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9:30 PM ET, August 12, 2011


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin leaves her options open, jabs her employer, at the fair  —  Sarah Palin arrived at the Iowa State Fair today to assure a swarm of reporters that she's still considering running for president, even as the space for her in the Republican field seemed to narrow.
Discussion: Slate, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Palin, asked if she'll endorse while in Iowa: 'I haven't even decided yet' whether to run  —  Photo by fairgoer Rose Driscoll, a Republican from Williamsburg  —  Will tea party rock star Sarah Palin endorse anyone while she's in Iowa - maybe Texas Gov. Rick Perry?
TRENDING: Palin swarmed at Iowa State Fair
Discussion: The Politico, Wonkette and The Note
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Rushes To Romney's Defense: ‘All Of Us Are Corporations’
New York Times:
8 From G.O.P. Trade Attacks at Iowa Debate
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Sarah Palin Tells ThinkProgress ‘Mitt Romney Was Right’ That Corporations Are People
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Palin at Iowa State Fair: I'm still undecided on 2012
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Politics and GOP 12
The Note:
Palin in Iowa: ‘Anything in a Debate is Fair Game’
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum: Poor results Saturday could doom prez bid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law  —  (Reuters) - An appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House.  —  The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
John Roberts Is No Fool  —  The White House tries to put one over on the Supreme Court.  —  “The White House . . . has quietly altered its website to remove the references to Jerusalem being in ‘Israel,’ ” the New York Sun reports.  It sounds like another make-work Keynesian stimulus: dig a hole, fill it up.
Stephanie Cutter / White Blog:
The Latest Health Care Court Case
Jennifer Haberkorn / Reuters:
11th Circuit says mandate unconstitutional
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Eleventh Circuit's Affordable Care Act Decision Cannot Be Squared With The Constitution
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Standard and Poors punctures Michele Bachmann's blissful fantasy  —  Wow, what colossally bad timing.  Here's Michele Bachmann at the debate last night, insisting that the Standard and Poors downgrade proved that she was right to oppose raising the debt ceiling:
Josh Boak / Reuters:
S&P: Debt default skeptics fueled ratings downgrade  —  A Standard & Poor's director said for the first time Thursday that one reason the United States lost its triple-A credit rating was that several lawmakers expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a credit default — a position put forth by some Republicans.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cruel thoughts on a weak field  —  On last night's Republican presidential candidates debate in Iowa, as William Buckley used to say, a few observations.  —  Mitt Romney: He has the frontrunner role nailed, and his canned responses on Romneycare and Bain were enough to deflect attention last night.
Discussion: No Left Turns
America's Election HQ / Fox News Insider:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Complete Text of the Iowa Republican Debate on Fox News Channel
The Daily Beast:
Rick Perry on the Record  —  From scrapping Social Security and Medicare to immigration to Constitutional amendments, Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke openly last fall with Andrew Romano.  —  In Fed Up!, you criticize the progressive era and the changes it produced: the 16th and 17th Amendments, Social Security, Medicare, and so on.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
David Axelrod: Rick Perry Has a ‘Record of Decimation’
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Says Social Security And Medicare Are Unconstitutional
The Daily Beast:
Perry's Entitlement Problem
Alex Campbell / Indianapolis Star:
Email rendezvous entangles state Rep. Phillip Hinkle  —  Lawmaker calls encounter set up with young man on Craigslist a ‘shakedown’  —  State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, shown speaking on a motion during the recent session, said he is “aware of a shakedown taking place.”  / Charlie Nye / 2011 Star file photo
The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Calling Them Nitwits  —  They blow each other up by mistake.  They bungle even simple schemes.  They get intimate with cows and donkeys.  Our terrorist enemies trade on the perception that they're well trained and religiously devout, but in fact, many are fools and perverts …
Jennifer S. Bryson / Public Discourse:
Pornography and National Security
Discussion: Hullabaloo and alicublog
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
Debate Showcases Pandering That Repels Voters  —  If you really want to know why voters keep dumping incumbents of both parties and registering an alarming disdain for Washington generally, then go back and watch a scene from Thursday night's Republican debate in Iowa.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:   Matt Bai's Mystical Powers
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
G.O.P. on Defensive as Analysts Question Party's Fiscal Policy  —  WASHINGTON — The boasts of Congressional Republicans about their cost-cutting victories are ringing hollow to some well-known economists, financial analysts and corporate leaders, including some Republicans …
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney wealth valued up to $250 million  —  (CNN) - The turbulent financial climate of recent years has not had a noticeable impact on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's own wallet, according to personal financial information released Friday by his campaign.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Mitt Romney worth up to $250 million
Discussion: The Note and New York Magazine
NY Daily News:
Obama Visits NYC For Yet Another Fundraiser  —  President Obama jetted into New York last night on a fund-raising mission and rubbed shoulders with celebrities including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.  —  Our Christina Boyle reports:
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Joe Scarborough's Brutally Honest Take on Michele Bachmann: “She Is A Joke”  —  The morning after a big political event is always a good day for morning news programs such as MSNBC's Morning Joe.  Events like last night's debate of GOP presidential candidates, hosted by Fox News …
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year  —  First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel.  —  Her vacations, the cost …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
The Mystery of Herman Cain and the Donna Summer Lyrics  —  One of the weirdest moments of last night's Republican debate probably slipped completely under the radar for most viewers.  This moment occurred in Herman Cain's closing statement, when the former pizza-chain CEO recited a favorite inspirational quote:
David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
White House Identifies Two Economists for Fed Board  —  The Obama administration has identified two economists, one Democrat and one Republican, for two empty seats on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board, according to several people familiar with administration deliberations.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The New Tax Orthodoxy: No Revenue, Nohow, Never  —  The twin mantras of the DC establishment are deficit reduction and balance.  But “balance” is a multi-pronged concept.  On the one hand it means that a deficit reduction solution must be balanced between tax increases and benefit hikes.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
No more phony outrage over Obama camp's ‘attack’ on Romney
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Louis Gohmert: Pelosi's face on golf balls will put ‘oomph’ into your game
CBS New York:
Family Fined $300 For Having Apple, Tomato, 3 Cucumbers In Backpack At Newark Liberty
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gay Man Challenges Pawlenty On Opposition To Marriage Equality: 'Do You Think I'm A Second Class Citizen?'
Washington Times:
Did media cover up Sen. Durbin's confrontation with reporter? (VIDEO)
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ten-to-one isn't good enough for the GOP