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4:50 PM ET, August 5, 2011

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Leary / nation.foxnews.com:
Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs  —  POLITICO EXCLUSIVE — The President's private 50th birthday bash, not listed on his public schedule: His gift to the press corps was a travel/photo lid shortly after 4 p.m., prompting what pooler Julie Mason called “general cheering in WH workspace.”
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Lynn Sweet:
Obama's 50th Birthday bash: Stevie Wonder, Chris Rock, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Herbie Hancock, Jay Z  —  li> (Screen grab of Chris Rock's Twitter feed)  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday Thursday night with a celebrity-filled bash, as entertainer Chris Rock reported …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Fox Nation Reports On Obama's Birthday: 'Obama's Hip-Hop BBQ Didn't Create Jobs'  —  Yesterday, President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday.  Politico reported that the president marked the milestone by holding a private barbecue attended by a flock of celebrities, including Stevie Wonder …
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs and Ds … WASHINGTON — As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has pursued a controversial agenda that would gut Texas' vaunted public university system in favor of something that more closely resembles a business.  —  As the Washington Post reported on Thursday …
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The Note:
Rick Perry's Religious Event Mired in Controversy  —  ABC News' Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:  —  A prayer event initiated by Texas Governor Rick Perry will take place tomorrow in Houston, Texas, but the religious revival is mired in controversy concerning exclusion of non-Christian religions …
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JSOnline:
State Patrol called in, youth policy imposed after violence at State Fair  —  By Don Walker and Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel  —  Gov. Scott Walker has ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol to provide additional law enforcement help at the Wisconsin State Fair after several incidents …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Wrong Worries  —  In case you had any doubts, Thursday's more than 500-point plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average and the drop in interest rates to near-record lows confirmed it: The economy isn't recovering, and Washington has been worrying about the wrong things.
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Time to Say It: Double Dip Recession May Be Happening  —  Double dip may be back.  —  It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one.  But it could be happening again.  The unrelenting negative economic news of the past …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Story of the Economy
Adam Serwer / Washington Post:
GOP austerity agenda damaging Obama's reelection chances  —  The Republican austerity agenda is continuing to hamper job growth, making Obama's defeat in 2012 all the more likely.  —  Today's jobs numbers were better than expected, but as Matthew Yglesias points out, a fundamental problem remains …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Economix
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New York Times:
A Volatile Wall Street Ends the Day Mixed
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
John Kerry: Media Has “Responsibility” To “Not Give Equal Time” To Tea Party  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Friday that the media has the responsibility to not give equal time or credence to the Tea Party's views: SEN. JOHN KERRY: “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
$30 Million Pouring In to Influence Wisconsin Recall Elections  —  A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling.  Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted …
Discussion: USA Today and Outside the Beltway
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Andy Kroll / MoJo Articles:
Wisconsin Recall Elections: The Dark Money Pours In
Matt McGrath / BBC:
Arctic ‘tipping point’ may not be reached  —  The team said they had found an indirect method to give a picture of the ice cover dating back 11,000 years  —  Scientists say current concerns over a tipping point in the disappearance of Arctic sea ice may be misplaced.
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sciencemag.org:
A 10,000-Year Record of Arctic Ocean Sea-Ice Variability—View from the Beach
A.Killough / CNN:
Perry to meet with GOP leaders in South Carolina  —  (CNN) - Rick Perry is set to meet privately with dozens of grassroots Republican activists when he visits the crucial early primary state of South Carolina next week, another sign that the Texas governor is taking steps to join the 2012 presidential race.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama ‘smarter’ than critics, says Alan Simpson  —  Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican who co-chaired President Barack Obama's fiscal commission, says that the president is “a little bit smarter” than some of his critics, who “ought to give it up.”  —  Simpson, who represented Wyoming …
Discussion: The Spot and Weasel Zippers
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Opposes Extending Unemployment Benefits: We Need To Stop ‘Pumping Up’ Jobless Americans  —  The unemployment rate inched downwards to 9.1 percent today, with private sector jobs increasing by 154,000.  While a slight improvement, these better-than-expected figures provide little comfort …
Joy Pullman / Washington Examiner:
Teachers union disavows internal memo endorsing deception of parents  —  American Federation of Teachers officials have disavowed an internal report after it was posted on the union's website following its annual conference, embedded on each of its 19 pages with the union's logo and signed by a union official.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and Pajamas Media
Yahoo! News:
Nader: ‘Almost 100 percent’ chance of a Democratic primary challenger to Obama  —  Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and perennial third-party presidential candidate, announced last month that he would work to find a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Pawlenty To Sign NOM's Anti-Gay Marriage Pledge  —  The National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) Brian Brown announced that Tim Pawlenty will sign on to the group's anti-gay marriage pledge, after initially refusing to join Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann in agreeing to the document.
