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3:45 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.
First Read /
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 …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney 43%, Obama 40%  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and GOP 12
New York Times:
Perry Wears a Bull's-Eye at G.O.P. Debate
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Path to the nomination: What about someone else?
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann's vaccine doubts ‘dangerous and irresponsible’
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
HPV, Perry, and Bachmann
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and National Review
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Gardasil Flap  —  I can't make up my mind over this whole controversy.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Perry has deep financial ties to maker of HPV vaccine
The Right Scoop:   Rush: Bachmann jumped the shark over Gardasil causing mental retardation
David Weigel / Slate:
Bachmann Asks: Can Gardisil Make Your Kids Retarded?
CNN:   Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says Obama would sign pieces of jobs package
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Politico:
John Boehner tries to cut deeper on 2012 funds
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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 …
A.Killough / CNN:
Congressional members weigh in on NY-9 special election
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
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 …
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
House Dems introduce bill to eliminate debt ceiling  —  Three congressional Democrats are introducing a bill Wednesday that would abolish the federal debt ceiling.  The lawmakers say that the recent debate to raise the ceiling and avoid default had a “disastrous” effect on the U.S economy …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
Laura Olson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Change proposed for state's electoral vote process  —  HARRISBURG — A new proposal is pushing the often-forgotten Electoral College into the spotlight as Pennsylvania officials ponder the state's role in next year's presidential race.  —  Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is trying …
Discussion: and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Faith Group Gets Paid for Training Hill Staff  —  This spring, four House Republicans used money from their Congressional office accounts to send five staff members to a training seminar run by a conservative Christian group in Indiana that is leading the charge in the state for an amendment to ban gay marriage.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
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What Job ‘Training’ Teaches? Bad Work Habits
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Associated Press:
Smaller corn surplus could push food prices higher
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon GOP removes anti-gay language from party platform
Ronald Brownstein /
With Doubts, Voters Prefer Obama Jobs Plan
Discussion: Politics and ThinkProgress
Alicia Rancilio / Associated Press:
Johnston writes of Bristol Palin's pregnancy
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Dish
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
How to Raise Revenue Without Violating the Tax Pledge
 Earlier Items: 
Upper-Income Americans' Economic Confidence Shaken
Discussion: Don Surber
John Lyons / Wall Street Journal:
Dark Side of Brazil's Rise
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