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3:10 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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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 …
Discussion: GOP 12 and TPMDC
The Note:
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Perry in NH questions Fed's “goals” and attacks climate science
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The HPV files: In emails, Perry mostly absent
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
LaborUnionReport / Big Government:
DEVELOPING: Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating  —  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 …
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Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
Perry Tells N.H. Audience He's a Global-Warming Skeptic  —  BEDFORD, N.H.—Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday told a New Hampshire business crowd that he harbors major doubts about human contributions to global warming, questioning the motives of scientists who have warned about accelerating climate change …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Obama Campaign Staffer Sends Out Email Bashing Paul Krugman And ‘Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere’ … WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign's point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president's position on the debt deal and bashing the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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” …
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
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: The Politico and 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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Napolitano calls on business to support expanded security-awareness campaign  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday stressed the importance of solidifying a partnership between government intelligence agencies and private-sector business in the U.S.'s struggle to thwart terrorist attacks.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Incredible Shrinking Union  —  So the Communications Workers of America are out on strike against Verizon.  The most remarkable thing is not the alleged acts of sabotage against land lines that serve hospitals , or the shocking willingness of an anonymous Verizon manager to threaten retaliation …
Jeff Johnson / theGrio:
Rep. Waters to black voters: ‘unleash us’ on Obama … Sparks flew Tuesday during the Congressional Black Caucus “For the People Jobs Tour” town hall in Detroit, MI, as black caucus members told the mostly black audience to “unleash” them to confront President Barack Obama on the issue of jobs.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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A Tale of Two Downgrades  —  Standard & Poor's lack of confidence …
Discussion: Economist's View
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
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