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11:45 PM ET, August 19, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.”
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘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 …
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Created Rick Perry — Now Can He Stop Him?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:   Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Immigration is a ‘federal responsibility’
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Bank Of America's Director Of Public Policy Tells Rick Perry 'We'll Help You Out'
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Rick Perry Talks About Sex
Nelson Sigelman /
In the Pool: Updates from President Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacation
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Associated Press:
Relaxing Obama hits bookstore with Malia and Sasha
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Althouse
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House releases picture of Obama being briefed at Martha's Vineyard
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: Crooks and Liars, Salon and Wonkette
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans face Tea Party-style protests from liberal, labor groups
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Rene Lynch / Nation Now:
Christine O'Donnell: Piers Morgan was sexually harassing me
Discussion: SFGate
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.
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.
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.
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
Memphis Commercial Appeal:
West Memphis Three  — WEST MEMPHIS 3 - TITANS TRAINING CAMP - OVERTON SQUARE - THE EARLY YEARS - BASTED DAYS AND PASTED NIGHTS  —  All members of the West Memphis Three will be released today after pleading guilty to first-degree murder charges in the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis 8-year-olds.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Daily What
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
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: LGBTQ Nation
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Confidence in Obama, and in the Economy, Declines  —  Markets “go up and down,” the White House press secretary Jay Carney noted this month.  So do presidential approval ratings.  But the trendline for President Obama has been poor.  —  His Gallup approval rating has twice fallen below 40 percent within …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Base Problem  —  There's been plenty of bad news for Barack Obama this month in the form of his approval numbers, but our polling finds that his problems go deeper than that.  Democratic enthusiasm about voting in next year's election has hit a record low this month.
New York Post:
Why Bam's doomed  —  Unless something extraordinarily dramatic comes along to change the course of the US economy and the sentiments of the American people in the next six months, Barack Obama is finished.  —  That conclusion is inescapable from the history of US presidential politics since 1945.
Discussion: Politics
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
U.S. forces to stay in Iraq into 2012, says Leon Panetta  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iraq's government has agreed to extend the U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2011 - but Iraq quickly rejected the claim.  —  The word from Panetta, during an interview with Stars & Stripes …
Kevin Baron / Stars & Stripes:   Panetta: Iraq has already said yes to extended U.S. presence
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Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024
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
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Why Americans Hate Economics
Discussion: The New Republic and Moe Lane
 Earlier Items: 
James Pethokoukis:
Obama faces worst-case 2012 scenario
Discussion: Hot Air
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Team Pawlenty awaits decision from Chris Christie
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State
Discussion: Truthdig
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Burger King freshens fast-food image, kicks King to the curb
Feingold says he won't run for office in 2012