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9:10 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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Political Math:
Rick Perry And Texas Job Numbers  —  Full disclosure: I don't like Rick Perry for our next president.  I have my reasons that aren't worth going into here.  However, when I was watching the GOP debate and pro-Perry people started bringing up Rick Perry's job numbers as a cudgel against other candidates …
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NationalJournal.com:
White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney chastised Texas Gov. Rick Perry for suggesting on the campaign trail that some economic policy decisions the Federal Reserve is considering border on “treasonous.”  —  Speaking at a campaign stop …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
New York Times:
Obama Presses His Case in Crucial Iowa, but Perry Is Close on His Heels  —  PEOSTA, Iowa — President Obama pulled up to a bucolic community college here in his $1.1 million black armored bus on Tuesday and spent much of the day closeted in a conference with farmers and small-business owners …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Obama 2012: Return of the road warrior  —  Yes, President Obama is on a taxpayer-funded campaign swing.  No, he's not rolling out specific economic proposals yet.  —  But for a wounded president, it sure is some darn good politics.  —  As Obama tore through the Midwest and his Republican opponents …
Wall Street Journal:
President Weighs Asking Panel for Stimulus Measures  —  President Barack Obama is considering recommending that lawmakers on a deficit committee back new measures to stimulate the lagging economy, people familiar with White House discussions said Tuesday.  —  The plan Mr. Obama is considering …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn't Exist
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The sad facts behind Rick Perry's Texas miracle
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama dares Republicans to block his coming jobs package
The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Perception of Weakness, Obama Puts Onus on Lawmakers
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Re: Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
NBC News Caught Red Handed ‘Selectively Editing’ & ‘ Doctoring’ Video to Smear Gov Perry as Racist  —  Ed Schultz used a deceptive edit to misinform his audience about the content of Gov. Rick Perry's speech in Iowa yesterday.  Schultz claimed that Gov. Perry was calling President Obama a …
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Rasmussen Reports:
GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.
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Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry dives into Florida
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
The 2012 election brings a new kind of fundraiser: The super bundler
Discussion: The Note
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: Race 4 2012
JSOnline:
Wirch, Holperin win Senate recalls; GOP retains 17-16 majority  —  By Tom Tolan, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  The six-month saga that was Wisconsin's state Senate recall movement ended Tuesday with Democrats retaining two seats - and Republicans still in possession …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sentiment moving against Walker recall  —  Public sentiment in Wisconsin is moving against a recall of Scott Walker.  Walker though remains very unpopular and if Russ Feingold chose to run against him in a recall election he would find himself in deep trouble.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines
Discussion: National Review
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Stephen Colbert loses treasurer to Rick Perry  —  No joke: Presidential candidate Rick Perry and comedian Stephen Colbert, who last week barraged Iowa voters with advertisements urging voters to support “Rick Parry,” shared the same political committee treasurer - until they didn't.
New York Times:
Crashing the Tea Party  —  GIVEN how much sway the Tea Party has among Republicans in Congress and those seeking the Republican presidential nomination, one might think the Tea Party is redefining mainstream American politics.  —  But in fact the Tea Party is increasingly swimming …
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Abe Sauer / The Awl:
What I Learned in Two Years at the Tea Party
Discussion: Wonkette
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Obama Confronted by Tea Partiers in Iowa
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands  —  Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.
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Details:
THE BILLIONAIRE KING OF TECHTOPIA
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain: Impeaching Obama would be ‘a great thing’  —  Asked on a conference call with bloggers this evening why Republicans can't just impeach Barack Obama, Herman Cain answers that it's mostly a matter of legislative politics, POLITICO's Elizabeth Titus reports:
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont.  —  Anyone who's going to deal in Civil War studies really needs to take a moment to grapple with James McPherson's This Mighty Scourge.  I doubt that this was McPherson's intent, but the first essay in the book is really what set me on the path of questioning the …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Harry S. Obama?  —  Pundits have lately been comparing Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, suggesting he is a likely loser in 2012.  But my American Enterprise Institute colleague Norman Ornstein, writing in the New Republic, compares Obama to Harry Truman, suggesting he might outperform the polls and win.
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
(audio) Lieberman unsure he'll support Obama in 2012  —  Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, told host John McCaslin on America's Morning News radio show on Tuesday morning that he had not decided if he would endorse President Obama in 2012:
 
 
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CBS News:
Clinton: US using “smart power” for Libya, Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GOP Super Committee Member Pledges Not To ‘Chop’ Entitlement Benefits Or Raise The Retirement Age