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1:00 PM ET, September 8, 2011

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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 …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
How Rick Perry Won the Debate  —  The most intellectually interesting portion of tonight's Republican presidential debate occurred in its opening moments, when Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred over their states' record of job creation.  Perry cited his states record of creating jobs.
New York Times:
Attacking the Democrats, but Not Always Getting It Right  —  During more than an hour and 45 minutes of intense debate on Wednesday night, the Republican presidential candidates did not shy away from exchanging blows with each other.  But some of the toughest criticism …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Electability a Primary Liability for Perry  —  I've developed a habit — it's probably a bad habit — of assigning letter grades to the Republican candidates based on my initial reaction to their performance in debates.  After Wednesday night's debate in Simi Valley, I gave Rick Perry a B-minus, meaning an average performance.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Fireworks between Perry and Romney erupt early in debate
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate at the Reagan library
Discussion: Verum Serum
msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Slugfest in Simi
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Social Security is Not a Ponzi Scheme, Mr. Perry
Washington Examiner:
Perry comes out strong, but faces grave danger
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Perry Leads  —  This was a very successful debate debut for Rick Perry.
Lisa Fernandez / Mercury News:
FBI agents executing search warrant at Solyndra  —  Just days after the company filed for bankruptcy protection, federal agents swarmed around the Solyndra facilities in Fremont to execute a search warrant.  —  FBI agents were joined by officials from the Department of Energy's Office …
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RJ Middleton / NBC Bay Area:
FBI at Solyndra Headquarters
ABCNEWS:
FBI agents executed search warrants on Thursday at the headquarters …
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bachmann fills vacuum, announces rebuttal to Obama jobs speech  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), struggling to maintain visibility as a Republican presidential candidate, will rebut President Obama's jobs speech to Congress on Thursday, her congressional office said.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why liberals fear the ‘Lochner’ decision  —  Liberal certitudes continue to dissolve, the most recent solvent being a robust new defense of a 1905 Supreme Court decision that liberals have long reviled — and misrepresented.  To understand why the court correctly decided Lochner v. New York …
Reuters:
New jobless claims rise to 414,000 last week  —  A man and woman enter a job fair at the Phoenix Workforce Connection in Phoenix, Arizona August 30, 2011.  REUTERS/Joshua Lott  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week, further evidence of a weak labor market …
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Yahoo! News:
Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR  —  LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Rising Fears of Recession  —  If history is a guide, the odds that the American economy is falling into a double-dip recession have risen sharply in recent weeks and may even have reached 50 percent.  —  Economies have a strong self-reinforcing nature.  When people are optimistic, they spend …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. DeMint to skip Obama's jobs speech  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will skip President Obama's speech Thursday night, in a move that draws attention to the labor union controversy in his home state.  —  DeMint plans to meet with Boeing officials and employees in Charleston on Thursday night …
Discussion: CNN
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Rasmussen Reports:
44% Say Obama's Views Are Mainstream, 44% Say Extreme  —  As President Obama prepares to address the nation on creating jobs, voters are divided on whether his views are best described as being mainstream or extreme.  Voters also give mixed opinions about the Republicans vying for his job.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
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Rasmussen Reports:
24% Consider Al Gore An Expert On Global Warming
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Google just got ZAGAT Rated!  —  “Did you know there's a place in Menlo Park near the Safeway that has a 27 food rating?” one of my friends asked me that about two years ago, and I was struck because I immediately knew what it meant.  Food rating... 30 point scale... Zagat.  And the place... had to be good.
The Politico:
At Reagan debate, Jon Huntsman wins a prize nobody wants  —  There is, of course, no formal political equivalent of the Lady Byng Trophy.  Instead, every four years, the press corps dubs one candidate the exemplar of tough, honest, truth-telling, willing to confront his or her party's orthodoxies with a cold blast of reality.
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Presidency by the Numbers  —  The president constantly reminds us that he was dealt a difficult hand.  But the evidence is overwhelming that he played it poorly.  —  When it comes to the economy, presidents, like quarterbacks, often get more credit or blame than they deserve.
Paul Needham / The Huffington Post:
‘Reason To Believe’: Joe Scarborough Releases Powerful Antiwar Song … For all the similarities between America's war in Vietnam and those in Iraq and Afghanistan, this past decade's wars have not yielded the singular pop-cultural response that the earlier quagmire did.
Mike Levine / Fox News:
Holder Denies Prior Knowledge of ‘Fast and Furious’  —  The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton should challenge Barack Obama  —  Go for it, Hillary!  —  That was former Vice President Dick Cheney's advice to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - take on Barack Obama in 2012.  —  “I think it would be good for the country [for Clinton to run for president] …
 
 
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