5:00pm Sen. Rob Portman wants your input: Send your budget cut ideas to the deficit reduction “super committee”
12:00pm The Republican: Atrocious: Andre Carson shows just how far the left will go to distort reality
11:45am The Republican: Citing "continual lying" by event organizers, Sarah Palin put Iowa appearance "on hold"
11:15am The Republican: Want to monitor Obama's poor job performance easily on the go? There's an app for that!
11:00am Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD: A Balanced Budget Amendment is a game-changer - it’s permanent, implemented nation-wide, and the best chance we have at saving our nation’s coffers from their biggest enemy — the federal government
NRO's Lopez offers random highlights from Cheney's book.
In face of Perry surge in national and state polls, Romney abandons focus on fundraising and infrastructure - WSJ
The Daily Caller looks at Romney's new readiness to party with the Tea Party: "The GOP presidential candidate will join the Tea Party Express for an event in New Hampshire over Labor Day weekend, the first tea party rally he’s ever attended that has been hosted by a national organization, according to organizers."
Romney should focus on Perry's social security views - William Galston for TNR
Romney makes subtle dig at Perry, attacking "career politicians" - Fox
But Obama remains Romney's main target: "Romney warned on Tuesday that America was on the brink of “profound economic misery,” the latest effort by the Republican presidential candidate to paint an unrelentingly grim picture of the country under President Obama’s leadership." - New York Times
As they reach for the sharpest contrast they can find with President Obama, the Republican presidential hopefuls are sounding anything but hopeful - Michael D Shear for the New York Times
"If a woman isn’t concerned with her appearance, you can be certain everyone else will be. The same folks who are now accusing Bachmann of “acting like a celebrity” and being a “diva” would talk about how dog-tired and haggard she looks if her handlers didn’t make sure her props were in order. Before long the word would be out: She can’t take the heat. She’s exhausted." - Kathleen Parker for the Washington Post
Liberals embrace the rhetoric of science, but not its cautious and dispassionate reasoning - At NRO Rich Lowry responds to Democrats' attempts to paint Perry and other Republicans as anti-science.
Perry says Obama's advisers are smart but not wise - Hotline
Palin headed to New Hampshire after tea-party speech in Iowa this weekend - HotAir
"Fred Karger is an openly gay activist seeking the 2012 GOP nomination on a platform of jobs and education—and ending the Defense of Marriage Act. Mark McKinnon on why no one’s heard of him."
The impact of targeted web ads - Politico
Democrats' winning streak in special House elections is set to end in Nevada - Washington Post
Senator DeMint repeats he won't run again in 2016 - USA Today
Tea Party has had enough of Christine O'Donnell
"O’Donnell has been abruptly removed from the speakers list at an event sponsored by Tea Party of America featuring Sarah Palin in Iowa. According to the group’s co-founder, Charlie Gruschow, he received a flood of “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.” As a result, the event organizers decided it was in the best interests of the Tea Party “movement” not to have O’Donnell speak." - FrumForum
But Andrew Stiles at NRO reminds his readers of Obama's ten worst anti-jobs regulations.
Blaming Bush may still work for Obama
"In a recent Associated Press-gfK survey, 51 percent said that Bush deserved “almost all” or “a lot but not all” of the blame for the “country’s current economic problems”. Just 31 percent said the same of Obama... The problem for Obama and his political team is that it’s not entirely clear how long the public will continue to put the lion’s share of blame for the economy on the last occupant of the White House. Elections tend to be about the future not the past and Republicans are and will continue to do everything they can to make sure Obama owns the economy." - Chris Cillizza for the Washington Post
A cartoon mocks the growing list of events and people that Obama blames - PowerLine.
Obama has not rescued public standing of federal government but has surrendered to special interests - Jay Cost in the Weekly Standard
Pat Buchanan: blacks ‘inordinately overrepresented’ as federal civil servants - Daily Caller
"If Powell was ever an actual Republican, he was of the Nelson Rockefeller variety." - RedState
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4:15pm The Republican: The most detested industry in America - the federal government
1:00pm The Republican: One in four Democrats wants Obama out
12:15pm ConHome UK: Vladimir Putin launches election campaign... on a Harley-Davidson
10:15am The Republican: Ambassador Robert Ford attacked in Syria
9:45am Sen. Ron Johnson: When stock prices were plunging earlier this month, President Obama strode to the teleprompter and utterly failed to calm the markets or the American people: Mr. Obama does not know what to do. He never did.
"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Monday laid out an ambitious anti-tax and anti-regulations agenda for the fall.In a memo to rank-and-file Republicans, Cantor said the House will target 10 major regulations for elimination, and will also seek to enact one major tax cut for businesses. Republicans are offering the agenda as a contrast to President Obama’s jobs plan, which is set for formal announcement next week and is expected to include stimulus spending." - The Hill
"Congress might still have a week left of its recess, but some leaders are already sharpening their knives over warring jobs messages that will be a primary focus of the fall work stretch." - Roll Call ($)
"Republican leaders showcase freshman proposals in jobs push" - The Hill
Meanwhile, the White House attempts to finalize the President's jobs plan
"The White House scrambled Monday to finalize a new jobs initiative as President Obama nominated the last member of the economic team that will be charged with carrying it out. In tapping Alan Krueger, a Princeton University professor and noted labor expert, to be chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Obama turned to an economist who officials said was well suited to guide the White House through a jobs crisis. President Barack Obama has chosen labor economist Alan Krueger for a top administration post as the White House scrambles for solutions to boost a fragile economy with the 2012 election looming. That address, coming at the end of a summer of worsening economic news and sagging poll numbers for the president, is shaping up as a pivotal moment as Obama tries to resuscitate his presidency with less than 15 months before he stands for reelection." - Washington Post
> Yesterday on The Republican: Three important reads as we anticipate Obama's jobs agenda
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: We must remember that disaster relief funds are not unlimited
"As FEMA's budget is under new strain in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, a top House Republican maintained that any new funds allocated for federal disaster relief must be offset by budget cuts elsewhere. Speaking on Fox News Channel, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said a natural disaster like Hurricane Irene is an "appropriate instance" for a federal role, but that the government can't go deeper into debt to pay for unexpected outlays. "We will find the money if there is a need for additional monies," he said. But "those monies are not unlimited. And what we've always said is, we've offset that which has already been funded." Cantor equated the situation to what an ordinary family would do in a crisis, doing without a new car to pay for the needs of a sick loved one, for instance." - LA Times
"If this was a test, the collection of East Coast governors known for their national ambitions passed. With the memory of Hurricane Katrina forever serving as an object lesson in crisis management gone awry, the group of potential 2016 contenders whose states stud the coastline—Republicans Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie and Democrats Andrew Cuomo and Martin O’Malley—appear to have endured Hurricane Irene with burnished reputations after an uncommonly ferocious storm where executive missteps could have cost even more lives. They were ubiquitous in sounding the alarms, urged caution, ordered mass evacuations and one of them, Cuomo, had his transit chief shutter the biggest metropolitan transit system in the nation in preparation for the weekend storm." - Politico
