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12:00 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.
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Note:
Rick Perry Speaks: Tells TIME Magazine He Feels ‘Calmness in my Heart’ to Run
Discussion: HotAirPundit and ABCNEWS
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa  —  (CNN) - After a more than two-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her “One Nation” bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN.
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: 44 Percent Would Re-elect Obama; Romney Remains Top of GOP List
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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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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: Weasel Zippers
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Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden ‘protected by Pakistan in return for Saudi cash’
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:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Telegraph:
Secret peace talks between US and Taliban collapse over leaks  —  Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have broken down after details of the negotiations were leaked, Western diplomats have told The Daily Telegraph.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Anarchy and Austerity: Why London Won't Be the Last City to Burn  —  The Great Recession gave birth to a lost generation across the world, where youth unemployment rates stretch into the 20s, 30s and even 40s.  Those millions have responded with violence.  —  REUTERS
Greg Turner / Boston Herald:
Hear me now?  Union picketers ‘ridiculous’  —  A Quincy mom has disconnected her support for striking Verizon workers yesterday after a group of mouthy picketers surrounded non-union repairmen and turned a phone-line fix at her home into what she is calling a “ridiculous” protest scene.
Discussion: RedState
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Spreading gloom about government; most dissatisfied with political system  —  In the aftermath of the tumultuous debate over raising the debt ceiling, Americans give Washington a strong vote of no confidence, with barely a quarter saying the federal government can fix the nation's economic problems …
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 …
A.Killough / CNN:
Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put  —  Washington (CNN) - Just weeks into a new law that recognizes same-sex marriage in New York, a new poll finds a majority of voters in the state not only support the legislation but would resist efforts to overturn it, as well.
New York Times:
Assemblyman's Vehicle Is Hit by Gunfire in Brooklyn, but He Is Unharmed  —  A sport utility vehicle driven by Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. was hit by gunfire in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening as he rode with his 7-year-old son, a police spokeswoman said.
Discussion: Gothamist and National Review
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee gives Kerry chance to shine, worrying liberals  —  Sen. John Kerry's appointment to the debt-reduction supercommittee is his big moment to shine as a dealmaker and silence critics who have questioned his modest record of legislative accomplishments.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Sorry, Guys, There Are No More Kings  —  The romance is gone.  But don't worry.  It's not him; it's you.  —  It turns out we are the ones who failed Him.  We weren't prepared for a mega-dosage of awesomeness.  We were too dimwitted to grasp the decency of central planning.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Ruth Padawer / New York Times:
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy  —  As Jenny lay on the obstetrician's examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen.  She didn't want to see the two shadows floating inside her.  Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem leader wants jobs ‘supercommittee’  —  With national unemployment hovering above 9 percent, a leading House Democrat is pushing to establish a “supercommittee” for creating jobs.  —  Rep. John Larson (Conn.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, wants to amend the recently passed debt-limit package …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Sharpton Responds: ‘I Used One Word Rather Than Another’  —  It's very interesting that Al Sharpton has characterized his epic flub as “I messed up a line” yet he does not actually play the clip so his audience can judge for themselves.  He just plays Rush Limbaugh talking about the gaffe instead …
Discussion: theblogprof and Big Journalism
 
 
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Shaun Bailey / Guardian:
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Ari L. Goldman / The Jewish Week:
Telling It Like It Wasn't  —  Former Times reporter looks …
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Europe Considers Ban on Short Selling
Associated Press:
Official: Woman killed in clash in northeastern Nigeria over radical Muslim sect arrests
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Garth Stapley / modbee.com:
Cardoza doesn't deny reports he may retire
Discussion: Ballot Box and Capitol Alert
James K. Galbraith / The New Republic:
Stop Panicking About Our Long-Term Deficit Problem. We Don't Have One.
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Financial Turmoil Evokes Comparison to 2008 Crisis
Michael Lewis / Vanity Fair:
It's the Economy, Dummkopf!
Discussion: Europe
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
VIDEO: Colbert launches first super PAC ad
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Ballot Box
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Wisc. Results Suggest Recall of Governor Would Be Close
Charlie Butts / OneNewsNow.com:
Coulter — ‘queen of fabulous’ for gay conservatives
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