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9:45 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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Attacking the Democrats, but Not Always Getting It Right
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Live Blog: Perry Makes His Debate Debut
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Perry begins to show his hand on Social Security
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 …
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Rose  —  Claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign the labor market is struggling to gain traction more than two years after the recession ended.  —  Jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 414,000 in the week ended Sept. 3, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
Beth DeFalco / Associated Press:
NJ gov met with oil exec before gas pact pullout
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Gallup:Obama approval among Hispanics hits new low  —  President Obama's approval rating among Hispanics hit a new monthly low at 48 percent in August, according to Gallup, another troubling sign as he heads into next year's election.  —  In 2008, Obama blew out Sen. John McCain …
CBS New York:
Battle For Weiner's Seat In Congress Turns Into Referendum On Obama Policies  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The gloves are off.  —  The special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner has turned downright nasty.  —  It's as much a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies …
Thomas Kaplan / City Room:
In Race for Weiner's Seat, $75,000 From Foes of Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
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
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
Sheri Jennings / Associated Press:
‘4:44’ Film Billed as Wake-up Call to Humanity  —  Abel Ferrara made his new film “4:44 Last Day on Earth” to serve as a wake-up call to humanity over impending ecological disasters.  —  The movie, by the director of 1992's “Bad Lieutenant,” focuses largely on one couple …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
GIBSON CEO WILL ATTEND OBAMA'S JOB SPEECH: Says Federal Raid Will Cost Company $10 Million (Video)  —  Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told reporters today that the federal raid on the popular American guitar maker will cost the company $10,000,000.  Juszkiewicz also said that he will attend …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Schumer: Some Republicans “want the economy to actually fail”  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D - NY) said Thursday morning that he believed that Republicans in Congress would rather see President Obama defeated than economic improvement that would benefit the country as a whole.  —  “I think that is true.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama jobs plan could cost $300 billion, include tax cuts, new spending  —  President Obama is preparing to roll out a jobs program Thursday that could cost as much as $300 billion in infrastructure investments and tax cuts, but which aides said will include ways to pay for the programs …
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.
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: TBogg and The Caucus
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: Reuters, Campaign 2012 and The Politico
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 …
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
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