Looming Arizona decision seen as key to 2012 Primary, caucus calendar
"The first official test of the 2012 election is less than six months away. The calendar approved by the Republican National Committee puts Iowa's leadoff caucuses on Feb 6 and New Hampshire's first in the nation primary on Feb. 14. Those are followed by the Nevada caucuses on the Feb. 18 and South Carolina's first in the south primary at the end of January. RNC rules prohibit all other states from voting before Super Tuesday, March 6, or they lose half their nominating delegates. At this point, nine states are scheduled to vote on Super Tuesday. The RNC has also banned winner-take-all contests in March. Instead all delegates awarded in March will be allocated proportionately under rules left to the states. But two important swing states, Arizona and Florida are rebelling against the new RNC rules and calendar, insisting on voting early for greater impact on the selection of the nominee." - Fox News
Second poll has Perry as GOP front-runner
"A new poll released Monday reaffirmed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) standing as the front-runner in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Thirty-two percent of Republicans named Perry, who formally launched his presidential campaign about two weeks ago, as the candidate they'd most like to see win the Republican nomination. Eighteen percent of Republicans said they would like to see Romney win the nomination, according to the CNN/ORC poll conducted last week. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) placed third at 12 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) at 7 percent and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 6 percent. The CNN poll is the second to place Perry atop the field. A national Gallup poll released last week showed the Texas governor eclipsing Romney, who's long led his challengers for the nomination." - The Hill
> Yesterday on The Republican: In defense of Rick Perry's "Ponzi scheme" comments
Florida’s upcoming straw poll, Sept. 24 in Orlando, is not attracting the attention of the top contenders in the Republican primary presidential field" - Miami Herald
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars convention this week will not feature a top-tier official from the Obama administration, a breach in tradition that the group's commander described as an 'insult of the highest magnitude.'" - Fox News
Meanwhile, Governor Rick Perry offered the broad outlines his foreign policy philosophy during his VFW speech - MSNBC
"The White House has issued detailed guidelines to federal officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at home and abroad" - New York Times
William McGurn: "Why New York's mayor says there's no room for religious leaders on 9/11" - WSJ
"The wife and three children of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are in Algeria, Algerian officials say. A foreign ministry statement said Col Gaddafi's wife Safia, daughter Ayesha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal left Libya early on Monday. Algeria's UN ambassador said they were received on humanitarian grounds. Meanwhile rebels said they had uncovered four mass graves in recent days. The BBC's Andrew Hosken, who visited one of the sites in south-east Tripoli, said they were believed to contain the corpses of army officers who refused to fight for Col Gaddafi." - BBC News
Debra J. Saunders: "The slippery grip of justice on Libya's Megrahi" - SF Chronicle
Other news in brief:
Also in opinion:
...and finally, Senator John McCain pokes fun on his 75th birthday
On his 75th birthday, Arizona senator is thanking those who have wished him well, by poking fun at himself via Twitter: "Thanks for all the birthday wishes. If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!" - USA Today
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6:30pm The Republican: And in other predictable news, Rick Perry dominates another national poll - this one by CNN
4:15pm The Republican: In defense of Rick Perry's "Ponzi scheme" comments
12:45pm The Republican: Obama kills al Qaeda's second-in-command, sees approval ratings fall
11:00am The Republican: Three important reads as we anticipate Obama's jobs agenda:
Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Party of Change, and the Party of Stasis: Three things that should be separating Republicans from Democrats going into 2012
Repeal, reduce, rein in: House Republicans ready their fall agenda
"House Republicans are planning votes for almost every week this fall in an effort to repeal environmental and labor requirements on business that they say have hampered job growth. With everyone from President Obama to his Republican challengers in the 2012 campaign focusing on ways to spur economic growth, House Republicans will roll out plans Monday to fight regulations from the National Labor Relations Board, pollution rules handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency and regulations that affect health plans for small businesses. In addition, the lawmakers plan to urge a 20 percent tax deduction for small businesses." - Washington Post
Obama to 'double down' on jobs message - Washington Examiner
RSC aims to mend fences, advance 'growth agenda'
"A bloc of conservative House Republicans is planning to unveil a jobs agenda to rival a forthcoming proposal by President Barack Obama — attaching “growth” to its trademark Cut, Cap and Balance plan. But the group, the Republican Study Committee, headed by Rep. Jim Jordan, is treading gingerly on what its proposal will include in the wake of a backlash caused by some of its aggressive moves during negotiations over increasing the debt ceiling." - Roll Call ($)
Editorial: Obama's regulatory flood is drowning economic growth - Washington Examiner
Rep. Ron Paul: Bernake is out of options
"Chairman Ben Bernanke is not calling for another fix to the economy by the Federal Reserve because he's already used up all the quivers in the Fed's bow, Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday. Paul is a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and supports the U.S. returning to the gold standard to protect its currency and force a balanced budget. He has been highly critical of the Federal Reserve and its chairman over plans for "quantitative easing," a two-part program which flooded the market with dollars in an attempt to make money more available for borrowing and lending. Paul argued that Bernanke's plan to buy bank assets and drop more than $2 trillion into the economy did not yield the results the chairman hoped, a conclusion that Paul says Bernanke implicitly acknowledged during a speech last week in which he offered no new bailout programs from the Fed." - Fox News
Clive Crook: Bernake's missed QE3 opportunity - FT ($)
"Irene shut down Broadway, took a bite out of Hollywood's box office, closed casinos in New Jersey and canceled thousands of East Coast flights. But the economic fallout had been predicted to be far worse. The full cost of the storm, which caused widespread flooding and has so far resulted in at least 22 deaths, was still uncertain as insurance experts began tallying the estimated damage Sunday. Overall, the storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression Sunday, could cost insurers $1.5 billion to $3 billion to cover claims for damaged homes, vehicles and businesses, said Jose Miranda, director of client advocacy at Eqecat Inc., a catastrophic risk management firm in Oakland. Total damage, including uninsured losses, could range from $5 billion to $7 billion, he said." - LA TImes
> Yesterday on Video: Gov. Chris Christie weighs in on hurricane response efforts: "The key is we’ve tried to keep people informed, be fully transparent, to lower fear and raise confidence, and I think that’s the best thing a governor can do in this"
Rick Perry: Not a George W. Bush Republican
