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7:55 AM ET, September 8, 2011


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Fireworks between Perry and Romney erupt early in debate  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) began sparring over their respective jobs records after no less than 10 minutes into Wednesday's Republican presidential debate.
New York Times:
Romney and Perry Clash, Drawing Lines in G.O.P. Sand  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The fight for the Republican presidential nomination began narrowing into an intense and ideological battle at a debate here Wednesday night, with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Mitt Romney sharply clashing over Social Security …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney adviser: Perry ‘has lost’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign leapt just now on Rick Perry's restatement of his view that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and that promising to maintain it in its current form is a “monstrous lie.”  —  “PERRY DOES NOT BELIEVE SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD EXIST,” read the headline of Romney's press release.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
REPUBLICANS CHEER DEATH PENALTY at Reagan Library Debate (Video)  —  Republicans Cheer Death Penalty-  —  Republicans cheered the death penalty tonight at the GOP debate at the Reagan Library.  They cheered again when Governor Rick Perry defended his state's laws.  —  Brian Williams: Governor Perry a question about Texas.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Perry Leads  —  This was a very successful debate debut for Rick Perry.  It confirms his position as the leader of the field.  As of now, this race is a Perry-Romney duel, but Perry's the one to beat.  Romney and Perry were well matched tonight, but Perry's appeal to the base means he's got …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry begins to show his hand on Social Security
Al Gore / Al's Journal:
Confronting Disappointment  —  On Friday afternoon, as brave and committed activists continued their non-violent civil disobedience outside the White House in protest of the tar sands pipeline that would lead to a massive increase in global warming pollution, President Obama ordered the EPA …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Gore rebukes Obama
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Al Gore: Obama bows to polluters
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
White House could take bigger role in vetting costly regulations ahead of 2012
Discussion: Facebook and The Politico
David Rogers / The Politico:
Hill moving fast on spending bills  —  Keeping faith with the August debt accord, House Republicans and Senate Democrats moved dramatically closer on 2012 domestic spending Wednesday even as the GOP leadership signaled greater latitude regarding disaster funding without immediate offsets.
Reid pushes emergency FEMA funding while Cantor denies holding disaster aid ‘hostage’
Discussion: The Politico
OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Republican presidential debate promises healthcare fireworks
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Seeks To Call GOP Bluff By Pushing Clean Emergency Disaster Relief Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
The Republican Debate at the Reagan Library  —  The following is a transcript of the 2012 Republican presidential debate on Sept. 7, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif., as transcribed by Roll Call.  —  SPEAKERS: REP. RON PAUL, R-TEXAS, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE  —  GOV. RICK PERRY, R-TEXAS, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
The real Ronald Reagan may not meet today's GOP standards
Tim Graham /
Actress Mila Kunis: ‘I Love Barack Obama,’ Adds Young Republicans Are ‘Ill-Informed’  —  Actress Mila Kunis granted an interview (and cover photo) to Stylist magazine and proclaimed “I love Barack Obama” and that young Republicans are “ill-informed” in Middle America and can't tell you why they oppose Obama.
Discussion: The Other McCain, TBogg and The Caucus
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
NBC picks Packers over Obama in Milwaukee  —  He probably didn't know it at the time, but when President Obama greeted Green Bay Packers quarterback (and California Golden Bears alum) Aaron Rodgers at the White House this August, he was shaking hand with the competition.  And not because Obama is a Chicago Bears fan.
Michael Falcone / Politics:
Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton: Run!  —  LOS ANGELES — Hillary Clinton for president?  —  “So far she hasn't said she would, but I think it's not a bad idea,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told ABC's Jonathan Karl in an interview on Wednesday to promote his new book “In My Time.”
Jonathan Karl / Politics:
Dick Cheney Tells Republican Presidential Candidates To Watch Their Mouths
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The secret to the right wing noise machine's success  —  It's simple: Keep making noise, regardless of the facts, and hopefully with a big assist from the major news orgs, until the other side caves from sheer exhaustion, in order to make the noise go away.  —  Conservatives and Tea Partyers …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Sinks to New Lows Among Whites, Hispanics  —  Blacks' support remains high, but at 84% ties record for monthly low  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama earned the lowest monthly job approval rating of his presidency to date in August, with 41% of U.S. adults approving …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
One Reason Why Keynesian Stimuli Aren't Working: They Aren't Keynesian  —  In The Washington Times, businessman Mike Whalen (who's associated the free-market think tank NCPA) writes up an interesting take on why various federal stimulus program have tanked like the Titanic (while causing few ripples on the way down).
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The Greater Recession: The Real Reason Americans Feel So Squeezed  —  The collapse of the middle class is greater than the Great Recession.  But what's really behind our 30-year crash?  One statistic, often ignored, begins to provide a clearer picture.  It's the productivity, stupid.  —  REUTERS
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Dickensian  —  I have to laugh at the Mistermix that the media might notice the Republicans are crazy and a pile-on might begin.  It just cracks me up.  Look where we are now- Paul Ryan, the GOP poster boy who offered up the blueprint for the biggest piece of class warfare ever offered …
Brad Friedman / MoJo Articles:
Audio: Chris Christie Lets Loose at Secret Koch Brothers Confab  —  In our exclusive recordings, David Koch introduces the New Jersey governor as “my kind of guy” and “a true political hero.”  —  Post Comment … On the morning of June 26, Chris Christie, New Jersey's flamboyant …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Rocking out with Michele Bachmann Overdrive  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate who won the Iowa straw poll last month, might not know it, but she's even got a band named after her.  —  Michele Bachmann Overdrive is a four-man rock outfit based in Great Falls …
Discussion: Wonkette
‘Connected’ Energy Firm Got Lowest Interest Rate on Government Loan  —  A politically connected solar company that pocketed a half billion dollar government loan, only to shut its doors, fire workers and file for bankruptcy, benefited from a series of breaks in securing the federal funds …
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Thomas Kaplan / City Room:
In Race for Weiner's Seat, $75,000 From Foes of Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
HHS expands hospital visitation rights for gay couples
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Gay marriage foes may win right to defend Prop. 8 in court
Aaron Blake / Bloomberg:
Obama's base grows disenchanted
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey News Release
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Economix
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Whole Truth and Nothing But
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NC opposes marriage amendment
Top DOT official tells staff not to mention free voter ID cards to the public — unless they ask
Discussion: The Raw Story
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Under the Bus: A Pack of Pouting Greens
Anne Jolis / Wall Street Journal:
The Other Climate Theory  —  Al Gore won't hear it …
Discussion: Power Line
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Liberals Finally See the Obama We've Seen All Along