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9:50 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
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 …
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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 president, visiting the Midwest, pledges to send Congress a plan in September and challenges Republicans to block it.  Not all Democrats are comfortable with his hard-line stance.  —  Reporting from Davenport, Iowa …
NationalJournal.com:
White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says
The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Perception of Weakness, Obama Puts Onus on Lawmakers
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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  —  When I started going to Tea Party meetings two years ago, I was sympathetic.  Just after attending one in North Dakota in August of 2009, I wrote: “Most tea partiers are not bad people.  They're just mad.  In many meaningful ways …
Discussion: Wonkette
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
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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Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry dives into Florida  —  How do you start from nothing and quickly rev up a serious presidential campaign in a state as big as Florida?  —  We're about to see Rick Perry try.  —  The Republican presidential race suddenly looks like a three-person battle between Texas Gov. Perry …
Discussion: CNN
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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
Rasmussen Reports:
GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%
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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Is Flat And Obama Is Down In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Are Not Worried About Gov's Health  —  New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie stops his slide and flattens out with a 47 - 46 percent job approval rating from New Jersey voters, his best score in four months …
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:
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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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:
 
 
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Brian Amaral / Watertown Daily Times:
Rep. Bill Owens signs on to ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ repeal
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Canucklehead Obama bus-ted!
CNNMoney.com:
Abercrombie to ‘Jersey Shore’: Ditch our brand
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gawker
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Internet jihadist killed in Predator strike in Waziristan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Army improperly tested body armor plates
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Harry S. Obama?
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama: I have it tougher than Abe Lincoln
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Fresh Plan for Europe Crisis
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Malpractice Reform in Texas: a Review
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GOP Super Committee Member Pledges Not To ‘Chop’ Entitlement Benefits Or Raise The Retirement Age