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, like most of the other the GOP presidential hopefuls, says his campaign is about undoing the decisions of President Obama. But Perry also presents a stark alternative to the last Republican to occupy the White House, his fellow Texan George W. Bush. In his writings and speeches before he entered the race, Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles. But Perry went further, dismissing “compassionate conservatism,” the central tenet of Bush’s domestic policy, as just more overreach by the federal government." - Washington Post
Perry on Social Security: "It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie" - Houston Chronicle
Romney-Perry, Perry-Romney domain names selling for $50k
"The owner of the domain names Romney-Perry2012.com and Perry-Romney2012.com has put a price on the rights to the websites: $50,000 each. The auction is a clear sign that the presidential race is heating up, as the cottage industry of presidential domain names gears up for profit. It is far from certain, of course, whether Romney or Perry will win the GOP nomination. And the chances of them being on the same ticket are far less than 50-50. But that didn't stop Niels Jeffreys from buying the rights to the domain names. Jeffreys, who purchased the rights to the websites earlier this month, has advertised the domain names on GoDaddy.com. No bids have been placed yet, but Jeffreys -- who said in an email he lives in Thailand -- is hoping to cash in later in the presidential cycle." - The Hill
Sen. Marco Rubio ignores 'VP push'
"While the field for the Republican presidential nomination is crowded and up for grabs, many pundits and politicos are ready to proclaim a front-runner for the ticket’s second spot — Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio. “There are very few candidates that have such a broad Republican appeal and a chance to reach voters that Republicans are having a hard time” winning over, said Florida Atlantic University political science professor Kevin Wagner. Mr. Rubio, 40, has served in the Senate for less than eight months and the 2012 Republican National Convention is a year away. But for now the dapper, articulate and ambitious Miami native — who is admired by tea party activists and the party’s establishment alike — is the sexy choice for the GOP’s vice presidential candidate." - Washington Times
> Yesterday on The Republican: Cain comes out on top in home state straw poll
"Retreating loyalists of Muammar Qaddafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital, survivors and a human rights group said Sunday" - CBS News
Lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran appeals - ABC News
Iran's Ahmadinejad: No place for Israel in region - Fox News
Ross Douthat: Some points to keep in mind when asking politicians about faith - New York Times
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1:00pm Video: The politics of storms
11:15am The Republican: Cain comes out on top in home state straw poll
11:00am Video: Gov. Chris Christie weighs in on hurricane response efforts: "The key is we’ve tried to keep people informed, be fully transparent, to lower fear and raise confidence, and I think that’s the best thing a governor can do in this"
"Shortly after Hurricane Irene blows through Washington, Congress will blow back into town and start fighting about how to pay for the storm and all the other disasters that have struck the U.S. this year. If the hurricane is truly historic, as President Obama has warned, an emergency disaster appropriations bill would be necessary in September to get the government through to the beginning of fiscal 2012 on Oct. 1, aides said. The problem with this is that Democrats and Republicans disagree on whether emergency appropriations need to be offset by other cuts to spending." - The Hill
Key House Republicans express concern over FEMA funding in wake of Irene - Fox News
"While President Barack Obama is relying on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to Hurricane Irene, GOP White House hopeful Ron Paul isn’t putting much faith in the agency. The Texas congressman blasted FEMA at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Friday and said history is on his side, citing the experience of Galveston, which is in his district. “I live on the Gulf Coast. We put up with hurricanes all the time. In 1900, before FEMA, the local people rebuilt the city, built a seawall, and they survived without FEMA,” Paul told NBC. A catastrophic storm hit Galveston in 1900, killing thousands." - The Hill
"When a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled greater Washington, D.C., Tuesday both broadcast and wireless industry advocates seized on the shakeup as a lobbying and public relations opportunity." - Roll Call ($)
> Yesterday on The Republican: Awaiting Irene's arrival, Americans increasingly turn to social media to stay up to date during disaster situations
"One million are without power; 10,000 flights have been canceled, and more than 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate. N.Y. and New England are next." - LA Times
> Yesterday on Video:
House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa goes to war with the NYT
"Rep. Darrell Issa, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has declared war on the New York Times after the newspaper published a front-page story last week linking the California Republican’s business activities to his congressional duties. The story, “A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself,” claims that Issa has used his congressional power to further enrich himself. “As his private wealth and public power have grown, so too has the overlap between his private and business lives, with at least some of the congressman’s government actions helping to make a rich man even richer and raising potential for conflicts,” New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau wrote. Issa didn’t participate in what he calls a “false story,” but has launched a full-scale campaign pressing for a front-page retraction after his staff cited 13 errors, including the lede of the story that claims Issa’s district office building overlooks a golf course." - Fox News
Uncertainty and political fights loom for labor panel as NLRB chairwoman departs
"The departing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board won praise from the nation’s biggest labor group Saturday as she leaves a panel that’s facing key vacancies and an uncertain future. NLRB Chairwoman Wilma B. Liebman’s leaves the board after her term ends at midnight Saturday. She has served on the body for nearly 14 years after an initial appointment under President Bill Clinton. The White House has designated NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce to replace Liebman as chairman. In addition to Liebman’s tenure ending, NLRB member Craig Becker’s term expires at the end of the year. Without new people to fill those seats, the five-member board will be down to just two – not enough to have the legal authority to issue decisions, due to a 2010 Supreme Court ruling." - The Hill
Michael Barone: Obama, rivals duck the entitlement crisis
[A]nyone can take a look at a proposal. We pay presidents a good salary to lead, not just to look. So far the Republican presidential candidates have not done much leading on entitlements either. They have tended to take a gingerly approach to Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal and Newt Gingrich even trashed it. The conventional wisdom is that this is simple political prudence. Don't give the other side a juicy target. But we are faced not only with a huge short-term budget problem but with the prospect of a Western European future of an enlarged government, ever higher taxes and lower growth. Is that really what American voters want? - Washington Examiner
> Yesterday on Video: Republican Weekly Address: Sen. Dean Heller: "There is no question that the status quo of dysfunctional government must end"
Perry bills fed $349 million for illegal immigrants
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs he says Texas has incurred incarcerating illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry reiterated a claim he’s often leveled against the federal government: that it’s not doing enough to secure the border with Mexico and as a result, has allowed illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including the prison system. The letter was dated Aug. 10, three days before the Republican governor formally announced he is running for president. Reached after-hours Friday by phone, DHS spokesman Matthew Chandler said he wasn’t in position to comment and said he could not confirm that the DHS had even received the letter." - Washington Times
