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9:50 AM ET, August 26, 2011

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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Pataki not running-Perry talking with Trump-Romney, Bachmann staying the course-Huntsman's purple tie-Kimball: Never Quit-GOP turning on Palin  —  SCORE EXCLUSIVE - TRUMP TALKING WITH PERRY: Rick Perry has been speaking with Donald Trump by phone since wading into the presidential race, a Trump representative told Morning Score.
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Wall Street Journal:
Perry's Popping-Off Problem  —  The Republican candidate comes across well as consistent and sincere, but his quick-draw machismo will scare voters away.  —  Rick Perry this week roared away from the pack.  Gallup had him the party favorite, with 29% of Republicans and Republican-leaning …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘Angry’ Mitt Romney ‘Loses His Cool’ With Voter At New Hampshire Town Hall  —  Former GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney got into a heated exchange with a voter at a New Hampshire town hall event Wednesday over his support for a balanced budget amendment, and by the mainstream media's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Perry Problem  —  As I write this, investors around the world are anxiously awaiting Ben Bernanke's speech at the annual Fed gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyo. They want to know whether Mr. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, will unveil new policies that might lift …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers warn Bernanke against QE 3  —  House Republican lawmakers are warning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to refrain from another round of quantitative easing, which they say could accelerate inflation.  —  Bernanke is scheduled to speak at a Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Friday morning at 10 a.m.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Michael Woodford / Financial Times:
Bernanke should clarify policy and sink QE3
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New York Hurricane Could Be Multibillion-Dollar Catastrophe  —  Time to think about the unthinkable.  What if a major hurricane were to pass close to New York City, as several forecasting models now suggest that Hurricane Irene might?  —  Apart from the inevitable loss of life …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
CERN: ‘Climate models will need to be substantially revised’  —  New atomsmasher research into cloud formation  —  CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
NLRB OKs new rule, faces new controversy  —  The National Labor Relations Board, already under attack from conservatives concerned about regulatory overreach, is requiring that businesses must post information in the workplace telling employees about their rights to unionize.
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Nikki Haley joins Michele Bachmann town hall  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Several minutes into a Michele Bachmann town hall meeting here Thursday, freshman Republican Tim Scott announced he had a question from an undecided voter named Nikki.  —  Gov. Nikki Haley walked out from behind …
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Bill Keller / The 6th Floor:
Tougher Questions for the Candidates  —  In my latest column, I wrote about asking our presidential candidates more questions regarding their religious beliefs.  Here's the general questionnaire I sent to the candidates:  —  1. Is it fair to question presidential candidates about details of their faith?
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Simonhernandezarthur / CNN:
Source: Pataki decides against White House run  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN.  —  Pataki, who had been flirting with a White House bid for months, was scheduled to appear …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dick Cheney book ‘In My Times’ has no apologies  —  Former vice president Dick Cheney takes quite a few shots — and makes no apologies — in his long-anticipated autobiography, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” which will be out Tuesday.  —  The book, written his daughter Liz Cheney …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Some in G.O.P., a Tax Cut Not Worth Embracing  —  WASHINGTON — It is hard to find a tax cut that Congressional Republicans dislike.  Unless it is a tax cut pushed by President Obama.  —  In a turning of the tax policy tables, Democrats are increasingly hammering on Republicans who oppose …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and msnbc.com
Jillian Rayfield / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
IN GOPer: I Just Talked About Baseball With The Young Man I Solicited On Craigslist  —  State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, the anti-gay marriage Indiana Republican accused of offering to pay a young man he met over Craigslist for “a good time,” admits that he paid the man but contends …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
On the Future of Libya  —  We join the Libyan people in gratefulness as we hear of Col. Gaddafi's defeat.  The fall of a tyrant and sponsor of terrorism is a great day for freedom-loving people around the world.  But the path to democracy in Libya is not complete, and we must make wise choices …
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.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
What is Debt?  - An Interview with Economic Anthropologist David Graeber  —  David Graeber currently holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London.  Prior to this he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
ProPublica:
Billions Meant for Struggling Homeowners May Pay Down Deficit Instead  —  With housing prices dropping sharply, and foreclosure filings against more than 1 million properties in the first half of this year, the Obama administration is scrambling for ways to help homeowners.
Larry Derfner / Israel Reconsidered:
Apology  —  I have an apology to make for “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror,” which I posted here and on Facebook on Sunday.  I didn't mean to say anything “good” about Palestinian terror against Israelis - I see nothing good in it whatsoever, and I thought I made that clear, but I see now that I didn't.
Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
AFL-CIO president: Obama is aligned with tea party, not fixing jobs  —  Richard Trumka, president of union giant AFL-CIO, delivered a scathing review of President Barack Obama at a press breakfast Thursday morning.  He accused him of abandoning Democratic ideals and aligning himself with the conservative tea party.
Discussion: Odd Man Out and Booman Tribune
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
AFL-CIO Pres: Obama Aligned Himself With Tea Party To Cut Middle Class Programs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Molly Ball / Reuters:
Clock ticking on Sarah Palin entry into 2012 presidential race  —  Even for Sarah Palin, there are deadlines.  —  The former Alaska governor seems to believe that most of the rules of politics don't apply to her - that with her media appeal and her grassroots following …
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Underwear bomb suspect claims wrongful imprisonment by U.S., files for release  —  The so-called underwear bomber charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner is arguing for his prison release, claiming wrongful imprisonment by the American government.
 
 
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
‘Joe the Plumber’ may run for Congress: ‘Maybe we need some regular guys in there.’
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Edward Rothstein / New York Times:
Memorial Review: Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ACS Blog
Lindsey Christ / NY1.com:
State Supreme Court Sides With Teachers' Union On Evaluations
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme
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 Earlier Items: 
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Gaddafi's desperate bid to save regime revealed
Discussion: EA WorldView and Via Meadia
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Will Rick Perry's ‘Homosexuality Is Like Alcoholism’ Comparison Hinder His Campaign?
Discussion: pandagon.net, The Spot and Advocate
Noah / Noahpinion:
Japan's low unemployment is easily explained
Paul Krugman:
Fiscalization Watch  —  A correspondent informs me that Wolfgang …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Hurricane Bearing Down Cantor Spox Says Disaster Relief Should Be Paid For With Spending Cuts