On the Radar: September 16, 2011

Rick Perry Prides Himself on Telling Truths
By John Dickerson, Slate
Rick Perry speaks the truth. Just ask him. When Time questioned Perry about his "controversial rhetoric," including his claim that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme," he didn't shrink one bit. "There may be someone who is an established Republican who circulates in the cocktail circuit that would find some of my rhetoric to be inflammatory or what have you, but I'm really talking to the American citizen out there," he said. "I think American citizens are just tired of this political correctness and politicians who are tiptoeing around important issues. They want a decisive leader." Read more

Perry and ex-aide have deep, mutually beneficial ties
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
Any insider at the Texas Capitol could have identified which aide-turned-lobbyist Rep. Michele Bachmann was talking about when she attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry over a 2007 executive order mandating that teenage girls receive a vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. Read more

The Florida Conundrum
By Beth Reinhard, National Journal
For nearly three decades, the Republican presidential nomination process unfolded in a predictable pattern: One candidate won Iowa, another won New Hampshire, and one of the two captured South Carolina—and became the nominee. Read more

Boehner Pushes Tax Overhaul
By Janet Hook, The Wall Street Journal
House Speaker John Boehner wants Congress's deficit-reduction committee to initiate a broad rewrite of the tax code that closes loopholes without adding new tax revenue. Read more

GOP Jobs Bill Unveiled
By John Harwood, CNBC
CNBC's John Harwood reports the details on the GOP's alternative jobs bill, and debating whether pro-growth tax reform legislation is needed, with Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Rep. Nan Hayworth, (R-NY). View

U.S. Now Relies On Alternate Afghan Supply Routes
By Tom Gjelten, NPR
Napoleon declared that "an army marches on its stomach," and Gen. Omar Bradley said, "amateurs talk strategy, professionals talk logistics." Successful military commanders have long recognized that few requirements rank higher in wartime than the need to maintain reliable supply lines. Read more

EPA Again Delays Greenhouse-Gas Rule
By Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
The Environmental Protection Agency is again delaying a plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, saying it needs more time to propose the rule. Read more

Michelle Obama hails restaurant chain's calorie-cutting
By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign scored a win Thursday when the parent company of Red Lobster and Olive Garden signed on to cut calories and sodium in its menu items over the coming decade. Read more

Posted: Fri, 09/16/2011 - 12:00am