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3:30 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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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 …
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
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’  —  Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted that prominent political supporters of former President George W. Bush will deal a critical blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Pondering Perry's Electability
Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
Perry Tells N.H. Audience He's a Global-Warming Skeptic
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The HPV files: In emails, Perry mostly absent
Discussion: The Raw Story and RedState
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Perry in NH questions Fed's “goals” and attacks climate science
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Boston Globe:
Romney stands firm amid Perry whirl
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Discrimination Suit Against Bloomberg L.P. Is Dismissed  —  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: New York Magazine
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Rep. Waters to black voters: ‘unleash us’ on Obama
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
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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
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