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12:15 PM ET, August 24, 2011


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krugman(?): If only the earthquake had done more damage, the economy would have gotten a boost; Update: Not Krugman  —  Via Timothy Carney, this appears to be real.  —  Is it real or just a goof?  Kevin Williamson isn't sure and neither am I, but given that this is the same guy …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Identity Theft
Discussion: and Big Government
David Weigel / Slate:
The Krugman Google+ Saga: Or, Why Fact-Checking is Important
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Another Democrat Wouldn't Do Better Than Obama in 2012  —  You know that a president is having a rough time when you start to see speculation that his party would be better off if it replaced him on the ticket.  —  There has been more of this recently: the political scientist Matthew Dickinson argued …
Des Moines Register:
Steffen Schmidt: Some Dems think the unthinkable: Not Obama  —  I recently had drinks with respected senior Democrats in New Hampshire.  They were Barack Obama supporters in 2008 and now have serious buyer's remorse.  —  They were alarmed at the lack of leadership, which they feel Obama showed …
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
Scott Wong / Reuters:
Marco Rubio courts establishment Republicans
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Is Marco Rubio the Future of the Republican Party?
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Above the Law and Fox News Insider
PPP Poll: Perry Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Romney  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  A new poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a double-digit lead nationally …
Joel Braunold / Haaretz:
With more than 10,000 millionaires, why is Israel still a charity case?  —  At what point should the Diaspora communities say to Israelis that enough is enough- we will give, but we will not allow those in your own society to shirk their responsibilities?  —  The past few years have seen …
Discussion: The Reaction
The Note:
Sarah Palin's Sept. 3 Speech Will Be ‘Major,’ but Will It Be the Big One?  —  ABC News' Shushannah Walshe (@shushwalshe) and Sheila Marikar (@sheilaym) report:  —  With Sarah Palin's next Iowa visit mere days away, the will-she-or-won't-she frenzy is at an all time high.
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.
Stephen Stromberg / Washington Post:
Earthquake?  It's Obama's fault.  —  When disaster strikes, the online commentariate...shows the worst of itself.  Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft has already made the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast a dumb partisan issue, writing: … Judging by the comments below Hoft's post …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The GOP will raise taxes — on the middle class and working poor  —  America's presumably anti-tax party wants to raise your taxes.  Come January, the Republicans plan to raise the taxes of anyone who earns $50,000 a year by $1,000, and anyone who makes $100,000 by $2,000.
John Stevens / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama shows up her husband in tiny purple bike shorts as the President lags behind in jeans  —  Michelle Obama showed off her enviably toned thighs as she powered past the President in tiny purple cycling shorts on the first family's bike ride on Martha's Vineyard today.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Publisher's ‘social’ ties pushed RedState toward Allen  —  A leading conservative blogger and commentator, Erick Erickson, said he shifted his stance in a key Senate race because the company that publishes his is “socially connected” to former Virginia Senator George Allen.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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 …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Jeb Bush warns 2012ers on hitting Obama  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Inside A Huntsman Fundraiser  —  Put your checkbook away.  If you want a peak inside a Jon Huntsman fundraiser (and who doesn't, really) look no further.  —  During his quick visit to Utah recently, the former governor addressed a crowd of about five dozen for a little over 12 minutes - and here's the recording of the event.
Discussion: and Politics
Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
With Pawlenty out, Weber joins Romney camp  —  WASHINGTON - Ten days after Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign ended in Ames, Iowa, one of the former governor's top strategists, Minnesota GOP heavyweight Vin Weber, is joining forces again with Pawlenty rival Mitt Romney.
NY Daily News:
Naked man goes on stabbing rampage, killing one and wounding four in Washington Heights  —  A naked madman went on a stabbing spree in a Manhattan apartment building Tuesday, wounding four people and killing one, cops and neighbors said.  —  Christian Falero, 23, rampaged in the buff through …
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Energy Obamanomics: No green jobs and plenty of red ink  —  It's time to end all forms of corporate welfare  —  It wasn't enough to preside over the first-ever downgrade of America's credit rating.  Now the Obama administration is downgrading America's energy supply as well.
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to Get iPhone 5  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Big Banks: Under-Capitalized, Overexposed, Opaque  —  The US banking sector is not healthy.  —  There is a fundamental misunderstanding about the Wall Street bailouts amongst the public, and quite a few policy makers at Treasury and the Federal Reserve: Somehow, they “fixed” the banking system.
Discussion: Deal Journal
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gay candidate can't get seat at GOP convention  —  LAGUNA BEACH — Fred Karger, the only Californian - and the only gay candidate - in the 2012 Republican presidential field, says he knows plenty about closed doors.  But shut out by his own party - and in his own state?
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Former Rep. Dan Maffei says he's ready for rematch with Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle  —  Washington — Former U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei plans to end months of speculation today and declare his candidacy for the 25th Congressional District seat, nine months after he lost it in one of the closest House races in the nation.
Tom Barkley / Wall Street Journal:
Washington National Cathedral Damaged by Quake  —  The central tower on the Washington National Cathedral—the highest point in Washington, D.C.—suffered serious damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast Tuesday.  No one was injured.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Bachmann to release health plan in coming weeks
Discussion: and National Review
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One-Third in U.S. See Improved Race Relations Under Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama 39%, Paul 38%  —  The president and the maverick …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
New York Loses Foreclosure Panel Post for ‘Undermining’ Deal
The Hill:
Bardella to return to Issa's office
Discussion: The Politico
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Chip Cravaack to hold town hall meeting in Duluth
Discussion: ThinkProgress, WDIO-TV and Daily Kos
Centre Daily Times:
Penn State climate-change researcher cleared of misconduct
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Report: Majority of Congress with no education in business
Discussion: The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Focusing on Security Over Ordinary Crime
Discussion: emptywheel and Prairie Weather
Daily Mail:
Money doesn't grow on trees: Federal grant of $500,000 to boost Nevada economy by planting trees creates 1.72 jobs
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Break for Clergy Questioned
Campaign 2012:
Top politically themed earthquake tweets
Discussion: Wizbang and The Business Insider