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10:10 PM ET, August 15, 2011


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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Ron Paul remains media poison  —  I admit I do not fully understand Ron Paul and his beliefs.  But I do understand when a guy gets shafted, and Ron Paul just got shafted.  —  On Saturday, the Ames Straw Poll was conducted in Iowa amid huge media interest and scrutiny.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann skipped family reunion she cited  —  On her victory lap of Iowa yesterday, Straw Poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann paid repeated tribute to her local roots, and repeatedly mentioned her family reunion that day, citing it as an excuse for her late arrival at a local party event in Waterloo.
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
A Christian Plot for Domination?  —  Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world.  —  With Tim Pawlenty out of the presidential race, it is now fairly clear …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Ten Weirdest Ideas In Rick Perry's Fed Up  —  Rick Perry's November 2010 book Fed Up!:  Our Fight to Save America from Washington is not a typical “campaign book” from a political candidate.  For starters, its forward is written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, nominally one of Perry's rivals for the nomination.
Wall Street Journal:
Bachmann-Perry Overdrive  —  GOP voters are still searching for a unifying candidate.  —  The fight for the Republican Presidential nomination is finally getting underway in earnest, with Texas Governor Rick Perry bull-riding his way into the race and Michele Bachmann winning Saturday's straw poll in Iowa.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove warns GOP about electability  —  First, the Wall Street Journal was spooked about the Michele Bachmann/Rick Perry surge, and just now, Karl Rove issued a similar warning. … Earlier today, the WSJ wrote an op-ed that seemed to suggest that neither Michele Bachmann nor Rick Perry were particularly electable.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Whine About Unfairness Of Quoting Rick Perry Accurately  —  Rick Perry holds a lot of extreme views about American public policy and constitutional law.  I know that because I've read Rick Perry's book, Fed Up, which about his extreme views about American public policy and constitutional law.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking Rick Perry's announcement speech  —  Well, goodbye Tim Pawlenty, hello Rick Perry.  —  The Texas governor announced that he is running for president on Saturday, just hours before the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa that ended Pawlenty's presidential aspirations.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Will no one rid the GOP of this troublesome congressman?
Ken Shepherd / blogs:
Daily Beast/Newsweek: Michele Bachmann Has ‘Christian Plot’ for ‘Domination’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
In Texas, Perry Has Ridden an Energy Boom
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich  —  OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.”  But when they did the asking, they spared me.  I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting.  They, too, were left untouched.  —  While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama: Warren Buffett is right on the money
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
How Much Tax Should The Rich Pay?
Azi Paybarah / PolitickerNY:
Bill Clinton: Rick Perry is a ‘Good-Looking Rascal,’ But His Platform ‘Is Crazy’  —  Bill Clinton at the IAFF conference in Manahttan on August 15, 2011.  (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)  —  Bill Clinton said newly announced presidential candidate, Republican Governor Rick of Texas was a …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Was Perry packing?  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a leading advocate of gun rights who likes to boast of having dispatched a coyote on a recent jog, so I asked him during today's walking press conference at the Iowa State Fair whether he was armed.  —  “I never comment on whether I'm carrying a handgun or not,” he said.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Perry and Romney Trade Swipes Over ‘Real Economy’
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Obama: I reversed recession until ‘bad luck’ hit  —  At a town hall meeting on his campaign-style tour of the Midwest, President Obama claimed that his economic program “reversed the recession” until recovery was frustrated by events overseas.  And then, Obama said, with the economy …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Obama compares woes to Lincoln
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Obama: I'm Just Like Lincoln!  —  Byron York is chronicling …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What a president ‘looks like’  —  In advance of the 2008 presidential campaign, many high-profile figures in the media described Mitt Romney as someone who “looks like a president.”  It was as if news outlets were thinking of central casting, and imagining who looked the part.
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
ROUBINI: Is Capitalism Doomed?  Karl Marx was right, it seems, in arguing that globalization, financial intermediation run amok, and redistribution of income and wealth from labor to capital could lead capitalism to self-destruct.  So what can be done to prevent that outcome?
Discussion: American Power and Truthdig
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama to automakers: 'You can't just make money on SUVs and trucks'  —  The country's automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday.  —  “You can't just make money on SUVs and trucks,” …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself  —  VISTA, Calif. — Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Ed Rendell: Hillary Clinton can't resist White House run  —  Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said on Monday he doesn't believe Hillary Clinton is ready to retire from public life and the possibility of someday becoming the first female president “would probably be too much for her to resist.”
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
U.S. Secret Service gets 2 new buses ahead of Obama tour  —  The U.S. Secret Service has two new buses in its fleet for President Obama to use on his three-day, three-state Midwestern bus trip that kicked off Monday.  —  CBS News has learned the buses were purchased in recent months at a cost …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Iron my shirt’  —  When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his jacket off for a question-and-answer session in Waterloo last night, he joked about his attire.  —  “This shirt has a few wrinkles in it; it's not my wife's fault,” he said.  —  The line seemed very Texas, and a bit less directed …
Discussion: Slate Magazine
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Wall Street big lavished gifts on mistresses in three countries: wife  —  He's an aging Wall Street fat cat who could put even the most lusty young lothario to shame.  —  John Duffy, 62, the married CEO of the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods investment bank, has lavished millions of dollars' worth of homes …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
All He Is Saying Is, Give War A Chance  —  Former Enron advisor Paul Krugman outlined his latest stimulus idea on Fareed Zakaria's Sunday talkie:  —  It's very hard to get inflation in a depressed economy.  But if you had a program of government spending plus an expansionary policy by the Fed, you could get that.
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Audits Drive Illegal Workers Underground  —  MINNEAPOLIS—In 2009, Alba and Eugenio were making almost twice the federal minimum wage, plus benefits, cleaning a skyscraper for a national janitorial company.  With two toddlers, the Mexican couple enjoyed relative prosperity in a tidy …
Discussion: National Review and
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Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
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New York Times:
A Jobs Agenda, Anyone?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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Justin Lahart / Real Time Economics:
Student Loan Debt Climbs
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Mistakes New Hampshire For Iowa (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Clyburn: No new higher tax rates
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Another tight Wisconsin recall
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh: Children Should Be Raised In A Household With A Father And A Mother