James Pethokoukis:
Can Obama's 2012 hopes survive 9%+ unemployment? … The consensus used to be that President Obama might be OK if the jobless rate fell below 8 percent by Election Day.  That seems increasingly unlikely.  The economy is, at best, in slow-growth mode, just churning and churning, creating few jobs.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman:
Pulling Rank  —  John Quiggin has some fun with an economist named Stephen Williamson who attacks his work from a position of robust ignorance; Noah Smith has even more fun.  —  I'll pass the specific arguments by, and note another feature of this “debate” that has struck …
Hilary Gowins / Northwest Herald:
Walsh tries to clear air at town hall-style meeting … WAUCONDA - When controversy erupts, public figures can hide or face their critics.  —  U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh seems to have chosen the latter, facing his constituents for the first time after the debt ceiling battle and allegations …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Hill
Jacob Weisberg / Financial Times:
Washington's appetite for self-destruction  —  It is difficult to remember a more dismal moment in American politics.  The debt ceiling crisis and the agreement that ended it point to deep dysfunction in our system.  In a variety of ways, the episode portends continued short-term economic misery and long-term national decline.
Discussion: FT Alphaville and The New Editor
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The FAA shutdown and the new rules of Washington  —  Congressman John Mica, the Florida Republican blamed for single-handedly shutting down the Federal Aviation Administration, sounded like a beaten man when he called me Thursday evening.  —  The usually biting chairman …
Marc Stewart / TheDenverChannel.com:
TSA Confiscates Pregnant Woman's Insulin, Ice Packs  —  Security Tells Woman Isulin Vial Was An Explosives Risk  —  DENVER — A Denver couple has filed a formal complaint with the Transportation Security Administration after a pregnant woman's insulin and ice packs were confiscated by screeners at Denver International Airport.
Kathie Obradovich / Iowa Caucuses:
Santorum: Courts have created ‘super-right’ of sexual liberty  —  GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, talking about same-sex marriage, said today that the courts have created a right to “sexual liberty” that diminishes the right to religious liberty.  —  Santorum was meeting with the Register editorial board this morning.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
 
 
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Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
Bank of America Says Mortgage Buyback Claims May Exceed Prior Estimate
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: They're still not listening to Rick Santelli
Discussion: Pajamas Media and NewsBusters.org
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Postal Service delivers more bad news, reports $3.1B loss
Discussion: The Politico
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Security Guards At American Legislative Exchange Council Conference Physically Attack ThinkProgress Reporters
M.S. / Democracy in America:
Adventures in tea-party cognitive dissonance
Patrick M. Byrne / The Politico:
Backed Jon Huntsman once, but never again
Discussion: Erick's blog and GOP 12
Noah / Noahpinion:
Supply-side vs. demand-side recessions
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Solution  —  A three-stage compromise to reduce the debt on a scale never before seen
Discussion: FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Roseanne sets sights on White House
Discussion: The Politico, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Potential jurors shouldn't be dismissed for being gay, court told
The Daily Beast:
The Death of Super Tuesday?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Tzipi Livni Praises Obama for Pressuring Netanyahu, Suggests U.S. Should Keep Up the Heat
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Claire Courchane / Washington Times:
Neb. mine find to challenge China's dominance of vital rare minerals
Discussion: Moe Lane and Samizdata.net