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3:34 AM ET, August 17, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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: Michelle Malkin
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Rick Perry will self-destruct within 30 days  —  Rick Perry talks treason about the Federal Reserve Board.  Treason is a capital offense.  Is Perry suggesting the death penalty for Federal Reserve Board members?  —  Rick Perry says Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will have a tough time if he goes to Texas.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn't Exist  —  For a small-government conservative on the presidential campaign stump like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a new federal regulation forcing farmers to get commercial drivers licenses would make a perfect example of Barack Obama's Washington run amok.
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hot Air
The Atlantic Online:
Fighting Perception of Weakness, Obama Puts Onus on Lawmakers
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Rick Perry Thinks ‘Printing More Money’ Is ‘Almost Treason’ Because It Would Help The Economy And Thus Obama
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Analysis: Perry's criticism of money-printing may portend more political pressure for Fed
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Rick Perry campaign not disavowing implied threat to Bernanke
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular  —  Ohio's a pretty good microcosm for an unhappy nation right now.  —  Barack Obama's approval rating in the state right now is 44%, with 52% of voters disapproving of him.  His numbers with independents are horrid at 34/59.
Discussion: Firedoglake and GOP 12
Adam C. Smith / The Politico:
Perry diving into Florida
Discussion: CNN
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney vs. Perry: How the Numbers (and the Calendar) Stack Up
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:   Sources: NJ GOP establishment worried about general election if Perry beats Romney
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
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and RedState
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  —  PETER THIEL ROSE TO FAME BY LAUNCHING PAYPAL AND FUNDING A LITTLE UPSTART CALLED FACEBOOK.  YOU'LL FIND HIS FINGERPRINTS ON—AND HIS SEED MONEY IN—EVERYTHING FROM DNA MANIPULATION TO HOLLYWOOD MOVIES ALONG WITH ANY SILICON VALLEY ENTERPRISE WORTH KNOWING ABOUT.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Sentiment moving against Walker recall  —  Public sentiment in Wisconsin is moving against a recall of Scott Walker.  Walker though remains very unpopular and if Russ Feingold chose to run against him in a recall election he would find himself in deep trouble.
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue Partisans Shorten The Lines  —  Press reaction to events in Wisconsin remains educational.  The introduction of legislation curtailing union rights and activities for most public employees in Wisconsin was first billed as a victory in disguise: a triggering event that launched the flight …
Discussion: National Review
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
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Obama Confronted by Tea Partiers in Iowa
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Ryan for President?  —  Paul Ryan is in the final stages of deciding on a presidential run.  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president.  Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Civil War Isn't Tragic Cont.  —  Anyone who's going to deal in Civil War studies really needs to take a moment to grapple with James McPherson's This Mighty Scourge.  I doubt that this was McPherson's intent, but the first essay in the book is really what set me on the path of questioning the …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
CNN:
TRENDING: All shook up: Bachmann flubs Elvis birthday  —  (CNN)-Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann stepped all over Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes while stumping Tuesday, when she mistakenly wished “The King” a “Happy Birthday.”  —  August 16 actually marks the 34th anniversary of Presley's death.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Video: Michele Bachmann gives Elvis birthday wishes on the anniversary of his death
Discussion: Salon and Gawker
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Malpractice Reform in Texas: a Review  —  This is mostly from an old post (at my old blog), but with the entry of Gov. Perry into the race, it seems like time to wheel it out.  —  Over a year ago, a reader emailed me the following: … On Sunday, Gov. Perry said: … Where to start?
Discussion: Mother Jones and ThinkProgress
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Why Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the U.S.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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