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12:20 AM ET, August 18, 2011


 Top Items: 
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Romney rocks, Perry pops, Bachmann doesn't bounce  —  Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains in a commanding position in the first-in-the-nation primary state while Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a strong first showing in the latest NH Journal survey conducted by Magellan Strategies.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dean: Bush camp will ‘take Perry out’  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted that prominent political supporters of former President George W. Bush will deal a critical blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) presidential campaign.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and The Hill
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Field of Dashed Dreams  —  The president was in “Afternoon of a Faun” mode, a rural deity playing on his panpipes in the woods.  Then, suddenly, he stood very still as he sensed electoral danger.  —  After assuring Obama that she was a supporter, an Iowa mother named Emily asked the president …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry and Romney split on global warming  —  A sharp divide has emerged between two leading Republican presidential candidates on the issue of climate change.  While apparent front-runner Mitt Romney believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry, Bachmann tied in Wisconsin
Discussion: Daily Kos and GOP 12
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: *Government* Jobs Led To Perry's Economic Boom
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Obama Campaign Staffer Sends Out Email Bashing Paul Krugman And ‘Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere’ … WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign's point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president's position on the debt deal and bashing the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Score one for the professional left  —  Greg Sargent has a nice take on the e-mail an Obama campaign official sent mocking Paul Krugman and the “firebaggers.”  But whenever I read these periodic eruptions about “the professional left,” my main thought is: if I were a member of the professional left, I would be stoked.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Does Obama camp see upside in pissing off the left?  —  The story exploding on the left right now is that the Obama campaign's state director in New Mexico sent out an email containing a blog post mocking Paul Krugman and the “firebagger liberal blogosphere"for criticizing the debt ceiling deal negotiated by the White House.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
OFA Director Attacks “Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere,” says “Paul Krugman is a Political Rookie”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
New Low of 26% Approve of Obama on the Economy  —  Ratings on Afghanistan and foreign affairs have also declined  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Bachmann Staffer Arrested for Terrorism in Uganda in 2006  —  The charges were dropped after he spent more than a month in prison.  Now he's rallying Bachmann's faith-based support and prepping for a movie about his ordeal.  —  Updated 6:35 p.m.  —  The evangelical organizer …
CBS News:
Presidential vacations: How does Obama compare?  —  President Obama and his family will be staying at the 28-acre Blue Heron Farm in Martha's Vineyard.  (Ivy Ashe for the Vineyard Gazette)  —  Following his three-day bus tour to promote his economic agenda — and not to mention …
Rolling Stone:
Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?  —  A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals.  —  Imagine a world in which a man …
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 …
Jason McLure / Reuters:
Romney says he is “in sync” with Tea Party
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Karl Rove: It's ‘Offensive’ To Say We Are A Christian Nation  —  Social conservatives often insist the U.S. was founded to be a “Christian nation,” and they accuse progressives and President Obama of undermining these supposedly core values.  But leading conservative strategist Karl Rove called …
Discussion: Shakesville
The Politico:
Bachmann: I'll get gas under $2  —  Americans will save at the pump if Michele Bachmann is elected president, the Minnesota Republican said Tuesday.  —  “The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon.  Look at what it is today,” she said at an event in Greenville …
The Hill:
Bachmann: If elected, gas prices would fall to less than $2 per gallon
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
GOP attacks Obama bus, but Bush did same  —  President Barack Obama walks to his bus after visiting the Whiteside County Fair in Morrison, Illinois on Wednesday.  Obama has been on a Midwest bus trip through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.  (Jason Reed, Reuters / August 17, 2011)  —  Clout Street
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Canucklehead Obama bus-ted!
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Black caucus: Tired of making excuses for Obama  —  During a sometimes-raucous session of what's being called the “For the People” Jobs Initiative tour, a key member of the Congressional Black Caucus told an audience in Detroit Tuesday that the CBC doesn't put pressure on President Obama because he is loved by black voters.
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Kasich, fellow Republicans propose SB 5 deal to unions  —  Gov. John Kasich pleaded with organized labor leaders today to compromise on Senate Bill 5 and cancel a fall referendum on the controversial bill that peels back public employee collective bargaining rights.
Discussion: Liberty Street, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Civil War: Kind Of Tragic  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates has been doing a series of posts arguing that the American Civil War is not a tragedy.  And I agree with the spirit of what I take him to be arguing.  There's a view out there — an entirely white-centric view — that regrets that the two sides …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Metaphorically Deaf  —  I heard this the other day and wasn't going to say anything because, well, there's no point in jumping on everything.  But it turns out that this is part of the stump speech —  he said it again today —  and that's a problem: … Where to begin.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
The Biden ‘terrorist’ story: How it came together  —  Vice President Joe Biden's comparison of tea party negotiators to terrorists during the debt limit crisis is still causing headaches for the White House — and on the campaign trail — more than two weeks after POLITICO reported Biden's comments …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Memoir's E-Version Called ‘Work Of Fiction’ By E-Publisher … WASHINGTON — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is out with her new book “Troublemaker,” which she describes in the introduction as “a political memoir slash campaign diary slash position paper slash rallying cry …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Rick Perry / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin Is a Tease!  —  Even after Michele Bachmann's win in the Iowa straw poll last weekend, Sarah Palin won't go away.  Is she really serious about running for president?  As Meghan McCain sees it, not a chance.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Louise Story / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Eyes S.&P. Ratings of Mortgages  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation's largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed …
Discussion: The Reid Report and Politics
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Looking Back At The Bush Administration  —  I was on the radio yesterday with Drew Westen and something that came up was the surprisingly persistent myth that George W Bush was some kind of legislative steamroller who somehow coerced Congress into doing things it didn't want to do through …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
New Bachmann super-PAC forms  —  Two prominent Republicans have formed a “super” political action committee to help Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential committee.  —  Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and longtime Republican strategist Ed Brookover have organized the super-PAC …
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Major Bachmann Super PAC forms
Discussion:, Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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William Archie / Detroit Free Press:
Free meals for all Detroit schoolchildren in fall
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
Florida Supreme Court rules against Scott, finds he violated separation of powers
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: Same-Sex Marriage Helped Destroy The Economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices
Eliot Spitzer / Slate Magazine:
Obama's FDR Moment
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Takes Campaign, Wife to Hawaii
Discussion: and New York Magazine
John Tierney / New York Times:
Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Give Major Economy Speech After Labor Day
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Incredible Shrinking Union
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FDNY Rescues Driver From Truck Dangling From Sanitation Garage
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama to Israel: Apologize to Turkey, or else