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6:50 PM ET, August 21, 2011


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Juan / Informed Comment:
The Great Tripoli Uprising  —  As dawn broke Sunday in Libya, revolutionaries were telling Aljazeera Arabic that much of the capital was being taken over by supporters of the February 17 Youth revolt.  Some areas, such as the suburb of Tajoura to the east and districts in the eastrn part …
Fox News:
Libyan Government Calls for Cease-Fire as Rebels Advance Toward Tripoli  —  Libya's government is calling for an immediate cease-fire between rebels and forces loyal to leader Muammar al-Qaddafi after an opposition-led attack, coordinated with NATO airstrikes, rocked the country's capital.
Libya, Syria and Middle East unrest - live updates
CBS News:
Ben Stein offers Rick Perry an economics lesson  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO … I was going to leave you alone for this month and just spend it on my boat up at Lake Pendoreille in North Idaho, a mountain lake where ospreys soar and where I feel at peace.  —  But Governor Rick Perry of Texas …
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney showcase a Republican divide
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
GOP may OK tax increase that Obama hopes to block  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes.  —  Impossible, right?  GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes’  —  This lede in Charles Babington's Associated Press article today probably isn't what congressional Republicans wanted to see.  It is, however, accurate. … The piece goes on to quote Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Surely They Can Read a Spreadsheet  —  When the federal government was on the brink of default and the economy hung in the balance, the nation's business leaders had a chance to step forward and push for a long-term solution.  They could have supported a grand bargain that cut spending and raised tax revenue.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Of Dystopias and Alphas  —  President Obama was on the way to Alpha when a plea came for him to be, well, more alpha.  —  LuAnn Lavine, a real estate agent from Geneseo, a rural town just up the road from Alpha, Ill., the last stop on the president's Midwestern bus tour, told The Times's Jeff Zeleny …
Romney to quadruple La Jolla home size  —  The GOP contender plans local fundraisers for president this weekend  —  View from the beach of the 3,009-square-foot Romney home in La Jolla , which the GOP contender plans to demolish and replace with an 11,062-square-foot home.  — Meg Roussos
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney To Quadruple Size Of $12 Million California Home
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What if Obama quit?  —  I'm not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election.  What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?  —  The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan's piece this week for the Wall Street Journal …
William Deresiewicz / New York Times:
An Empty Regard  —  William Deresiewicz is an essayist and critic, and the author of “Solitude and Leadership,” an address delivered at West Point in 2009 and widely taught in the armed forces.  —  NO symbol is more sacred in American life right now than the military uniform.
CBS News:
Dozens more arrested in oil pipeline protest  —  WASHINGTON - Arrests are beginning anew outside the White House as police remove dozens of protesters who are hoping to convince President Barack Obama to block TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline.  —  Fifty protesters remain in jail …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Sixty-five arrested outside White House in oil pipeline protest
Discussion: Don Surber
Sources: Pataki Considers 2012 Run For President … Sources tell NY1 former Governor George Pataki is strongly considering entering the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Sources say Pataki, who left office in 2007, could make an announcement as early as next week.
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants  —  Scientists are subjected to a campaign of abuse and violence  —  The full extent of the campaign of intimidation, attacks and death threats made against scientists by activists who claim researchers are suppressing …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Althouse
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood.  —  The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Koch Responds To Buffet: ‘My Business And Non-Profit Investments Are Much More Beneficial To Society’  —  America's current tax system forces people making $50,000 a year to pay a higher rate than hedge fund managers making $2.4 million an hour.  Warren Buffett penned an op-ed last week declaring …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
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Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
The Sad Statistic That Trumps the Others
Tony Fratto's Post Office Field Trip
Discussion: The Impolitic
Bret Baier / Fox News:
Karl Rove, Bill Burton on Economy's Impact on 2012 Race; Rick Santorum Talks Presidential Politics
Gerrit Wiesmann / Financial Times:
Merkel rules out eurobonds
Yasmine Saleh / Reuters:
Egypt, Israel try to defuse tension over killings
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and
Al Sharpton / NY Daily News:
What Crown Heights taught me: Al Sharpton reflects on race, rhetoric and rage that split the city
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. McCain predicts ‘hours if not days’ until Gadhafi is gone
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
In China, Biden blames GOP for holding up stronger debt deal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tyler Durden /
Intrade Now Pricing Greater Than 50% Chance Obama Will Not Be Reelected; And Observations On The Political Costs Of War
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Cummings: Black community wants Obama to ‘fight harder’
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Nature Without the Nanny State
Discussion: and The Mahablog
Washington Post:
Smacked by big market swings, investors should alter their outlook
Discussion: The Big Picture
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Taxing Capital Gains at Ordinary Rates: Evidence Says Do It...So Does Buffet