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1:20 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.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Texan for President?  —  As he prepares to enter the Republican field, Rick Perry's appeal is clear.  So is his one glaring weakness.  —  HOUSTON — There's a debate in Texas over whether or not Governor Rick Perry's prayer rally before 30,000 worshippers in a football stadium …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Note:
Rick Perry Speaks: Tells TIME Magazine He Feels ‘Calmness in my Heart’ to Run
Discussion: CNN, HotAirPundit and Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: 44 Percent Would Re-elect Obama; Romney Remains Top of GOP List
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa
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.
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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.
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’  —  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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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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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and 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
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
Kristin Brown / Fox News:
The Best and Worst Candidates Can Hope for in the Iowa Debate  —  As the Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to face off against one another at Thursday night's Fox News debate in Iowa, each candidate faces a daunting challenge - distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack …
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 …
Jordan Howard / The Huffington Post:
Jan Schakowsky Announces New Budget Plan With Focus On Jobs … WASHINGTON — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced on Wednesday that she will introduce a progressive-minded budget outline aimed at putting more than two million people to work.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Panel Calls for More ‘Fracking’ Rules
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: White House names interim LGBT liaison
Theodore Dalrymple / City Journal:
British Degeneracy on Parade
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:
Citadel in Talks to Sell Investment Bank
New York Times:
Assemblyman's Vehicle Is Hit by Gunfire in Brooklyn, but He Is Unharmed
Discussion: Gothamist and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
A.Killough / CNN:
Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put
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
Ari L. Goldman / The Jewish Week:
Telling It Like It Wasn't  —  Former Times reporter looks …
New York Times:
Europe Considers Ban on Short Selling
David Harsanyi / Real Clear Politics:
Sorry, Guys, There Are No More Kings
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Telegraph:
Secret peace talks between US and Taliban collapse over leaks