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4:00 PM ET, August 11, 2011

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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.
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
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney says ‘corporations are people,’ heckled at Iowa event  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - On Thursday, Mitt Romney faced the joys and political perils of a frontrunner in the Republican presidential race: at times feeling his supporters' political crush - but also fending off catcalls and heckles by critics.
The Note:
Romney at Fair: ‘Corporations are people, my friend’  —  From ABC News' Michael P. Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) at the Iowa State Fair:  —  A feisty Mitt Romney faced down unfriendly fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, and he also issued an accidental one-liner destined for Democratic attack ads …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘Corporations are people’
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.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Texan for President?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann gets a SuperPAC
Discussion: The Note, TPMDC and Pajamas Media
Adam Sorensen / Swampland:
Q&A: Rick Perry Is Ready to Run
Discussion: PoliTex
Donna Smith / Reuters:
Exclusive: Republican Camp won't rule out tax increases  —  (Reuters) - A leading Republican lawmaker would not rule out tax increases on Thursday if they could boost economic growth, adding that “everything is on the table” for a congressional panel charged with forging a deal to cut the deficit.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
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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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi names her picks to ‘supercommittee,’ completing 12-member debt panel
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 …
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Mike Jaccarino / NY Daily News:
Billionaire George Soros sued by former flame Adriana Ferreyr, who claims he reneged on luxe digs
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
DeMint: Obama Administration The Most “Anti-American Administration In My Lifetime”  —  Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday to discuss his new book and his goals to elect more like-minded conservatives to the Senate.  DeMint told Mefferd that President Obama is promoting …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DeMint calls administration ‘anti-American’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A modest proposal: Super-committee should focus on jobs  —  Yesterday Dem Rep John Larson made the audacious suggestion that in addition to creating a Congressional “super-committee” on the deficit, Congress should also create one to focus on job creation.  Given the deafening roar …
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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.
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Gas Fracking Poses Serious Environmental Risks, U.S. Panel Finds  —  Natural-gas companies risk causing serious environmental damage from hydraulic fracturing unless they commit to the best engineering practices, a task force named by Energy Secretary Steven Chu concluded.
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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   Panel Calls for More ‘Fracking’ Rules
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.
New York Times:
Wisconsin's Warning to Union-Busters  —  Five months after Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin pushed through a law stripping public unions of their bargaining rights, the Republican Party has paid a price.  Two of the state senators who backed the law were thrown out of office by voters on Tuesday and replaced with Democrats.
Fortune:
Buffett: The lower stocks go, the more I buy  —  Warren Buffett discusses the lowered outlook for Berkshire Hathaway debt, why some of his businesses aren't hiring, and why U.S. debt remains triple-A rated in his mind.  —  By Andy Serwer, managing editor  —  Warren Buffett sees buying opportunities
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
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
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
 
 
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The Politico:
U.S. mayors wary as London burns
Discussion: Swampland
Charles Hoskinson / Reuters:
Troops killed in Afghanistan identified
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann Defends Home Turf - Will Join Perry in Waterloo on Sunday
Discussion: Washington Wire and Politics
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
The Same Financial Crisis: Stocks Falling Due to Same Mortgage Problems from 2008
Jordan Howard / The Huffington Post:
Jan Schakowsky Announces New Budget Plan With Focus On Jobs
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Gross / Washington Post:
America's debt is not its biggest problem
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy and Austerity: Why London Won't Be the Last City to Burn
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
More Educated People Spend More On Booze
Greg Turner / Boston Herald:
Hear me now? Union picketers ‘ridiculous’
Max Hastings / Daily Mail:
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters