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9:15 AM ET, August 18, 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.
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry calls global warming an unproven, costly theory  —  The Texas governor says scientists have ‘manipulated data’ to win research dollars.  —  Reporting from Bedford, N.H.— Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that global warming is an unproven scientific theory …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dean: Bush camp will ‘take Perry out’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry, Bachmann tied in Wisconsin
Discussion: Daily Kos and GOP 12
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
71% disapprove Obama on economy  —  Ratings for President Barack Obama's handling of the economy have fallen to their lowest level yet, with barely more than one in four of Americans for a new poll saying they approve of the work he's done.  —  Twenty-six percent of those surveyed …
Discussion: Gallup and Right Wing News
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Does Obama camp see upside in pissing off the left?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Paul Krugman and Daily Kos
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
OFA Director Attacks “Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere,” says “Paul Krugman is a Political Rookie”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Louise Story / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Eyes S.&P. Ratings of Mortgages  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation's largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor's, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed …
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 …
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Liveblog: Coordinated terror attacks near Egyptian border  —  This is a liveblog of the events currently going on near the Egyptian border in the area of Eilat.  There are three events.  —  1. ‘Palestinian’ terrorists shot at an Egged bus - number 392 - from Beer Sheva to Eilat.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Kasich, fellow Republicans propose SB 5 deal to unions  —  Gov. John Kasich pleaded with organized labor leaders today to compromise on Senate Bill 5 and cancel a fall referendum on the controversial bill that peels back public employee collective bargaining rights.
Discussion: Liberty Street, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Reginald Fields / Plain Dealer:
Gov. John Kasich asks union leaders to compromise on Senate Bill 5; union group says repeal it, then we'll talk
Bachmann: I'll bring back $2 gas  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — President Michele Bachmann has a promise: $2 gas.  —  “Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again,” Bachmann told a crowd Tuesday in South Carolina.  “That will happen.”
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
Bachmann: I'll get gas under $2
Ana Campoy / Wall Street Journal:
Hispanic Democrats Set Sights on New Texas Seat  —  DALLAS—A newly drawn Central Texas congressional district is creating tensions about who best can serve its mostly Hispanic residents—one of their own, or a long-time congressman who happens to be white.  —  As a result of redistricting led …
Discussion: Rhymes With Right
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Meghan McCain wants Palin to stop ‘flirting’ with presidential decision  —  Meghan McCain, daughter of former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), wants her father's former running mate Sarah Palin to “stop flirting” with possible presidential candidacy.
Rick Perry / The Daily Beast:   Sarah Palin Is a Tease!
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Eyes European Banks  —  Regulators Scrutinize Ability of Institutions' U.S. Units to Fund Themselves  —  Federal and state regulators, signaling their growing worry that Europe's debt crisis could spill into the U.S. banking system, are intensifying their scrutiny of the U.S. arms …
Discussion: The Big Picture
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 …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama to issue new proposals on job creation, debt reduction  —  ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — President Obama plans to make a major speech in early September laying out new proposals for job creation and taming the federal debt, according to a senior administration official.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Memoir's E-Version Called ‘Work Of Fiction’ By E-Publisher … WASHINGTON — Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is out with her new book “Troublemaker,” which she describes in the introduction as “a political memoir slash campaign diary slash position paper slash rallying cry …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Politico:
Supercommittee runs risk of turf war  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich last week called the supercommittee “about as a dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime.”  —  “The idea that 523 senators and congressmen are going to sit around for four months while 12 brilliant people …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Brian Bakst / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago.  —  Some Republicans …
Amelia Hill / Guardian:
Phone hacking: News of the World Hollywood reporter is arrested  —  James Desborough is arrested by London police investigating UK hacking allegations  —  James Desborough, an award-winning reporter at the former News of the World newspaper, has been arrested by officers investigating the phone-hacking scandal.
Discussion: and Gawker
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Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
Exceptions to Keynesian Theory
Simon Heffer / Daily Mail:
Rise of the Fourth Reich, how Germany is using the financial crisis to conquer Europe
Discussion: Guardian
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Phone hacking: James Murdoch admits ‘hush money’ payout
Discussion: The Raw Story and News Hounds
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Civil War: Kind Of Tragic
Discussion: Master Feed
William Archie / Detroit Free Press:
Free meals for all Detroit schoolchildren in fall
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Metaphorically Deaf
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Looking Back At The Bush Administration
Eliot Spitzer / Slate Magazine:
Obama's FDR Moment
Elizabeth Holmes / Speakeasy:
Abercrombie and Fitch Offers to Pay ‘The Situation’ To Stop Wearing Its Clothes
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
CHART OF THE DAY: *Government* Jobs Led To Perry's Economic Boom
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice