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9:35 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Confederate plates could be touchy issue for Perry  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) — A decision on whether Texas should issue a license plate commemorating the state's Confederate heritage has landed square in the lap of Governor Rick Perry — just as he begins his run for the presidency.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The sad facts behind Rick Perry's Texas miracle
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn't Exist
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Re: Rick Perry's Serious Unforced Error
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
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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 …
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 …
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
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
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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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines
Discussion: National Review
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wisconsin Recall Results // Update - Dems hold both seats
Discussion: RedState
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
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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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
NBC News' Ed Schultz Admits Selective Edit Deception; Not False Racism Charge  —  On tonight's “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, Ed Schultz admitted he was in error in deceptively editing a clip of Gov. Rick Perry, removing the meaning and context of the governor's statement.  The deception was first revealed here at breitbart.tv.
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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
The 2012 election brings a new kind of fundraiser: The super bundler
Discussion: The Note
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Discussion: Race 4 2012
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
Brad Harvey / WTOL-TV:
Lambertville vandalism turns life-threatening  —  LAMBERTVILLE, MI (WTOL) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is working to solve a case of vandalism that turned life-threatening.  —  John King was shot in the arm last week when he surprised a man trying to slash the tires on the truck …
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:
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
It's the Aggregate Demand, Stupid  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  With the debt limit debate temporarily set aside, the Obama administration is talking …
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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.
 
 
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Army improperly tested body armor plates
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama: I have it tougher than Abe Lincoln
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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
(audio) Lieberman unsure he'll support Obama in 2012
New York Times:
Syrian Enclave of Palestinians Nearly Deserted After Assault
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Residential starts drop 1.5%, single-family starts drop 4.9% in July
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CBS News:
Clinton: US using “smart power” for Libya, Syria
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GOP Super Committee Member Pledges Not To ‘Chop’ Entitlement Benefits Or Raise The Retirement Age
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
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