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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul  —  Romney has slight edge over Obama, Bachmann slightly lags  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan Not Running for President  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan has decided for a final time that he will not run for president in 2012, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.  Ryan, who began seriously considering a bid in late May after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the race …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman says he could join Bachmann as VP candidate  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman won't rule out joining the Republican ticket as a vice presidential nominee — even if it means partnering with a Tea Party candidate like Michele Bachmann.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman criticizes rivals in prime time interview  —  (CNN) - For a second straight day, Jon Huntsman is going after his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  In an interview to run Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the former Utah governor …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
There's Room for More G.O.P. Candidates  —  Rather than douse speculation about which additional Republicans might enter the presidential sweepstakes, Rick Perry's announcement that he would seek the White House seemed only to stoke the fire.  At least five prominent Republicans — Sarah Palin …
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama 50%, Palin 33%  —  Will she or won't she?  Sarah Palin has a busy schedule leading up to a major public event in Iowa on September 3, and Republican insider Karl Rove predicts she's about to enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama trails Romney, ties Perry
Fox News:
Clues Dropped on Potential Palin Run, but Decision Still a Secret
Adam Serwer / Washington Post:
The right's bizarre response to Libya events  —  With the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadafi seemingly toppled by the rebels, the Obama administration is feeling vindicated in its decision to intervene.  But the right can't decide whether to be happy Ghadafi is gone or miserable that Obama had something to do with it.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘thank America last’ crowd  —  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued a joint statement last night on the developments in Libya.  It's worth taking a look at the lede. … Remember hearing about the “blame America first” crowd?  Well, say hello to the “thank America last” crowd.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama hails Gadhafi's end after enduring lawmakers' criticism  —  The fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi after a NATO bombing campaign and a six-month civil war would represent a significant foreign policy victory for President Obama.  —  Despite opposition and heavy criticism …
Juan / Informed Comment:
Top Ten Myths about the Libya War
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: Libyans Applaud President Obama And International Allies With Large Thank You Sign
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What could Obama have done?  —  (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg) As Jon Chait says, the New York Times tried to run a feature in which they “asked a range of Americans who don't labor in politics or the media what they'd do if they were president” and returned with a feature in which an range …
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Imagining Better Yesterdays
Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
FCC finally kills off fairness doctrine  —  The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.  —  Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts …
IIP Digital:
Remarks by Vice President Biden on U.S.-China Relations  —  ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS FOLLOWED BY Q & A WITH STUDENTS  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all, very much.  (Applause.)  Mr. President, thank you for your gracious introduction.  We have an expression in the United States Senate …
Discussion: National Review
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Libya War argument  —  In April, 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and Saddam Hussein was forced to flee; six months later, the dictator was captured ("caught like a rat in a hole," giddy American media outlets celebrated) and eventually hanged.  Each of those incidents caused massive numbers …
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Libya, End Zone Taunting, and the Success Curse
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
W Gets A Third Term In The Middle East
Discussion: The Daily Dish
City Room:
Prosecutor Asks Court to Drop Charges Against Strauss-Kahn  —  Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, have filed papers requesting that all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund.
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John Eligon / New York Times:
Housekeeper's Lawyer Asks to Remove District Attorney From Case
Discussion: News Desk, FT Alphaville and Truthdig
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Just One Week Into His Campaign, Rick Perry Disavows His Nine-Month-Old Book  —  Last November, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) published Fed Up, a 240-page ode to tentherism, which argues that everything from child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to Medicare violates the Constitution.
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Mercury News:
Opinion: Subsidizing Netflix  —  One of the success stories of the Internet era has been Netflix, the company that provides movies and TV shows to home viewers.  In its earlier years, Netflix was a snail-mail-only service.  You ordered a movie.  It showed up in your mailbox.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:   Is The Free Market ‘Subsidizing’ Netflix?
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Goldman CEO hires high-profile defense attorney  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein has hired Reid Weingarten, a high-profile Washington defense attorney whose past clients include a former Enron accounting officer, according to a government source familiar with the matter.
Michael Rubin / Commentary Magazine:
Recapture the Lockerbie Bomber  —  Just over two years ago, Scottish authorities released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi after he had served 3,123 days, just over 11 days per victim he murdered.  The Scottish move reportedly surprised the Obama administration.
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Tea Party Chair Posts Joke About Killing The Obamas On Facebook  —  Shery Lanford Smith, the chairwoman of Sumter Tea Party in South Carolina is under fire after posting a joke about killing President and First Lady Obama on her Facebook profile last Thursday.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal  —  Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, has come under increasing pressure from the Obama administration to drop his opposition to a wide-ranging state settlement with banks over dubious foreclosure practices …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Freeman to POTUS: ‘Get pissed off’  —  When President Obama jumped on the back nine of the celebrity-clogged Vineyard Golf Club course on Sunday, he ran into none other than Morgan Freeman, Oscar winner and Obama backer.  —  Freeman, it turns out, was as free with advice for Obama …
Harvey Golub / Wall Street Journal:
My Response To Buffett And Obama  —  Before you ask for more tax money from me, raise the $2.2 trillion you already collect each year more fairly and spend it more wisely.  —  Over the years, I have paid a significant portion of my income to the various federal, state and local jurisdictions …
 
 
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David Catanese / The Politico:
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Inside Higher Ed:
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Forget Bailouts and Stimulus. Let's Think Small.
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