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2:35 AM ET, August 16, 2011

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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 …
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Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Questions Obama's Patriotism  —  Speaking to reporters tonight following an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared to question President Obama's patriotism.  In response to a question from Danny Yadron of the Wall Street Journal, who asked Perry …
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 …
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.
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision … Keywords: - Texas Governor Rick Perry, - Abortion in Texas, - Gay Marriage in Texas, - Perry for President, - Rick Perry Donors, - Rick Perry Issues, - Rick Perry Politics  —  Updated Monday, 2 p.m. CST: Perry spoke to Des Moines-based …
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.
The Note:
Rick Perry On Ben Bernanke: It Would Be ‘Almost Treasonous’ To Print More Money Between Now And The Election
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:   Perry Warns Bernanke: It Could Get ‘Pretty Ugly’ in Texas
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Whine About Unfairness Of Quoting Rick Perry Accurately
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking Rick Perry's announcement speech
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
In Texas Jobs Boom, Crediting a Leader, or Luck
Discussion: AlterNet and Pajamas Media
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.
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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.
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 …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Will no one rid the GOP of this troublesome congressman?
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Ron Paul supporters decry media neglect
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama: I'm Just Like Lincoln!  —  Byron York is chronicling the outrages committed by President Obama on his taxpayer-funded campaign swing through Iowa and the Midwest.  I was in the midst of a post on Obama's whine that he is the victim of “bad luck,” as reported by Byron …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Mistakes New Hampshire For Iowa (VIDEO)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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,” …
Paul Krugman:
MMT, Again  —  In a way, I really should not spend time debating the Modern Monetary Theory guys.  They're on my side in current policy debates, and it's unlikely that they'll ever have the kind of real — and really bad — influence that the Austrians have lately acquired.
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Sticky Wages, Sticky Prices, Sticky Debt  —  Tyler Cowen calls sticky wages a weak and embarrassing paradigm … So growing up in the New Keynesian paradigm I learned that sticky wages don't make sense because the real wage is pro-cyclical.  That is, in contrast to Keynes's suggestion labor …
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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 and The Daily Dish
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KLPW Radio:
Rick Perry Introduces Himself as 2012 Contender to Iowa Voters
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Regulations Close Exchanges to Many Offered Unaffordable Employer Coverage  —  Not so simple that a child could understand it.  (photo by Robert Huffstutter)  —  One of the major problems with the Affordable Care Act will come with the determination of what set of plans recipients can become eligible for.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Fox News:
North Carolina University Puts Out List of ‘Gay Friendly’ Churches  —  A North Carolina state university has put out a list of approved “gay friendly” churches for faculty and students raising concerns by at least one professor that taxpayers are inadvertently involved in “telling people where to go to church.”
Gillian Tett / Financial Times:
The Swiss enter Alice in Wonderland territory  —  Last week, something astonishing happened in Switzerland.  In the London interbank offered rate market - where traders bet on future rates - implied Swiss interest rates plunged into negative territory.  —  Yes, you read that right …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
 
 
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