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3:15 PM ET, August 20, 2011


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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:
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Huntsman tries to carve out role as GOP's centrist ‘truth-teller’  —  Former Utah.  Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) believes he has an opportunity to carve out his position within the GOP primary field as the “truth-teller.”  —  The former ambassador to China repeatedly has sought to distinguish himself …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Huntsman: Perry risks being dismissed as someone not ‘serious on the issues’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.”
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Created Rick Perry — Now Can He Stop Him?
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran sentences 2 U.S. hikers to 8 years in jail  —  Iranian authorities sentence two Americans arrested and detained along the Iran-Iraq border to eight years in prison, state television cited an unnamed judicial source as saying.  —  Reporting from Beirut— Iranian authorities sentenced …
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:   Iran sentences 2 American men to 8 years in jail
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.
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)
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 …
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 …
Washington Times:
TESTA & VERRET: Deliberately misjudging Rick Perry
Discussion: Truth on the Market
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Texas Secession Comes to Supreme Court, in a Way
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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L. Brent Bozell / CNN:
O'Donnell's reaction to Piers Morgan was ‘downright bizarre’
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