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9:05 PM ET, August 18, 2011


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Justin Elliott / Salon:
“Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?”  —  An Austin Ron Paul supporter has taken out a full-page ad in the local alt weekly newspaper seeking any “stripper ... escort ... or ‘young hottie’” who has slept with Rick Perry, part of his single-minded jihad against the presidential candidate.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Can't Defend His Claim That Social Security Is Unconstitutional Because He's ‘Got A Big Mouthful’  —  This pastry prevents Rick Perry from explaining why he thinks Social Security is unconstitutional  —  At a campaign stop at a New Hampshire restaurant today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry tackles science in N.H.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Spokesperson Doesn't Know That His Boss Thinks Social Security Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Daily Kos
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rick Perry's made-up ‘facts’ about climate change  —  “I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized.  I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.
Jacob Weisberg /
Jon Huntsman: The Outsider  —  Kate Moss:  —  Kiss Me, Kate  —  Photographed by Annie Leibovtiz  —  If you're looking for the most conservative region in America, upcountry South Carolina would be a strong contender.  Greenville, the area's biggest city, is home base to Senator Jim DeMint …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Huntsman: ‘Call me crazy,’ I believe in evolution, global warming
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama to deport illegals by ‘priority’  —  The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members' care.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Obama Authorizes Work Permits in Lieu of Deportation
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Obama Administration To Conduct Case-By-Case Review Of Active Deportations
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What Coburn really said about Obama, race, and dependency  —  Senator Tom Coburn is getting widely pilloried this morning over a report in the Tulsa World claiming that Coburn said Obama wants to “create dependency” because it “worked so well for him” as an “African American male.”
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Coburn Suggests Taking Care of The ‘Frail Elderly’ Is Unconstitutional Because 'That's A Family Responsibility'  —  Sen. Coburn Suggests This Woman's Medicare Is Unconstitutional  —  Last week, ThinkProgress reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes that Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional.
myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Christine O'Donnell Says CNN's Piers Morgan Would Not Stop Trying to Talk About Sex  —  WASHINGTON - In her first television appearance since walking out of an interview with Piers Morgan Wednesday, Christine O'Donnell told FOX 5 that the CNN host would not stop talking about sex!
Discussion: TPMDC, The Note and Raw Replay
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Another Bachmann History Flub: The American People Are Worried About ‘The Rise Of The Soviet Union’  —  Of all the candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) perhaps has the most colorful record of flubbing historical facts.
Discussion: WE Blog
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Bachmann: The American People Are Concerned About “The Rise Of The Soviet Union”
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's jobs package may include school renovations and a tax break for hiring  —  The president's proposal would mean construction work and an incentive for businesses to add employees.  It's expected to come with a plan to reduce federal budget deficits.  —  Reporting from Washington and Alpha …
Romney: Obama vacation during crisis is wrong
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gene Wang / Washington Post:
Fight ends Georgetown basketball exhibition in China  —  BEIJING — What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men's basketball team turned violent Thursday night, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Unleash Us’  —  If Obama has lost Maxine Waters, he's lost Middle America.  —  (If President Obama can go on vacation, why can't we?  Back Monday, Aug. 29.)  —  If it's racist to criticize President Obama, then Rep. Maxine Waters is a racist.  The Los Angeles-area lawmaker …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama's unhelpful advice  —  Obama's advice to the farmer was simple: ‘Contact USDA.’  —  At Wednesday's town hall in Atkinson, Ill., a local farmer who said he grows corn and soybeans expressed his concerns to President Obama about “more rules and regulations” - including those concerning dust …
Daniel W. Drezner:
When the United States says “jump,” Syria says....  So the big Middle East news this AM is that the Obama administration has explicitly called for Syrian leader Bashir Assad to leave power.  The White House blog has the full text of Obama's statement.  On Assad:
HP to Spin Off PCs, Eyes Software Purchase  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest computer maker, said it is in talks to buy Autonomy Corp. and is exploring strategic options for its personal- computer business.  —  Hewlett-Packard will discontinue its line of products running …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Michele Bachmann Is Not a Doctor  —  ...But she played one on TV.  The story behind the Minnesota congresswoman's bogus “Dr.” claim.  —  Post Comment  —  On the campaign trail in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann's response to the argument that she lacks the experience to run for president has been to turn the argument on its head.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Five Stages of Obama  —  The New York Times offers therapy for a gravely ill presidency.  —  The guys at the New York Times editorial page are cleverer than they look.  We're the first to admit that's a very low standard, but today they have an editorial that seems pathetic at first glance …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama orders federal agencies to focus on diversity
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Inflation Expectations Falling, Will Narayana Kocherlakota Admit He Was Wrong?
Barry Rubin / Pajamas Media:
News Flash: New Phase in War as Terrorists Cross Egypt-Israel Border, Many Dead
Tom Philpott / Mother Jones:
Beer Charts of the Day  —  When an earthling declares …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Chart of the Day: Student Loans Have Grown 511% Since 1999
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A ‘policy-induced slowdown’
Rick Perlstein / Swampland:
How Democrats Win: Defending the Social Safety Net
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Goldman Sachs VP Changed His Name, Now Advances Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa
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