  Call him a neo-post-partisan.  —  “There's something wrong with our politics that we need to fix …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama administration attempts to clarify Biden's one-child policy comments  —  In the wake of an onslaught of criticism for Vice President Joe Biden's comments in China about “not second guessing” the country's one-child policy, the Obama administration has issued a statement of clarification.
 
 
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Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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