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11:35 AM ET, August 20, 2011


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Reihan Salam / The Daily:
The left's labeling of conservatives as biased is flat-out wrong  —  The other day, Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC's “The Ed Show,” had a bit of fun at the expense of Rick Perry, the governor of Texas and newly minted Republican presidential candidate.  He played a carefully edited clip …
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Created Rick Perry — Now Can He Stop Him? … WASHINGTON — Karl Rove won't say it aloud, but he is afraid of Rick Perry: afraid that the smack-talking Texas governor will wreck the GOP's chances of winning the White House and the Senate in 2012.  —  The Perry-Rove story is shaping …
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Texas Secession Comes to Supreme Court, in a Way
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Immigration is a ‘federal responsibility’
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024  —  America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  The agreement would allow not only military trainers …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
MOODY'S ANALYST BREAKS SILENCE: Says Ratings Agency Rotten To Core With Conflicts  —  A former senior analyst at Moody's has gone public with his story of how one of the country's most important rating agencies is corrupted to the core.  —  The analyst, William J. Harrington …
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans at home face Tea Party-style protests from liberal, labor groups  —  House Republicans are facing angry protests at home this month as liberal activists and labor organizers try to replicate the Tea-Party backlash that bit Democrats in August of 2009.  —  Liberal groups have been planning these protests for months.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obamas Share Sacrifice at Pricey Vineyard Restaurant  —  President and Mrs. Obama are sharing in the sacrifice tonight at the Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha's Vineyard, which features an array of overpriced selections for the first couple to choose from that could easily bring the bill within range of $200.
Discussion: The Greenroom
Arpaio clarifies stand on Obama birth certificate  —  PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has denied that he “promised” Tea Party leaders in Arizona to investigate the validity of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate to determine the president's eligibility for the 2012 election ballot.
Arizona sheriff promises Obama-eligibility probe
Discussion: Salon, Raw Replay and Wonkette
New York Times:
A Study in Judicial Dysfunction  —  Harsh state judicial campaigns financed by ever larger amounts of special interest money are eating away at public faith in judicial impartiality.  There are few places where the spectacle is more shameful than Wisconsin, where over-the-top campaigning …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Darrell Issa Sticks It to the Times  —  Darrell Issa is a brilliant businessman who made a lot of money the old-fashioned way: he earned it, rather than marrying or inheriting it as so many Democratic politicians do.  Which is another way of saying that he is just the kind of man we need in Washington.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Imperial Presidency  —  Rick Perry, governor of Texas, has only been in the presidential race for 20 minutes, but he's already delivered one of the best lines in the campaign:  —  “I'll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.”
L. Brent Bozell / CNN:
O'Donnell's reaction to Piers Morgan was ‘downright bizarre’  —  Editor's note: L. Brent Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog organization, and the founder of, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Rene Lynch / Nation Now:   Christine O'Donnell: Piers Morgan was sexually harassing me
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
President Obama tells lawmakers in Washington to put country before party  —  President Obama said that lawmakers in Washington need to set aside their partisan differences and come together to boost the struggling economy.  —  In his weekly radio address Saturday, Obama …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Starkey / Telegraph:
UK riots: It's not about criminality and cuts, it's about culture... and this is only the beginning  —  Condemned as a racist for his comments on ‘Newsnight’ following the riots, the historian David Starkey speaks out against those who tried to silence him for confronting the gangster culture that has ruptured our society.
Discussion: Guardian
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Barton: Gay Rights Are “Impossible,” People Are Poor Because They're Not Religious  —  Today on WallBuilders Live, David Barton and co-host Rick Green trumpeted their opposition to gay rights and reproductive rights, as Barton previously argued that God will hold you accountable if you vote for a pro-equality or pro-choice candidate.
Discussion: Althouse
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Funder For Travel To Glenn Beck's Jerusalem Rally Criticized For Speaking To Anti-Semitic Groups  —  Glenn Beck's upcoming rally to “Restore Courage” has run into a snag after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the House Ethics Committee rejected the request by a number of House members …
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
Relaxing Obama hits bookstore with Malia and Sasha  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (AP) VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — President Barack Obama began the first full day of his Martha's Vineyard vacation on Friday by dropping into a bookstore with daughters Malia and Sasha, emerging to shouts of “2012!” and “Four More Years.”
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Confidence in Obama, and in the Economy, Declines
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Rep. Dingell asks Boehner and Pelosi to justify cancellation of page program
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
HHS grants 106 new healthcare waivers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How about a ‘super committee’ that focuses on jobs?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Eschaton
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Base Problem
 Earlier Items: 
Manya A. Brachear / Chicago Tribune:
Catholic Charities loses ruling on foster care
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
Roll Call:
The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)
New York Post:
Why Bam's doomed  —  Unless something extraordinarily dramatic …
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Politics Insider: Palin event switches site to handle crowd
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Team Pawlenty awaits decision from Chris Christie
Julie Na / ABCNEWS:
Thousands Camp Out for Job Fair as Jobless Rate Rises
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weasel Zippers