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7:55 AM ET, August 17, 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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Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert loses treasurer to Rick Perry  —  No joke: Presidential candidate Rick Perry and comedian Stephen Colbert, who last week barraged Iowa voters with advertisements urging voters to support “Rick Parry,” shared the same political committee treasurer - until they didn't.
NationalJournal.com:
White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney chastised Texas Gov. Rick Perry for suggesting on the campaign trail that some economic policy decisions the Federal Reserve is considering border on “treasonous.”  —  Speaking at a campaign stop …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Obama 2012: Return of the road warrior  —  Yes, President Obama is on a taxpayer-funded campaign swing.  No, he's not rolling out specific economic proposals yet.  —  But for a wounded president, it sure is some darn good politics.  —  As Obama tore through the Midwest and his Republican opponents …
New York Times:
Obama Presses His Case in Crucial Iowa, but Perry Is Close on His Heels  —  PEOSTA, Iowa — President Obama pulled up to a bucolic community college here in his $1.1 million black armored bus on Tuesday and spent much of the day closeted in a conference with farmers and small-business owners …
Discussion: The Caucus, Balloon Juice and Hot Air
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.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Perception of Weakness, Obama Puts Onus on Lawmakers
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rick Perry Thinks ‘Printing More Money’ Is ‘Almost Treason’ Because It Would Help The Economy And Thus Obama
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Analysis: Perry's criticism of money-printing may portend more political pressure for Fed
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Karl Rove Piles On Rick Perry: Bernanke Line ‘Not A Presidential Statement’
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
NBC News Caught Red Handed ‘Selectively Editing’ & ‘ Doctoring’ Video to Smear Gov Perry as Racist  —  Ed Schultz used a deceptive edit to misinform his audience about the content of Gov. Rick Perry's speech in Iowa yesterday.  Schultz claimed that Gov. Perry was calling President Obama a …
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
NBC News' Ed Schultz Admits Selective Edit Deception; Not False Racism Charge
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and RedState
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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Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry dives into Florida
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: Race 4 2012
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:   Sources: NJ GOP establishment worried about general election if Perry beats Romney
JSOnline:
Wirch, Holperin win Senate recalls; GOP retains 17-16 majority  —  By Tom Tolan, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  The six-month saga that was Wisconsin's state Senate recall movement ended Tuesday with Democrats retaining two seats - and Republicans still in possession …
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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.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines  —  Press reaction to events in Wisconsin remains educational.  The introduction of legislation curtailing union rights and activities for most public employees in Wisconsin was first billed as a victory in disguise: a triggering event that launched the flight …
Discussion: National Review
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.
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Details:
THE BILLIONAIRE KING OF TECHTOPIA
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain: Impeaching Obama would be ‘a great thing’  —  Asked on a conference call with bloggers this evening why Republicans can't just impeach Barack Obama, Herman Cain answers that it's mostly a matter of legislative politics, POLITICO's Elizabeth Titus reports:
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wisconsin Recall Results // Update - Dems hold both seats  —  Post-mortem - No excuses or hand holding.  Bad News: Dems held both their seats, and Republicans hold the Senate by only one seat.  Good News: Republicans hold the Governorship, Senate and Assembly, and the big things have been done …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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Associated Press:
Wisconsin Democrats aim to hold on in recall votes today
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont.  —  Anyone who's going to deal in Civil War studies really needs to take a moment to grapple with James McPherson's This Mighty Scourge.  I doubt that this was McPherson's intent, but the first essay in the book is really what set me on the path of questioning the …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Loose Money Will Keep Economy From Sliding Away: Ramesh Ponnuru  —  The Federal Reserve is now the subject of more political controversy than at any point since the beginning of the 1980s.  —  The debate centers on what the Washington Post calls its “ultra-easy” monetary policy: Is it hurting or helping the economy?
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
It's the Aggregate Demand, Stupid
Wall Street Journal:
Fresh Plan for Europe Crisis  —  Merkel, Sarkozy Push for Euro Chief, Tighter Budget Controls as Growth Sputters  —  Germany and France presented a broad plan to better coordinate economic policy across the 17-nation euro zone, amid growing fears that a slowdown in the region could accelerate …
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Nicola Clark / New York Times:
Sarkozy and Merkel Vow Fiscal Unity for Euro Nations
 
 
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