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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney to outline jobs plan Sept. 6 in Nevada
Discussion: CNN and Mitt Romney Central
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.
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What could Obama have done?  —  (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg) …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Imagining Better Yesterdays
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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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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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?
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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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
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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
In the Race to Succeed Weiner, a Surprising Anger at Obama  —  Of all the places to hear fulminations against President Obama, one of the least expected is the corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro …
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 …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
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Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is ‘Principal Source of Legislation’  —  The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend.  But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below).
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Messing With Texas  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas hasn't lost an election in 10 tries.  Among his vanquished opponents, this streak has inspired not only the usual mix of resentment and respect, but a touch of supernatural awe.  “Running against Perry,” one of them told Texas Monthly, “is like running against God.”
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Climate Secret: NSF Quietly Closes Out Inspector General Investigation with Complete Vindication of Michael Mann  —  NSF Inspector General: “Finding no research misconduct or other matter raised by the various regulations and laws discussed above, this case is closed.”
 
 
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Enigmas and Lies in Libya
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Bachmann stands by $2 gasoline pledge
Inside Higher Ed:
Negotiating No More  —  The Teaching Assistants' Association …
Jake Blumgart / American Prospect:
Happy Birthday, Welfare Reform
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Team Obama deals the race card against Perry
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Mr. President, Don't Get Well Soon
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