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7:30 PM ET, September 8, 2011


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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 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rick Santelli to Tom Friedman: 'You're idiotic'  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, stuck to his claim that Social Security in its current form is a so-called Ponzi scheme during last night's presidential debate.  The media are getting a lot of mileage out of sound bite.
Ron Paul .com:
Force vs. Reason: Rick Perry Gets in Ron Paul's Face  —  During a commercial break at Wednesday's Republican debate, Rick Perry and Ron Paul continued their spirited exchange on stage.  Suddenly, Perry grabbed Ron Paul's forearm while aggressively pointing his index finger towards the Congressman's face.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rove ‘surprised’ by Perry's criticism of him at Republican debate  —  Former George W. Bush and Rick Perry adviser Karl Rove said that it was an “odd moment” when his critique of the current Texas governor was mentioned in last night's presidential debate, and that he was “surprised” …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   Eric Cantor weighs in on Rick Perry's ‘Ponzi’ rhetoric
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Romney throws America's youth under the bus
New York Times:
Romney and Perry Clash, Drawing Lines in G.O.P. Sand
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact checking the GOP debate at the Reagan library
Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Social Security is Not a Ponzi Scheme, Mr. Perry
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Why They Cheered  —  Capital punishment brings out the worst in the liberal elite.  —  (Note: We're working on an assignment, so today's column is abbreviated.  We return tomorrow at the usual length.)  —  Perhaps the most striking statement at last night's Republican presidential debate came …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What Perry has ‘never struggled with at all’  —  If I had to pick the most memorable exchange of last night's debate for the Republican presidential candidates, at least for me, it would have to be the Q&A about Rick Perry and the death penalty.  Here's the video:
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:
The Republican Debate at the Reagan Library
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cheering for state-imposed death
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 …
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) …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Health care challenge rejected
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Guy Benson /
Guy Benson Lawless: Unionized Longshoremen Take Hostages, Destroy Property in Labor Dispute
Discussion: Big Journalism
San Francisco Chronicle:
FBI serves search warrants at Solyndra  —  (09-08) 09:35 PDT FREMONT — FBI agents served search warrants this morning at Solyndra, the Fremont solar company that abruptly closed last week, two years after receiving more than $500 million in federal stimulus money, an agency official said.
RJ Middleton / NBC Bay Area:
FBI at Solyndra Headquarters
The Politico:
A big, bold jobs plan  —  With President Barack Obama preparing to address a joint session of Congress about our unemployment crisis Thursday night, our message to him - as his reliable supporters and political allies — is simple: Think big and act boldly.  —  Americans expect and deserve nothing less.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Maxine Waters to Obama on unemployment: Iowans or blacks?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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.
Jessica Taylor / Hotline On Call:
DCCC Drops A Half-Million To Save Weiner Seat  —  From National Journal:  —  PICTURES: Pols and Wonks Who Went to Hollywood  —  INSIDERS POLL: Dems Hold on to Hope  —  Perry: Powerful but Unpolished  —  Democrats are showing the clearest sign yet of concern ahead of next Tuesday's special election …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   DCCC to spend a half-million dollars to help Weprin hold Weiner's old seat
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The U.S. Economic Outlook  —  Good afternoon.  I am delighted to be in the Twin Cities and would like to thank the Economic Club of Minnesota for inviting me to kick off its 2011-2012 speaker series.  Today I will provide a brief overview of the U.S. economic outlook and conclude …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama brings guests to jobs speech  —  This is turning into a State of the Union-like event.  —  The White House has announced that nearly two-dozen guests will sit with first lady Michelle Obama to watch President Obama deliver his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.
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.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House releases talking points to liberals ahead of speech  —  The teleprompter script for tonight's speech by President Barack Obama is still a secret, but the White House's script for spinning reporters, bloggers, and their audiences has been leaked to The Daily Caller.
Sami Aboudi / Reuters:
Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza: Erdogan  —  (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year's Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
New York Post:
The check may never be in the mail again  —  It may be the perfect metaphor for America, 2011: The US Postal Service — one of the few government agencies actually authorized by the Constitution — is about to go bankrupt.  —  The USPS traces its roots back to 1692 but has seen …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
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The Atlantic Online:
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Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
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The Smoking Gun:
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Rep. Burgess says supercommittee should save money by cutting healthcare law
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Daniel Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
President Obama's Martha's Vineyard Estate Put up for Sale (Exclusive)
Discussion: The Politico and Business Insider
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Florida GOP chairman dies
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Despite 41 DNA Exonerations In Texas In Last 9 Years, Perry Says He Never Loses Sleep Over Executing The Innocent
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton should challenge Barack Obama
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why liberals fear the ‘Lochner’ decision