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9:10 PM ET, September 13, 2011


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Perry ‘taken aback’ by debate crowd reaction  —  TAMPA, FL — The morning after a sometimes-rocky appearance in front of a Tea Party debate audience, Gov. Rick Perry said he was “taken aback” by cheers from some crowd members on a hypothetical question of whether a young man who decides …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bachmann: Gardasil causes “mental retardation”  —  Earlier today, I noted that Michele Bachmann finally scored points on Rick Perry by hitting him on his ties to Merck and linking that to the Gardasil mandate Perry imposed through executive order in Texas.  This is a fair point on Perry's record …
The Right Scoop:
Rush: Bachmann jumped the shark over Gardasil causing mental retardation  —  Rush had high praise for Bachmann's performance last night, but in the clip below he says she's gone too far today, jumping the shark over repeating the anecdote she heard last night after the debate that suggested that Garadasil might cause mental retardation:
Henry I. Miller / National Review:
Gardasil and the GOP  —  More than an hour into last night's debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy.  It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Bachmann: I'm A-Goin' to Go Ahead and Push This Lunatic Vaccines=Autism Lie  —  Precious bodily fluids.  —  That's not just a throwaway movie line.  There is strain of “body paranoia,” for lack of a better term, that infects the public from time time; first it was fluoridation …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
HPV, Perry, and Bachmann  —  HPV is an acronym for human papillomavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “the most common sexually transmitted infection.”  Some twenty million Americans carry the virus and there are about six million new cases each year.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Gardasil Flap  —  I can't make up my mind over this whole controversy.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Bachmann: ‘Crying’ mother shared HPV story
David Weigel / Slate:
Bachmann Asks: Can Gardisil Make Your Kids Retarded?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Social Security hurting Perry?  —  Americans strongly disagree with the statements Rick Perry made about Social Security in last week's Republican Presidential debate, and Barack Obama has nearly doubled his lead over Perry nationally in the span of just 3 weeks.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The frontrunner has no clothes  —  The applause identified Rick Perry …
Jaime Fuller / TAPPED:
Today in SAT Prep: Romney Is to Clinton as Perry Is to Obama
Ross Douthat:
Rick Perry as Howard Dean
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney 43%, Obama 40%  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney …
Dustin Ingalls / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 4, Perry by 11 nationally
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Perry Leads but Romney Gaining in GOP Favorability
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010  —  Summary of Key Findings  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different from the previous year.
Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
The Great Recession in five charts
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
David Morgan / CBS News:
Poverty continues to rise in U.S., now 15.1%
The Hill:
House GOP widening scope of Solyndra probe, wants answers from White House
Discussion: The Politico
Ronald D. White / Money & Company:
Energy Department expects solar energy project to create 900 jobs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Axelrod: 'We're not in a negotiation' on Obama $447B jobs package  —  Obama's top political adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday that the administration was unwilling to break up the president's $447 billion jobs plan if Republicans were only receptive to passing certain elements.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senate Dems finally move disaster aid
Todd Gregory / Media Matters for America:
Shockingly Petty: News Corp. Outlets Attack Obama Over Paper Clip  —  In the annals of mindless partisan sniping, this may place at the top.  —  This morning, Fox & Friends joined the New York Post in attacking President Obama for using a paper clip.  Read that again: They attacked Obama for using a paper clip.
Discussion: Daily Kos, TPM LiveWire and Wonkette
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren To Announce Senate Run Wednesday … Elizabeth Warren , Scott Brown , Scott Brown Senate , Warren Senate , Elizabeth Warren 2012 , Elizabeth Warren For Senate , Elizabeth Warren Massachusetts , Elizabeth Warren Massachusetts Senate , Elizabeth Warren Scott Brown …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Indecent  —  The moment from last night that keeps haunting me:  —  Look: in some ways the honesty is refreshing.  Yes, failing to get your own health insurance creates an obvious free-rider problem, and this is at the heart of the health insurance debate.
Paul Krugman:
The Death of the Confidence Fairy  —  In the first half of last year a strange delusion swept much of the policy elite on both sides of the Atlantic — the belief that cutting spending in the face of high unemployment would actually create jobs.  I went after this stuff early and hard …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
IMF: Austerity boosts unemployment, lowers paychecks
Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Weiner flees amid Dem panic over vote today  —  Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner did his fellow Democrats no favors yesterday — moving out of his district just as his panicking party struggled to hold on to his endangered congressional seat.  —  Winer took the last ramining items …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Michele Bachmann: U.S. Immigration ‘Worked Very, Very Well’ Under The Asian Exclusion Act  —  Under Bachmann's Immigration Policy, Lt. Hikaru Sulu Would Not Be Allowed In The United States  —  In 1924, Congress passed a package of immigration laws — including the National Origins Act …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Liberal Democrats announce jobs platform to the left of Obama's  —  Liberal House Democrats on Tuesday announced a jobs proposal to the left of President Obama's jobs package.  —  At a news conference, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Obama's proposal was a good start …
Shebshi / the Heartland:
Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit  —  Silly me.  I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy.  I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up …
CNN Poll: President gets no bounce from speech, but disapproval rating peaks  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama didn't score any political points with his speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress last Thursday.  According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Osama Bin Laden's Last Message to America: Beware Capitalism?  —  A day after Americans observed the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks by al Qaeda, a new video featuring the terror group's now-deceased leader surfaced in which Osama bin Laden warns the American people …
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Fatah calls for mass marches in cities ahead of UN vote
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CBO chief warns debt panel spending cuts could slow recovery
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Discussion: TalkLeft and Grist
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Judge Invalidates Health Care Act's Insurance-Buying Mandate
Greg Cergol / NBC New York:
Victim's Name Misspelled on 9/11 Memorial
James Bovard / Wall Street Journal:
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