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9:15 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.
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry/Barack Obama comparison in Twitter picture  —  David Limbaugh, the conservative author and brother of Rush, tweets an image you're likely to see again.  —  A spokesman for Rick Perry didn't respond to a request for comment on the photo, the origin of which is unknown.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Perry leads nationally
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Perry bids for front-runner title
Discussion: CNN
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Obama team scouts for anti-Perry Texans
Discussion: Hot Air and Campaign 2012
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Perry's problem: His extreme views are right there in black and white
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPMDC and Juanita Jean's
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Perry equates homosexuality with alcoholism
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
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Steve Jobs resigns from Apple, Cook becomes CEO  —  (Reuters) - Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.  —  Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent …
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 …
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO … Here is the just released letter from Steve Jobs:  —  PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs  —  August 24, 2011-To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:  —  I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Jobs Steps Down From Chief Executive Post at Apple
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.
Scott Stump /
Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C.  —  Revelations include resignation letter kept locked in a safe in case of heart attack or stroke  —  Below:  —  updated 2011-08-24T19:33:23  —  When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir early next week …
Discussion: Washington Post and Juanita Jean's
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Dick Cheney tells NBC: My letter of resignation was ready if needed
Discussion: emptywheel
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.
Chuck Slothower / Farmington Daily Times:
Face time: Tea Party protesters greet Lujan
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
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: Reuters and Daily Kos
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Chicago Requires A License To Help People Fill Out The Paperwork To Get a Business Permit
Discussion: Immigration and CARPE DIEM
Chuck Norris / The Politico:
Opinion: Obama's stealth gun control
Discussion: Wonkette
Barry Eichengreen / The National Interest:
A Critique of Pure Gold
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy