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3:33 AM ET, August 24, 2011

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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives Can't Decide If Obama Was Too Busy Golfing Or Biking To Stop The Earthquake  —  Following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the D.C. region this afternoon, conservative media figures have responded the only way they know how: by twisting it into an attack on Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
1 quake, and 2 missed golf shots  —  OAK BLUFFS, Mass. - President Obama gave the media a rare glimpse Tuesday into his treasured golf game, taking the unusual step of inviting reporters to watch him putt on a public course here.  —  The visual of a shirt-sleeved president …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Note:
Obama Golfing in Martha's Vineyard When Earthquake Hit  —  ABC News' Stephanie Smith and David Kerley (@david_kerley) report:  —  Talk about early warning.  The majority of the White House press corps, camped out at a hotel at Martha's Vineyard, was keeping a close eye on our computers and emails.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Above All Else, Eastern Quake Rattles Nerves  —  Of all the things there are to worry about, earthquakes are fairly low on the list for those on the East Coast.  So it was startling, just as the lunch hour was ending Tuesday and workers in a broad area of North America were settling back into their cubicles …
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Did So Many People Feel a 5.9 Earthquake in Richmond, Virginia?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The Hill:
Capital city shakes after 5.8 quake rocks Eastern seaboard
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
USA Today:
Earthquake rocks East Coast
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Jeb Bush warns 2012ers on hitting Obama  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters.
Henry Blodget / Politics:
Here's Why Bank Of America's Stock Is Collapsing Again  —  It's deja vu all over again.  —  The stock of a humongous American bank, Bank of America (BAC), is collapsing.  —  This is stoking fears that Bank of America will go bust, taking the whole economy down with it.  —  Why is Bank of America's stock tanking?
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Douglas A. McIntyre / 24/7 Wall St.:
JP Morgan May Take Over Bank Of America  —  There is a rumor circulated on Wall St. that JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) will take over Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) within the week.  The government will support the deal with a $100 billion investment in preferred shares issued by the combined entity.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Bank Nationalization Proposals Are Back
Discussion: Politics and TalkLeft
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Guy Benson  —  BREAKING: Obama Administratrion Clarifies Biden Remarks, “Strongly Opposes” China's One-Child Policy  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, I contacted the White House this afternoon for an explanation of Vice President Biden's stunning remarks regarding China's odious one-child policy.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama tops Perry  —  Rick Perry is looking increasingly like the Republican favorite for President- he led in the Iowa poll we released this morning and he leads by double digits in the national poll we'll release tomorrow.  The biggest beneficiary of Perry's rise?  It might be Barack Obama.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:   Perry Rises in Recognition and Maintains Positive Image
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry takes the lead in Iowa
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How to make Sarah Palin disappear  —  The safe bet remains that Sarah Palin is simply engaged in a long and tiresome tease.  Every few weeks comes some new sign of her supposedly imminent entry into the GOP presidential race, but nothing ever seems to happen.
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John Stevens / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama shows up her husband in tiny purple bike shorts as the President lags behind in jeans  —  Michelle Obama showed off her enviably toned thighs as she powered past the President in tiny purple cycling shorts on the first family's bike ride on Martha's Vineyard today.
emptywheel:
CantorQuake: Trembling at the Heart of GOP Claims We Don't Need Government  —  Back in March, after the Japanese earthquake, Eric Cantor defended Republican plans to cut funding from the USGS and warning systems to help in case of a disaster.  —  This is the epicenter of the freak 5.9 Richter earthquake that just hit Virginia.
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BBC:
Defiant Gaddafi ‘vows to fight’  —  The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tripoli: “The city erupted in gunfire”  —  Col Muammar Gaddafi has vowed death or victory in the fight against “aggression”, reports say, after Libyan rebels seized his Tripoli compound.
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China looks to protect its assets in a post-Gaddafi Libya
Discussion: Via Meadia and Pajamas Media
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CNN Reports: Some Stones Loose At Washington Monument After Quake  —  The U.S. Capitol Police reports that the Washington Monument has been damaged after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the nation's capital.  There are also reports that the Washington Monument is “tilting” from ABC News affiliate WABC.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Perry campaign distances him from book's call for repeal of 16th Amendment  —  Rick Perry's campaign is now distancing him from another controversial claim in his book: That we should repeal the 16th Amendment and replace it with a “Fair Tax,” a radical idea that's still rattling around in some precincts on the right.
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Nathan Koppel / Law Blog:
KBR Requests That Losing Rape Claimant Pay Company's Legal Fees  —  The skirmishing has not yet subsided in the high-profile suit brought by Jamie Leigh Jones, the Houston woman who claimed that she was raped while working in Iraq for defense contractor KBR.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
New Jersey School District Yanks Lesbian Sex Book From Required Summer Reading List  —  A New Jersey school district has apologized to parents after requiring high school students to read books that include graphic depictions of lesbian sex and a homosexual orgy.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Study: 8 in 10 lawmakers lack education in economics  —  Almost 80 percent of lawmakers might need to crack open an economics textbook before the congressional recess ends, a new study on Tuesday suggests.  —  The vast majority of members lack an academic background in business or economics …
Campaign 2012:
Top politically themed earthquake tweets  —  After Washington DC realized that the earthquake was nothing to worry about, they took to Twitter to joke about the cause.  Some of the best ones below:  —  @TPCarney: Krugman says it wasn't big enough.  —  @comradescott: Evidently the quake occurred …
Discussion: The Business Insider
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Jackson Baker / Politics Beat Blog, Memphis Flyer:
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ABC News:
Combet accuses Abbott of climate change racism
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KMSB-TV:
State Senator officially announces looking at run for Giffords' seat
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Raw Story
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
US should raise taxes to help fix deficits, say business economists
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Is welfare reform working?
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Party Ends at For-Profit Schools
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