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10:35 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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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 …
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:
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 …
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  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.”
The Atlantic Wire:
Rick Perry Accuses Bernanke of Treason  —  Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry spoke in Iowa Monday night at a Republican fundraiser at the end of his last full day of campaigning in the state.  A spectator in the audience asked him what he would do with the Federal Reserve …
Discussion: Mediaite and Firedoglake
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
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Warns Bernanke: It Could Get ‘Pretty Ugly’ in Texas
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
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.
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Anthony Man / Broward Politics:
Congressman Allen West considering bid for U.S. Senate
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 …
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
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?
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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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
New York Times:
The Clear Case for the Gas Tax  —  Unless Congress extends it, the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas tax will expire on Sept. 30.  Allowing that to happen would be tremendously destructive.  It would bankrupt the already stressed Highway Trust Fund, with devastating effects on the country's highways …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nouriel Roubini / Project Syndicate:
ROUBINI: Is Capitalism Doomed?  Karl Marx was right, it seems, in arguing that globalization, financial intermediation run amok, and redistribution of income and wealth from labor to capital could lead capitalism to self-destruct.  So what can be done to prevent that outcome?
 
 
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