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3:50 PM ET, August 23, 2011

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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
5.9 magnitude quake rocks East Coast  —  A 5.9 magnitude quake center in Virginia rocks the East Coast, with tremors felt as far south as North Carolina, as far north as Buffalo and Boston, and as far west as Detroit.  —  Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: The Washington Post quotes a a USGS official as saying …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes East Coast  —  An earthquake sent tremors from the nation's capital to New York City and New England Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia.  —  Buildings throughout major metropolitan centers …
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
East Coast earthquake: 5.9 magnitude epicenter hits Virginia  —  People flood the streets outside The Washington Post, moments after an earthquake hit Washington.  (David Nakamura/The Washington Post) An earthquake hit the East Coast Tuesday afternoon, rattling nerves up and down the coast.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Earthquake Rattles Washington DC - Obama Goes Biking
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry takes the lead in Iowa  —  Rick Perry is the new leader in Iowa:  —  The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state.  Among announced candidates he's at 22% to 19% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Michele Bachmann, and 16% for Ron Paul.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Could a Palin presidential bid rewrite the campaign rulebook?
Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Fresh Palin Tea Leaves Seem to Predict a Late September Decision
Discussion: The Other McCain, CNN and Erick's blog
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
New York Times:
Rebels Invade Qaddafi Compound  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Rebel fighters flooded into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's sprawling compound on Tuesday, overwhelming what remained of its defenses and running pell-mell through the grounds, as the crackle of gunfire and rumble of explosions spread across …
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Bloomberg:
Libyan Rebels Break Into Qaddafi Compound
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Rick Perry holds the record on executions  —  Darren McCollester/GETTY IMAGES - PEMBROKE, NH - AUGUST 18: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to workers at Epoch Homes August 18, 2011 in Pembroke, New Hampshire.  Perry has been campaigning since he declared …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry's views on the Constitution get closer scrutiny
Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
If the trial lawyers hate Rick Perry, maybe I should reconsider him
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
How Democrats Hurt Jobs  —  The airplane's aft section arrived early Monday morning.  That's what they'd been waiting for at the final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. They already had the wings, the nose, the tail — all the other major sections of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.
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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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Why Rick Perry's War On The 16th Amendment Is The Third Prong Of His War On Seniors
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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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado  —  DENVER — The largest natural earthquake in Colorado in more than a century struck Monday night in the state's southeast corner, but there had been no reports of damage or injuries.  —  The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and centered …
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?
Hoover Institution:
How Is Warren Buffett Like the Pope?  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  They are both dead wrong on economic policy.  —  The terrible economic news from both Europe and the United States …
Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Beware the tea party, Jesse Jackson, Frederica Wilson and black Democrats say at jobs meeting  —  Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus are in Miami Tuesday to host a jobs fair, part of their five-city tour to draw attention to high unemployment, particularly in the black community.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Waters to Obama aide: Say ‘black’
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
The Note:
Obama Golfing in Martha's Vineyard When Earthquake Hit  —  ABC News' Stephanie Smith and David Kerley report:  —  Talk about early warning.  The majority of he White House press corps, camped out at a hotel at Martha's Vineyard, was keeping a close eye on our computers and emails.
Richard A. Posner / The New Republic:
Let's Be Honest: We're in a Depression, Not a Recession, And There's No End In Sight  —  This article is a contribution to ‘Is There Anything That Can Be Done?  A TNR Symposium On The Economy.’ Click here to read other contributions to the series.  —  If the notion that we are merely living through …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Dean of Columbia College Resigns After Two Years  —  The dean of Columbia College has abruptly resigned over what she called administrative changes that would diminish or eliminate her authority, leaving the undergraduate division of Columbia University without a leader two weeks before the start of classes.
Tevi Troy / National Review:
What's Obama Reading?  —  The reports are in about the books President Obama is looking at on his annual trip to Martha's Vineyard.  According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and the AP, Obama purchased five books on his trip to the Vineyard bookseller Bunch of Grapes: Marianna Baer's Frost …
Cass Sunstein / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Is Eliminating Red Tape  —  New reforms will save Americans billions without sacrificing public health or safety.  —  Early this year, President Obama ordered an unprecedentedly ambitious government-wide review of existing federal regulations, emphasizing that we must “measure …
 
 
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Earthquake!  —  About five minutes ago I got a call …
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