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10:00 AM ET, August 12, 2011


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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Rick Perry timing ‘bad form,’ ‘tactical blunder’  —  Mike Huckabee is giving a big thumbs-down to Rick Perry's campaign rollout, telling Fox News that the Texas governor's decision to announce on the day of the Iowa straw poll is a big “tactical blunder.”
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Tim Pawlenty And Rep. Michele Bachmann Rumble In White Hot Debate Exchange  —  Perhaps the most heated exchanges of tonight's Fox News debate happened 20 minutes into the show, and, shockingly enough, it involved some sharp barbs from typically placid Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Hot Air
The Note:
Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty Take Gloves Off At Iowa Debate  —  ABC News' Amy Walter (@amyewlater) and Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) report:  —  AMES, Iowa — The fierce battle between Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann that has been waged …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
The Gloves Come Off at Iowa Debate  —  AMES, Iowa — Fox News anchors are testing the microphones.  Reporters have assembled in a cavernous room with hundreds of folding tables and chairs.  Senior aides to the candidates are finishing up their efforts at pre-debate spin.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bachmann campaign targeting Pawlenty behind the scenes  —  AMES, IOWA — Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) campaign showed its biggest immediate concern is fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty at Thursday night's GOP debate.  —  During the debate Bachmann staffers handed reporters in Iowa …
New York Times:
8 From G.O.P. Trade Attacks at Iowa Debate  —  AMES, Iowa — A withering critique of President Obama's handling of the economy was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates who, in a debate here Thursday night, fought to stay alive in the party's increasingly competitive nominating race.
Washington Post:
Pawlenty, Bachmann spar early, often in GOP debate  —  View Photo Gallery —  Eight Republican candidates take the stage in Ames, Iowa, in the second major presidential debate of the 2012 race.  In the days leading up to the debate, candidates made campaign stops around the state.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
King hits Perry for treating Iowans like “country bumpkins”
Discussion: The Politico and The Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Mitt's Iowa Schizophrenia
Discussion: GOP 12
CBS News:
Rick Perry to run for president, spokesman says
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Rick Perry to Announce GOP Candidacy Saturday
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hijacked Crisis  —  Has market turmoil left you feeling afraid?  Well, it should.  Clearly, the economic crisis that began in 2008 is by no means over.  —  But there's another emotion you should feel: anger.  For what we're seeing now is what happens when influential people exploit a crisis rather than try to solve it.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
All The Anti-Gay Rhetoric From The GOP Presidential Debate...In Under 2 Minutes  —  The GOP presidential candidates reiterated their opposition to same-sex marriage during Thursday's debate in Ames, Iowa, even as the majority of Americans now support marriage equality and 11.4 percent …
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Postal Service proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan  —  SEATTLE — The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its workforce by 20 percent and to withdraw from the federal health and retirement plans because it believes it could provide benefits at a lower cost.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
USPS proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan
Discussion: Politics, and Campaign 2012
Peter Oborne /
The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom  —  David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters.  They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Dem super PAC targets 3 GOP frosh  —  The new Democratic political action committee created to help recapture control of the House is unveiling its first slate of TV ads since it played heavily in a May special election win in New York, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: CNN
Elizabethwarren / Blue Mass Group:
Coming Home  —  Well, I guess she is interested!  Professor Warren, thanks so much for coming here and engaging with the BMG community.  You read it here first, folks. - promoted by david  —  Growing up, every decision for my family involved a careful calculation about how we could pay for it …
Neela Banerjee / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Obama sets fuel efficiency standards for big rigs  —  Obama sets new regs for trucks ((Daily Press file photo))  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama announced the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for long-haul rigs, work trucks, and other heavy duty vehicles Tuesday …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
CAFE Standards Come To Big Rigs
Oren Yaniv / NY Daily News:
Woman sues for sexual harassment at People's Choice Realty; Their response?  She's too ugly to touch  —  A 23-year-old lesbian says the Brooklyn real estate office she once worked in is a den of deviants where raunchy sexcapades were the norm.  —  But the bosses she's suing say she's too ugly to harass.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Gothamist
Ledyard clerk won't sign gay marriage licenses  —  A town clerk in Cayuga County has informed her town board that because of her religious beliefs, she does not believe she can sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples, according to a member of the board.  —  Ledyard Town Clerk Rose Marie …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
‘Drunk’ man pees on 11 year old on JetBlue flight  —  It was plane madness.  —  Chaos erupted on JetBlue's red-eye flight from Portland, Ore., to JFK yesterday when a drunk allegedly urinated on a sleeping 11-year-old girl.  —  The youngster was traveling with her sister and dad …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘Corporations are people’  —  As you may have heard, Mitt Romney said in Iowa today that “corporations are people.”  Dems immediately pounced on Romney's gaffe.  In fairness, the full context shows that's not what he meant, but it's still an in­cred­ibly tone deaf thing to say.
Kara Scannell / Financial Times:
SEC makes S&P downgrade inquiries  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked credit rating agency Standard & Poor's to disclose who within its ranks knew of its decision to downgrade US debt before it was announced last week, as part of a preliminary look into potential insider trading, people familiar with the matter say.
Discussion: Reuters and New York Magazine
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Obama vows new ideas to boost jobs, slams Congress  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassert economic leadership on Thursday by pledging to deliver new ideas every week to create jobs, and he slammed Congress for “bickering” that hurts economic recovery.
Masaccio / Firedoglake:
Completing the Theft from the Social Security Trust Fund  —  The Catfood Commission rump report made it crystal clear that the political and financial elites have no intention of ever paying off the bonds held by the Social Security Trust Fund.  You thought you were paying excess FICA taxes …
Abraham H. Foxman / JTA:
Op-Ed: Shout down the Sharia myth makers  —  NEW YORK (JTA) — The threat of the infiltration of Sharia, or Islamic law, into the American court system is one of the more pernicious conspiracy theories to gain traction in our country in recent years.  The notion that Islam is insidiously making inroads …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Israpundit
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC
John Hooper / Guardian:
Roman ‘gladiators’ arrested after clash of swords outside Colosseum
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Conditions of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei's Detention Emerge
Discussion: News Desk and New York Magazine
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
AUDIO: Clyburn Supports Social Security Means Testing, Benefit Cuts
Erin R. Brown / blogs:
Maxim Editor Compares ‘Crazy’ Bachmann to Hitler, Hussein, Bin Laden
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
George Tenet- / The Daily Beast:
An Explosive New 9/11 Charge
Discussion: The Mahablog and
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: Michele Bachmann's Auschwitz Warning