On the Radar: August 10, 2011

A Test For Obama’s View Of A One-Term Presidency
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president. Read more

Falling Oil Prices A Silver Lining For Obama In Sluggish Economy
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
There is one potential silver lining for President Barack Obama amid stock market volatility, the first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s and a slowing economy: falling oil prices. Read more

House GOP Leaders To Rank And File: Blame The Senate
By Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
In the midst of an August recess that has been overwhelmed by a downgrade of the U.S. debt rating, wild swings in the stock market, and reports of an economic crisis and riots in Europe, House Republican leaders Tuesday tried to calm their members and instruct them on how to talk to anxious constituents. Read more

Boehner, McConnell Name Super Committee Members
By Susan Davis and Dan Friedman, National Journal
Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday announced their picks of who will serve on the new "super committee" tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by Nov. 23. Read more

The Rick Perry That Texans Know
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
The biggest guessing game in Republican politics today is what kind of presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry would be. Is he a heavyweight ready to contend seriously for the nomination, or someone who stumbles when he steps onto the big stage? Read more

Can Ron Paul Win It All In Iowa?
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) is an expert at winning straw polls as the head of what his enthusiastic supporters call the Ron Paul Revolution. But this weekend in Iowa, the revived presidential contender hopes to bring a different element to his long-shot 2012 bid: legitimacy. Read more

A Solemn, Private Homecoming For 30 Who Died In Afghanistan
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy
Their return home was as elite and secretive as their mission, which ended Saturday in a devastating helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. Read more

Posted: Wed, 08/10/2011 - 12:00am