Debra J. Saunders: "Perry delivers on Texas death penalty" - SF Chronicle
> Yesterday on The Republican: Sticking up for states' rights: Majority of voters believe governors should have the right to opt out of federal programs
"As he brought his campaign for the presidency back to New Hampshire, Jon Huntsman Jr. anticipated the doubts about him. He alluded to it in his stump speech, about as close as he ever comes to acknowledging that some Republican listeners might question whether he is too moderate for their taste. “I’m not trying to be everything to everybody . . . ,” he told audiences. “I’m running on my record. You’re not going to like 100 percent of it.” And then to dampen the effect of this admission, he aimed for humor, intent on persuading his more conservative listeners that it is all right to like him, adding with a grin: “My wife disagrees with some stuff.” After a much-hyped launch, Huntsman has been running at about 1 percent in the national polls for months, leaving his advisers to try to ward off the impression that he is hopelessly mired in the second tier." - Washington Post
Bachmann blames “radical environmentalists” for bottling up American energy policy - Washington Post
As the manhunt continues, fears grow that Qaddafi could pull 'a Saddam'
"It took a U.S.-led invasion force of 200,000-plus troops nine months to capture Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after one of the largest manhunts ever. Now Muammar Qaddafi is on the run in Libya, but chasing after him is a much smaller and less well-equipped force of Libyan rebels. They're trying to track down a fugitive who, like Saddam, is well-armed, well-funded and capable of winning popular support and sowing instability simply by evading his pursuers. If the rebels fail to find Qaddafi quickly as they battle to take his hometown of Sirte, they could face more than just a protracted manhunt. His continued evasion could fuel a Qaddafi-led counterinsurgency that bolsters his mythic status and stymies attempts by the rebels' fledgling government to bring stability and basic services to the country." - Fox News
"Rebel fighters pushed nearly leaderless regime gunmen to the outskirts of Tripoli yesterday, as severe shortages of fuel, water, and electricity paralyzed the battle-scarred capital." - Boston Globe
Al Qaeda deputy reportedly killed - TIME's Battleland blog
> Yesterday on The Republican: US official: Al Qaeda no. 2 killed In Pakistan
CIA Bay of Pigs foreign policy laid bare - Miami Herald
Mona Charen: Biden's stunning moral obtuseness on China's genocides
"The Chinese communist government, which has killed more people than any regime in the history of the world (65 million according to the Black Book of Communism), regards human beings as widgets to be manipulated or destroyed in the service of the state. Yes, they've developed an expanding economy by adopting free-market practices. But the regime remains one of the most vicious on the planet. It is deeply shameful that the vice president needed to be reminded of that." - Washington Examiner
George Will: Let school choice prevail - Washington Post
10:30am Rep. Scott Tipton: Patients, not politics - we have an opportunity to work together in Washington to strengthen Medicare. I encourage the Senate to take up the Republican Budget, deliver on the promise to seniors, and secure Medicare for future generation
10:15am Republican Weekly Address: Sen. Dean Heller: "There is no question that the status quo of dysfunctional government must end"
GOP leaders attempt to avoid spending showdown
After months of partisan rancor over the record federal debt and spending cuts to reduce it, congressional Republicans are working to avoid the heated political warfare when Congress turns its attention to annual spending measures next month. Even as a new bipartisan committee begins work on a difficult and potentially contentious strategy to reduce federal spending by more than a trillion dollars over the next decade, leaders of both parties have expressed optimism that there will be minimal acrimony as they work to complete a series of 12 spending bills to fund the work of federal agencies for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1." - Washington Post
> Yesterday on The Republican: America's economy, summed up: "We are paying an unexpected price for decades of controlled and managed economic performance"
White House will provide Boehner with list of most expensive regulations
"The Obama administration on Friday said it will comply with Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) request for a list of planned regulations that would cost more than $1 billion to implement. Boehner wrote to Obama on Friday demanding more information about upcoming regulations by the time Congress returns from recess. He noted that he had asked for similar data in the past but had not received it. Office of Management and Budget spokesperson Meg Reilly said the White House would provide Boehner with the information he requested." - The Hill
Five EPA rules that will cost more than $1 billion - Washington Examiner
Virginia lawmakers to Obama: Declare federal emergency before Irene hits
"Virginia lawmakers are urging President Obama to declare a federal emergency in the state in advance of Hurricane Irene. Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D), as well as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R), Reps. Rob Wittman (R), Scott Rigell (R), Bobby Scott (D), Randy Forbes (R), Robert Hurt (R), Bob Goodlatte (R), Jim Moran (D), Morgan Griffith (R), Frank Wolf (R) and Gerry Connolly (D) sent a letter to Obama Friday to ensure resources be made available in case of a disaster. “There is every indication that Irene will be an extremely dangerous storm, and we are taking this very seriously,” said Rep. Rigell, who represents Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and parts of the Cities of Norfolk and Hampton." - The Hill
No easy task: With the Republican National Convention a year away, organizers in Tampa are working on raising an average of $1 million a week
"To land a really big catch, sometimes you want a really big boat. Take the Cracker Bay, a gleaming white yacht half the length of a football field. Owned by Gary Morse, developer of the Villages, it has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner. In June, the Cracker Bay tied up at the Tampa Convention Center so the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee could go fishing for some of the $55 million it’s raising for next year’s Republican National Convention. Two shipboard events drew a political who’s who wearing everything from Tommy Bahama shirts to coats and ties. The pinot grigio was perfectly chilled, and the hors d’oeuvres included a fresh tomato appetizer, hearty mini pizzas and intricate salmon morsels. “It was hard to believe it was on water,” said host committee member Maryann Ferenc, who owns the Tampa restaurant Mise en Place. However relaxing the atmosphere, the goal couldn’t have been more challenging — raise an average of a million dollars a week, for a year. And do it in a lousy economy, in a community with few major corporations and little experience on vast fundraising projects." - Miami Herald
> Yesterday on The Republican:
Meanwhile, Obama looks to revamp his campaign rhetoric
"The paring back of expectations has been an increasingly necessary part of the president’s rhetoric, given the economic and political realities that have beset his presidency. But as he prepares for his reelection campaign, Obama’s triumphant 2008 message of “hope and change” has undergone a radical transformation." - Washington Post
FEC drafts opinions for Guyana-born man about presidential run - Roll Call ($)
US, Israel monitor Syria's suspected cache of WMDs
"The U.S. and Israel are closely monitoring Syria's suspected cache of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), fearing that terror groups could take advantage of the revolt against President Bashar al Assad to obtain blistering agents, nerve gas and long-range missiles, according to officials from both countries. U.S. intelligence services believe Syria's non-conventional weapons programs include significant stockpiles of mustard gas, VX and Sarin gas and the missile and artillery systems to deliver them, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. United Nations investigators also recently concluded that Damascus had been secretly constructing a nuclear reactor with North Korean help before Israeli jets destroyed the site in late 2007. U.S. and U.N. nonproliferation officials continue to worry that Pyongyang may have provided Syria with additional nuclear-related equipment." - Fox News
