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2:20 PM ET, September 13, 2011


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The frontrunner has no clothes  —  The applause identified Rick Perry as the crowd favorite when he took the stage in Tampa for Monday night's Tea Party debate, greeting his lesser rivals as “fellas.”  —  But two hours later, those fellas - and a gal from Minnesota - had made some serious …
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Bachmann: ‘Crying’ mother shared HPV story  —  Michele Bachmann again accused Rick Perry of practicing “crony capitalism” Tuesday morning, appearing on NBC's “Today” show to criticize Perry for seeking to force “innocent little 12-year-old girls or 11-year-old girls” to take a “potentially dangerous” vaccine injection.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Bachmann: 'I'm offended'  —  Within 90 minutes of the end of the GOP debate, Michele Bachmann's camp emailed on the HPV vaccine dust-up with Rick Perry, highlighting her status as a mom as she questioned his conservative credentials.  —  It's also the first time I can remember Bachmann …
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 …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Romney's Win  —  If a debate more than four months before the first vote is cast can influence the outcome of a presidential nomination race, the debate last night among eight Republicans should aid Mitt Romney's candidacy.  Seldom has there been as clear a winner.
New York Times:
Perry Wears a Bull's-Eye at G.O.P. Debate  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican presidential candidates aggressively confronted Gov. Rick Perry at a debate here on Monday night and pressed him to expound upon his views on Social Security and a controversial vaccination program for teenage girls that he signed into law in Texas.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Gardasil Flap  —  I can't make up my mind over this whole controversy.  I think I'm torn because both sides are making good and bad arguments.  I think the charge of crony capitalism against Perry is valid generally and looks on target in this case in particular.  The issue isn't just that he got $5,000 from Merck.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Perry Better Get Better  —  I don't think Rick Perry lost …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Rick Perry Calls Medicare And Social Security Unconstitutional
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann's vaccine doubts ‘dangerous and irresponsible’
Discussion: Slate, Gawker and The Volokh Conspiracy
CNN:   Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Path to the nomination: What about someone else?
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
The Politico:
John Boehner tries to cut deeper on 2012 funds
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dems' fate in NY special sparks '12 fears  —  A looming Democratic loss in New York's special election Tuesday would be seen as a sign of big political and policy problems for President Obama and his party heading into next year's election.  —  Democrats have held former Rep. Anthony Weiner's …
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.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran to free US hikers jailed for spying  —  Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were detained two years ago for walking across an unmarked border into Iran  —  Iran has moved to reduce tensions with the international community by pledging to release two Americans held in the country …
Discussion: Truthdig and AmSpecBlog
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Will Reportedly Release 2 Jailed Americans
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rep. Issa hit with ethics allegations  —  A liberal advocacy group is filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa, alleging that the California Republican has repeatedly used his public office for personal gain.  —  The group, American Family Voices, is planning to file the complaint …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Tea Party Debate Audience Cheers Idea Of Letting Sick Man Without Insurance Die (VIDEO)  —  The last two Republican presidential debates have been some of the most macabre on record.  Last time around, at the Reagan Library, the crowd gave the biggest applause of the night …
Josh Saul / New York Post:
Stop and frisky  —  The NYPD has launched an investigation after a raunchy YouTube video surfaced featuring uniformed officers gyrating and rubbing their crotches against semi-nude women at the violence-racked West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.  —  The explicit footage shows the cops wildly bumping …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Senate subcommittee proposes slashing White House DOD request by $26B  —  A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday proposed slashing the White House's 2012 Pentagon spending bill by $26 billion, including cutting F-35 program funds by $1.2 billion and canceling an Army-Marine vehicle program.
Discussion: The Politico
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Paul Krugman:
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With Doubts, Voters Prefer Obama Jobs Plan
Discussion: Politics and ThinkProgress
Alicia Rancilio / Associated Press:
Johnston writes of Bristol Palin's pregnancy
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney 43%, Obama 40%  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney …
Discussion: GOP 12
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
How to Raise Revenue Without Violating the Tax Pledge
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Tea party audience boos Ron Paul for explaining motive of al Qaeda
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New York Times:
Militants Launch Attack on U.S. Embassy in Kabul
Abigail Moses / Bloomberg:
Greek Default Probability Is 98% as Papandreou Fails to Reassure Investors
Jamie Stengle / Associated Press:
Ruling: Recalculate court costs for cheerleader
Discussion: Law Blog and JustOneMinute