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2:05 PM ET, August 25, 2011


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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Perry: Romney realizing Massachusetts healthcare law is ‘huge problem for him’  —  The Massachusetts healthcare law passed by Mitt Romney (R) as governor is a “huge problem,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Thursday of his top competitor for the GOP presidential nomination.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, GOP 12 and Taylor Marsh
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Perry Surges in Polls, Testing Romney's Strategy
The Note:
Rick Perry Calls Mass. Healthcare Plan a “Huge Problem” for Mitt Romney
Discussion: Washington Wire and Gallup
David R Arnott / PhotoBlog:
In the ruins of Gadhafi's lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his ‘darling’ Condoleezza Rice  —  The ransacking of Moammar Gadhafi's compound is turning up some bizarre loot.  Following on from the Libyan leader's eccentric fashion accessories and his daughter's golden mermaid couch …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Report: Rebel forces say they have Gadhafi pinned down
Discussion: The Politico and PhotoBlog
PhotoBlog:   Conversations sparked by photojournalism
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 …
First Read /
First Thoughts: Calendar chaos?  —  Primary calendar chaos?... Although it's still fluid, chances are that the primary season will start in January (or earlier)... And how long will it last?... A final calendar point to chew on: The post-IA/NH/SC line-up could benefit Perry …
Drudge Report:   THE SPHINX SPEAKS  —  Here he comes...  Dick Cheney offers …
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 made the rounds Wednesday night, the world lit its votive candles.  Jobs's biography was quickly turned into hagiography.  His irascible perfectionism, his company's obsessive protectionism, and his devotion to secrecy were forgotten.
Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi  —  British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to spearhead the hunt for Col Muammar Gaddafi, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  Jomana Karadsheh and Matthew Chance from CNN are evacuated by the International Red Cross from the Rixos hotel in Tripoli
Sky News:
Tripoli Fighting: Rebels ‘Corner Gaddafi’
Discussion: New York Times and FP Passport
Anne-Marie Slaughter / Financial Times:
Why Libya sceptics were proved badly wrong
Discussion: Democracy in America and Hit & Run
Peter Graff / Reuters:
Libyan rebels say Muammar Gaddafi surrounded
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond and This Just In
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
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.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Nevada candidate's Israel gaffe  —  Nevadans were treated to a look inside the campaign of congressional candidate Kate Marshall on Wednesday when her staff sent out a press release that contained internal notes detailing why it would be “useful” for the Democratic candidates to support Israel.
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
AP-GfK poll: Views on economy, Obama role sour  —  WASHINGTON - Americans' views on the economy have dimmed this summer.  But so far, the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.  —  More people now believe the country is headed …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: 51% still blame Bush for economy
Laura MacInnis / Reuters:
Contours of Obama jobs package coming into focus  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is finalizing a jobs package that could include a program to refurbish school buildings nationwide and tax breaks to encourage firms to hire workers.  —  The package, to be unveiled in early September …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Shakesville
Jason McLure / Reuters:
Humans may not be main climate change source: Romney
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Majority of NJ voters say Obama doesn't deserve reelection  —  The majority of voters in New Jersey say President Obama does not deserve a second term, according to a new Rutgers poll.  —  Only 43 percent of New Jersey voters in the poll said Obama deserves to be reelected, while 47 percent said he deserves to be voted out of office.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Argus Leader:
Ex-Senate leader: Law is here to stay  —  Repeal unlikely, Frist tells Avera crowd  —  The health care reform law will survive even if the Supreme Court declares the individual mandate unconstitutional, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Wednesday in Sioux Falls.  —  “It's going to survive.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
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 …
Mortimer Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the ‘Competency Crisis’  —  Like many Americans who supported him, I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country.  —  The rising impatience with the leadership of President Obama was epitomized on Aug. 8 in the middle of one of the now-habitual Wall Street roller coasters.
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
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Perkins: Homosexuality Is “Man Shaking His Fist In The Face Of God”  —  Family Research Council president Tony Perkins joined Janet Mefferd yesterday to discuss the campaign progressive groups are leading to get companies drop ties to the Charity Give Back Group (formerly the Christian Values Network).
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
N.H. GOP chair resists calls for ouster  —  Defiant in the face of calls for his resignation from New Hampshire's elected Republican leadership, embattled state GOP chairman Jack Kimball on Thursday refused to step down.  —  “Those who seek to remove me from my duly elected position must recognize …
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
100+ CEOs promise no campaign donations  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — You know who's really mad at Washington?  Corporate America.  —  Led by Howard Schultz of Starbucks ( SBUX, Fortune 500), more than 100 CEOs have signed a pledge to halt all political campaign contributions until lawmakers …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Liberals' Wisconsin Waterloo
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Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Junior Bankers Feel Disappointment With Pay
Discussion: DealBook, TBogg and Deal Journal
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sit down and shut up  —  Yesterday the No Labels group put …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
House GOP lawmakers worry voters' anger over economy could sting them
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Donovan Slack / Boston Globe:
On the Vineyard, Obama fever is no longer raging
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
France introduces new tax on high incomes
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Germany fires cannon shot across Europe's bows

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Andrew Williams / Wired:
Apple may not be bringing Apple Intelligence to iPhone 15, which has 6GB of RAM vs. iPhone 15 Pro's 8GB, due to RAM requirements for on-device AI processing

Ankit Patel / NVIDIA Blog:
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