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7:25 PM ET, August 24, 2011


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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Perry Zooms to Front of Pack for 2012 GOP Nomination  —  Leads Romney by 29% to 17%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Shortly after announcing his official candidacy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has emerged as rank-and-file Republicans' current favorite for their party's 2012 presidential nomination.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry leads nationally  —  In PPP's first national poll since Rick Perry's official entry into the Presidential race he's jumped out to a double digit advantage.  Perry's at 33% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 16% for Michele Bachmann, 8% for Newt Gingrich, 6% for Herman Cain and Ron Paul, 4% for Rick Santorum, and 3% for Jon Huntsman.
Ian Swanson / Ballot Box:   Obama effort to woo independents derailed by debt-ceiling deal
Tamara Abraham / Daily Mail:
Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations  —  The Obamas' summer break in Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hobnobs With Friends on Vineyard Family Vacation
Discussion: The Note
Paul Krugman:
Identity Theft  —  Well, this is interesting.  I hear that the not-so-good people at National Review are attacking me over something I said on my Google+ page.  Except, I don't have a Google+ page.  —  This is the third incident I'm aware of — there may well be more — in which people are claiming to be me.
Campaign Fix:
Paul Krugman's Google+ Account is Fake, I Know because I Created It  —  Approximately a month ago, having been laid off and having too much time on my hands, I finally decided to create my own personal account on Google+.  I found it to be extremely boring, mostly because no one I knew …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krugman(?): If only the earthquake had done more damage, the economy would have gotten a boost; Update: Not Krugman
Mark Benjamin / Swampland:
Perry Compared Homosexuality to Alcoholism in 2008 Book  —  The origin of homosexuality has become something of a political litmus test for presidential candidates, almost akin to their stance on abortion.  Candidates are now expected to explain whether or not they believe homosexuality is a hard-wired predisposition.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry equates homosexuality with alcoholism  —  The book Rick Perry wrote less than a year ago has proven to be a valuable source of information about the governor's worldview, but as Time's Mark Benjamin notes today, “Fed Up!” wasn't Perry's first work as a published author.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Perry's problem: His extreme views are right there in black and white
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: AN UPDATE  —  Text-only.  —  The United States is facing profound budgetary and economic challenges.  At 8.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), the $1.3 trillion budget deficit that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects for 2011 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Worse Than It Looks: CBO Says Economic Outlook More Dire Than Reported
Discussion: Daily Kos
Seung Min Kim / Reuters:
CBO warns of ‘profound’ challenges
Discussion: USA Today and Speaker
Damien Gayle / Daily Mail:
Fears for Nancy Reagan, 90, as she slips and falls on way in to watch speech by Tea Party favourite Marco Rubio  —  Nancy Reagan last night lost her balance and fell as she arrived to watch a speech by Republican freshman senator and Tea Party darling Marco Rubio
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Cheney kept secret resignation letter  —  Dick Cheney kept a secret resignation letter locked away in a safe in case he were ever to be incapacitated, the former vice president reveals in his new book.  —  The letter, which Cheney signed in March of 2001, was written because of the vice president's health.
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Dick Cheney tells NBC: My letter of resignation was ready if needed
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Rick Perry: The God-Fearing, Know-Nothing, Pistol-Packing Embodiment of Liberals' Worst Nightmares  —  What Rick Perry has achieved in his inaugural strut on the political stage is unprecedented in the annals of modern conservative history from Barry Goldwater to Sarah Palin.
