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2:40 PM ET, August 11, 2011

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Mark Halperin / The Page:
He Speaks  —  Video highlight: Perry says he has decided he wants to be president.  —  Video highlight: Perry on 43's advice to him. Transcript of Mark Halperin's Interview with Rick Perry  —  Halperin: Tell me what being a Texan means to you.  —  Perry: (Laughs.)
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A.Killough / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle  —  Washington (CNN) - As Rick Perry moves closer and closer to a run for the White House, a new national survey indicates that the longtime Texas governor is close to the top of the pack in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Rick Perry, the “hawk internationalist”  —  If and when Texas Governor Rick Perry declares his candidacy for president, he will stake out a position on foreign policy and national security issues that one foreign policy hand familiar with his thinking described as a “hawk internationalist” profile.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Daily Dish and Eunomia
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Texan for President?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney gets in heated exchange with hecklers at Iowa State Fair  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) exchange with a few hecklers turned into somewhat of a shouting match while he was stumping Thursday in Iowa.  —  Romney faced aggressive inquiries with a liberal bent at the top …
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Romney Angrily Confronted Over His Desire To Cut Entitlements While Protecting The Rich  —  GOP 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney today spoke at the Iowa state fair, before a key Republican debate tonight and an upcoming Iowa straw poll.  At the end of his speech, a Q&A session quickly devolved into a shouting match.
Discussion: Reuters and Rebuild the Dream
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Romney: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’ [VIDEO]  —  Mitt Romney told an Iowa crowd on Thursday that the country should not raise taxes to shore up Medicare and Social Security because “corporations are people” too.  —  TPM SLIDESHOW: Meet the 2012 GOPers: Mitt Romney
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Peter King on Osama bin Laden movie: ‘I hit a sensitive nerve’  —  Rep. Peter King begs to differ with White House press secretary Jay Carney's jab that it's “ridiculous” for the congressman to suggest the Obama administration could be endangering national security by cooperating with filmmakers working on a movie about Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weasel Zippers
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Abe Greenwald / Commentary Magazine:
What We Got Right in the War on Terror
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DeMint calls administration ‘anti-American’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) shared his unique take on the Obama administration yesterday. … Honestly, it's as if Jim DeMint has suffered some kind of head trauma, which prevents him from perceiving reality.  None of his condemnation makes any sense at all …
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New York Times:
Cameron's Broken Windows  —  OUR son lives next to a Turkish mosque on Kingsland Road in Hackney, where some of London's worst mob violence has occurred.  When looters rampaged through Hackney last weekend, there were few police officers to stop them and residents had to chase them off with butcher knives, truncheons and baseball bats.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selection  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Attorney for Graves, Rogers: Bank is at fault  —  CALHOUN — While U.S. Rep. Tom Graves was calling for fiscal responsibility in Washington his attorney was arguing in a lawsuit that a North Georgia bank is at fault for issuing Graves a $2.2 million loan the bank knew he could not repay.
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Pa. judge gets 28 years in ‘kids for cash’ case  —  SCRANTON, Pa. — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state's high court to toss thousands of convictions.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
D.C., Hawaii Most Democratic, Utah Most Republican State in '11  —  North Dakota and Louisiana tilt more Republican than they did in 2010  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hawaii shows the largest advantage for the Democratic Party over the Republican Party among U.S. states, along with the District of Columbia, in the first half of 2011.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney's Pitch to S&P Boasted of Revenue Raisers  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney boasted this week that when he led Massachusetts, he presided over an increase in the state's bond rating, a contrast to President Barack Obama, who saw Standard & Poor's downgrade U.S. debt.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Taxes key to Mitt Romney's '04 pitch to Standard & Poor's
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
John Podhoretz Is Not A Very Intelligent Person  —  I don't normally read books that seem like they'd be terrible, but once upon a time I had a work-related assignment to read John Podhoretz's Bush Country: How George W. Bush Became the First Great Leader of the 21st Century—While Driving Liberals Insane.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Extremist T-shirt offers different message after the first wash  —  When the 250 T-shirts were donated to a right-wing concert in Germany, they looked perfect: A skull and crossbones, nationalist flags and the slogan “Hardcore rebels.”  —  But when the T-shirts were washed for the first time, the message changed.
Bill Gross / Washington Post:
America's debt is not its biggest problem  —  For a few days there it seemed like President Obama was the master of the bond market.  This is a Triple-A nation, he intoned on Monday, and always will be a Triple-A nation no matter what some rating agency says.
Emily Smith / New York Post:
George Soros sued by ex-girlfriend for reneging on real estate promise  —  A beautiful Brazilian soap star has the lead role in her own daytime drama, which casts George Soros, the billionaire financier of lefty causes, as a heavy who not only broke her heart, but also reneged on a promise …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
More Educated People Spend More On Booze  —  Your Bureau of Labor Statistics trivia fact of the day is that educational attainment is strongly correlated with alcohol expenditures:
Max Hastings / Daily Mail:
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters  —  A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Recent Decline In State/Local Tax Revenue Was The Worst Ever  —  Another look at the fact that our economy, far from suffering from an outburst of socialism, is actually suffering from a collapse of state and local government employment is offered by this chart of state and local tax revenue:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
In Auto Test in Europe, Meter Ticks Off Miles, and Fee to Driver  —  EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — As Sander Van Dedem recalled watching the charges tick up every 10 seconds on the dashboard meter on the way to the airport, he resolved to try public transportation next time.
The Indian Express:
Islam has always been part of our American family: Obama  —  Welcoming guests at the annual White House Iftaar party, US President Barack Obama said, Islam has always been part of the American family and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country in all walks of life.
Frank Miniter / National Review:
England Used to Be a Country of Men  —  With London succumbing to looters and muggers, it's time to ask what happened to the once-manly English people.  The August 9 issue of the Daily Mail, for example, includes a photo of a young man taking off his pants on the street as an impatient looter waits …
Yahoo! News:
White House photo sparks protest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon's claim …
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Claire McCaskill Comes Out Against Further Unemployment Benefits [UPDATE] … During a Tuesday visit to a factory in St. Charles, Mo., Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said she opposed extending federal unemployment benefits.  —  “I'm not for extending the unemployment benefits any further …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The Same Financial Crisis: Stocks Falling Due to Same Mortgage Problems from 2008  —  I guess news outlets are still pushing the line that the S&P debt downgrade is what has driven the stock market volatility over the past week or so.  They have to neglect that the market was falling …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Panel Calls for More ‘Fracking’ Rules  —  The use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas poses risks to air and water quality, and should be subject to tighter rules and more disclosure, an advisory panel to the Department of Energy said in a report to be released Thursday.
 
 
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Kristin Brown / Fox News:
The Best and Worst Candidates Can Hope for in the Iowa Debate
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: White House names interim LGBT liaison
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Rise of the Chicken Little Conservatives
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Nervous Democrats say President Obama must be bolder on economy
Bloomberg:
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Assemblyman's Vehicle Is Hit by Gunfire in Brooklyn, but He Is Unharmed
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Sharpton Responds: ‘I Used One Word Rather Than Another’
Discussion: theblogprof and Big Journalism
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee gives Kerry chance to shine, worrying liberals
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: 44 Percent Would Re-elect Obama; Romney Remains Top of GOP List
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy and Austerity: Why London Won't Be the Last City to Burn
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Europe Considers Ban on Short Selling
Greg Turner / Boston Herald:
Hear me now? Union picketers ‘ridiculous’
Discussion: RedState
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Sorry, Guys, There Are No More Kings
Discussion: Maggie's Farm