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5:40 PM ET, August 17, 2011

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Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Romney rocks, Perry pops, Bachmann doesn't bounce  —  Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains in a commanding position in the first-in-the-nation primary state while Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a strong first showing in the latest NH Journal survey conducted by Magellan Strategies.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: *Government* Jobs Led To Perry's Economic Boom
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Major Bachmann Super PAC forms
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, msnbc.com and TPMDC
Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
Perry Tells N.H. Audience He's a Global-Warming Skeptic
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rick Perry: Climate science skewed by ‘dollars’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The sad facts behind Rick Perry's Texas miracle
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry responds to Obama ‘lecture’: ‘Actions speak louder than words’
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
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 …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   OFA Director Attacks “Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere,” says “Paul Krugman is a Political Rookie”
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 …
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
New Low of 26% Approve of Obama on the Economy  —  Ratings on Afghanistan and foreign affairs have also declined  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid …
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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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Give Major Economy Speech After Labor Day
The Politico:
Bachmann: I'll get gas under $2  —  Americans will save at the pump if Michele Bachmann is elected president, the Minnesota Republican said Tuesday.  —  “The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon.  Look at what it is today,” she said at an event in Greenville …
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The Hill:   Bachmann: If elected, gas prices would fall to less than $2 per gallon
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” …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Bachmann Staffer Arrested for Terrorism in Uganda in 2006  —  The charges were dropped after he spent more than a month in prison.  Now he's rallying Bachmann's faith-based support and prepping for a movie about his ordeal.  —  Updated 4:28 p.m.  —  The evangelical organizer …
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.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Takes Campaign, Wife to Hawaii  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will spend this weekend campaigning and raising money in Hawaii, his campaign announced Wednesday. … While Newt and Callista Gingrich won't be in Hawaii on their 11th wedding anniversary, which is Thursday …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich to campaign in Hawaii
Paul Krugman:
The Printing Press Mystery  —  John Plender at the FT seems mystified by something that has become obvious lately: bond vigilantes are only going after countries that no longer have their own currencies.  He writes: … Oddly, he seems unaware of the pretty good explanation offered by Paul DeGrauwe …
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Firearms from ATF sting linked to 11 more violent crimes  —  Guns from Operation Fast and Furious were found at scenes in Arizona and Texas, the Justice Department acknowledges, widening the scope of the danger posed by the program.  —  Bill Newell, special agent in charge of ATF Phoenix …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Black caucus: Tired of making excuses for Obama  —  During a sometimes-raucous session of what's being called the “For the People” Jobs Initiative tour, a key member of the Congressional Black Caucus told an audience in Detroit Tuesday that the CBC doesn't put pressure on President Obama because he is loved by black voters.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Metaphorically Deaf  —  I heard this the other day and wasn't going to say anything because, well, there's no point in jumping on everything.  But it turns out that this is part of the stump speech —  he said it again today —  and that's a problem: … Where to begin.
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices … At times of partisan stress in American politics, the Supreme Court often becomes part of the game, and the ethics of individual justices become a focus of criticism.  —  Liberal groups are leading the charge now.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
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Eliot Spitzer / Slate Magazine:
Obama's FDR Moment
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
Washington Post:
Lawmakers' destructive gamesmanship with judicial nominees
Discussion: ACS Blog
John Tierney / New York Times:
Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Karl Rove: It's ‘Offensive’ To Say We Are A Christian Nation
Discussion: Shakesville
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Amid Skepticism, Debt Panel Is Pressed for a Deal
Discussion: The New Republic and Hit & Run
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Gohmert casts Obama as ‘evil emperor,’ slams ‘Darth Vader’ bus
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Christie source: ‘The pressure is ratcheting up’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Thompson vulnerable on right
Discussion: JSOnline and Towleroad News #gay
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Cantor decries brinksmanship, urges unity among House GOP on spending
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Texas and the Gov't: Better Friends Than You'd Think
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Giuliani: Obama ‘silly’ to take on GOP competition