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11:10 AM ET, August 26, 2011

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Perry Problem  —  As I write this, investors around the world are anxiously awaiting Ben Bernanke's speech at the annual Fed gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyo. They want to know whether Mr. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, will unveil new policies that might lift …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
The Near- and Longer-Term Prospects for the U.S. Economy  —  Good morning.  As always, thanks are due to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for organizing this conference.  This year's topic, long-term economic growth, is indeed pertinent—as has so often been the case at this symposium in past years.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
At Jackson Hole, Bernanke Tells The Nation He'll Deliver High Unemployment For Years  —  As I urged below, I think the most important part of Ben Bernanke's speech today is what it does to shape expectations.  The news isn't good.  Ben Bernanke is telling people not only that the Fed …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers warn Bernanke against QE 3
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Pataki not running-Perry talking with Trump-Romney, Bachmann staying the course-Huntsman's purple tie-Kimball: Never Quit-GOP turning on Palin  —  SCORE EXCLUSIVE - TRUMP TALKING WITH PERRY: Rick Perry has been speaking with Donald Trump by phone since wading into the presidential race, a Trump representative told Morning Score.
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Wall Street Journal:
Perry's Popping-Off Problem  —  The Republican candidate comes across well as consistent and sincere, but his quick-draw machismo will scare voters away.  —  Rick Perry this week roared away from the pack.  Gallup had him the party favorite, with 29% of Republicans and Republican-leaning …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Nikki Haley joins Michele Bachmann town hall
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A New York Hurricane Could Be a Multibillion-Dollar Catastrophe  —  Time to think about the unthinkable.  What if a major hurricane were to pass close to New York City, as several forecasting models now suggest that Hurricane Irene might?  —  Apart from the inevitable loss of life …
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Simonhernandezarthur / CNN:
Source: Pataki decides against White House run  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki will not run for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to him told CNN.  —  Pataki, who had been flirting with a White House bid for months, was scheduled to appear …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
George Pataki out of the 2012 running
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
NY Daily News:
Giant rat killed by pitchfork in Marcy Houses is believed to be Gambian pouched rat  —  It sounds like an urban legend: giant mutant-looking rats roaming a city housing project.  —  Only there's a picture.  —  A photo making the rounds shows Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera minutes …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
CERN: ‘Climate models will need to be substantially revised’  —  New atomsmasher research into cloud formation  —  CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
‘Angry’ Mitt Romney ‘Loses His Cool’ With Voter At New Hampshire Town Hall  —  Former GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney got into a heated exchange with a voter at a New Hampshire town hall event Wednesday over his support for a balanced budget amendment, and by the mainstream media's …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
President Rick Perry?
Tim Mak / The Politico:
NLRB OKs new rule, faces new controversy  —  The National Labor Relations Board, already under attack from conservatives concerned about regulatory overreach, is requiring that businesses must post information in the workplace telling employees about their rights to unionize.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Health Law Puts Governors in Pickle  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, along with a slew of other Republican governors, faces a dilemma: Do they apply for millions of dollars in federal grants by September to begin establishing state-run health insurance exchanges, or let the deadline slide …
Discussion: Washington Post and Healthwatch
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Health care measure seeks public option, rollbacks
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Firedoglake
Bill Keller / The 6th Floor:
Tougher Questions for the Candidates  —  In my latest column, I wrote about asking our presidential candidates more questions regarding their religious beliefs.  Here's the general questionnaire I sent to the candidates:  —  1. Is it fair to question presidential candidates about details of their faith?
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Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Carmakers' rebound is driving jobs in U.S.  —  The industry that once needed bailing out could be the one to stave off recession.  —  Taxpayers bailed out much of the U.S. auto industry.  Now the carmakers might be what saves the nation's economy from falling back into recession.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Some in G.O.P., a Tax Cut Not Worth Embracing  —  WASHINGTON — It is hard to find a tax cut that Congressional Republicans dislike.  Unless it is a tax cut pushed by President Obama.  —  In a turning of the tax policy tables, Democrats are increasingly hammering on Republicans who oppose …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and msnbc.com
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Ariz. sues feds over Voting Rights Act  —  The state of Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government's authority to enforce part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, becoming the first state to challenge the constitutionality of sections of the federal law that bars states …
Catherine Whittenburg / www2.tbo.com:
Welfare drug-testing yields 2% positive results  —  TALLAHASSEE —  Since the state began testing welfare applicants for drugs in July, about 2 percent have tested positive, preliminary data shows.  —  Ninety-six percent proved to be drug free — leaving the state on the hook to reimburse the cost of their tests.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dick Cheney makes no apologies in memoir  —  Former vice president Dick Cheney takes quite a few shots — and makes no apologies — in his long-anticipated autobiography, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” which will be out Tuesday.  —  The book, written his daughter Liz Cheney …
Jillian Rayfield / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
IN GOPer: I Just Talked About Baseball With The Young Man I Solicited On Craigslist  —  State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, the anti-gay marriage Indiana Republican accused of offering to pay a young man he met over Craigslist for “a good time,” admits that he paid the man but contends …
 
 
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