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12:20 PM 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.
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 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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: The Note, Campaign 2012 and GOP 12
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Republican Extremism, Bad Economics
The Atlantic Wire:
Rick Perry Accuses Bernanke of Treason
Discussion: Mediaite and Firedoglake
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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, PoliPundit.com and GOP 12
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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
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove thinks Palin, Christie, Ryan might still run
Discussion: RedState
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!  —  Fiery Exchange At Obama Town Hall  —  DECORAH, Iowa - President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden …
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.
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 …
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Guardian:
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Discussion: Deadline.com and msnbc.com
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.
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 …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
What Is Business Waiting For?  —  When the German economy turned south after the 2008 financial crisis, the pain was mitigated by a program known as “Kurzarbeit.”  —  The word means short work.  Instead of laying off workers, German companies cut back their hours.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation  —  The three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington.  —  Reporting from Washington— The ATF has promoted three key supervisors …
 
 
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Bryan Caplan / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Noahpinion and EconLog
Mr. Media Training:
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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
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EXCLUSIVE: Congress to Probe Suspected Connection Between Anwar al-Awlaki and 9/11
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
How Rick Perry's Book Proves His Betrayal of Federalism
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Discussion: Daily Kos
James Dao / The Caucus:
Bachmann's 'Don't Ask' Position a Legal Possibility
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California's ‘Amazon Tax’ Already Proving a Bust
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Palin Cheap-Shots a Good Reporter
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Paul Krugman Is Still Wrong about Texas
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
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