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11:30 AM ET, August 19, 2011

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Feingold says he won't run in 2012  —  He'll continue teaching law, working on book  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Democrat Russ Feingold has decided he will not be a candidate for political office next year, taking himself out of the running in 2012 for either U.S. senator …
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Russ Feingold / Progressives United:
A Message from Russ  —  I am grateful for the friendship and support of so many fellow Wisconsinites who suggested I consider running for statewide office in the coming months.  While I may seek elective office again someday, I have decided not to run for public office during 2012.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Feingold Won't Run For Senate
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Moe Lane
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Russ Feingold says he won't run in 2012
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Close Senate race in Wisconsin
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry, parties, and pragmatism  —  This fascinating clip made the rounds yesterday, and with good reason.  To get a sense of how Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) evaluates evidence, it's an illustrative three minutes.  —  I can't find a full transcript, but to offer a flavor …
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The Politico:
Rick Perry's gifts: Boots, trips, medical tests  —  Cowboy boots — 22 pairs.  Stetson hats.  Belt buckles.  Cuff links.  A TV.  Medical tests for him and his wife.  Nine hunting trips.  Dozens of tickets to sports games and concerts.  —  Rick Perry earns a $150,000 annual salary and has a blind trust.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Pajamas Media
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Huntsman: ‘Call me crazy,’ I believe in evolution, global warming
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘Idiot’ jab lobbed at Perry  —  (CNN) - Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett labeled newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry “an idiot” Friday.  —  Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
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The Politico:
Perry's loose lips worry Hill Republicans  —  Cut the cowboy talk.  —  That's the message congressional Republicans facing the prospect of sharing a ballot next year with Rick Perry have for the newest GOP presidential candidate.  —  In a series of interviews, uncommitted Republican members praised …
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists  —  Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat, warns a report  —  It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bad news from NASA: If we don't reduce carbon emissions, the aliens might come and kill us
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Bad luck?  Bad faith?  —  “We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, got the economy moving again. .   . .  But over the last six months, we've had a run of bad luck.”  —  Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15  —  A troubled nation wonders: How did we get mired in 9.1 percent unemployment …
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
Daily Mail:
Teen girl gang assaults woman in brazen daylight attack outside Philadelphia City Hall  —  An astonishing video has emerged of a vicious gang of teenage girls assaulting a female pedestrian as she walks outside a city hall in broad daylight.  —  The woman, who has not been named …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Michelle Malkin:
Ugh: Greta and Sarah Palin rally behind Tea Party poser Orrin Hatch  —  I just read a very bizarre blog post about entrenched incumbent Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch by Fox News anchor Greta van Susteren and then watched an equally distressing interview van Susteren conducted last night with Sarah Palin regarding Hatch.
Discussion: Mediaite, Human Events, GOP 12 and Gretawire
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Hatch cozies up to Palin in preparation for primary fight
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Fewer Youths to Be Deported in New Policy  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety.  —  The new policy is expected to help thousands …
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Windy City Media Group Gay Lesbian Bisexual …:
Court rules against Catholic Charities in foster-care case  —  A circuit court judge ruled Aug. 18 against four Catholic charities in a lawsuit against the state over the right to continue with foster care services.  —  Judge John Schmidt ruled that the state did not violate the rights …
Pat Dooris / KGW-TV:
Dem Oregon Rep. DeFazio rips Pres. Obama  —  EUGENE - Oregon Congressman Peter Defazio (D) Springfield, is traveling his district and leveling verbal body blows at President Obama.  —  In his Eugene office Wednesday, Defazio accused the President of lacking the will to fight for the promises he made to get elected
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.
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Democrats' road tour strikes back at GOP's stand against raising taxes  —  SANDWICH, Ill. — On Wednesday morning, as his tinted black bus pulled into Randy Hultgren's congressional district, President Obama told residents that Republicans like Hultgren must be willing to raise taxes to reduce the deficit.
Jack Doyle / Daily Mail:
Our prison walls are too high to look over, moan terror suspects  —  Suspected terrorists are complaining about a fence around the exercise yard in their high-security prison which restricts their view of the horizon.  —  The alleged extremists are locked up while the Government tries to remove them from the country.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Iraq Leader Says the Arab Spring Benefits Israel  —  BAGHDAD — While Western leaders including President Obama called on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to step down, Iraq's prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, warned Arab leaders in a speech on Thursday that Israel would benefit the most from the Arab Spring.
Discussion: Via Meadia
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Island Retreat  —  Is his visit to Martha's Vineyard a sign that he's giving up?  —  The phrase of the day is “new lows.”  It blares from every screen.  The number of Americans satisfied with the ways things are going hits new lows—11%.  President Obama's popularity: new lows.
Discussion: Althouse and Betsy's Page
Aaron Glantz / New York Times:
Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises  —  Flanked by a cadre of local political leaders, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose used a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a solar power company last week to talk up the promise of the green economy.  —  Mr. Reed called the opening of the new headquarters …
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 …
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Bank of America Set to Slice Jobs  —  Reductions Total 3,500 in Current Quarter; Many More Seen  —  Bank of America Corp. is cutting 3,500 jobs in the current quarter and working on a broader restructuring that could eliminate thousands of additional positions, people familiar with the situation said.
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Obama outpaces fundraising activity of predecessors  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has headlined 127 fundraising events for himself and others, significantly outpacing the fundraising activity of the previous five presidents during their first terms, new research obtained by USA TODAY shows.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Obama HHS caught campaigning for Democrats
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Adam Peshek / Washington Times:
EPA jumps the gun with job-killing rules
Brian Vastag / Washington Post:
Plants and animals migrating upward as climate changes
Chrystia Freeland / Reuters:
Remaking Government in a Wiki Age
Discussion: Via Meadia and Greg's Opinion
unionleader.com:
Kimball should go: Wrong man to head GOP
Discussion: New Hampshire Journal
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Bachmann on why she worked for IRS: “First rule of war is ‘know your enemy’”
Discussion: Hot Air
Cezary Pokdul / Washington Post:
Stock markets are walloped by another sell-off as fears of recession build
Emily Sinovic / Salem News:
Woman's yard sale to pay medical bills gets shut down
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Patrick McHenry Challenged By Town Hall Crowd On Failure To Create Jobs, End The Wars
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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