To ensure they don't fall into the hand of terrorists, US may buy looted Libyan missiles sold in Mai's black market
"The fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has kicked off a race to recover key types of weapons taken from his stockpiles, such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, by getting U.S. operatives to buy them before terrorists do. There is evidence that a small number of Soviet-made SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles from Qaddafi’s arsenal have reached the black market in Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is active, according to two U.S. government officials not authorized to speak on the record. The disintegration of Qaddafi’s four-decade dictatorship has created a business opportunity for looters trafficking in the war-stricken country’s missiles, which would enable terrorists to attack military or civilian aircraft. With a buyback program, operatives on the ground seek out the sellers and offer high prices to recover the weapons." - Bloomberg
Christopher Caldwell: America's morals appeal more than French will admit
"At first glance, the collapse of US prosecutors’ rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund head and French presidential contender, teaches a similar lesson: America’s legalistic doctrines of sexual morality have been held up to the more cynical but realistic French ones and found wanting. This week Cyrus Vance Jr, the New York district attorney, successfully petitioned to drop the charges he brought against Mr Strauss-Kahn in May. Mr Vance cited the inability of the accuser, his chief witness, to tell a straight story about almost anything. But if America’s system of regulating sexual morality has undergone another embarrassing moment, it will be France’s system that has to change." - FT ($)
3:30pm 2012 news update II:
1:45pm The Republican: What is Jon Huntsman running for?
12:00pm 2012 news update:
10:45am The Republican: If Perry's so scary to independents, why is he doing so well among them?
Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Expect Obama to make use of new poll data showing voters blame Bush for the economy...and expect that ultimately to hurt Obama
The health policy 'pickle': Governors weigh their options on Obamacare funds
"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, lose the federal money and risk falling into a federally run exchange? Republican governors are unanimous in their condemnation of President Barack Obama's health care law. But one by one, many of them are moving forward to build state exchanges, which are intended to help people not covered by large-company plans buy private health insurance at subsidized rates." - WSJ
Dr. Hal Scherz" "If you have been watching the unraveling of our economy over the past several weeks, then what is coming very soon to health care should really get your attention." - Fox News
Entrepreneurs draw GOP attention
"The contenders in the GOP field appear to be spending most of their time with those they think could be the solution to the country’s economic hardship (business owners) rather than those who are most directly experiencing the hardship (people out of work). To be sure, they all interact with a cross-section of the public when they visit diners, stroll along downtown Main Streets or host town hall meetings." - Washington Post
David Brooks: "The rise of Governor Rick Perry reflects fundamental shifts in the electorate, and it’s time to take him seriously" - New York Times
Huntsman says if elected he would call on wealthy to ‘sacrifice’ - The Hill
Meanwhile, the White House turns the focus to black America
"A soaring jobless rate among African Americans and a newfound comfort by black lawmakers to criticize Obama’s economic policies are prompting the White House to recalibrate — and to focus more directly on the struggles of black America. The new focus comes amid a growing concern that economic conditions might hamper efforts by Obama’s campaign to generate a large black voter turnout." - Washington Post
GOP groups spends nearly $800K on Nevada special
"American Crossroads has upped the ante in the special election for Nevada’s 2nd district, announcing Thursday a $250,000 independent expenditure to help Republican Mark Amodei keep the seat in GOP hands. Working in opposition of Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall, the Republican political action committee is spending the money on voter contact initiatives that include direct mail, phone banking and internet advertising in promotion of its new website, MeetKateMarshall.com, and a Web ad that slams Marshall for the state losing '$25 million investing with a failed Wall Street bank.'" - Roll Call ($)
Dick Cheney is already promising there will be “heads exploding all over Washington” when his new book hits stores Tuesday - LA Times
"As massive Hurricane Irene advanced toward the Eastern Seaboard with 115-mph winds, officials issued a hurricane warning for the entire North Carolina coast to the Virginia border, New York ordered low-lying hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate, and at least seven states declared emergencies." - LA Times | Washington Post
"Back-to-back natural disasters have made for an unusually busy week for the Architect of the Capitol." - Roll Call ($)
"The head of the foundation that organized Sunday's planned dedication ceremony on Washington's National Mall for a memorial to the late Martin Luther King Jr. announced Thursday night that the official dedication has been postponed. As Hurricane Irene continued to barrel toward the Washington area, Harry Johnson, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, said safety prompted the decision. He said he consulted with the National Park Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The dedication will be rescheduled for sometime in September or October, he said." - USA Today
Charles Krauthammer: "A powerful memorial for a great man." - Washington Post
Gadhafi's crush: Photo album of Condoleezza Rice found at the Libyan dictator's compound
"When you’re the single, attractive secretary of state of the United States, you’re bound to pick up groupies in all corners of the international diplomatic scene. But for Condoleezza Rice, who has charmed diplomats from Rome (the Italian foreign minister, Massimo D’Alema) to London (Foreign Minister Jack Straw of Britain) to Pictou, Nova Scotia (the Canadian diplo-hunk Peter McKay), perhaps the strangest of all has always been Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya. “Leezza, Leezza, Leezza … I love her very much,” Colonel Qaddafi, the now-fugitive Libyan leader, told Al Jazeera in 2007, calling her his “darling black African woman”...And, as it now comes out, he apparently assembled — or had a minion assemble — a photo album of Ms. Rice. Which brings us to the matter at hand today, the ransacking of Colonel Qaddafi’s compound under way in Tripoli." - New York Times The Caucus blog
Also in the news:
Michael Gerson: "Eastern Congo is both a tragedy and a lesson in political philosophy. Human beings need bread and justice and freedom. And all are made possible by orderly, responsible government." - Washington Post
"On vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama managed to squeeze in some family time Thursday afternoon after spending the morning taking briefings on the economy, the situation in Libya and Hurricane Irene." - LA Times
10:15am The Republican: Perry's leading with just about everyone - including the college-educated
"The politician who has done more than any other to set the national agenda this year will soon return to Washington. It is not President Barack Obama. It's House Speaker John Boehner." - Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal
Boehner to Obama: If You Oppose China's One-Child Policy, Why Don't You Defund the UN's Population Control Program? - Weekly Standard
Senators Hatch, Lugar and Snowe seem likely to survive primary challenges - WSJ
The Perry bounce
Nate Silver on how polls have changed since Perry entered the race.
