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3:15 PM ET, August 24, 2011

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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.
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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  —  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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
The Krugman Google+ Saga: Or, Why Fact-Checking is Important
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Jeb Bush: 'You can't just be against the president'  —  (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush offered advice to 2012 Republican hopefuls: bashing President Barack Obama is not enough to win on the campaign trail.  —  “I hope that the Republican candidates, when they are offering their solutions …
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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
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Marco Rubio And The New Republican Consensus
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Is Marco Rubio the Future of the Republican Party?
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Scott Wong / Reuters:
Marco Rubio courts establishment Republicans
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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 …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Worse Than It Looks: CBO Says Economic Outlook More Dire Than Reported
David Wessel / Real Time Economics:
CBO: No Recession, But Growth So Slow Jobless Rate To Top 8% Until 2014
Discussion: Reuters, AmSpecBlog and Speaker
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama at 37% approval, re-elect in Florida
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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.
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.
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 RedState.com is “socially connected” to former Virginia Senator George Allen.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Regarding Jamie Radtke
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Zadroga 9/11 health law shouldn't cover volunteers sickened at Ground Zero, GOP hopeful Turner says  —  The GOP hopeful running for ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat says the $4.3 billion Zadroga 9/11 health law is too broad - and shouldn't cover volunteers sickened at Ground Zero.
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 …
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Dick Cheney tells NBC: My letter of resignation was ready if needed  —  Dick Cheney, left, introduces George W. Bush at a groundbreaking ceremony for Bush's presidential library in Dallas in November.  Photo credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images  —  Dick Cheney tells NBC News that he had a letter …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hobnobs With Friends on Vineyard Family Vacation  —  President Obama has spent part of his family vacation on Martha's Vineyard away from his wife and daughters, schmoozing with friends on the golf course and at their private oceanfront homes.  —  His island entourage includes a mix …
Discussion: The Note
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.
Discussion: Althouse and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Associated Press:
With CIA help, NYPD built secret effort to monitor mosques, daily life of Muslim neighborhoods  —  NEW YORK — 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 …
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 …
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.
WorldNetDaily:
Earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my  —  Many Americans are scratching their heads today wondering what in the world is going on with a rare earthquake hitting the East Coast to be followed by a hurricane a few days later.  —  It reminds us that our world can change very quickly.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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New York Post:
Facing facts on O's Syria miscues
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
It's the household debt, stupid
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The False WWII Analogy
The Huffington Post:
New York Attorney General Kicked Off Government Group Leading Foreclosure Probe
Mark Benjamin / Swampland:
Perry Compared Homosexuality to Alcoholism in 2008 Book
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Less than shining moments
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Widener Law School loses major donor over Connell case
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
The Huffington Post:
National Organization For Marriage Repeatedly Rebuked For Disclosure Violations
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Texas GOP Congressional Candidate Compares Welfare Recipients To Donkeys In New Ad
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry signs Susan B. Anthony List pledge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NewsMax.com
NY Daily News:
Naked man goes on stabbing rampage, killing one and wounding four in Washington Heights
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Inside A Huntsman Fundraiser
Discussion: msnbc.com, Wonkette and Politics