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Obama team scouts for anti-Perry Texans
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Flashback: Obama in 2008: Adding $4 Trillion to National Debt ‘Unpatriotic’  —  ( - Although the national debt under President Barack Obama has increased $4 trillion since he took office in 2009, as a presidential candidate in 2008 Obama criticized then-President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Pajamas Media
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
9/11 Exclusion Spurs Outrage  —  Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  —  Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Leary /
Bloomberg Bans Clergy From 9/11 Ceremony but Ground Zero Mosque OK
Robert J. Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Keynesian Economics vs. Regular Economics  —  Food stamps and other transfers aren't necessarily bad ideas, but there's no evidence they spur growth.  —  Keynesian economics—the go-to theory for those who like government at the controls of the economy—is in the forefront of the ongoing debate on fiscal-stimulus packages.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama, Tiger, Golf and Politics  —  Despite the carping by critics, I'm glad the president went on vacation because one of the most useful things he could do right now is play golf — a lot of golf — but not that friendly foursome thing with his aides that he usually does.
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In New Brunswick, N.J., a building superintendent opened the door to apartment No. 1076 one balmy Tuesday and discovered an alarming scene: terrorist literature strewn about the table and computer and surveillance equipment set up in the next room.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
If you're a famous guy with a head full of deep thoughts and nobody to tell you when it might be in your own best interest not to express them, Twitter is the best thing ever.  As long as you've got your iPhone in hand, you can give the whole world instant, unfiltered access to your keenest insights …
National Zoo Animals React to the Earthquake … Great Apes  — The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.  — About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla) …
Discussion: News Desk and New York Magazine
G-A-Y / Good As You:
NOM's featured press conference speaker: ‘There is a direct connection between earthquakes and homosexuality’  —  At a recent press conference on the steps of the State Capitol in Albany, the National Organization For Marriage opened up their coalition to include one Rabbi Yehuda Levin.
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Leaked Cable: McCain Promised Qaddafi To Help Secure Military Equipment From U.S.  —  For all the braying by the Senate's top three hawks about how the U.S. wasn't doing enough to oust Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi from power, one might be surprised to learn that exactly two years ago …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Tea Partier Tells Rep. Lujan, Life-Long American, To ‘Get Out Of Politics And Make Room For An American’  —  The Tea Party continues to claim that racism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia are not driving forces in its movement, but the actions of its members continues to belie those claims.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Washington Monument cracked in quake  —  The earthquake didn't cause widespread damages or injuries, but it did put a crack in the Washington Monument.  —  After unconfirmed reports suggested the monument was tilting, park officials said Tuesday night that the 550-foot obelisk suffered …
Business Wire:
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple  —  Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple's Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Chicago Requires A License To Help People Fill Out The Paperwork To Get a Business Permit  —  An interesting story about municipal regulations piled upon municipal regulations in Chicago comes to me from IB.  In Chicago, as in other large American cities, recent immigrants are disproportionately involved …
Discussion: Immigration
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Ron Paul's Strange Freedom  —  For the past couple of weeks I've seen some complaints from liberty-minded friends and acquaintances that Ron Paul isn't getting the level of media attention he deserves.  My view is that the media is probably ignoring him because he's a crank who obviously won't be the GOP nominee.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
It's the household debt, stupid  —  Ken Rogoff wants to call our economic malaise “the Great Contraction.”  Richard Posner wants us to at least call it “a depression.”  I tend to dismiss arguments over semantics, but in this case, I agree.  If it were up to me, we would call what we're in a …
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Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: John McCain Debunks Right-Wing's ‘Sharia In Libya’ Claim
Discussion: News Hounds
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
Nuclear experts warn of Libya “dirty bomb” material
Chuck Norris / The Politico:
Opinion: Obama's stealth gun control
Discussion: Wonkette
Barry Eichengreen / The National Interest:
A Critique of Pure Gold
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Widener Law School loses major donor over Connell case
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama at 37% approval, re-elect in Florida
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry signs Susan B. Anthony List pledge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Publisher's ‘social’ ties pushed RedState toward Allen
Joel Braunold / Haaretz:
With more than 10,000 millionaires, why is Israel still a charity case?
Discussion: The Reaction
Des Moines Register:
Steffen Schmidt: Some Dems think the unthinkable: Not Obama
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The GOP will raise taxes — on the middle class and working poor