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11:10 AM 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 …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Don Surber
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 …
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Tom Barkley / Wall Street Journal:
Washington National Cathedral Damaged by Quake
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
5.8 Virginia earthquake shakes East Coast, rattles residents
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
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 …
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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.
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David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
Republicans for Tax Hikes
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott Wong / Reuters:
Marco Rubio courts establishment Republicans  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — It might look like tea party hero Marco Rubio waded into enemy territory with stops in San Francisco and Beverly Hills this week.  But rubbing shoulders with a different crowd is the point of the freshman senator's three-day swing through the Golden State.
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Is Marco Rubio the Future of the Republican Party?
Discussion: The New Republic
NewsMax.com:
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 …
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How to make Sarah Palin disappear  —  The safe bet remains that Sarah Palin is simply engaged in a long and tiresome tease.  Every few weeks comes some new sign of her supposedly imminent entry into the GOP presidential race, but nothing ever seems to happen.
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The Note:
Sarah Palin's Sept. 3 Speech Will Be ‘Major,’ but Will It Be the Big One?
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.
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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Report: Majority of Congress with no education in business  —  Almost 80 percent of lawmakers have no academic background in business or economics, even as Congress grapples with deficits, unemployment and other economic issues of tremendous complexity, according to an independent analysis released Tuesday.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Study: 8 in 10 lawmakers lack education in economics
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.
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.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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.
BBC:
Defiant Gaddafi ‘vows to fight’  —  The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tripoli: “The city erupted in gunfire”  —  Col Muammar Gaddafi has vowed death or victory in the fight against “aggression”, reports say, after Libyan rebels seized his Tripoli compound.
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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: msnbc.com
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
Centre Daily Times:
Penn State climate-change researcher cleared of misconduct  —  A National Science Foundation investigation has cleared climate-change research Michael Mann, of Penn State University, of any research wrongdoing.  COURTESY OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY — Provided photo Buy Photo  —  View the Inspector General's report
 
 
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Derek Kravitz / Associated Press:
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Former ‘auto czar’ defends bailouts
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Jim Tankersley / NationalJournal.com:
Contra Boehner, Business Economists Favor Some Tax Hikes
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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Daily Mail:
Money doesn't grow on trees: Federal grant of $500,000 to boost Nevada economy by planting trees creates 1.72 jobs
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A DIFFERENT KIND OF TEXAN
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Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Party Ends at For-Profit Schools
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