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12:30 AM ET, August 23, 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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney to outline jobs plan Sept. 6 in Nevada
Discussion: Mitt Romney Central and CNN
The Note:
Rep. Paul Ryan Says He is NOT Running for President
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama trails Romney, ties Perry
The White House:
Statement by the President on Libya Blue Heron Farm, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya.  And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.
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Political Punch:
US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘thank America last’ crowd
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
Fox News:
Clues Dropped on Potential Palin Run, but Decision Still a Secret  —  Sarah Palin is either laying the groundwork for an imminent entry into the presidential race or having a whole lot of fun toying with political analysts.  —  Though the buzz surrounding a possible “mama grizzly” …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Will Palin be in by Labor Day?  ‘I doubt it’  —  (CNN) - Karl Rove caused a commotion in recent days by predicting that Sarah Palin will run for president and hinting that she could announce her campaign during a speech to a tea party group in Iowa over Labor Day weekend.  —  That might be news to 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.
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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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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New York Times:
District Attorney Asks Judge to Drop Strauss-Kahn Case  —  Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office formally moved on Monday to dismiss the three-month-old sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, filing a 25-page motion that serves as their intricate and devastating anatomy of a case collapsing.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Eligon / New York Times:
Housekeeper's Lawyer Asks to Remove District Attorney From Case
Discussion: News Desk, FT Alphaville and Truthdig
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.
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?
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.
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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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.
 
 
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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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Associated Press:
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Tea Party Chair Posts Joke About Killing The Obamas On Facebook
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
34 Years Later, Supreme Court Will Revisit Eyewitness IDs
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Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: Libyans Applaud President Obama And International Allies With Large Thank You Sign
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Just One Week Into His Campaign, Rick Perry Disavows His Nine-Month-Old Book