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5:30 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Corporations and context  —  After an uncomfortable shouting match with hecklers in Iowa this morning, Mitt Romney explained why he's unwilling to raise taxes on corporations to protect entitlements: “Corporations are people, my friend.”  It's a line that's starting to generate some attention (and mockery).
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
The Note:
Mitt Romney At Iowa State Fair: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’
A.Killough / CNN:   Romney says ‘corporations are people,’ heckled at Iowa event
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘Corporations are people’
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Rick Perry Wants to Be President  —  Highlights here.  Subscribers can read Halperin's story on Perry in the latest issue of TIME.  —  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
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A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Perry will announce Saturday  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce that he is running for president on Saturday in South Carolina, a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN.  —  Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech …
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.
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Rick Perry to Announce GOP Candidacy Saturday
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico and YID With LID
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Texan for President?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee member Rep. Becerra to be feted by lobbyists at DC fundraiser
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi names her picks to ‘supercommittee,’ completing 12-member debt panel
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’
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   House GOPer accepted bank loan he couldn't repay
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: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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
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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.
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.
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.
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: Michele Bachmann's Auschwitz Warning  —  In 2002, the tea party leader and GOP presidential candidate filmed a movie that warned Minnesota's educational standards could lead to a second Holocaust.  —  Post Comment  —  In a 2002 film highlighting her work as an education activist …
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.
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
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
 
 
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Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Service workers' union launches ad campaign against Republicans
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
George Tenet- / The Daily Beast:
An Explosive New 9/11 Charge
Lynn Sweet:
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Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
Dana Goldstein / The Nation:
Can Teachers Alone Overcome Poverty? Steven Brill Thinks So
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Gas Fracking Poses Serious Environmental Risks, U.S. Panel Finds
The Politico:
U.S. mayors wary as London burns
Discussion: The New Republic
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Recent Decline In State/Local Tax Revenue Was The Worst Ever
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bill Gross / Washington Post:
America's debt is not its biggest problem
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More Educated People Spend More On Booze
Greg Turner / Boston Herald:
Hear me now? Union picketers ‘ridiculous’