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6:55 PM ET, August 19, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘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 …
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Rick Perry Talks About Sex  —  We sure are talking about Rick Perry a lot.  But why stop now — he's not only new, but interesting in ways that some of his opponents aren't.  Jonathan Chait brings us this video of Perry seemingly flummoxed when confronted with the fact that his preferred policy …
Andrew J. Rotherham / Time:
Arne Duncan Can't Quite Explain Why He's Dissing Texas
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry, parties, and pragmatism
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Mahablog
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Barbour: Candidates from South should expect media nitpicking
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Michelle's Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands  —  Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha's Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.  —  Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived …
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
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Relaxing Obama hits bookstore with Malia and Sasha
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
The President's Island Retreat
Discussion: Althouse and Betsy's Page
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.”
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Bank Of America's Director Of Public Policy Tells Rick Perry 'We'll Help You Out'
Aaron Glantz / New York Times:
Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises  —  Flanked by a cadre of local political leaders, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose used a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a solar power company last week to talk up the promise of the green economy.  —  Mr. Reed called the opening of the new headquarters …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Key Dems: Obama's ‘green jobs’ plan a bust
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 …
New York Post:
Parking ‘squat’  —  Eleven years ago, Charles Mysak snagged a primo parking spot on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 68th Street — and he hasn't budged since.  —  The sidewalk bookseller keeps his inventory piled up in the beat up green '94 Civic, held partially together with duct tape …
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: The Daily What
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas
Discussion: Shakesville
Feingold says he won't run for office in 2012  —  He'll continue teaching law, working on book  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Democrat Russ Feingold has decided he will not be a candidate for political office next year, taking himself out of the running in 2012 …
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.
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
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Burger King freshens fast-food image, kicks King to the curb  —  In the first of many steps to reinvent itself over the next year, the struggling fast-feeder Friday will announce that it's dethroning the creepy King character — and other wacky, teen-targeting stuff — and refocusing on a customer it had all but forgotten: Mom.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Bad luck?  Bad faith?  —  “We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, got the economy moving again. .   . .  But over the last six months, we've had a run of bad luck.”  —  Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15  —  A troubled nation wonders: How did we get mired in 9.1 percent unemployment …
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
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
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.
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Team Pawlenty awaits decision from Chris Christie  —  Since Tim Pawlenty ended his bid for the presidency last Sunday, his former staffers and key fundraisers have held off from endorsing another candidate or moving to another campaign.  There's a reason.  —  Team Pawlenty is waiting …
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
Pat Dooris / KGW-TV:
DeFazio says Obama lacks will to fight, may lose Oregon  —  EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Congressman Peter Defazio is traveling around his district and leveling verbal body blows at President Obama.  —  In his Eugene office Wednesday, Defazio accused the President of lacking the will to fight for the promises he made to get elected.
Rene Lynch / Nation Now:
Christine O'Donnell: Piers Morgan was sexually harassing me  —  Christine O'Donnell is defending her decision to walk off Piers Morgan's CNN show by saying he was asking sexually harassing questions — including “sex questions that he would not ask of a man.”
Discussion: SFGate
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The Politico:
Perry's loose lips worry Hill GOP
Discussion: PolitickerNY and Washington Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How about a ‘super committee’ that focuses on jobs?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eschaton
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Beer and Neoliberalism Redux
Discussion: Crooked Timber
James Pethokoukis:
Obama faces worst-case 2012 scenario
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
No Easy Answer on Tax Issue
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
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Arab News:
Woman disables anti-Islam websites
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State
Ann Carrns / Bucks:
Mortgage Rates Hit 50-Year Low
Daily Mail:
Teen girl gang assaults woman in brazen daylight attack outside Philadelphia City Hall
Discussion: American Power and UrbanGrounds