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08/19/11 08:11AM

Happy Friday!That didn't take long. Has Rick Perry already lost his luster? Politico's top story this morning is about how Perry's loose talk worries the Republican establishment. Comments like calling President Obama the biggest threat to the country and saying Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is "treasonous"  are already doing damage, and Perry's been in the race less than a week. read more

A shift in Republican politics

08/18/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with this dramatic shift in Republican politics. Three years ago, the party ran John McCain for president.  Next year, it looks like they may well run one of three candidates: Michele Bachman, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.So the odds increasingly favor the Republican Party shifting starkly rightward. I listen to Rick Perry and I wonder what we're about as a country.He refuses to accept the role that fossil fuels play a role in climate change. He sees creationism as a serious academic subject. read more

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08/18/11 03:36PM

Has far-right fervor captured the establishment, and is the Tea Party the new GOP? And could Rick Perry—who plays up religion and plays down evolution—be the new face of the Republican Party? TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is here to discuss with radio talk show host Michael Smerconish. Not-so-fun in the sun: President Obama is faced with sinking approval ratings and harsh criticism for vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. What does he need to do stay in the game? Go on offense. Rick Perlstein authored Nixonland, a book on President Obama’s reading list. read more

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08/18/11 08:18AM

President Obama leaves for vacation on Martha's Vineyard today at 3:30 et. He's meeting with his economic and national security teams before he leaves. Will the Vineyard Vacation hurt the president, especially with the economy still in a rut? Seems like every August, every president faces the same question. The optics don't look great, but will anyone remember come election time?  read more

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