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11:30 PM ET, August 8, 2011

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The Politico:
Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday  —  Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he's running for president, POLITICO has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt …
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ThinkProgress:   Anti-Government Spending Crusader Rick Perry Accepted More Than $80,000 In Farm Subsidies
R.G. Ratcliffe / Austin American-Statesman:
Will subsidies to farmer Perry come back to haunt presidential hopeful Perry?
unionleader.com:
Rick Perry to attend NH house party this Saturday
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Page and msnbc.com
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
LEAP OF FAITH … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
The National Organization for Women defends Bachmann against Newsweek  —  One of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's major political opponents is defending her against what it says is blatant sexism on the part of Newsweek magazine.  —  Monday, the National Organization for Women …
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
First Read / msnbc.com:
Bachmann attends church service denouncing homosexuality  —  WAUKEE, IA — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann yesterday attended a church here in Iowa, where the pastor called homosexuality “immoral” and “unnatural,” and later showed a testimonial video from a man who claimed …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Does The Michele Bachmann Newsweek Cover Make Her ‘Look Crazy’?  —  Conservative media watchdog Newsbusters is helpfully defending GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) honor against those serial cover photo offenders at Newsweek, excoriating the magazine for using …
Leary / nation.foxnews.com:
NOW Defends Bachmann Against Newsweek
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Show some guts,’ arrest S&P head  —  Liberal firebrand Michael Moore called on President Obama to respond to the U.S. credit downgrade by arresting the leaders of the credit-ratings agencies.  —  On his Twitter feed Monday, the Oscar-winning film director also blamed …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and No Left Turns
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Reuters:
Senate panel reviewing S&P downgrade
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Romney on S&P Move: 'I Don't Think It's Simply the President's Fault'
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Banking looking into S&P downgrade
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
The Nation:
Ben Adler  —  It is clear from Standard & Poor's statement downgrading …
Paul Krugman:
Aaauuuggghhh!  Market Commentary Edition  —  Carnage in stock markets as I write — and all of the headlines I see attribute it to S&P's downgrade.  —  They really are trying to make my head explode, aren't they?  —  Once again: S&P declared that US debt is no longer a safe investment …
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JeeYeon Park / CNBC:
Stocks Off Lows, Dow Above 11,000; Vix Soars  —  Stocks pared some losses in heavy, choppy trading Monday but were still sharply lower as investors fled from risky assets following S&P's downgrade of U.S.'s credit rating last week in addition to ongoing uncertainty over the euro zone crisis.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Disconnect  —  This piece on CNN Money says that “market …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Stocks Suffer Sharpest Drop Since 2008
Mark Duell / Daily Mail:
Who ‘made $10bn on 10/1 bet that U.S. credit rating would be downgraded’?  —  A mystery investor or hedge fund reportedly made a bet of almost $1billion at odds of 10/1 last month that the U.S. would lose its AAA credit rating.  —  Now questions are being asked of whether the trader …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval 50% or Higher in 16 States and D.C.  —  Idaho residents least approving, at 27%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Residents of 16 states and the District of Columbia gave President Obama approval ratings of 50% or higher during the first half of 2011, led by the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House leaders end page program  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced they were ending the House page program.  —  As of Aug. 31, the program — which employs nearly 70 high school students to serve as messengers and couriers …
David Axe / Danger Room:
Did a New Taliban Weapon Kill a Chopper Full of Navy SEALs?  —  Updated 8:36 a.m. EDT.  —  The passengers and crew of the twin-rotor CH-47 Chinook helicopter probably never saw the rocket hurtling towards them.  The explosion and fiery crash in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan early …
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Sabawoon Amarkhail / Agence France Presse:
US helicopter crashed in Taliban trap: Afghan official
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Waiting For A Landslide  —  In 1955, a political scientist named V. O. Key published an essay entitled “A Theory of Critical Elections.”  He argued that realignments in American politics are usually punctuated by transformative elections, in which the old order suddenly gives way and a new majority emerges in its place.
John Hempton / Bronte Capital:
Who has got the margin call?  —  Bronte Capital tends - as this blog has said many times - to be long large cap and relatively liquid companies at 10-16 PE ratios.  —  And we are short the wildest range of frauds, fads and failures you can imagine.  —  Our shorts are small and relatively illiquid.
The Daily Beast:
Hillary Told You So  —  As Democratic disgust with Obama's debt fumbling spreads, Clinton supporters recall her ‘3 a.m. phone call’ warnings—and angry, frustrated liberals are muttering that she should mount a 2012 challenge.  —  At a New York political event last week …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The Westen piece  —  It's not exactly a secret that there is …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's horrifyingly bad speech  —  He was a half hour late.  His head turned from side to side as if he were attending a tennis match.  He practically never looked in the camera, as if he were averting our gaze.  And those were the strong parts of President Obama's disastrous speech.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama says he inherited economic problems  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited many of the country's problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign.
CNN:
Racially motivated attack on video  —  Editor's note: The following story contains language some readers may consider offensive.  —  Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) — On a recent Sunday morning just before dawn, two carloads of white teenagers drove to Jackson, Mississippi …
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Telegraph:
London riots: live  —  This is our live coverage of the riots and disturbances in London, which on Sunday night brought looting and disruption to large areas of the capital.  —  Police guard a shop after looting broke out in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Conquering the Storm  —  In the coming days we'll sort through the repercussions of S&P's downgrade of our credit rating, including concerns about the impact a potential interest rate increase would have on our ability to service our suffocating $14.5 trillion debt.
 
 
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Back on Stump, Romney Faults Obama on Downgrade
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
fdlreporter.com:
RECALL ELECTION 18th SENATE: Clerks expecting heavy turnout
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body Politic
New York Times:
Hotel Housekeeper Sues Strauss-Kahn
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mogulite
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Those Colossal, Recklessly Irresponsible $2 Trillion Errors
Discussion: ZeroHedge and Pajamas Media
J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
How Should Obama Answer the Stock Market's Wake-Up Call? We-Need-Different-Cossacks Department
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Dog Helps Young Rape Victim Testify
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Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Study: New Medicaid patients more expensive than current beneficiaries
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Justin Elliott / Salon:
The abortion that Mitt doesn't talk about anymore
Discussion: TBogg
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Price of Rural Life
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Poor People Own Appliances Because They're Cheap
Discussion: Eschaton
Paul Krugman:
It's a Growth Scare
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 

 
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