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9:20 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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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: SFGate, The Note, Mother Jones and TPMDC
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Rick Perry campaign not disavowing implied threat to Bernanke
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert loses treasurer to Rick Perry
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
NationalJournal.com:   White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says
The Atlantic Online:   Fighting Perception of Weakness, Obama Puts Onus on Lawmakers
Political Punch:
White House on Gov. Perry's Bernanke Comments: ‘Threatening the Fed Chairman is Probably Not a Good Idea’
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular  —  Ohio's a pretty good microcosm for an unhappy nation right now.  —  Barack Obama's approval rating in the state right now is 44%, with 52% of voters disapproving of him.  His numbers with independents are horrid at 34/59.
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:   Sources: NJ GOP establishment worried about general election if Perry beats Romney
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
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 …
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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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Obama Confronted by Tea Partiers in Iowa
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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 …
CNN:
TRENDING: 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.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Video: Michele Bachmann gives Elvis birthday wishes on the anniversary of his death
Discussion: Gawker and Salon
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Malpractice Reform in Texas: a Review  —  This is mostly from an old post (at my old blog), but with the entry of Gov. Perry into the race, it seems like time to wheel it out.  —  Over a year ago, a reader emailed me the following: … On Sunday, Gov. Perry said: … Where to start?
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Why Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the U.S.
New York Times:
Top Tabloid Editors Endorsed Hacking, Letter Says  —  LONDON — A high-profile parliamentary panel investigating phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid released new allegations Tuesday suggesting that, despite assertions to the contrary by the newspaper's owners and editors …
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.
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
CNN:
Paul zings rivals in new ad  —  (CNN) - Just three days after nearly winning a crucial Republican presidential straw poll in Ames, Iowa, Texas Rep. Ron Paul is going up with a television commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire that targets three of his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Discussion: msnbc.com and TPMDC
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Bess Levin / Dealbreaker:
Everyone At Citi Is Okay!  Out Of Breath And Doubled Over But Okay!  —  If you walked by 388 Greenwich Street earlier, saw scores of Citigroup employees standing around and panicked that everyone had gotten laid off and/or they decided to just shut down the whole operation, do not worry.
 
 
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