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2:35 PM ET, August 17, 2011

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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 …
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Rick Perry Accuses The White House Of Lecturing Him On Bernanke Comments: ‘I Got In Trouble’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) and Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) report:  —  BEDFORD, N.H. — On his first stop as a presidential candidate in the state that holds …
New York Post:
A rookie mistake  —  On Monday, 24 hours before the Rasmussen poll would show him up 13 points on Mitt Romney after only three days in the GOP presidential race, Rick Perry made a mistake.  —  He answered a question in an Iowa field about the Federal Reserve with a waspish threat to Ben Bernanke …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
New York Times:
Perry Links Federal Reserve Policies and Treason
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Downgrades  —  Standard & Poor's lack of confidence …
Discussion: Economist's View
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Gov. Perry comes under fire after Bernanke-treason remark
Discussion: Boston Globe and Economix
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The sad facts behind Rick Perry's Texas miracle  —  Rick Perry's Texas is Ross Perot's Mexico come north.  Through a range of enticements we more commonly associate with Third World nations — low wages, no benefits, high rates of poverty, scant taxes, few regulations and generous corporate subsidies …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Pondering Perry's Electability
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Canucklehead Obama bus-ted!  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada, The Post has learned.  —  The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold the government …
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 …
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 …
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Seeks Changes to 9/11 Event
Michelle Malkin:
Rick Perry's bad, Obama-style medicine  —  Scroll for updates...  Governor Gardasil, R-Merck.  —  Beltway types are obsessing over GOP Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign trail comments about the Fed and Ben Bernanke.  —  Blah x 3.  —  I'm far less aggravated by Gov. Perry's injudicious toss-off remarks …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
GOP Bigs Push Paul Ryan to Run  —  Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Jim Jordan, and Bill Bennett encourage Ryan to run for president.  —  As Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan comes to a final decision about running for president, several top national conservatives are encouraging him to join the race.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich to campaign in Hawaii  —  The former House speaker is taking his campaign a long, long way from Iowa and New Hampshire: … The Hawaii trip follows a visit to California, where Gingrich and his wife will screen their film, “Nine Days that Changed the World.”
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Gawker
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Aloha, Mr. Gingrich!  —  Next week, Newt Gingrich is heading …
Discussion: GOP 12 and New York Magazine
Jim Thome / Yahoo! Sports:
Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players  —  Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo of the booster and Kellen Winslow Jr. was taken in Shapiro's VIP section of Opium Garden nightclub in 2003.  —  KEARNY, N.J. - A University of Miami booster …
Ben Wolfgang / Washington Times:
Scores show students aren't ready for college  —  75% may need remedial classes  —  **FILE** Students at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., walk between buildings on campus.  (Associated Press)  —  For many students, getting a high school diploma doesn't mark the end of a high school education.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
75 Percent of Students “Not Ready” For College
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
LaborUnionReport.com:
This is a developing story as police are still investigating the shooting of a non-union business owner, John King, by what appears to be a union assailant.  —  With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area.
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CNNMoney.com:
Abercrombie to ‘Jersey Shore’: Ditch our brand  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino may have to find some new attire for his “gym, tan, laundry” routine.  —  On Tuesday, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) said it would offer “substantial payment” …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Cantor decries brinksmanship, urges unity among House GOP on spending  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) urged rank-and-file Republicans Wednesday to avoid brinksmanship and “minimize uncertainty” surrounding 2012 spending and the deficit supercommittee in order to promote economic growth.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama to Israel: Apologize to Turkey, or else  —  Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, reported on Wednesday that the Obama Administration is threatening Israel to either apologize to Turkey over its bloody interception of a Gaza aid flotilla last year, or risk strained ties with Washington.
 
 
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J. Lester Feder / The Politico:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Jeff Johnson / theGrio:
Rep. Waters to black voters: ‘unleash us’ on Obama
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Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Texas and the Gov't: Better Friends Than You'd Think
Bob King / The Politico:
Grover Norquist: I'm OK with extending gasoline tax
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Wall Street Journal:
Together We Can Beat the Deficit
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Giuliani: Obama ‘silly’ to take on GOP competition
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
The bad-luck president  —  America's misfortune is nothing if not Obamanomics
Associated Press:
AP source: Obama to give major jobs speech
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
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