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10:30 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.
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 and NO QUARTER
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Perry and Romney split on global warming
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: *Government* Jobs Led To Perry's Economic Boom
Discussion: Daily Kos
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rick Perry: Climate science skewed by ‘dollars’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Score one for the professional left  —  Greg Sargent has a nice take on the e-mail an Obama campaign official sent mocking Paul Krugman and the “firebaggers.”  But whenever I read these periodic eruptions about “the professional left,” my main thought is: if I were a member of the professional left, I would be stoked.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Eschaton
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Does Obama camp see upside in pissing off the left?  —  The story exploding on the left right now is that the Obama campaign's state director in New Mexico sent out an email containing a blog post mocking Paul Krugman and the “firebagger liberal blogosphere"for criticizing the debt ceiling deal negotiated by the White House.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
OFA Director Attacks “Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere,” says “Paul Krugman is a Political Rookie”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Jason McLure / Reuters:
Romney says he is “in sync” with Tea Party
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Major Bachmann Super PAC forms
Discussion:, Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
CBS News:
Presidential vacations: How does Obama compare?  —  President Obama and his family will be staying at the 28-acre Blue Heron Farm in Martha's Vineyard.  (Ivy Ashe for the Vineyard Gazette)  —  Following his three-day bus tour to promote his economic agenda — and not to mention …
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 6:35 p.m.  —  The evangelical organizer …
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 …
The Hill:
Bachmann: If elected, gas prices would fall to less than $2 per gallon
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
New Bachmann super-PAC forms
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Rolling Stone:
Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?  —  A whistleblower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals.  —  Imagine a world in which a man …
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.
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Karl Rove: It's ‘Offensive’ To Say We Are A Christian Nation  —  Social conservatives often insist the U.S. was founded to be a “Christian nation,” and they accuse progressives and President Obama of undermining these supposedly core values.  But leading conservative strategist Karl Rove called …
Discussion: Shakesville
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
The Biden ‘terrorist’ story: How it came together  —  Vice President Joe Biden's comparison of tea party negotiators to terrorists during the debt limit crisis is still causing headaches for the White House — and on the campaign trail — more than two weeks after POLITICO reported Biden's comments …
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Rick Perry / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin Is a Tease!  —  Even after Michele Bachmann's win in the Iowa straw poll last weekend, Sarah Palin won't go away.  Is she really serious about running for president?  As Meghan McCain sees it, not a chance.
Discussion: The Hill
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
Florida Supreme Court rules against Scott, finds he violated separation of powers  —  Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his authority and violated the separation of powers by freezing state agency rulemaking, the Florida Supreme Court ruled today.  —  Shortly after he was sworn in as governor on Jan. 4 …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Civil War: Kind Of Tragic  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates has been doing a series of posts arguing that the American Civil War is not a tragedy.  And I agree with the spirit of what I take him to be arguing.  There's a view out there — an entirely white-centric view — that regrets that the two sides …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
‘NUTS!’  — Allen West's Strange, One-Word Response To Being Called Out For Ties To Islamophobes  —  Earlier this month, a local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent Rep. Allen West (R-FL) a letter asking him to cut off ties with leading anti-Muslim activists …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
President Obama to Give Major Economy Speech After Labor Day
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William Archie / Detroit Free Press:
Free meals for all Detroit schoolchildren in fall
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Right Candidate  —  On Saturday, Texas governor Rick Perry got …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Sun Herald:
Fitch Downgrades New Jersey's GOs to ‘AA-’; Outlook Revised to Stable
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Angry Bear
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Santorum: Same-Sex Marriage Helped Destroy The Economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Shakesville
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Looking Back At The Bush Administration
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices
Eliot Spitzer / Slate Magazine:
Obama's FDR Moment
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Firedoglake
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Takes Campaign, Wife to Hawaii
Discussion: and New York Magazine
John Tierney / New York Times:
Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Paul Krugman:
The Printing Press Mystery
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Incredible Shrinking Union
Jen Doll / Runnin' Scared:
FDNY Rescues Driver From Truck Dangling From Sanitation Garage
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Obama to Israel: Apologize to Turkey, or else