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6:35 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 …
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.
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:
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: alicublog and Campaign 2012
Is Rick Perry Making Mitt Romney a Better Candidate?  —  Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry (left) and Mitt Romney at the end of the debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express at the Florida state fairgrounds on Monday.  —  Rick Perry has cost Mitt Romney his lead in the polls …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Bachmann: ‘Crying’ mother shared HPV story
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
HPV, Perry, and Bachmann
Ross Douthat:
Rick Perry as Howard Dean
Jaime Fuller / TAPPED:
Today in SAT Prep: Romney Is to Clinton as Perry Is to Obama
David Weigel / Slate:
Bachmann Asks: Can Gardisil Make Your Kids Retarded?
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Bachmann: I'm A-Goin' to Go Ahead and Push This Lunatic Vaccines=Autism Lie
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry's Ties to Merck: $29,500+
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Yahoo! News:
Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work.  The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in more than two decades.
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%
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 …
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 Hill:
House GOP widening scope of Solyndra probe, wants answers from White House  —  House Republicans are planning to widen the scope of an investigation into a California solar company that declared bankruptcy last month after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration.
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says Obama would sign pieces of jobs package
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and AmSpecBlog
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney 43%, Obama 40%  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney now holds a sliver of lead over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup.  —  Romney earns 43% support to the president's 40% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters.
Dustin Ingalls / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads Romney by 4, Perry by 11 nationally
Ronald Brownstein /
With Doubts, Voters Prefer Obama Jobs Plan
Discussion: Politics and ThinkProgress
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
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 …
Frank Phillps / Boston Globe:
Democrat Warren to announce Senate candidacy targeting Scott Brown
Discussion: The Raw Story and DealBook
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 …
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 …
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
CBO chief warns debt panel spending cuts could slow recovery
Discussion: TPMDC, Washington Monthly and CNN
Washington Examiner:
‘Jobs act’ is another way of saying ‘stimulus’
Discussion: Power Line
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Perry Leads but Romney Gaining in GOP Favorability
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
No Heroic Assumptions In Ozone Cave
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Faith Group Gets Paid for Training Hill Staff
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
Justin Sink / The Hill:
House Dems introduce bill to eliminate debt ceiling
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Bovard / Wall Street Journal:
What Job ‘Training’ Teaches? Bad Work Habits
Discussion: Via Meadia
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon GOP removes anti-gay language from party platform
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
How to Raise Revenue Without Violating the Tax Pledge