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4:05 PM ET, September 23, 2011


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Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Fox News-Google GOP Debate  —  This is a rush transcript from the Fox News-Google GOP Presidential debate on September 22, 2011 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  BRET BAIER, ANCHOR …
The Politico:
Texas toast?  Perry worries GOP  —  ORLANDO - The first line of Rick Perry's campaign obituary may have been drafted Thursday night: He got in too late.  —  It's not quite time for his camp to panic but in his third debate in a month - nearly as many as he's done in the entire decade he's served …
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Affordable Care Act Edition  —  Last night's Republican debate was interesting for many reasons, but the thing that made me angriest was this, from Herman Cain: … You will not be surprised to learn that the crowd whooped and hollered its approval.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Power of Flat Out Lies
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Yikes  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD's official reaction to last night's Republican presidential debate: Yikes.  —  Reading the reactions of thoughtful commentators after the stage emptied, talking with conservative policy types and GOP political operatives later last evening and this morning, we know we're not alone.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Perry's cringe-worthiest debate moment  —  This is a gimme.  Seriously.  —  I mentioned Rick Perry's DREAM Act debate blunder in my round-up post.  —  It gets second place.  —  The cringe-worthiest moment, by a hair, was when Perry botched what should have been his most potent attack on Mitt Romney's chronic flip-flopping.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry: Don't elect ‘smoothest debater’
Discussion: CNN
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney: Opposing illegal immigration requires ‘a heart and a brain’
Discussion: CNN
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
No Thanking the Gay Soldier in Iraq for His Service?  —  Rereading the transcript of last night's debate, I am struck that Rick Santorum did not thank Stephen Hill, a gay soldier in the U.S. Army currently in Iraq, for his service.  Nor did anyone else on that stage.
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Audience Members At Fox News Debate Boo Gay Soldier (VIDEO)  —  ORLANDO, FL — Members of the crowd gathered for the Fox News/YouTube debate booed a video of a gay soldier in Iraq who asked if the nine presidential candidates on stage would work to “circumvent” the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Rick Santorum Owes Gay Soldier an Apology
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gay soldier booed at GOP debate, candidates stay mum
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Cram It!  Senate Dems And Republicans Reject Holding Disaster Aid Hostage  —  By a bipartisan vote of 59-36 Friday, Senate Democrats and several Republicans tabled (read: effectively killed) House-passed legislation to fund the federal government beyond September 30.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hullabaloo
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate likely to reject House-passed spending bill; shutdown still possible
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House lawmakers to leave town Friday
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Ron Suskind's Larry Summers problem  —  Jacob Weisberg isn't a big fan of Ron Suskind's new book, nor, for that matter, of Ron Suskind.  I've also been reading ‘The Confidence Men,’ and like Weisberg, I'm not impressed, but for a very different reason.  Let's call it, as Suskind does, the Larry Summers problem.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Social Contract  —  This week President Obama said the obvious: that wealthy Americans, many of whom pay remarkably little in taxes, should bear part of the cost of reducing the long-run budget deficit.  And Republicans like Representative Paul Ryan responded with shrieks of “class warfare.”
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Herman Cain Won the Debate  —  Good Lord this was the worst debate I think I've ever watched.  —  The audio was terrible.  When the audience clapped the sound of the candidates faded away.  The charts and polling was silly.  Too many bells and whistles and too damn many candidates on the stage.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ACA would not have killed Cain
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Passing the baton of irony
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Rush Limbaugh On Gary Johnson Joke: 'Guess I've Become Show Prep For The GOP Debates' … NEW YORK — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson brought down the house at Thursday night's Fox News/ Google debate when he joked about how his “next-door neighbor's two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.”
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Gov. Mitch Daniels: Obama ‘inhabits a different planet’ on economic issues  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said President Obama “inhabits a different planet” when it comes to the understanding of job creation and the economy.  —  “I do believe the president, his life has been so far removed …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Mitch Daniels: Obama not a socialist
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Daily Beast:
Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs  —  While Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought.  Eli Lake previews an exclusive story appearing in Monday's Newsweek.
Debbie Goffa / L.A. NOW:
‘Irvine 11’ jury finds all 10 students guilty  —  After more than two days of deliberation, an Orange County jury on Friday found 10 Muslim students guilty of two misdemeanors to conspire and then disrupt a February 2010 speech at UC Irvine last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lisa Depaulo / GQ:
Is This the Sanest Man Running for President?  —  If you're seeking the presidency but no one notices, are you still seeking the presidency?  Gary Johnson was governor of New Mexico for eight years, balanced the hell out of his budgets, and climbed Mount Everest with a broken leg.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agitator
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist  —  Gilad Atzmon is a jazz saxophonist who lives in London and who has a side gig disseminating the wildest sort of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.  He is an ex-Israeli and a self-proclaimed “self-hater” …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Amateur Ideal  —  The 1910s and 1920s were the golden age of the amateur ideal.  On the golf courses, Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur golfer of all time, won a string of major championships.  —  He served as a moral exemplar as well.  In the 1925 U.S. Open, he accidentally nudged his ball while setting up for a shot.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Majority Rates Obama Same or Worse Compared With Bush  —  Half say Obama has been worse than Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Asked to compare Barack Obama with George W. Bush, Americans are more inclined to say Obama has been a better (43%) rather than a worse (34%) president, with 22% seeing no difference between the two.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Dueling UN Speeches, Or, This is Getting Tiresome
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How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't
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