Perry, the unity candidate? "[Latest Gallup poll] results underscore Perry's potential, as a staunch social conservative with a strong economic story in Texas, to build a primary coalition that bridges the divide between upscale, managerial Republicans and the party's more populist and evangelical blue-collar wing... It may not last as he engages more sharply with the other contenders, but Perry's ability in this survey to outpoll both Bachmann among the devout and Romney among the well-educated shows the Texas governor's opportunity to build a broader coalition than either of his principal rivals." - Hotline
HotAir notes that Team Obama is beginning to attack Perry but Toby Harnden gives this and nine other reasons why Perry is NOT the frontrunner: "Romney’s years on the presidential campaign trail mean that he has built impressive campaign structures in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. Perry could catch up but we don’t yet have an indication that he will."
Unlike Romney, Perry signs anti-abortion pledge
"The document requires candidates to nominate antiabortion judges and appointees, end taxpayer funding for all groups with affiliates that perform or fund abortions and try to enact a law to “protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.” - WSJ
Fact Check on Perry: Can a president 'wipe out' health law by executive order? - MSNBC
2012 in Brief:
Ron Paul's authenticity
"Paul’s meandering speeches and homespun mien are a stark juxtaposition with the bumper-sticker rhetoric common on the campaign trail, and they prompt some people to write him off. But the stylistic differences also play to his advantage. In a world of artifice he has none, and voters sick of political chameleons are drawn to that." - Alex Altman for TIME
'Rubio now favorite to be GOP's VP candidate'
"“Rubio checks more boxes than anyone,” said GOP strategist Kevin Madden, a former adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. “He’s someone with an Hispanic heritage who’s beloved by the conservative base of the party and he has been elected statewide in a crucial electoral battleground.”" - Washington Post
At TNR, Liberal T A Frank describes Rubio as a "Halfway Presentable Conservative": "Rubio offered only a very little in the way of reality-based wonkery. But by the standards of today’s political conversations, he was still noticeably less partisan and vacuous than his peers."
In this time of economic distress a third party presidential candidate is likely and 30% of Americans are ready to vote for one - Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen for the Wall Street Journal
Charlie Cook: A 'Placebo' Would Beat Obama Right Now - Fox
“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington’’; Cheney says his memoir will rock Washington - Washington Post
Cheney had a signed resignation letter in a safe at all times - NPR
"Dick Cheney says in a new memoir that he urged President George W. Bush to bomb a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site in June 2007. But, he wrote, Mr. Bush opted for a diplomatic approach after other advisers — still stinging over “the bad intelligence we had received about Iraq’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction” — expressed misgivings." - New York Times
Liberals’ Wisconsin Waterloo - George Will in the Washington Post surveys the damage to union power after Scott Walker's recent victories.
Mississippi GOP aim for dominance across state
"The Republican Party has launched a major push to capture the Mississippi House of Representatives this fall, a goal that has eluded it since Reconstruction and that would remove nearly every vestige of Democratic control from the state's government." - WSJ
Don't celebrate Libya just yet - Bill Bennett for CNN
The Environmental Protection Agency’s power grab is only the most extreme example of a larger malady: regulation without representation - Marlo Lewis Jnr for the New York Times
Hat-tip to David Limbaugh.
And for an alternative view... Rick Perry doesn’t speak for all military - Dan Futrell for Politico
5:00pm The Republican: As the eyes of the world turn to the Middle East we must not forget Cuba's Ladies in White
2:00pm Video: Benghazi celebrates the capture of Gadhafi's compound
12:30pm Rep. Ted Poe: As our deficit soars and the U.S. continues to borrow, borrow, borrow - as much as 43 cents on every dollar - we do not have the upper hand in this battle. If there ever was a time to get serious with China, now is the time.
12:15pm Opinion: On patriotism and the 2012 election
11:30am The Republican: What they're saying: Conservatives take on Rep. Maxine Waters
ConservativeHome-Daily Caller poll: Rick Perry rocks, and Paul Ryan will be missed: Check out the latest ConservativeHome-Daily Caller poll results
The jobs debate between Obama, Romney and Perry
Romney said he will unveil his jobs plan on Sept. 6th, the same week as President Obama unveils his plan -- possibly even the same day - MSNBC
Presidential hopeful Perry retreats again from statements made in his book about flat taxation - The Hill
Republican establishment worried about Ron Paul phenomenon
"Key Republicans in Iowa -- and around the country, too -- are genuinely baffled by the Paul phenomenon. They understand (and share) many of Paul's views on the Constitution and limiting the size and scope of the federal government, even if they think Paul sometimes goes too far. What perplexes them is Paul's take on foreign policy, especially the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. "Why wouldn't it be natural that they might want a weapon?" Paul asked at the Fox-Examiner debate. "They'd be given more respect. ... What's so terribly bad about this?" As for sanctions against Iran, Paul said, "Countries that you put sanctions on, you are more likely to fight them. ... I say stay out of their internal business."" - Byron York for TownHall
The Economist looks at candidates like Ron Paul that change the intellectual climate even if they don't win the presidential nomination.
