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8:50 PM ET, August 14, 2011

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The Caucus:
Pawlenty Drops Out of Republican Race  —  Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, left, at Thursday's debate in Ames, Iowa, with Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and Newt Gingrich.  —  DES MOINES — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Perry makes first campaign outing  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the first public event of his presidential campaign, Rick Perry swept into a New Hampshire festival Sunday surrounded by a crush of reporters, and pointedly looked past rival Mitt Romney to focus instead on Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Note and CNN
TBogg:
Rick Perry Is Now Sorry He Banned Parental Honor Killings  —  Godbotherer and probably Notre Dame football fan Joshua Mercer is unleashing a sigh of relief that Texas dick adjuster Rick Perry is apologizing for mandating that all girls in Texas become whores at age eleven or, I don't know, move to Utah and get married or something:
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
So much for Sam's Club  —  The departure of Tim Pawlenty …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Adrift in Iowa: Tired Rituals in Tough Times
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Farewell to Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: Hot Air
Toby Harnden / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:   10 things to take away from Ames. What Michele Bachmann's win means
Political Punch:
Pawlenty Drops Out of Presidential Race After Disappointing Straw Poll Finish
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Former foes praise Tim Pawlenty as he exits
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Ames Win Positions Michele Bachmann As Rick Perry's Top Obstacle To Be Anti-Romney (VIDEO)
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:   Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time  —  President Obama's summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup's daily tracking poll.  —  New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove.
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New York Times:
White House Debates Fight on Economy
Glenn Cook / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid expects Tea Party to fade away  —  Can Harry Reid wait out the Tea Party?  —  The Senate majority leader seems to think so.  —  Reid sat down with more than 30 Review-Journal staffers Friday afternoon for an hour-long Q&A session at the newspaper's offices.
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Dem support for Obama's re-election fades  —  Washington (CNN) - Barack Obama's base is behind another term for the president, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.  —  Seven in 10 Democrats say they'd like to see Obama as their party's presidential nominee next year.
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Virginia school district bans Sherlock Holmes book  —  That's right, Watson, Sherlock Holmes has been banned.  That is, one book featuring the detective has been pulled from the sixth-grade reading list in one Virginia school district.  —  The Albemarle County School Board …
Peter Hitchens / Daily Mail:
Police water cannon and plastic bullets?  After 50 years of the most lavish welfare state on earth?  What an abject failure  —  Bitter laughter is my main response to the events of the past week.  You are surprised by what has happened?  Why?  I have been saying for years that it was coming …
Charles Dameron / Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry's Crony Capitalism Problem  —  The presidential candidate's signature economic development initiative has raised questions among conservatives.  —  Gov. Rick Perry's presidential pitch goes something like this: During one of the worst recessions in American history, he's kept his state “open for business.”
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: I ‘Probably Would’ Reinstate DADT Because It ‘Has Worked Very Well’  —  This morning on CNN, contender for the GOP nomination and Iowa straw poll winner Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) told host Candy Crowley that DADT “has worked very well,” and if she were president she would “probably” reinstate it.
yyAMCopy / Nation Now:
Indiana State Fair stage collapse: 5 dead; singer relates horror  —  The death toll has risen to five in the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in which 45 people were also injured.  —  The main stage collapsed on a crowd waiting for a Sugarland performance Saturday night …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Mediaite
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Theory of Everything (Sort of)  —  LONDON burns.  The Arab Spring triggers popular rebellions against autocrats across the Arab world.  The Israeli Summer brings 250,000 Israelis into the streets, protesting the lack of affordable housing and the way their country is now dominated by an oligopoly of crony capitalists.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party's heyday may be coming to an end, say political experts  —  The reign of the Tea Party may be coming to an end in Washington, according to academic political experts who say polls show a backlash against the conservative movement.  —  Two national polls released this month by CNN …
 
 
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Paul Harris / Guardian:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Thom Patterson / CNN:
Heat pops pipes nationwide; brace for higher bills
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
DNC chair: Texas economy no credit to Perry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann sidesteps gay rights questions
George F. Will / Washington Post:
JFK's Berlin blunder
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The Hope That Flows From History
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Davidswanson / War Is A Crime .org:
California Democratic Party May Dump Its Progressive Caucus for Proposing a Primary Challenge to Obama