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2:30 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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International Business Times:
Ron Paul Debate: Rick Perry Physically Grabs Him, Points at His Face  —  During the Sept. 7 Republican debate, Ron Paul clashed with fellow Texan Rick Perry once again.  —  This time, things got physical.  —  During a commercial break, Perry walked up to Paul's podium, physically grabbed Paul's wrist …
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Perry comes out strong, but faces grave danger
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Fireworks between Perry and Romney erupt early in debate
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  —  Part of a joint investigation with the Dept. of Energy  —  Solyndra — recently touted as an innovator by President Obama — is reportedly shutting its doors.  Employees are being turned away this morning.  —  FBI agents armed with search warrants descended …
San Francisco Chronicle:
FBI serves search warrants at Solyndra
ABCNEWS:   FBI agents executed search warrants on Thursday at the headquarters …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Eric Cantor weighs in on Rick Perry's ‘Ponzi’ rhetoric  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday offered Texas Gov. Rick Perry a softer way to describe Social Security, instead of calling it a Ponzi scheme.  —  The Virginia Republican, speaking to a group of reporters at a lunch organized …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate at the Reagan library
Discussion: Verum Serum and Daily Kos
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rick Santelli to Tom Friedman: 'You're idiotic'
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Verum Serum
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Social Security is Not a Ponzi Scheme, Mr. Perry
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Court rejects health law challenges  —  A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out two challenges to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on procedural grounds.  —  Delivering a two-pronged win to the Obama administration, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said Virginia has no right …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Majority Votes To Uphold The Affordable Care Act  —  BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Majority Votes To Uphold The Affordable Care Act |  The Fourth Circuit just handed down two opinions ordering that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's challenge to the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Appeals court shoots down Virginia's healthcare challenge  —  A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed one of the highest-profile challenges to President Obama's healthcare reform law.  —  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) …
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.
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Joel Millman / Wall Street Journal:
Labor Dispute Erupts at Port
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann fills vacuum, announces rebuttal to president's 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 …
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.
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.
CNN:
Haley rules out Huntsman endorsement  —  Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that she will not support Jon Huntsman's Republican presidential bid, a serious blow to the former Utah governor's chances in the key early primary state.
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and The Page
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.
 
 
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The Politico:
At Reagan debate, Jon Huntsman wins a prize nobody wants
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Doctor Fees Major Factor in Health Costs, Study Says
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Gawker
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Mogul Plans Another Run, to Succeed Lieberman
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Rising Fears of Recession
First Read / msnbc.com:
Who do you think won the Republican debate at the Reagan library?
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton should challenge Barack Obama
Sheri Jennings / Associated Press:
‘4:44’ Film Billed as Wake-up Call to Humanity
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