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9:40 PM ET, August 22, 2011

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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Fox News:
Clues Dropped on Potential Palin Run, but Decision Still a Secret
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama trails Romney, ties Perry
The Note:
Rep. Paul Ryan Says He is NOT Running for President
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney to outline jobs plan Sept. 6 in Nevada
Discussion: CNN and Mitt Romney Central
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama hails Gadhafi's end after enduring lawmakers' criticism
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 …
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
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
Can victory make an illegal war legal?
Political Punch:
US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million  —  ABC News' Luis Martinez (@LMartinezABC) reports: The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Andrew Solomon / News Desk:
Enigmas and Lies in Libya
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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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Cult Of The Presidency In Action  —  Gene Healy has written about what he calls “The Cult of the Presidency,” and I've written about his concept as well.  It is a pervasive mentality that views the president as a kind of national father, responsible for everything that goes well or ill …
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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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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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.
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?
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
AFL-CIO seeks to boost clout with super PAC  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO hopes to boost its clout by launching a new political action committee that could raise unlimited amounts of money, part of the federation's goal of building a year-round political organizing structure.
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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Inside Higher Ed:
Negotiating No More  —  The Teaching Assistants' Association …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
PARTNERS … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
34 Years Later, Supreme Court Will Revisit Eyewitness IDs
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
 
 
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Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Maxine Waters to tea party: Go to Hell
David Catanese / The Politico:
Allen West shuts door on Senate race
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Bachmann stands by $2 gasoline pledge
 Earlier Items: 
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: Libyans Applaud President Obama And International Allies With Large Thank You Sign
Meagan Fitzpatrick / CBC News:
Jack Layton dead of cancer at 61
Discussion: TPMDC, AmSpecBlog and Angry Bear
Michael S. Malone / Ricochet Conversation Feed:
Mr. President, Don't Get Well Soon
Discussion: Sense of Events
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal