On the Radar: August 16, 2011

Perry Warns Of Fed Treason, Challenges Obama
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned his rhetorical fire on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke here Monday night, saying that the chairman would be committing a “treasonous” act if he tried to boost the economy with a decision to “print more money.” Read more

Eyeing Rick Perry, Mitt Romney Shifts His Focus
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Eyeing a fellow front-runner with a Texas-size jobs record, Mitt Romney has shifted to stressing his own job-creation record in the private sector, a move that comes as Gov. Rick Perry enters the field and the Republican primary race becomes a more sharply defined contest. Read more

A Confident Perry Lingers To Make Friends At The Fair
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was about to be overshadowed by yet another heckler at the Iowa State Fair on Monday when he turned to an old cheerleading trick. Read more

The Rick Perry Show: The Texas Governor Makes His Iowa Debut
By John Dickerson, Slate
When Rick Perry arrived at the Electric Park Ballroom last night, he already looked like a veteran presidential candidate. His Texas security detail—focused men in dark suits—moved quietly around him. His aides spoke into microphones in their sleeves. Forty or so members of the press swarmed Perry at the door and then shuffled along together while he talked to voters. Read more

Obama Says Debt-Limit Battle Hurt Economy
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans running to oppose him next year and those in Congress, whose refusal to compromise, he said, was to blame for the economic uncertainty gripping consumers and businesses. Read more

Fact Check: On Health Care Ruling, Obama Ignores Broader Power Of The States
By Pete Williams, NBC News
In his first public comment on last week's federal court ruling that declared the centerpiece of the health care law unconstitutional, President Obama today defended the law as good public policy but sidestepped, or chose to ignore, the legal issues at the core of the decision. Read more

True Cost Of Afghan, Iraq Wars Is Anyone's Guess
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
When congressional cost-cutters meet later this year to decide on trimming the federal budget, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq could represent juicy targets. But how much do the wars actually cost the U.S. taxpayer? Read more

Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
Within weeks, Europe's spreading debt crisis will force Germany to decide on one of the most critical questions in the Continent's postwar history: Will currency union be strengthened or weakened? Listen

Posted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 12:00am