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5:50 PM ET, August 15, 2011


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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Paul Krugman
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Will no one rid the GOP of this troublesome congressman?  —  With Tim Pawlenty out of the race, only two active Presidential candidates scored more than 10 percent in Saturday's Iowa straw poll.  Following the media coverage Sunday, you would never guess Congressman Ron Paul was one of them.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Chris Christie's Cue  —  This has been a clarifying week for the 2012 election.  Thursday's Republican debate reminded everyone why Mitt Romney is the front-runner, as his rivals left the former Massachusetts governor more or less untouched.  Saturday's Ames straw poll disposed of Tim Pawlenty …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:   Conservatives Whine About Unfairness Of Quoting Rick Perry Accurately
First Read /
First Thoughts: And then there were three
The Politico:
Rick Perry schools Michele Bachmann in Waterloo
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Perry Jabs Romney in Iowa
New York Times:
After Iowa, Republicans Face a New Landscape
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
How Much Tax Should The Rich Pay?
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Obama: Warren Buffett is right on the money
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Should Billionaires Pay Lower Taxes Than You Do?
Discussion: National Review and AmSpecBlog
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Texas Unmiracle  —  As expected, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, has announced that he is running for president.  And we already know what his campaign will be about: faith in miracles.  —  Some of these miracles will involve things that you're liable to read in the Bible.
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.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
In Texas, Perry Has Ridden an Energy Boom
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
KLPW Radio:
Rick Perry Introduces Himself as 2012 Contender to Iowa Voters
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Issa's office slams New York Times's ‘hit piece’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Andy has upHill fight to win in '16: top Dem
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Another tight Wisconsin recall  —  While last week's Wisconsin votes on recalling Republican state senators drew national attention, the votes tomorrow on recalling three Democrats is worth keeping an eye on.  —  Sources on both sides tell me they expect Democrats to struggle …
Right Reformer / Red Racing Horses:   Breaking News: We Have a Barn Burner in SD-12 Between Kim Simac and Jim Holperin
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 …
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Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Audits Drive Illegal Workers Underground
Discussion: National Review and
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama to automakers: 'You can't just make money on SUVs and trucks'
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Mistakes New Hampshire For Iowa (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington, D.C., Extends Its Lead in Economic Confidence
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Clyburn: No new higher tax rates
Discussion: Hot Air
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
Conference aims to normalize pedophilia
Discussion: Right Wing News
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh: Children Should Be Raised In A Household With A Father And A Mother
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Krugman: You know what this economy needs? A space alien invasion!
Theodore Dalrymple / Wall Street Journal:
The Barbarians Inside Britain's Gates
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Betsy's Page