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11:40 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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Michelle Malkin:
Rick Perry's bad, Obama-style medicine  —  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 than I am …
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) fired back Wednesday at President Obama, who admonished the Republican presidential candidate to watch his words more carefully.  —  Perry said “actions speak louder than words” …
Discussion: CNN
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Gov. Perry comes under fire after Bernanke-treason remark
Discussion: msnbc.com and Boston Globe
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Field of Dashed Dreams
Political Math:
Rick Perry And Texas Job Numbers
NationalJournal.com:
White House Warns Perry Should Watch What He Says
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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LaborUnionReport / laborunionreport's Diary:
DEVELOPING: Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating
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.
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
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:
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” …
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.
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
The bad-luck president  —  America's misfortune is nothing if not Obamanomics  —  “We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” President Obama fantasized on the campaign stump in Iowa.  “But over the last six months, we've had a run of bad luck.”
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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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews: Rick Perry Could Be ‘Bull Connor With a Smile’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Bachmann reaches out to religious leaders in S.C.
Discussion: Herald and GOP 12
Brian Amaral / Watertown Daily Times:
Rep. Bill Owens signs on to ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ repeal
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
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Discussion: Associated Press
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Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines
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Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry dives into Florida
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont.
Discussion: Crooked Timber