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11:55 AM 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.
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 less than 10 minutes into Wednesday's Republican presidential debate.  —  The highly-anticipated fight between Romney …
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Reagan Library Republican debate: Winners and Losers  —  Republican presidential candidates, from left, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas., stand together …
Z. Byron Wolf / Politics:
Rick Perry, Galileo and Global Warming  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry clung to his skepticism of climate change science in Wednesday's Republican presidential debate when he was asked if he believes man-made climate change is happening.  —  “The science is not settled on this.
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate at the Reagan library
Discussion: Verum Serum
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Perry vs. Romney
Washington Examiner:
Perry comes out strong, but faces grave danger
Discussion: JustOneMinute and NewsBusters.org
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Perry Leads  —  This was a very successful debate debut for Rick Perry.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Third GOP Debate
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
First Read / msnbc.com:
Who do you think won the Republican debate at the Reagan library?  —  {"contentId":"7658608","totalVotes":"14 1607"}  —  Who do you think won the GOP debate?  —  Results  —  Total of 141,607 votes  —  Ron Paul  —  50.8%  —  (71,960 votes)  —  Mitt Romney  —  17%  —  (24,061 votes)
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
REPUBLICANS CHEER DEATH PENALTY at Reagan Library Debate (Video)
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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
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.
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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USA Today:
Obama plans to take his jobs program on the road  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama's high-stakes economic address to Congress tonight will be just the opening salvo in a partisan debate likely to last through the fall and into the 2012 presidential campaign.  —  Some of his proposals …
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Fox News:
Obama to Unveil $400 Billion Jobs Plan; Republicans Predict ‘Political Speech’
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 …
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Beth DeFalco / Associated Press:
NJ gov met with oil exec before gas pact pullout
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
News Analysis: On the Verge of a Double Dip 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.
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.
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.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Mogul Plans Another Run, to Succeed Lieberman  —  WASHINGTON — Linda E. McMahon, the wrestling mogul who spent $50 million of her own money in an aggressive but failed Senate run in Connecticut last year, will announce in the coming week that she will try again, according to two Republicans who are close to her.
 
 
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