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6:35 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:
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Huntsman: Perry risks being dismissed as someone not ‘serious on the issues’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Huntsman tries to carve out role as GOP's centrist ‘truth-teller’
Discussion: Sky Dancing
CWA Union News:
CWA, IBEW REACH AGREEMENT ON BARGAINING WITH VERIZON; MEMBERS TO RETURN TO WORK TUESDAY, AUGUST 23  —  Following is a statement by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:  —  For release 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Verizon Workers Plan to End Strike, Agreeing to Revive Talks Toward a Contract
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.”
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama's Beach Reading  —  VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. - It's here... President Obama's summer vacation reading list, and it's heavy on fiction.  —  Mr. Obama, who is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, picked up a couple of books during an outing Friday with his daughters, Sasha and Malia.
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)
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution  —  Rick Perry has many ideas about how to change the American government's founding document.  From ending lifetime tenure for federal judges to completely scrapping two whole amendments, the Constitution would see a major overhaul …
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.”
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 …
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
If You Read One ‘Serious’ Newspaper Article This Weekend ...  ... well, that's not bad for mid-August.  But please let it be this one, by Jackie Calmes in today's New York Times, about the economic and political consequences of the House GOP's anti-deficit push.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Has Japan Gone The Way Of Japan?  —  Something I've sporadically wondered about since the US fell into its funk and people started wondering if we would go the way of Japan is whether Japan has actually gone the way of Japan.  Like consider the unemployment rate:  —  That's not so bad.
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
GM says bankruptcy excuses it from Impala repairs  —  * Suspension problem said to cause excessive tire wear  —  General Motors Co (GM.N) is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over a suspension problem on more than 400,000 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2007 and 2008 model years …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Don Surber
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: The Greenroom
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
President Obama tells lawmakers in Washington to put country before party
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine
Discussion: Truthdig and Prairie Weather
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns
Discussion: The Hill and Coal Tattoo
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
If Phones Ring, Obama Is Here, With Cell Power
Discussion: The Politico and Runnin' Scared
Richard Milne / Financial Times:
West shows worrying signs of ‘Japanisation’
The Washington / Washington Times:
Obama: Whites need not apply
Patrick McGeehan / City Room:
Federal Officials Reject City's Plan to Ban Food Stamps for Soda
Discussion: Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Run or Not to Run  —  That is Paul Ryan's question.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obamas Share Sacrifice at Pricey Vineyard Restaurant
New York Times:
A Study in Judicial Dysfunction
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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