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11:00 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Gov. Perry comes under fire after Bernanke-treason remark
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama dares Republicans to block his coming jobs package
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: CNN
NationalJournal.com:
White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says
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
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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Political Math:
Rick Perry And Texas Job Numbers
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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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Wisconsin Recall Results // Update - Dems hold both seats
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Associated Press:
AP source: Obama to give major jobs speech  —  (AP) WASHINGTON — Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Barack Obama will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Seeks Changes to 9/11 Event  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is quietly pushing the Bloomberg administration to give him more control over his role in the nationally televised ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, said people familiar with the discussions.
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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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: Via Meadia and Outside the Beltway
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:
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann reaches out to religious leaders in S.C.  —  (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will hold a meeting with pastors in Florence during her three-day visit to South Carolina.  —  The Thursday afternoon gathering with religious leaders, which is closed to reporters …
Discussion: Herald and GOP 12
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
 
 
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Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
The bad-luck president  —  America's misfortune is nothing if not Obamanomics
Brian Amaral / Watertown Daily Times:
Rep. Bill Owens signs on to ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ repeal
CNNMoney.com:
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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:
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Discussion: The Politico
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
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New York Times:
Syrian Enclave of Palestinians Nearly Deserted After Assault
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Lambertville vandalism turns life-threatening
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Residential starts drop 1.5%, single-family starts drop 4.9% in July
Discussion: Associated Press
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines
Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry dives into Florida
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
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