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9:55 AM ET, August 16, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
The Note:
Rick Perry On Ben Bernanke: It Would Be ‘Almost Treasonous’ To Print More Money Between Now And The Election  —  ABC's Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz report:  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry capped off his first full day of campaigning in Iowa on Monday by suggesting …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry takes aim at Bernanke  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, making his maiden campaign swing in Iowa after jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested Monday night that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would be committing an act of treason by printing more money between now and November 2012.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up  —  I haven't written much on this primary season, and with good reason.  When researching my forthcoming book ("The Lost Majority," due Jan. 3, 2012), I was struck by just how wrong most primary commentary has tended to be, even fairly late in the game.
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Perry warns of Fed ‘treason,’ challenges Obama
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
A Christian Plot for Domination?
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Warns Bernanke: It Could Get ‘Pretty Ugly’ in Texas
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Whine About Unfairness Of Quoting Rick Perry Accurately
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Ties Historic Low of 13%  —  Disapproval rating of 84% highest in Gallup annals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' evaluation of the job Congress is doing is the worst Gallup has ever measured, with 13% approving, tying the all-time low measured in December 2010.
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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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Paul Krugman Is Still Wrong about Texas  —  Paul Krugman continues his campaign to discredit the economic success of Texas, and, as usual, he is none too particular about the facts.  Let's allow Professor K. to lay out his case: … What, indeed, does population growth have to do with job growth?
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 …
Discussion: CEPR and The Heritage Foundation
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:   White House sticks to Iraq troop timetable after day on which 70 are killed
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the Midwest Economic Model  —  In 1970, the future seemed to belong to Michigan's example of big companies and big unions.  Not anymore.  —  President Obama has kicked off a three-day bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, where the corn is high and at least some factories are spewing smoke.
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
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 …
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Nick Davies / Guardian:
NoW reporter's letter reveals phone-hacking cover-up  —  Disgraced royal correspondent Clive Goodman's letter says phone hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at NoW meetings  —  • Read Clive Goodman's letter to News International  —  Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and their former editor Andy Coulson …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Karl Rove thinks Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are wavering on 2012  —  In an interview on Fox News last night with Sean Hannity, GOP maestro Karl Rove keeps hope alive, saying that he senses Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are starting to waver in their determination not to run for president:
Discussion: GOP 12 and PoliPundit.com
Fox News:
Rep. Wilson Claims He Was Right on Illegal Immigrant Coverage When He Shouted ‘You Lie’  —  Nearly two years after he infamously accused President Obama of lying about his health care overhaul, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson claims he was right all along.  —  The South Carolina congressman …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Talk to 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 …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Matthew Hendley / The Daily Pulp:
Allen West's Response to Request That He Cut Ties With Anti-Islamic Extremists: “NUTS!”  —  The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Rep. Allen West at the beginning of the month with a request — quit palling around with Islamophobes.
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,” …
 
 
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
What Is Business Waiting For?  —  When the German economy turned south …
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Discussion: The Awl
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In Open Primary Plan for Arizona, a Call for Moderation
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Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
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Discussion: American Power and Truthdig
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Iron my shirt’  —  When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his jacket off …