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1:30 PM ET, August 20, 2011


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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Rove: Palin will run  —  Former Bush advisor Karl Rove says he believes former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will enter the Republican presidential race sometime around Labor Day.  Appearing on Fox News Saturday morning, Rove said Palin “has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity.”
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Jon Huntsman Comes Out Swinging  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper reports:  —  In an interview to air on THIS WEEK Sunday, former Utah Governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman came out swinging against his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Some excerpts:
Discussion: TPMDC
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Created Rick Perry — Now Can He Stop Him?
Kurt Andersen / New York Times:
Our Politics Are Sick  —  We have a tendency to elect presidents who seem like the antitheses of their immediate predecessors — randy young Kennedy the un-Eisenhower, earnest truth-telling Carter the un-Nixon, charismatic Reagan the un-Carter, randy young Clinton the un-H.W. Bush, cool and cerebral Obama the un-W.
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie admits climate change is a real problem, that human activity plays a role  —  TRENTON — In case anyone had any doubts on where Gov. Chris Christie stands on climate change, he made his position crystal clear this afternoon: It's real and it's a problem.
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 …
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Texas Secession Comes to Supreme Court, in a Way
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Immigration is a ‘federal responsibility’
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Getting America Back to Work  —  WASHINGTON— In this week's address, President Obama spoke to the American people from the Corner Country Farm in Alpha, Illinois on the need to create jobs and strengthen the economy.  President Obama reminded the American people that we still …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Greenroom
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
President Obama tells lawmakers in Washington to put country before party
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Dismal poll numbers for Obama in PA  —  Economy drags down approval numbers in Pennsylvania, a state the president would likely need to win a second term.  —  U.S. President Obama holds a baby after landing in Buzzard's Bay before boarding Marine One to take him to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts (August 18, 2011)
Discussion: and Hot Air
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.”
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: Scared Monkeys
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Giffords is now aware of who died in massacre  —  For nearly seven months, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was intentionally kept in the dark about the six people who died in the Jan. 8 shooting spree near Tucson.  —  Although Giffords knew that she had been shot and that six people had died …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran sentences 2 American men to 8 years in jail  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two American men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage and illegally entering Iran, state TV reported Saturday.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Run or Not to Run  —  That is Paul Ryan's question.  —  For months the Republican presidential campaign has been a sleepy affair.  The biggest news was that one supposedly top candidate had refused to criticize the frontrunner.  Riveting.  —  The last week changed all of that.
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 …
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
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, Wonkette and Raw Replay
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars
James Macdonald / Foreign Policy:
Life After Debt  —  In this month's market upheavals …
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Felix Salmon
David Starkey / Telegraph:
UK riots: It's not about criminality and cuts, it's about culture... and this is only the beginning
Discussion: Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
The Texas Jobs Panic
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Confidence in Obama, and in the Economy, Declines
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Darrell Issa Sticks It to the Times
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Barton: Gay Rights Are “Impossible,” People Are Poor Because They're Not Religious
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
L. Brent Bozell / CNN:
O'Donnell's reaction to Piers Morgan was ‘downright bizarre’
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Rep. Dingell asks Boehner and Pelosi to justify cancellation of page program
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
HHS grants 106 new healthcare waivers
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Funder For Travel To Glenn Beck's Jerusalem Rally Criticized For Speaking To Anti-Semitic Groups
Manya A. Brachear / Chicago Tribune:
Catholic Charities loses ruling on foster care
Discussion: National Review
Roll Call:
The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)
New York Post:
Why Bam's doomed  —  Unless something extraordinarily dramatic …