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5:40 PM ET, August 16, 2011

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Rick Perry And Texas Job Numbers  —  Full disclosure: I don't like Rick Perry for our next president.  I have my reasons that aren't worth going into here.  However, when I was watching the GOP debate and pro-Perry people started bringing up Rick Perry's job numbers as a cudgel against other candidates …
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Karl Rove Piles On Rick Perry: Bernanke Line ‘Not A Presidential Statement’  —  It's no secret that Team George W. Bush and Team Rick Perry are not exactly close.  And with Perry flailing after he accused Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke of “almost treasonous” behavior …
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.
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 …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Rick Perry will self-destruct within 30 days  —  Rick Perry talks treason about the Federal Reserve Board.  Treason is a capital offense.  Is Perry suggesting the death penalty for Federal Reserve Board members?  —  Rick Perry says Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will have a tough time if he goes to Texas.
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Re: Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error  —  I agree with John's post about Rick Perry's statement about Ben Bernanke about entirely.  People shouldn't throw around the words “almost treasonous” loosely; and certainly a person running for president shouldn't do such a thing.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Caucus
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn't Exist  —  For a small-government conservative on the presidential campaign stump like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a new federal regulation forcing farmers to get commercial drivers licenses would make a perfect example of Barack Obama's Washington run amok.
Discussion: TPMDC and Iowa Caucuses
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove slams Perry's comments about Bernanke  —  This morning, Karl Rove called Rick Perry's comments on Ben Bernanke “deeply unfortunate.” … Here's the key, politically. … Yesterday, Perry ripped Bernanke , calling a potential move by the fed chairman “almost treasonous” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Caucus and TPMDC
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry suggests predator drones for border patrol
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Analysis: Perry's criticism of money-printing may portend more political pressure for Fed
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rick Perry Thinks ‘Printing More Money’ Is ‘Almost Treason’ Because It Would Help The Economy And Thus Obama
Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Rick Perry's big donors fare well in Texas
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.
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CNN:
Paul zings rivals in new ad
Discussion: msnbc.com and TPMDC
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Republican Extremism, Bad Economics
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
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 …
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Talk to Paul 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 …
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands  —  Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.
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 …
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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.
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Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
Sources: NJ GOP establishment worried about general election if Perry beats Romney
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
On mortgage rates, Obama wants proposal for how government can keep big role  —  PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES - The Freddie Mac office in McLean, Va.  —  President Obama has directed a small team of advisers to develop a proposal that would keep the government playing a major role …
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David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
Obama checks in on Foursquare
CNN:
All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday  —  (CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stepped all over Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes while stumping Tuesday, when she mistakenly wished “The King” a “Happy Birthday.”  —  August 16 actually marks the 34th anniversary of Presley's death.
Leslie Rosenberg / Media Matters for America:
The Rush Limbaugh School Of Economics: Sean Hannity Further Improves Unemployment Rate Inherited From Bush  —  Is Sean Hannity a Dittohead?  —  Last week, Rush Limbaugh fabricated unemployment data to attack Obama, claiming that the president “ inherited ... an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Today in Mitt Romney awkwardness  —  Maggie Haberman picks up on this Globe report:  —  As Romney began to leave the company after his hourlong visit, he looked at the owner's girlfriend, Ellen Boss.  “Nice,” Romney said as she blushed.  “Nice choice.  Just like me.”
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sentiment moving against Walker recall  —  Public sentiment in Wisconsin is moving against a recall of Scott Walker.  Walker though remains very unpopular and if Russ Feingold chose to run against him in a recall election he would find himself in deep trouble.
Adam Serwer:
CCR Report: S-Comm Harms Law Enforcement  —  The Center for Constitutional Rights, a foe of the Obama administration's “Secure Communities” Program, has released a report arguing that the program should be ended.  The expected objections to the program “excessively punish[ing] marginal populations” …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
 
 
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