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7:50 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 …
National Review:
Five Reasons Ryan Bowed Out
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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Fox News:
Reports of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi's Capture False, Appears in Tripoli
Political Punch:
US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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wiping it from rules  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.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 …
Financial Times:
Sharma to step down as S&P president  —  Deven Sharma is stepping down as president of Standard & Poor's only weeks after the rating agency issued an unprecedented downgrade of the credit of the US, the company said.  —  Mr Sharma will remain as an adviser to S&P's owner, McGraw-Hill …
Discussion: Wizbang and Pajamas Media
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Jeannette Neumann / Wall Street Journal:
Head of S&P to Resign  —  Ratings Firm Says Sharma Exit, for Year-End, in Works Before U.S. Downgrade  —  Standard & Poor's President Deven Sharma is leaving the credit-rating firm at the end of the year, the company said Monday night.  —  Mr. Sharma will step down as president on Sept. 12 …
DealBook:
Standard & Poor's President to Step Down
Discussion: Vox Popoli and New York Magazine
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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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” …
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama 50%, Palin 33%
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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Huntsman says he could join Bachmann as VP candidate
Discussion: Politics and The Politico
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Bachmann stands by $2 gasoline pledge
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney to outline jobs plan Sept. 6 in Nevada
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
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John Eligon / New York Times:
Housekeeper's Lawyer Asks to Remove District Attorney From Case
Discussion: News Desk and FT Alphaville
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.
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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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Cult Of The Presidency In Action
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.
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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IIP Digital:   Remarks by Vice President Biden on U.S.-China Relations
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.
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 …
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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Geoff Berg / Partisan Gridlock:
Houston judge limits rights of gay father
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama calls Buffett, Ford CEO for advice
Daniel J. Flynn / Human Events:
Obama's Fantasy Island
Epoch Times:
Slip-Up in Chinese Military TV Show Reveals More Than Intended
David Frum / CNN:
Give Obama a break
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Facing Deadline, Kasich Refuses Millions In Unemployment Funds Because Expanding Benefits ‘Makes No Sense’
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