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11:45 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 …
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.
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:
Romney to outline jobs plan Sept. 6 in Nevada
Discussion: CNN and Mitt Romney Central
The Note:
Rep. Paul Ryan Says He is NOT Running for President
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama trails Romney, ties Perry
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 …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules
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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Andrew Solomon / News Desk:
Enigmas and Lies in Libya  —  As rebel forces enter Tripoli, the big question is what will happen to the Qaddafi regime.  Most of the pundits expected Qaddafi to go months ago.  It looked as though the end were truly nigh when Musa Kusa, his former head of intelligence and the power behind the throne …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘thank America last’ crowd
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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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Libya, End Zone Taunting, and the Success Curse  —  Tacking onto Nick Gillespie's post below about the Center for American Progress' end zone taunting and premature “Mission Accomplished!” declaration about Libya, here is something for the debased (but thankfully dwindling) …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Libya War argument
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
Can victory make an illegal war legal?
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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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Joe Biden: ‘I Fully Understand’ China's One Child Policy  —  Good news, reproductive rights advocates and neo-Malthusian environmentalists!  Vice President Joe Biden has no problem with the government forcibly sterilizing people and compelling abortions.  From his remarks at Sichuan University …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
National debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama  —  The latest posting by the Treasury Department shows the national debt has now increased $4 trillion on President Obama's watch.  —  The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office.  The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion.
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
In LD8, Delany derailed by wife's email to Lewis  —  Former Assemblyman Pat Delany abruptly resigned last month from his post representing the 8th district after his wife sent a racially tinged email to senate challenger Carl Lewis, the former Olympic Gold medalist.
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.
 
 
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Will Palin be in by Labor Day? ‘I doubt it’
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