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7:15 PM ET, August 25, 2011


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In the ruins of Gadhafi's lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his ‘darling’ Condoleezza Rice  — and Associated Press report:  —  “Deeply bizarre and deeply creepy.”  —  That's how the State Department is describing a surprising find inside the compound …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Report: Rebel forces say they have Gadhafi pinned down
Discussion: PhotoBlog and The Politico
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
Gadhafi and his ‘darling’ Condi
Discussion: The Note
Steve Jobs / The Daily Beast:
Kinky for Perry  —  Kinky Friedman once ran against Rick Perry for the Texas governorship.  So would the singer and writer vote for him for president?  Hell, yes!  The world's most famous Jewish cowboy on why he wants to live in Rick Perry's America.
St. Petersburg Times:
Fla poll: Romney beating Obama, neck and neck w Perry  —  A new Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll finds Barack Obama trailing Mitt Perry in America's biggest battleground and in a dead heat with Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans.  —  “Unlike 2008, if the election were held today …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Majority of NJ voters say Obama doesn't deserve reelection
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Contours of Obama jobs package coming into focus
Discussion: Shakesville and Taylor Marsh
The Note:
Rick Perry Calls Mass. Healthcare Plan a “Huge Problem” for Mitt Romney
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith  —  If a candidate for president said he believed that space aliens dwell among us, would that affect your willingness to vote for him?  Personally, I might not disqualify him out of hand; one out of three Americans believe we have had Visitors and, hey, who knows?
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:   Huntsman says if elected he would call on wealthy to ‘sacrifice’
Guy Benson /
Guy Benson Of Course: NYT Editor Suddenly Very Interested in Candidates' Churches
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Bill Keller / The 6th Floor:
Tougher Questions for the Candidates
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Hurricane Bearing Down Cantor Spox Says Disaster Relief Should Be Paid For With Spending Cuts  —  Looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will extend his requirement that federal disaster relief be paid for by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget to Hurricane Irene.
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Says No Earthquake Disaster Relief For His Home State Unless Spending Is Cut Elsewhere  —  This week, Virginia experienced a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, one of the most powerful tremors on the east coast since 1897.  As Virginians scramble to assess the damage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
Nick Schulz / National Review:
Steve Jobs: America's Greatest Failure  —  Steve Jobs's announcement that he is stepping down as CEO of Apple is not surprising.  He's a very sick man; and running the world's largest market-cap technology firm can't be easy for someone with pancreatic cancer and who-knows-what other ailments.
Chadwick Matlin / New York Magazine:
American Businessman  —  As the news of Steve Jobs's resignation …
Discussion: FP Passport, Digits and The Reaction
New York Times:
U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages  —  The Obama administration is considering further actions to strengthen the housing market, but the bar is high: plans must help a broad swath of homeowners, stimulate the economy and cost next to nothing.  —  One proposal would allow millions …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Mass Mortgage Refinancing Is A Good Idea
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Leadership Image Takes a Hit, GOP Ratings Decline  —  Continued Dissatisfaction with Republican Field  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public is profoundly discontented with conditions in the country, its government, political leadership and several of its major institutions.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Kate Marshall expresses support for Israel, says “useful” to do so because “timely topic”  —  You don't see this too often: A campaign puts out a statement by a candidate on an issue she has never talked about and then helpfully explains the political strategy at play at the end.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Cheney Says He Urged Bush to Bomb Syria in '07  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says in a new memoir that he urged President George W. Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site in June 2007.  But, he wrote, Mr. Bush opted for a diplomatic approach after other advisers …
Wall Street Journal:
Expect a Third-Party Candidate in 2012  —  Ross Perot in 1992 and John Anderson in 1980 garnered exceptionally high levels of support.  —  The United States is in the midst of what we would both call a prerevolutionary moment, and there is widespread support for fundamental change in the system.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rep. Steve Chabot Criticized By Tea Party Activists For Seizing Cameras From Democrats At Town Halls … WASHINGTON — After banning and confiscating cameras at his town hall events, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is taking heat from all sides — including from Tea Party activists Eric Odom and Judson Phillips.
Market crash ‘could hit within weeks’, warn bankers  —  A more severe crash than the one triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers could be on the way, according to alarm signals in the credit markets.  —  The cost of insuring RBS bonds is now higher than before the taxpayer was forced to step in and rescue the bank in October 2008
Charlie Gasparino /
Madoff: I'm a Victim, Too  —  Bernie Madoff is feeling pretty grand these days.  He's got reporters (including myself) hounding him for interviews and his insight into Wall Street and its misgivings.  He's the toast of the federal prison in Butner, NC., where he's serving a life sentence …
Adam Serwer:
The Nice Guy And The Manic Pixie Dream Girl  —  This is a bit off topic, but it's my blog and my last week here so bear with me.  I recently watched The Adjustment Bureau, a sort of sci-fi romance where the world is regularly nudged away from extinction by a covert bureaucracy of otherwordly chaperones …
Byron Tau / The Politico:
AFL-CIO head: Labor to ditch Democrats  —  The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full display Thursday, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters that labor groups are planning to scale back their involvement with the Democratic Party in advance of the 2012 elections.
Paul Krugman:
Fiscalization Watch  —  A correspondent informs me that Wolfgang Schaeuble, the German finance minister, has just given a speech asserting that excessive public debt caused the 2008 crisis.  In fact, I'm told, he said that … OK, we can prove that wrong immediately: I dispute it …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Anne-Marie Slaughter / Financial Times:
Why Libya sceptics were proved badly wrong  —  Let us do a thought experiment.  Imagine the UN did not vote to authorise the use of force in Libya in March.  Nato did nothing; Colonel Muammer Gaddafi over-ran Benghazi; the US stood by; the Libyan opposition was reduced to sporadic uprisings, quickly crushed.
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Irene an extremely dangerous storm surge threat to the mid-Atlantic and New England  —  Back in 1938, long before satellites, radar, the hurricane hunters, and the modern weather forecasting system, the great New England hurricane of 1938 roared northwards into Long Island, New York at 60 mph …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Happened to Howard Dean, Anti-War Champion?  —  After making a name for himself by speaking out against the invasion of Iraq, the former DNC chair is praising Obama's mission in Libya — an unconstitutional mission that transgresses against values he once touted
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How Much Did Warren Buffett Pay For BofA Anyway?
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US Sought “Talking Points” to Combat Impact of French Documentary on Monsanto
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Obama and the ‘Competency Crisis’
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Germany fires cannon shot across Europe's bows