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10:40 AM ET, August 18, 2011


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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 …
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.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
“Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?”
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 …
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
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.
Multiple terror attacks rock south; 7 killed  —  In four separate attacks, terrorists use rifles, missiles against Israeli vehicles, among them two buses, also wounding 31.  Defense officials say attacks were well-coordinated, believe terrorists from Gaza were attempting to kidnap Israelis  —  Ynet
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
West: I'll lead you off ‘plantation’  —  Rep. Allen West says he is a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” who wants to lead black voters away from the “plantation” of the Democratic Party.  —  There is a “21st century plantation” of African-American voters unwaveringly supporting Democrats …
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.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Obama Campaign Staffer Sends Out Email Bashing Paul Krugman And ‘Firebagger Lefty Blogosphere’
Wall Street Journal:
Perry's Public Service  —  Behold, a hard-money Texas politician.  —  All the world's right-thinkers are denouncing Rick Perry for suggesting this week that Texans would get “pretty ugly” with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if he guns the money supply any more between now and the 2012 election.
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 …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
S.E.C. Files Were Illegally Destroyed, Lawyer Says
Discussion: Gretawire
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  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich backtracked on Senate Bill 5 on Wednesday, asking union leaders to negotiate a compromise on the collective bargaining law he championed and end efforts to repeal it.
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Kasich, fellow Republicans propose SB 5 deal to unions
Discussion: Liberty Street, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Dirty Thirties  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  President Obama has found himself in the cellar for the first time since taking office: He fell to 39% in Gallup Poll tracking over the past weekend.  Obama may or may not have a month or months when his average is below 40%.
A.Killough / CNN:
O'Donnell walks out of CNN interview  —  (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell, the former Delaware GOP Senate candidate, walked off the set of CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight” Wednesday when asked about her views on sexual abstinence and gay marriage.  —  “I'm not talking about policies.
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
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Malcolm's moment  —  As I read Paul Rahe's recent Ricochet post “Rioting for fun and profit,” it occurred to me that events in England had made this Malcolm's moment — Malcolm as in Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm.  Professor Malcolm is a historian and constitutional scholar specializing …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Coburn: Good thing I can't pack a gun  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped his colleagues during a tour of northeast Oklahoma, calling them “career elitists,” “cowards” and said, “It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor.”  —  Coburn's gun-on-the- floor comment comes less …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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 Hill:
AFL-CIO: Labor will stand by Obama  —  Organized labor won't sit out President Obama's reelection campaign and let a Republican win the presidency, the AFL-CIO's political director said Wednesday.  —  Despite the frustration labor activists have expressed toward the administration for the deals …
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
Ed Vogel / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Underdog Marshall jabs Amodei in 2nd Congressional District debate  —  RENO — Democrat Kate Marshall on Wednesday continued to hammer Republican Mark Amodei as someone who killed jobs as a legislator and who would reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits should he win Sept. 13's special election for Congressional District 2.
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 …
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Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
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Amelia Hill / Guardian:
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Simon Heffer / Daily Mail:
Rise of the Fourth Reich, how Germany is using the financial crisis to conquer Europe
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Meghan McCain wants Palin to stop ‘flirting’ with presidential decision
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Christine O'Donnell Memoir's E-Version Called ‘Work Of Fiction’ By E-Publisher
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Civil War: Kind Of Tragic
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
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