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10:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision
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
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry takes aim at Bernanke
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Warns Bernanke: It Could Get ‘Pretty Ugly’ in Texas
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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
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
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
EPA won't tighten carbon monoxide standards  —  The Environmental Protection Agency opted Monday not to strengthen existing air-quality standards for carbon monoxide, a move that was met with immediate frustration by clean-air and public-health groups.  —  The EPA said a “careful review of the science” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza
James Dao / The Caucus:
Bachmann's 'Don't Ask' Position a Legal Possibility
Discussion: ThinkProgress and AMERICAblog Gay
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
California's ‘Amazon Tax’ Already Proving a Bust
Discussion: Wizbang
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Cheap-Shots a Good Reporter
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Gawker
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
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Paul Krugman:
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
New Health Care Regulations Close Exchanges to Many Offered Unaffordable Employer Coverage
Discussion: Shakesville and ThinkProgress
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama to automakers: 'You can't just make money on SUVs and trucks'
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
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