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7:25 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Bank of America's Dead Drop To Rick Perry: “We Will Help You Out”  —  Should we be surprised, frightened, disgusted or simply say “we knew it”, that in the informal mixer just after Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry spoke at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bank of America official promises to help Perry  —  The finance blog ZeroHedge catches a man who appears to be Bank of America's Director of Public Policy — that's typically a lobbyist title — walking up to Rick Perry at a New Hampshire event and saying, “Bank of America.  We will help you out.”
Discussion: The Impolitic, Master Feed and Gawker
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Immigration is a ‘federal responsibility’
Discussion: PERRspectives, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Texas Secession Comes to Supreme Court, in a Way
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Barbour: Candidates from South should expect media nitpicking
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.”
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Althouse
Nelson Sigelman /   In the Pool: Updates from President Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacation
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House releases picture of Obama being briefed at Martha's Vineyard
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  —  Lawman responds to request from local tea-party leaders  —  MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. - At the request of tea-party leaders in Arizona, famed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has agreed to examine evidence challenging the validity …
Discussion: Salon, Raw Replay and Wonkette
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Paul Ryan's Office Calls Cops On Jobless Protesters … Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office, according to the protesters and police.  —  Two protesters told HuffPost they're unhappy …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Julie Na / ABCNEWS:
Thousands Camp Out for Job Fair as Jobless Rate Rises  —  Thousands of unemployed waited overnight, camping out in their business suits and office heels and braving the tormenting heat in Atlanta to stand in line for a job fair Thursday.  Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weasel Zippers
Roll Call:
The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)  —  To determine the richest lawmakers, Roll Call adds up the minimum value of total assets reported by each Member on their annual financial disclosures and subtracts the minimum liabilities.  Percent change refers to the change since last year's disclosure forms.
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Politics Insider: Palin event switches site to handle crowd  —  Sarah Palin's Sept. 3 event has been relocated from Waukee to Indianola to better accommodate a larger crowd, organizers said.  —  Palin is the keynote speaker at the Tea Party of America's “Restoring America” event, which is free and open to the public.
Memphis Commercial Appeal:
‘West Memphis Three’ walk free; plea deal reduces sentences to time served  —  JONESBORO, Ark. — Shedding his white death- row smock for the first time in 17 years, Damien Echols wore a dark suit, fashionable plastic-rimmed eyeglasses and a confident grin Friday as he spoke to reporters and ecstatic supporters.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Daily What
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas
Discussion: Althouse and Shakesville
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Wall Street Journal:
The Texas Jobs Panic
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
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
VIDEO: Mayor Bloomberg says immigration is ‘single biggest’ way to create jobs
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How about a ‘super committee’ that focuses on jobs?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Base Problem
Manya A. Brachear / Chicago Tribune:
Catholic Charities loses ruling on foster care
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Why Americans Hate Economics
New York Post:
Why Bam's doomed  —  Unless something extraordinarily dramatic …
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Team Pawlenty awaits decision from Chris Christie
Discussion: Hot Air, Ross Douthat and GOP 12
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Burger King freshens fast-food image, kicks King to the curb