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11:15 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 …
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error  —  Today in Iowa, Rick Perry was asked about the Federal Reserve and, in a halting 45-second answer, went off on chairman Ben Bernanke: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.
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 …
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.”
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 …
The Atlantic Wire:
Rick Perry Accuses Bernanke of Treason
Discussion: Mediaite and Firedoglake
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
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 …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Karl Rove thinks Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are wavering on 2012
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
The Politico:
Rep. Allen West weighs Senate run
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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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Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Here is the fiery exchange the President found himself in!
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.
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 …
BBC:
German economic growth slows sharply  —  Germany had been helping to drive the economic recovery in Europe  —  Growth in the German economy slowed sharply between April and June and was weaker at the start of the year than previously thought, figures show.
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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Germany adds to eurozone's woes
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
It's Community Payback time: rioters must clean up their mess, says Nick Clegg  —  Deputy PM plans to make guilty face those whose property they destroyed - and tries to head off Labour call for public inquiry  —  People convicted of last week's rioting and looting who are not sent to prison …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza  —  Senator Patrick Leahy claims Shayetet 13 unit, undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force Shaldag unit are involved in human rights violations in occupied territories.
BBC:
Libya conflict: Gaddafi forces ‘launched Scud missile’  —  Control of the coastal oil town of Brega has swung back and forth  —  Military forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi have fired a Scud missile for the first time in the country's six-month conflict, US defence officials say.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rick Perry's Book Proves His Betrayal of Federalism  —  Its passages on gay marriage and local control, juxtaposed with his recent statements, reveal contradictions more glaring than anyone has realized  —  Before Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential race, he took heat for changing his position on gay marriage.
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 …
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli says he may challenge Warner for U.S. Senate in 2014  —  Much of the speculation about Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's political future has focused on whether the Republican who has made a name for himself suing the federal government would run for re-election, or for governor in 2013.
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
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 …
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?
 
 
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Christine Lagarde / Financial Times:
Don't let fiscal brakes stall global recovery
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Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
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Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
EPA won't tighten carbon monoxide standards
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New York Times:
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James Dao / The Caucus:
Bachmann's 'Don't Ask' Position a Legal Possibility
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Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
What Is Business Waiting For?  —  When the German economy turned south …
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
The Fall of the Midwest Economic Model
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Paul Krugman:
MMT, Again
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama to automakers: 'You can't just make money on SUVs and trucks'