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5:05 PM ET, August 23, 2011

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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes East Coast  —  A 5.8-magnitude earthquake based in Virginia sent tremors from the nation's capital to New York City and New England Tuesday afternoon, officials said.  —  Buildings throughout major metropolitan centers in the northeast were evacuated after the quake …
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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 …
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.
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 he White House press corps, camped out at a hotel at Martha's Vineyard, was keeping a close eye on our computers and emails.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Earthquake Rattles Washington DC - Obama Goes Biking  —  A 5.8 quake hit Washington DC this afternoon.  —  The Obama family was biking this afternoon.
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.
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Mineral, Va.
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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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
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Perry Backs Radical National Sales Tax Plan To Starve Federal Government
New York Times:
Rebels Storm Qaddafi Compound  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Rebel fighters flooded into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's sprawling compound on Tuesday, overwhelming what remained of its defenses, running pell-mell through the grounds and ransacking caches of weapons, as the crackle of gunfire and rumble …
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Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power After Quake  —  A nuclear power plant in central Virginia has lost offsite power in the wake of a 5.8 earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., U.S. nuclear officials said.  —  The North Anna Power Station, which has two nuclear reactors …
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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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
If the trial lawyers hate Rick Perry, maybe I should reconsider him
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry's views on the Constitution get closer scrutiny
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
Discussion: FT Alphaville
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.
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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Obama Needs a New Tune  —  It's time for the president to drop his weak hope of a post-partisan politics, argues Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol—and lay out a strong new case for his reelection.  —  Call him a neo-post-partisan.  —  “There's something wrong with our politics that we need to fix …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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