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3:45 AM ET, August 9, 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
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
R.G. Ratcliffe / Austin American-Statesman:
Will subsidies to farmer Perry come back to haunt presidential hopeful Perry?
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 …
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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
LEAP OF FAITH … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN …
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 …
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: No Left Turns and Pajamas Media
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Reuters:
Senate panel reviewing S&P downgrade  —  (Reuters) - The Senate Banking committee has begun looking into last week's decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the U.S. credit rating, a committee aide told Reuters on Monday.  —  The aide said the panel was gathering information …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Romney on S&P Move: 'I Don't Think It's Simply the President's Fault'
Susan Page / USA Today:
Obama's job approval  —  President Obama's job approval rating is 50% or higher in 16 states and D.C. Roll over each state to see how each rated Obama.  The darker the shade of the state, the higher his overall approval rating.  —  Source: Gallup  —  WASHINGTON — Another “wave” …
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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.
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.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
You can believe me or you can believe your lying eyes —  democrats style  —  You can believe me or you can believe your lying eyes —  Democrat style  —  Moody's weighs in with a hearty high five to the fiscal scolds: … And Washington, unfortunately, is paying attention:
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Those Colossal, Recklessly Irresponsible $2 Trillion Errors
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Reuters:
British riots spread on third night of violence  —  * Rioting, looting spread across British capital  —  * Youths laugh, hurl bottles at police  —  * Looting breaks out in three other cities  —  Rioting and looting spread across and beyond London on Monday as hooded youths set fire …
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The Nation:
Ben Adler  —  It is clear from Standard & Poor's statement downgrading the federal government's credit rating that it places the blame squarely on Republican actions and policies.  Two of S&P's biggest concerns about whether the United States will pay off its debt are whether Republicans …
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Banking looking into S&P downgrade
Discussion: Hot Air, Reuters and Erick's blog
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
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: theblogprof, UrbanGrounds and Hot Air
Joshua Spivak / The Recall Elections Blog:
What to expect when you're expecting recalls: A guide to state legislative recalls  —  While the political arguments surrounding tomorrow's Wisconsin recall elections are well covered elsewhere, I'd like to draw attention to the many issues and history surrounding the use of the recall - both in Wisconsin and the rest of the nation.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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JSOnline:
Ugly, and expensive  —  Voters deserve to know how much money …
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.
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 …
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.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Dog Helps Young Rape Victim Testify  —  POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, was in the witness box here nuzzling a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped and impregnated her.  Rosie sat by the teenager's feet.
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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JSOnline:
Milwaukee to see net gain from state budget
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
RushLimbaugh.com:
Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is “Debt Man Walking” in 2012
Discussion: Power Line and Don Surber
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Denison: Overflow Crowd Hears Herman Cain Slam Obama: 'That's Not Leadership!'
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Back on Stump, Romney Faults Obama on Downgrade
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Groups Call for Scientists to Engage the Body Politic
Daily Kos:
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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
Paul Krugman:
It's a Growth Scare
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 

 
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The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

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