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1:50 PM ET, August 16, 2011


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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Perry on Bernanke: 'I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas'  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the presidential campaign on Saturday, appeared to suggest a violent response would be warranted should Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke …
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error  —  Today in Iowa, Rick Perry was asked about the Federal Reserve and, in a halting 45-second answer, went off on chairman Ben Bernanke: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.
The Note:
Does President Obama Love America?  Rick Perry: ‘You Need To Ask Him’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz report:  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Just hours after presidential candidate Rick Perry said that he would be the kind of president who would be “passionate” about America …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Rick Perry campaign not disavowing implied threat to Bernanke  —  I asked Rick Perry's spokesman if the campaign is offering clarification of his widely discussed suggestion yesterday that Texas would offer some “real ugly” frontier justice to Fed chairman Ben Bernanke if he were to print money between now and election day.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Perry warns of Fed treason, challenges Obama  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Karl Rove Piles On Rick Perry: Bernanke Line ‘Not A Presidential Statement’
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry suggests predator drones for border patrol
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Note
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Perry Suggests Fed Is ‘Almost Treasonous’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Ryan for President?  —  Paul Ryan is in the final stages of deciding on a presidential run.  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president.  Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Talk to Ryan?  It'll cost you  —  It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.  —  The House Budget Committee chairman isn't holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Karl Rove thinks Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are wavering on 2012
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove thinks Palin, Christie, Ryan might still run
Discussion: RedState
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama clashes with Tea Party member  —  President Obama came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with members during and after a town hall last night.  —  Ryan Rhodes, a group leader in the Hawkeye State, stood up and shouted a question during a town hall asking …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Here is the fiery exchange the President found himself in!  —  Fiery Exchange At Obama Town Hall  —  DECORAH, Iowa - President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden …
Yahoo! News:
Obama spars with Tea Party activist
Rasmussen Reports:
GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.
Paul zings rivals in new ad
Discussion: and Ben Smith's Blog
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Republican Extremism, Bad Economics
Matthew Hendley / The Daily Pulp:
Allen West's Response to Request That He Cut Ties With Anti-Islamic Extremists: “NUTS!”  —  The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Rep. Allen West at the beginning of the month with a request — quit palling around with Islamophobes.
The Politico:
Rep. Allen West weighs Senate run
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Note to pundits: The problem isn't the GOP field.  It's the GOP.  —  Here's what you need to know about the Republican candidate field: this is it.  No one starts running for president in August, less than six months before the voters start getting involved in Iowa and New Hampshire, and has any chance at all.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gibbs: 'We're not running against Bush'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
Obama checks in on Foursquare  —  Call him the social media commander in chief.  —  With his administration already devoted to using Twitter and Facebook, President Barack Obama is adding Foursquare — the location-based social networking service — to his social media résumé.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Ties Historic Low of 13%  —  Disapproval rating of 84% highest in Gallup annals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' evaluation of the job Congress is doing is the worst Gallup has ever measured, with 13% approving, tying the all-time low measured in December 2010.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza  —  Senator Patrick Leahy claims Shayetet 13 unit, undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force Shaldag unit are involved in human rights violations in occupied territories.
Mr. Media Training:
Why Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney Needs To Go  —  President Obama's poll numbers are now languishing at the 40 percent mark - the lowest of his presidency.  Given his low approval ratings and the tumultuous U.S. economy, he desperately needs a press secretary who can help advance his message …
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 …
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Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
AIDS Funding Slides
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Ballot Box:
Gingrich attacks deficit supercommittee, supports Obama payroll tax proposal
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: L.A. NOW
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Radical overhaul of military retirement eyed
Leslie Rosenberg / Media Matters for America:
The Rush Limbaugh School Of Economics: Sean Hannity Further Improves Unemployment Rate Inherited From Bush
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Isn't Sure About Obama's Bus Tour: 'Doesn't Seem To Be The Right Move'
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Congress to Probe Suspected Connection Between Anwar al-Awlaki and 9/11
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
It's Community Payback time: rioters must clean up their mess, says Nick Clegg
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rick Perry's Book Proves His Betrayal of Federalism
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli says he may challenge Warner for U.S. Senate in 2014
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the Midwest Economic Model
Discussion: Betsy's Page and CARPE DIEM