On the Radar: August 22, 2011

Obama Seeks To Close Distance With Voters
By Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
Lois Dare stood up at a town hall in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, last week and told President Barack Obama that she slept in her truck for two nights to ask him about Social Security. She said she was recovering from lung cancer surgery and had been denied disability benefits. Read more

GOP May OK Tax Increase That Obama Hopes To Block
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes. Impossible, right? GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right? Apparently not. Read more

Romney Playing Hands-Off When It Comes To Rick Perry
By Beth Reinhard and Alex Roarty, National Journal
Since Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race, he’s given plenty of ammunition to his political opponents – from suggesting that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's monetary policies were borderline-treasonous to questioning the science behind climate change. Read more

Jon Huntsman Gets More Aggressive With Republican Opponents, Obama
By Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is making good on his pledge to be more aggressive with his opponents, saying he “wouldn’t necessarily trust” any of his opponents when it comes to handling the economy. Read more

Perry Criticizes Government While Texas Job Growth Benefits From It
By Michael A. Fletcher, The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has leapfrogged to the top tier of Republican presidential candidates largely on the strength of one compelling fact: During more than a decade as governor, his state created more than 1 million jobs, while the nation as a whole lost 1.4 million jobs. Read more

Vacationing Obama Attends Friend’s ‘Social Event’
By Darlene Superville, Associated Press
President Barack Obama put in a brief appearance Saturday at the home of his friend and one-time teacher, Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, as he continued his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Read more

Spend Now, Save Later, Bond Fund Leaders Say
By John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times
Early in Bill Clinton’s presidency, his populist advisers saw their spending plans crash into resistance from Wall Street, which demanded deficit-cutting austerity. Read more

Jubilation Sweeps Tripoli As Rebels Hunt Desperate Gadhafi
By Nancy Youssef, Suliman Ali Zway, Hannah Allam and Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers
The long, brutal reign of Col. Moammar Gadhafi appeared to collapse Sunday as rebels swept into Tripoli, captured three of his sons and set off wild street celebrations in a capital that he’d ruled by fear for more than four decades, Libyan and NATO officials said. Read more


Posted: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:00am