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10:55 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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Adrift in Iowa: Tired Rituals in Tough Times
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
So much for Sam's Club  —  The departure of Tim Pawlenty …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin-Bachmann Rancor Heats Up Below the Surface
Toby Harnden /   10 things to take away from Ames. What Michele Bachmann's win means
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Tim Pawlenty ends presidential campaign
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Farewell to Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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
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
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
DNC chair: Texas economy no credit to Perry
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Bachmann says she can win independents in general election
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
You Want Compromise?  Sure You Do  —  Sheryl Gay Stolberg is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.  —  WASHINGTON  —  THROUGHOUT the debt-ceiling debacle, poll after poll has shown that Americans want politicians in Washington to compromise.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Blame for financial mess starts with the corporate lobby  —  Another great week for Corporate America!  —  The economy is flatlining.  Global financial markets are in turmoil.  Your stock price is down about 15 percent in three weeks.  Your customers have lost all confidence in the economy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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