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Austin American-Statesman: Perry sounds like a White House candidate as he fires up New York GOP
Gov. Rick Perry sounded as if he was tuning up for a presidential campaign Tuesday, touting his economic record in Texas and hurling criticisms at the Obama administration before a few hundred Manhattan Republicans. Perry says he has not decided whether he will run for president. But he asked his audience Tuesday to send him a one-word text message ("leadership"), which is how he collected cellphone numbers from the crowds he spoke to during his 2010 gubernatorial re-election campaign.
CNN: Source: CIA safe house owner in bin Laden raid arrested
Pakistan's intelligence agency has arrested a person who rented a safe house to the CIA before American special forces killed Osama bin Laden, a Pakistani source familiar with the arrests told CNN on Wednesday. A second official confirmed that Pakistan had detained people suspected of giving information to the CIA before the raid, but said he did not know the exact number of people arrested or when it happened.
TIME Congress Clashes With Another President Over War Powers
The right and the left are taking President Obama to task over his involvement in Libya. House Speaker John Boehner sent the President a letter on Tuesday informing him that as of this weekend, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution, and demanding a clarification on the mission. On Wednesday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, is expected to lead 10 members in filing suit against the Administration for illegally waging war in Libya.
Los Angeles Times: Report describes gun agents' 'state of panic'
Federal gun agents in Arizona – convinced that "someone was going to die" when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers - made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe.
New York Times: Candidates Show G.O.P. Less United on Goals of War
The hawkish consensus on national security that has dominated Republican foreign policy for the last decade is giving way to a more nuanced view, with some presidential candidates expressing a desire to withdraw from Afghanistan as quickly as possible and suggesting that the United States has overreached in Libya.
USA Today: $4 gas a thing of the past, at least for now
Four-dollar gas is quickly becoming a thing of the past, but not before siphoning billions from consumers and forcing the economy into low gear. After topping $4 a gallon in 17 states and threatening to surpass the all-time record of $4.11, reached in July 2008, regular-grade gasoline now averages $3.69. That's 29 cents below May's $3.98 high. Gas prices now average $4 only in Hawaii, Connecticut and Illinois and $4.24 in Alaska.
CNN: Martin: Ohio governor's crass attack on LeBron James
Sports and politics have always mixed. We've had former athletes hold elective office; mayors, members of Congress and governors are always making bets with one another when their teams play each other in big games; and it's great to see the respective national champions or winners in pro sports visit the White House for a congratulatory pat on the back from the president of the United States. But there are some moments that deserve to be called out, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich issuing a resolution declaring the Dallas Mavericks honorary residents of the state of Ohio.