Jeb Bush warns Republicans against personal attacks on Obama
"Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if some Republicans go too far in their criticism of Obama, Bush said flatly, “I do. I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions." - Politico
Rubio woos and wows Reagan Republicans
"Marco Rubio came to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday night to make the case for smaller government. Many of the 1,000 guests attending the sold-out address came here to see a man who they hope one day will be president." - Politico | LA Times
Rubio's message summarized by Fox: "Government programs have weakened the country and that those in need should first look to their families and communities before turning to the government."
Despite endorsements from Palin, Hannity and Levin, Tea Party groups continue to target Orrin Hatch - Hotline
Who are the conservatives who support Obama?
"In every ethnic enclave in America, a significant percentage of the population (many of them loyal churchgoers) espouses right-leaning values but currently feels uncomfortable with the Republican Party. Part of this unease stems from multigenerational family traditions, or from the GOP’s longstanding reputation as a closed country club welcoming only elderly, white, Christian males, or from cynical Democratic efforts to suggest that any criticism of Obama proves the presence of deep-seated Republican racism." - Michael Medved for TownHall
At TIME Steven Gray thinks Rick Perry could help the GOP with Latino voters.
Those diminishing numbers of Americans who approve of Obama don't approve as strongly as those who disapprove...
Graph from Boker tov, Boulder.
Obama's bus tour goes badly on Twitter...
Source: The Hill's Twitter Room
"Mr. Obama’s personal favorability ratings — which continue to average about 50 percent — are considerably higher than his approval ratings, which are now around 40 percent. It’s not uncommon for favorability ratings to track a point or two ahead of approval ratings — but this is a particularly large gap. Voters remain reasonably sympathetic to Barack Obama, the person, even if they’re growing less and less thrilled with his performance." - Nate Silver
> Yesterday's Republican: Obama hits another approval low
But Democrats cheered by fundraising gap
"Democratic Party committees have raised $24 million more this year than their Republican counterparts – a money gap more than twice as large as the Democratic advantages at similar points in either of the previous two election cycles." - Politico
White House touts success of Libya strategy - LA Times
Libya will have difficult future - Max Boot in the LA Times
FACT OF THE DAY: "While Gallup finds that 52 percent of Americans think pollution is responsible for global warming, that’s a 20-point drop from the late 1990s. Republicans are largely responsible for that drop — while 71 percent of Democrats think human activity is responsible for global warming, only 36 percent of Republicans agree." - Washington Post
And finally... Barack Obama missed golf putts after earthquake struck - Toby Harnden
The Capitol and other government buildings were evacuated yesterday afternoon in the wake of an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude - Roll Call
3:15pm The Republican: Obama hits another approval low
2:00pm Sen. John Barrasso: Last year, President Obama promised Americans a recovery summer. This year, he’s given us a regulatory summer. He’s thrown a giant wet blanket on economic recovery and has given Americans a summer of more burdens, more costs and more rules
1:45pm Opinion: Post Post-Modernism
11:30am Herb London on Ideas: From coming boom to the coming gloom
11:15am The Republican: How do you spend $3 million a minute? Ask President Obama
Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Obama losing among independents to Romney, Perry, and Paul
"The 12-member debt committee has already held conference calls and may have a website up by the end of the week, Rep. Fred Upton said Monday. Upton, a supercommittee member, told WNDU in South Bend, Ind., that the debt panel is already hard at work despite being spread about the country during the congressional recess. “We’ve really started on the phone already, we’ve had lengthy conference calls already,” Upton said. “We've had a good number of discussions already. Our staffs are working together, and there's a lot of documentation that we can look at already," said Upton, citing the Simpson-Bowles report and earlier work on the debt by the Gang of Six. Upton said the panel is working on a website that could be done by the end of this week that will allow people to submit ideas; he also pledged the debt committee will have “public hearings” at some point." - Politico
"Unable to present a unified view on US involvement in Libya, Congress found itself similarly silenced Monday as rebels made gains on ousting leader Moammar Kadafi from decades of rule." - LA Times
"The Obama administration will release final plans for ending or cutting back hundreds of regulations, an effort to reduce the burden on business and counter criticism that the White House is tone-deaf to business concerns." - WSJ
Meanwhile, Wall Street executives drop Obama, start donating to Romney
"Dozens of Wall Street executives who supported President Obama in 2008 have donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign this year. According to a review of fundraising data, 67 people who work in the financial sector and live in the New York City metro area gave to Obama in 2008 and to the former Massachusetts governor in 2011. The reversals come in the wake of Obama's tough rhetoric on Wall Street — most notably last year, when the president was pushing Congress to pass what has become known as the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The 67 individuals who live in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut donated at least once to Obama's 2008 campaign. They have since directed contributions amounting to more than $147,000 toward Romney's presidential campaign." - The Hill
Even New York voters are abandoning Obama: "A new Siena Research Institute poll found [the President's] job approval rating among voters in the heavily Democratic Empire State sank to a record low 36%." - New York Daily News
Feds’ role in schools re-emerges as 2012 election issue
"Republican presidential candidates are increasingly using the federal Department of Education as a punching bag, citing it as yet another example of big government’s heavy hand in local affairs. But this time, the Education Department is punching back. In what could be a preview of things to come, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Education Secretary Arne Duncan traded harsh words last week and helped push education and the federal government’s role in it from its usual spot on the back burner to the spotlight of presidential politics. During an Aug. 15 campaign stop in Iowa, Mr. Perry said he doesn’t “think the federal government has a role in education.” A few days later, Mr. Duncan shot back, telling the Bloomberg news agency he feels “very, very badly” for the students of Texas, a rare example of the education secretary using his pulpit to take political shots at Republicans. As the 2012 campaign heats up, analysts think those types of exchanges could become more common and think that education policy could play a much greater role than in recent elections." - Washington Times
Congressman Paul Ryan passes on 2012 presidential bid
"Rep. Paul Ryan became the latest Republican to pass on a presidential bid after a week of speculation that he could jump into the field. Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement Monday that he appreciated the support from "those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation" but would not run for president. 'While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party's nomination for president,' he said. 'I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.'" - USA Today
