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10:20 AM ET, August 23, 2011

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The Politico:
Conservative elites pine for 2012 hero  —  It's a tough time to be a conservative intellectual.  —  From the Weekly Standard to the Wall Street Journal, on the pages of policy periodicals and opinion sections, the egghead right's longing for a presidential candidate of ideas …
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National Review:
Five Reasons Ryan Bowed Out  —  Sources close to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tell National Review Online that the Budget Committee chairman considered a variety of factors this summer as he mulled a late-entry presidential campaign.  This afternoon, he closed the door on a 2012 bid, choosing to remain in the House.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan Not Running for President
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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New York Times:
New Clashes Erupt Around Qaddafi Site  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — The crackle of gunfire and the rumble of explosions spread across Tripoli in renewed fighting on Tuesday, and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large hours after his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel with foreign journalists …
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arab Summer may not spread to Syria - Obama, Romney to unevil jobs agendas in same week.  But who'll go first?  - Palin ponders run; won't decide till late Sept.  —  BULLETIN — “Rebels near Gaddafi's Tripoli stronghold” — Reuters/Tripoli: “Rebels battling forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi …
Discussion: The Note and Taegan Goddard's …
DealBook:
Standard & Poor's President to Step Down  —  Standard & Poor's said late on Monday that its president, Deven Sharma, will step down and leave the company by the end of the year.  He will be replaced by Douglas Peterson, a top executive at Citigroup.  —  The decision by Mr. Sharma to resign comes …
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Jeannette Neumann / Wall Street Journal:   Head of S&P to Resign  —  Ratings Firm Says Sharma Exit …
Financial Times:
Sharma to step down as S&P president
Discussion: Wizbang and Pajamas Media
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Spending, not entitlements, created huge deficit  —  It's conventional wisdom in Washington to blame the federal government's dire financial outlook on runaway entitlement spending.  Unless we rein in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the conventional wisdom goes, the federal government is headed for disaster.
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.  —  “The elimination of the obsolete …
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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.
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.
New York Times:
It's a Flawed Settlement  —  The Obama administration has turned up the heat on Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, to go along with a proposed settlement with the nation's largest banks over dubious foreclosure practices.  Mr. Schneiderman should stand his ground in not supporting the deal.
DealBook:
Milken's Gift Stirs Dispute at U.C.L.A. Law School  —  When the U.C.L.A. School of Law announced a $10 million gift from Lowell Milken to establish a business law institute in his name earlier this month, the university described him as a “pioneer in education reform” and a “leading philanthropist.”
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.
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Warren's criticism of Wall Street poses fundraising dilemma  —  Elizabeth Warren's combative history with Wall Street could create a fundraising dilemma for her burgeoning Senate campaign.  —  Her ardent grassroots following on the left — forged during stints as TARP watchdog and as mastermind …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Bachmann stands by $2 gasoline pledge  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is doubling down on her vow to drive gasoline prices to less than $2 per gallon if she's elected president, a pledge that 2012 GOP rival Jon Huntsman said isn't rooted in the “real world.”
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman says he could join Bachmann as VP candidate
Discussion: CNN and Politics
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman criticizes rivals in prime time interview
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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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Pataki to join Paul, McCotter at Polk County GOP fundraiser Saturday  —  Then-New York Gov. George Pataki addresses a Republican Party of Iowa picnic in Des Moines in 2006.  (Register file photo)  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination …
Globe and Mail:
Please tax us, French super-rich tell government  —  Some of France's richest people, including the billionaire heiress of L'Oreal SA and the head of oil major Total SA, urged the government to tax them more to help solve the country's financial problems.  —  In a petition published …
Discussion: The Reaction
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
Pipeline foes arrested in D.C.  —  WASHINGTON — Retired teacher Nancy Packard doesn't seem the type to get hauled off to jail, yet the Lincoln grandmother was being handcuffed and patted down by police officers Monday outside the White House.  —  Packard, 67, and five other Nebraskans …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
If the trial lawyers hate Rick Perry, maybe I should reconsider him  —  As a highly disgruntled GOP-aligned voter, I must confess to viewing the current slate of GOP POTUS candidates with emotions running from despair to disdain.  —  You've got serial flip-flopper and dog abuser Mitt Romney …
 
 
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Inside Higher Ed:
Negotiating No More  —  The Teaching Assistants' Association …