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12:55 PM ET, August 13, 2011


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A.Killough / CNN:
Bachmann involved in unusual campaign moment  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was at the center of an unusual campaign moment on Friday that involved reporters trying to ask her questions - and the Republican presidential candidate essentially being cocooned by a ring of protectors.
Toby Harnden /
Fried food and retail politics at the Iowa State Fair  —  On the eve of the Ames Straw Poll, the Republican candidates made a last push for votes at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines - a huge spectacle in which cattle, pigs and horses are on display as well as politicians and Iowans queue …
Discussion: Radio Iowa and emptywheel
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Ames Straw Poll: A viewers guide  —  The task of interpreting straw poll results seems straightforward enough: Whoever gets the most votes wins; whoever gets the fewest loses.  —  But that's not how the campaigns, and the media horde closely covering them, look at things.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ames straw poll forecast: Cloudy with chance of Pawlenty  —  DES MOINES - The winner of Saturday's Iowa GOP straw poll won't be known until sometime after 6 p.m. But you'll be able to hazard a good guess hours earlier simply by eye-balling the crowd gathered in and around the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University.
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Perry's entrance to shake up the Republican presidential field  —  The battle for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination will be altered dramatically Saturday when Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) announces he is entering the race.  —  Perry's declaration is expected to come in a 1 p.m. speech …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Washington Wire
Iowa Caucuses:
Gay teen who heckled Bachmann speaks
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ThinkProgress
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
S.F. subway muzzles cell service during protest  —  The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system asked wireless providers to suspend service last night in four downtown San Francisco stations to interfere with a protest over a shooting by a BART Police officer, a spokesman for the system said today.
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
To defuse ‘flash’ protest, BART cuts riders' cell service. Is that legal?
Discussion: Daily Kos and DownWithTyranny!
Eve Batey / SF Appeal:
BART Officer Contradicts Spokesperson, Says Transit Agency Did Block Cell Phone Service Thursday Night
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
What Happened to Obama?  Absolutely Nothing.  —  He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.  —  It's open season on President Obama.  Which is to say that the usual suspects on the right (among whom I include myself) are increasingly being joined …
Discussion: Blog
Conservative Generation / Upstate Poltical Report:
Obama NY Fundraiser: the day the messiah compared himself to Cuomo and King  —  Obama's numbers are in the red in NY, but that's not half as interesting as how desperate and lost the President appeared at his own fundraiser.  —  Today, Obama flew out to NY for yet another fundraiser.
Azi Paybarah / PolitickerNY:   Obama Compares Himself to Cuomo; Weinstein Calls Andrew ‘An Angel’
NY Daily News:
Obama Visits NYC For Yet Another Fundraiser
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Attack on Althouse at the Wisconsin Capitol singalong.  —  As discussed in an earlier post, a man attacked me today at the Capitol.  We captured the assault on 2 different cameras, and I'm not editing the material together (at least not at this point).  First, here's what Meade got on the Flip camera.
New York Times:
Faltering Rhode Island City Tests Vows to Pensioners  —  When the small, beleaguered city of Central Falls, R.I., filed for bankruptcy this month, it sought to cut the pension checks it has been sending its retired police officers, firefighters and other workers by as much as half.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ordinary Americans Continue to Deliver Progressive Messages at Republican Town Hall Meetings  —  Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washington on health care reform and paved …
Ben Quinn / Guardian:
David Starkey claims ‘the whites have become black’  —  Historian provokes storm of criticism after remarks during a televised discussion about the riots on BBC2's Newsnight  —  The historian and broadcaster David Starkey has provoked a storm of criticism after claiming during a televised discussion …
Shepard Fairey beaten up after spat over controversial Danish mural  —  Artist best known for the posters that helped elect Barack Obama is accused of peddling pro-government propaganda  —  When graffiti artist Shepard Fairey turned his talents to US politics, his reward was international acclaim …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Sarah Palin and The Brody File One-On-One at Iowa State Fair  —  Sarah Palin came over and agreed to do a one-on-one interview with me at the Iowa State Fair Friday afternoon.  Just her and me.  This took place during her private lunch reception.  I asked her to come over and talk with me and she did.
Discussion: The Hill
George's Bottom Line:
David Axelrod: Rick Perry Has a ‘Record of Decimation’  —  That's what the Obama campaign's top political strategist told me this morning when I asked him about the latest 2012 candidate, Rick Perry.  The Texas Governor made it clear his campaign will focus on his state's record of job growth …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Eleventh Circuit's Affordable Care Act Decision Cannot Be Squared With The Constitution  —  The key passage in today's opinion striking down part of the Affordable Care Act appears on page 113, where the two judge majority explains how they will determine whether this law is constitutional:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Standard and Poors punctures Michele Bachmann's blissful fantasy
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Joe Scarborough's Brutally Honest Take on Michele Bachmann: “She Is A Joke”