Robert Costa: "Ryan will not seek the presidency, but he will shape the debate." - NRO's The Corner
> Yesterday on The Republican: Thanks to all of our readers who encouraged Paul Ryan to run
Analysis: GOP’s early buys in Nevada special paying off
"With three weeks to go before the Sept. 13 special election in Nevada's 2nd district, both parties are taking a fresh look at the race and re-evaluating their strategies for the stretch run. But even though the race isn't over, Republicans are starting to believe that they've avoided yet another special election loss. Republicans have lost seven of the last eight competitive special elections, including races in GOP-leaning districts, over the last three years. At least, on paper, the race in Nevada looked like it could be headed for a similar fate." - Roll Call ($)
In the battle for the Senate, Republican odds continue to look good
"As the Republican presidential race begins in earnest, so are Senate campaigns across the country. On Monday, former congressman Chris Shays (R) announced he would run for an open seat in Connecticut in 2012, while Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Allen B. West (R-Fla.) both announced they would not run. Those three decisions came just days after former Obama administration adviser Elizabeth Warren announced that she was forming an exploratory committee to face Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), possibly giving Democrats their first top-tier challenger in that race. The four decisions are all major announcements in key Senate races that could go a long way toward determining the balance of power in the chamber after the 2012 election." - Washington Post
Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters tells the Tea Party to "go to hell" - Washington Post
Michael Gerson: An unholy war on the Tea Party - Washington Post
FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules
"Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine. “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement. "The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books." The rule required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in a manner deemed fair and balanced by the FCC. The commission deemed it unconstitutional in 1987 and ceased enforcement." - The Hill | Fox News
Also in opinion:
3:30pm The Republican: Thanks to all of our readers who encouraged Paul Ryan to run
3:10pm The Republican: PAUL RYAN WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT
12:00pm Video of the day: Would Chris Matthews do this if Obama asked? Libyan news host brandishes gun on air to warn the rebels
Calls grow for a more broadened GOP field
"After a week of intense campaign activity that was supposed to clarify the Republican presidential field, the clamor for new entrants has intensified, with fresh hints from Sarah Palin that she could jump in and pressure mounting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to join the race. The activity suggests the extent to which dissatisfaction with the current field lingers—as well as the possibility that President Barack Obama's growing problems could entice others to seek the chance to unseat him." - WSJ
Ross Douthat: "Rick Perry’s opponents can’t beat him by turning the race into a referendum on his state"
"Gov. Rick Perry of Texas hasn’t lost an election in 10 tries. Among his vanquished opponents, this streak has inspired not only the usual mix of resentment and respect, but a touch of supernatural awe. “Running against Perry,” one of them told Texas Monthly, “is like running against God.” Perry’s 2012 rivals can’t afford to entertain such thoughts. If either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama hopes to snap the Texas governor’s winning streak, the election will need to become a referendum on Perry himself, in all his heat-packing, secession-contemplating glory. If it becomes a referendum on his home state instead, Perry’s 11th campaign will probably turn out like all the others." - New York Times
Shifting strategy, Jon Huntsman plays offense
"After taking to Twitter last week to declare his belief in evolution and global warming, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. on Sunday again sought to cast himself as a moderate in a field of more extreme Republican presidential candidates." - LA Times
> Yesterday on The Republican: American politics according to YouTube
DCCC, NRCC neck-and-neck in July fundraising
"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just barely edged National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising in July. But the NRCC had more in cash on hand and less debt than its Democratic counterpart. The DCCC raised $4 million last month and had $8.1 million in cash on hand at the end of July, according to its FEC filings. The DCCC had $4 million in debt at the end of the filing period. The NRCC raised $3.9 million last month and had $11.3 million in cash on hand at the end of July, while holding $2.8 million in debt." - Roll Call ($)
"The election to fill the vacancy left by Anthony D. Weiner’s resignation was supposed to be a mere formality for Democrats. It hasn’t turned out that way." - New York Times
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: Give the economy room to grow
"Our country is facing two related but separate crises. The first is the federal government’s debt crisis, the result of decades of fiscal mismanagement by both political parties as well as unsustainable entitlement commitments. The second is the jobs crisis, which has resulted in painful levels of unemployment and underemployment. President Obama is wrong to think that the answer is to increase spending or raise taxes when so many millions of Americans are out of work." - Washington Post
> Yesterday on Video:
Senator Marco Rubio heads to California for 'major speech' at Nancy Reagan's request
"Just days after Marco Rubio’s election as Florida’s newest Republican U.S. senator, former First Lady Nancy Reagan wrote to him, asking him to speak at her husband’s presidential library. “You’ve been identified as someone to watch on the national political scene. I’m looking forward to watching you in your new role,” she said, in an invitation that no admirer of her late husband, former President Ronald Reagan, could decline. “Americans are curious to get to know you. I believe the Reagan Library would be a great venue for you to deliver an address.” Rubio will officially be someone to watch on Tuesday, when he travels to California for his first major speech outside of Florida or the U.S. Senate — as well as some fundraising for his just-launched political action committee. He’s expected to expound on a familiar theme of his own and Reagan’s at the former president’s library: the role of government in America." - Miami Herald
"An amateur league of ill-trained rebel fighters appeared to be on the brink of toppling Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule Monday after capturing at least two of the leader's sons and infiltrating the Libyan capital. The rebels' Transitional National Council is ready to move to Tripoli, said Ali Suleiman Aujali, the Libyan rebel government's ambassador to the United States. "Libya is under the control of the TNC," he said, adding that Gadhafi brigades have raised the white flag in the key town of al-Brega. CNN could not independently confirm his claim. But the fight might not be over, as celebrations in Tripoli's Green Square -- renamed Martyrs' Square by the rebels -- dampened after rebels told CNN that they'd heard Gadhafi army forces were heading their way." - CNN
Other news in brief:
Editorial: "The Obama administration’s plan to relax rules calling for all students to achieve proficiency on standardized tests is too lax. No Child Left Behind needs some tweaking, for sure, but the administration’s initial plan goes too far." - Boston Globe