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4:00 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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Pondering Perry's Electability  —  The speech by Gov. Rick Perry of Texas to announce his presidential candidacy on Saturday got generally favorable reviews, but it did not take long for some influential Republicans to become overtly skeptical about what Mr. Perry might do for the party in November.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Rick Perry: Climate Change Is A Hoax Drummed Up By Scientists Looking To Make Money  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a conservative Republican, and as such he does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity.  But Perry went one step further than most in the mainstream climate …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dean: Bush camp will ‘take Perry out’
Discussion: The Hill
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rick Perry: Climate science skewed by ‘dollars’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
Perry Tells N.H. Audience He's a Global-Warming Skeptic
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Pawlenty's gone, so who's the next Republican to fold?
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 …
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 …
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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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Industry pressures Obama on smog rules during Midwest bus tour
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The HPV files: In emails, Perry mostly absent  —  My colleague Byron Tau and I filed a Public Information Act request with the State of Texas last month for correspondence related to the decision to vaccinate girls in the state against the disease HPV, and about 700 pages …
Discussion: The Raw Story and RedState
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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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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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Judge Rules for Bloomberg L.P. in Class-Action Bias Lawsuit  —  In a major victory for Bloomberg L.P., the financial and media services giant founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a federal judge has dismissed claims that the company engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leaves.
Discussion: Gawker and New York Magazine
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
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Gohmert casts Obama as ‘evil emperor,’ slams ‘Darth Vader’ bus  —  Outspoken Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert (Texas) blasted President Obama on Tuesday night for riding around the country in a “Darth Vader bus.”  —  Obama has used his three-day bus tour through the Midwest as an opportunity …
Jen Doll / Runnin' Scared:
FDNY Rescues Driver From Truck Dangling From Sanitation Garage  —  ​This photo just in.  Somehow, a garbage (some are saying a salt) truck managed to get in this precarious position, two stories high, dangling out of a sanitation garage at 58-35 52 Road at 59th Street in Queens.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Christie source: ‘The pressure is ratcheting up’  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A Republican close to Chris Christie says the pressure is intensifying on him to join the presidential race but insists that the New Jersey governor's mind has not changed.  —  “I think that anybody could change their mind …
Ynetnews:
‘Mossad plotted to harm Egyptian fertility’  —  Egypt's Al-Ahram daily claims Israeli Ofir Harrari accused of spying for Israel, devised to sell Egypt hair products endangering reproductive abilities  —  Roee Nahmias  —  Israeli citizen Ofir Harrari, Israel, was allegedly involved …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Thompson vulnerable on right
Discussion: JSOnline and Towleroad News #gay
Jeff Johnson / theGrio:
Rep. Waters to black voters: ‘unleash us’ on Obama
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama to Israel: Apologize to Turkey, or else
 Earlier Items: 
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Bob King / The Politico:
Grover Norquist: I'm OK with extending gasoline tax
Discussion: Bloomberg and Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
Together We Can Beat the Deficit
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Firearms from ATF sting linked to 11 more violent crimes
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
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
Discussion: UrbanGrounds